It’s hard enough being an environmentalist, animal rights advocate, vegan, vegetarian, or any other “woke” individual in a society that feeds off of capitalism and a fear of change. It doesn’t help that a few times out of the year there are awkward dinners with cousins, uncles and great aunts who question your sanity and try shoving their opinions onto you.

Here are five things that your vegan or vegetarian family and friends hear at every gathering and don’t want to hear this year.

1.    Vintage Costumes
Thrift shops, yard sales, and consignment stores are the perfect places to create a costume. Raiding your closet is also an option. This is the ultimate holiday to get your creative juices flowing. If you do have to turn to retail stores to make your costume, buying a few accessories (fangs, wings, etc.) is way more sustainable than purchasing an entirely new outfit.

Slowly but surely, the world is becoming more sustainable and compassionate. There have been multiple companies and governments that have updated policies and created laws to enhance the protection of other species. Also, more money is being donated to creating more sustainable transportation, which will assist in decreasing air pollution.

Quick Facts on Fur:

Most fur comes from caged animals or fur farms where animals are treated disrespectfully. Although some brands such as Canada Goose say they only collect foxes by fur trapping, the act of trapping an animal to use its fur rather than farming animals for fur, this act is just as cruel as breeding animals for their fur. Millions of raccoons, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, beavers, otters, and other animals are killed each year by trappers for the clothing industry. These traps include snares, underwater traps, and Conibear traps, but the steel-jaw trap is the most widely used. These animals may even suffer for days at a time in traps until whoever laid the trap comes to collect them.