I wouldnt say gate keeping is inherently bad, there needs to be a distinct line when it comes to ethical believes.
I used to be vegan and regularly got attacked online by other vegans over stupid stuff, even happened on mpa once lol. Unfortunately there is a select but noisy few vegans online who are kinda elitist gatekeeper types
If someone said they were a Christian but they didn't believe in jesus, then theyre not a Christian.
Again, just because someone eats kosher food, it doesn't make them Jewish.
Thaey are both gate keeping but it no one would argue that that is wrong.
There are many people who claim to be vegan but just eat plant based and they can lead to a bastardisation of the term to the point where people don't know what veganism is. In fact most people who have asked me about it have just thought it was a diet.
Also pointing out about exploitations when it happens can help some people realise their own cognitive dissonance, even if some people think it is rude or elitist. Just one vegan being 'rude' and 'pushy' at me on one day was what it took for me to re evaluate and change my life style.
(This next bit isn't in reply to you, its just something else that irks me to do with it) it really bugs me when people say shit like "i would consider being vegan if vegans weren't so rude." Like buddy, if someone being mean to you is stopping you from aligning with your morals, then you weren't going to do it anyway. Heck I havent met another vegan irl in over 2 years, its not like its a social club
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