Me: So you're a vegan, eh?
V: Yep! I don't like the idea that animals should be treated as property. I've even rid my household of all leather and wool products. I don't want to own anything non-vegan.
Me: Do you have a 401k?
V: Uh.. sure, why?
Me: Do you own broad-based stock mutual funds?
V: Uh, er.. I'm not sure, I haven't looked at it in a while.
Me: You might want to check it out, because if you do, you're the proud (partial) owner of such companies as Tyson Chicken and McDonald's.
We compassionate vegan types can have a tendency to forget that our money is an extension of our own actions. Because what most of us do every day earns money, how we choose to spend and invest our money is a direct representation of where our daily effort is going.