Yeeeeaaah, instead of viewing vegans as "the opposition", maybe viewing them as potential converts, and fellow dietary heretics?
I was vegan for years, and got crap on a regular basis from a large number of people I met. After a while you develop a thick skin, and ignore anyone telling you differently when it comes to diet. Which of course is too bad because I did my metabolism alot of damage in that time.
But I never took sh!t from "meaties". "Eye pokers" were likely to have their faces torn off and politely stuffed in their pockets (because you know, I didn't eat meat.) And yes this extended to administering a few beatings to them what wouldn't dummy up, and drop the subject. (Because, you know... I'm a fuggin' Sith Lord dammit.)
I think it makes alot more sense to look at the similarities in experience with other dietary non-conformists, even if they hold a directly opposite philosophical out look from ours. We (primal) want better health, many vegans are motivated by similar goals (although some are nihilistic self-flaggellating misanthropes who value the lives of mosquitos, and cockaroaches above their fellow humans.) We both face a common culture that is often hostile, and ignorant of their own ignorance when it comes not only to matters of health, but to their own rudeness when dealing with us.
My poor roommates- One is a life long slave to CW, my recent fat consumption is anathema, as was my protein seeking before it. The other one is a frail raw vegan hypochondriac. Poor guy. There's very little hope for him.
Still I try to exercise empathy for others, since social bonding, cooperation, and such was a major reason for Grok's success.
(And I'll punch any vegan who gets inbetween me, and my steak!)