Many shared flats want vegetarian or vegan roommates. For example, advertisers don’t want to “see a body part being eaten.”
For many, the search for a shared apartment is a tedious subject. Until now, income, a taste for music or the very sense of order have played a role, if a shared apartment suits you. Meanwhile, nutritional preferences also determine the chances of room candidates: “Vegetarian or vegan roommate wanted” is often written in ads for shared flats in Swiss cities such as Basel, Bern or Zurich and also in countries of speak german.
Such announcements are not uncommon. There are a number of similar ads on wgzimmer.ch, where explicitly or implicitly – “It would be nice if you were vegetarian or vegan” or “We like to cook and eat, preferably vegetarian/vegan” – looking for roommates who share the same food preferences. In a total of 35 advertisements people are looking for vegan roommates in Switzerland, in 28 cases they are looking for vegetarian roommates. In Germany, searchers can use the search filter on wg-gesucht.de to search for vegetarian or vegan flatshares.
A user writes wgzimmer.ch, is looking for a “NR (non-smoker, editor’s note) roommate in his 30s, who doesn’t earn too much and only has little wealth, likes plants, also waters them from time to time, too eat vegetarian or vegan food at home and contribute to shared life».Another user searches the same platform for someone who likes cats and does not eat meat, “at least at home” or “even better vegan”.
Disgust for dead animals
Several advertisers explain that people look for vegetarian or vegan roommates, mainly with disgust for dead animals and rejection of their slaughter. Vegan AM* from Bern says on request that the smell reminds him of “the needless killing of this animal.” In addition, he wanted “under no circumstances to see in my immediate vicinity how a body part is eaten.” While you have zero tolerance for meat, you can accept a roommate’s consumption of other bulk animal products. It’s about not having to have a fundamental discussion with people who have different points of view.
NB* from Aarau is also vegan. Since cooking and eating together is an important part of living together for him, he is looking for a vegetarian or vegan roommate. Because: “We want to include someone in our shared apartment who lives in a health and environmentally conscious way and shares our opinions.” For him, too, the animal cruelty aspect is central, so he would have problems with a roommate who doesn’t care. There were no reviews for A. or N. Advertiser S.* from Zurich, on the other hand, received comments from one person who after the ad was encouraged to start being a vegetarian.
Different food preferences cause conflict
On Twitter, opinions differ about vegetarianism and veganism in the shared flat. A user complains that being vegetarian or vegan is an exclusion criterion when looking for a flat to share. “Believe me, as a meat lover there are no shared flats anywhere in Berlin. All vegetarian/vegan on the go… how annoying when people (want to) dictate food.” Another user writes: “My roommate is vegan, how do I get him back on track?”
On the other hand, one user was “very upset with roommates who eat cheap meat every day. He finds a vegan flatshare this way. » Another Twitter user similarly commented: “Hey I only want vegan roommates!”
“Vegetarians and vegans no longer have to hide”
Despite the criticism about the form of nutrition required by advertisers, the providers do not feel anything about it. So far there have been no complaints about finding vegetarian or vegan roommates, wgzimmer.ch’s Tom Wespi told Request. The platform does not qualify such criteria as discriminatory either, “by the way, neither do shared barbecues.”
According to Raphael Neuburger, president of the Swiss Vegan Society, the ads showed that it was in the spirit of the times “that it is important that people living under one roof share common values.” Neuenburger is convinced that clear rules in the kitchen serve as a “living hotspot” for peace in the home. Swissveg spokeswoman Bettina Huber also says that finding like-minded vegetarians or vegans has a positive impact on the community: “You no longer have to hide and can live with people who share your ideas.”
*Name known to publishers