This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Herbivore hook-up sites have been around for years now, but until recently I’ve not heard much from my vegan friends about them. Like everyone else, they mostly stick to Tinder, or Bumble, or talking to real people with their mouths.
As a vegan myself, I wondered if the record amount of people apparently doing “Veganuary” this year might prompt an uptick in the number of people using these apps. To investigate, I decided to sign up to a few them and have a flick through in the hope I’d find a more compassionate, animal-friendly partner or whatever it is people use these things for.
First up, I naughty ecuadorian chat room downloaded Hunny Bee, which is basically a shit Bumble. I found it weird they named the app after a food vegans actively avoid, but then remembered I’m a bad vegan who sometimes eats honey, shrugged and moved on.
Since the app is monetised, you’re encouraged to fill your “Hunny Pot” with coins at the cost of $5 per 500. You can spend 100 coins to “superlike” someone, or splash out 200 coins to turn on your “read receipts” and be disappointed by people you’ve never even met not replying to you.