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May. 13th, 2007

05:15 pm - Dining with vegetarians

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From:pozorvlak
Date:May 14th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
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OK, I've now read your "being a vegetarian" page. I liked this bit:
More generally, I try to avoid irritating people with this. My friends know that I'm vegetarian, and so they're used to the idea that if they offer me a biscuit then I'll ask to check the list of ingredients on the packet. However, I respect their choice to eat meat, and so I try not to force my views onto them.
If only all vegetarians were like this, I think the movement would get much more respect.

BTW, I have eaten a couple of animals that I have killed and/or skinned and gutted. If the fish came with the heads on, then I cook them with the heads on, and I'll probably eat the eyes as well. While conditions in factory farms and some slaughterhouses appall me, I have no problem with the essential process.

And haggis is lovely.
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 15th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - you may find this old post interesting too.

I probably need to update that webpage a bit (along with the rest of my main site). Back when I first wrote it (in the pre-Google days), the only people who would bother looking at it were people who already knew me. I found that sometimes I'd get into conversations at parties, where I'd mention that I was vegetarian, and people would ask "Oh, is that a religious thing? Or just for ethical reasons?" etc. Since I try to avoid being militant, I figured that my website was a fairly discreet option: if people wanted to find out more about my reasons, then they could, but I wasn't forcing them to. (I have a similar attitude to my LJ in general - people who are interested in the minutiae of my life can stay up to date, but I'm not spamming all my friends with frequent emails if they're busy.) Nowadays, people may come across my website before they spend much time with me in person, so I don't know whether that skews the balance.
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From:shuripentu
Date:May 17th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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This is why militant vegetarians, vegans, animal rights terrorists activists, and hippies rub me up the wrong way so badly. They shout louder than we do, and they make the rest of us look bad. :p

I suspect Muslims and Christians often feel the same way...
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From:shuripentu
Date:May 17th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
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...just to clarify, I meant militant vegans, militant animal rights activists, and militant hippies.
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