I’m not talking about marriage equality or queer acceptance. I’ve been working on acceptance for the last 40 years, one person at a time. I never hide the fact that I’m a lesbian and I have
sneaked worked it into many a conversation over the years. I’ve always been out and people have always been accepting, to my face at least. I have always been the person to call out people who say slurs of any kind. I have a long history of one-on-one activism/education.
This time I’m talking about the non-omnivores, you know, us vegetarians and vegans. I’m not so outspoken about be a vegetarian. I’m not sure why. I’ve been one for over 20 years. It’s not like I hide it, I am always asking if there are any “animal products” in food wherever I go. If someone asks if I’m a vegetarian I always tell them and answer any questions they may have about why I picked this lifestyle. (an aside, this would actually be a lifestyle choice, unlike being a lesbian which is genetic) I am working on becoming vegan…it is a daily struggle for me. I want to be as vegan as possible and I am in so many ways. I’m just not there yet.
My bottom line is that I can’t accept something being killed to feed me when we have so many non-animal options to choose from. I won’t eat my family members or members of their species, or their friends. I’ve had a pet pig, fish, chickens, goats, and horses. No, I’ve never had a cow but there were some that used to live in the same field with my goats. If I would eat them what would be the reason I would use to justify not eating my cats or dogs? People eat them in other countries…
I never insult people when they tell me how much they love “the meat”, but what I find fascinating is that people feel it is OK to making smartass comments about how much they love “the meat” to me. OK, I have worked in places with co-workers who are not exactly worldly, but still they know they are being assholes when they comment. These are people who would never make any unacceptable-in-polite-company derogatory comment or joke
to my face. Even something like making a point of telling me how tasty their ham sandwich is after they find out I’m a vegetarian is not necessary. I’m sure it is delightful… know what meat tastes like but I choose to not eat it.
I’ve heard it all…I don’t care that you love and eat “the meat”. It’s your karma. My lifestyle choice is that killing a live animal for my consumption is not an option. Your lifestyle choice is different…although some of the people who have insulted me think a little blob of cells in a human uterus is worth killing people over and I say it’s a little blob of cells that are not alive so mind your own fucking business. These same people who eat meat and
kill animals for fun hunt, will also fight to keep a brain-dead person alive for years because “every life is sacred”. Let’s just change that to they seem to believe that “every human life is sacred”…in fact these people care a lot about human life…before birth and right at the end. It’s the decades in-between where they could give a shit. I have to stop right here because that is a whole other rant for another time.
To summarize the above rant…meat eaters, get over yourselves. I don’t make fun of your diet so don’t make fun of mine. Some of my best friends are omnivores…