5 Reasons to Date a Meat Eater

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Posted May 25, 2010 by peta2 staff

I’m sure you read the title of this post and thought, “Is this woman on crack?” Ha! Turns out … I’m not. I just have a special insight about the benefits of dating meat-eaters. Sounds crazy, huh? Well check it out:


5 Reasons to Date a Meat Eater

  1. We vegans are a small percentage of the overall population, so if you’re going to limit your dating options to just vegans (which you’re of course free to do) you’re ruling out a lot of hotties!
  2. Although preaching to the choir can be loads of fun and a great way to practice your speaking skills, wouldn’t you rather show your non-veg friends how cool veganism is?
  3. It’s a great way to represent the vegan community by showing how open-minded we are. Let’s face it, we vegans aren’t just cool, fun, awesome, stylish, smart, (I could go on and on), but we are also open-minded. We’ll date anybody!
  4. It’s a great opportunity to accept the challenge of veganizing your boo’s favorite dishes. How fun does that sound? Show your honey bunny (er, agave bunny) just how tasty vegan lasagna can be!
  5. Finally, and most importantly, you won’t have to share your vegan ice cream! More ice cream for you!

All right you lovey dovekins, have fun dating! Let me know how it goes!

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny
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  • Profile photo of TiffanyJane

    831 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 Months. He is a meat eater and I am a Vegan but we both love and accept eachother. We go out to resteraunts that have meals we will both like, and If we go to the mall together, he even helps me check out all the clothes materials for fake leather and faux fur! He always tells me that its my choice to eat what I want and he would never stop me, and I agree with him. I would never make him stop eating meat, or get upset that he drinks milk and eats eggs. The only problem we ever run into is his family, who is very closed minded about it. Whenever we hang out at his house I can’t usualy stay for dinner, because they offer no options for me, or when I just have a salad, they bombard me with jokes. So my boyfriend makes the jorney to my house every time we want to eat together.

  • 1313 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well put, why alienate yourself?
    I’m ashamed that I laughed at ‘agave bunny’ though!

  • 1441 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think the first two are sarcastic.

  • Kat

    1552 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Veganism is not merely a food choice, but a belief system and a way of life. How can you be in an intimate relationship with someone who does not share your values and perspective on the world and animals. Veganism is a non-violent approach to life, how can I kiss someone who has just eaten a cow or chicken? The worst is when you have exposed them to the realities of the factory farming industry and they continue to eat meat. I do not want to be in a relationship with someone who does not care for the environment, the people of developing countries (cattle ranchers in Latin America take away arable land from peasants to produce hamburgers for North America), the animals and the corporation behind the agri-animal industry. So sorry if my decision to not date a meat eater is dumb, I just don’t see how you can share an honest and meaningful relationship with someone who’s lifestyle is so selfish.

  • 1780 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My 9 month boyfriend is a meat eater and i love him all the more hes amazing and idc that he eats meat i wont stop loving him because of it its his choice not mine. Im not going to not date meat eaters personaly i find it kinda dumb my opinion no offense intented

  • 1781 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a vegan of 4 years and it’s safe to say I would have never stopped eating meat if I hadn’t met my boyfriend. People in general are just so dissconnected with their food that they don’t even think were it comes from how it was made or what was murdered to make it. Leading by example, I’m convinced, is the best way to show people the error of their ways. So because my boyfriend took a chance on me, one more vegan walks this earth.

  • 1781 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a veggie and most people don’t understand why but i do. I’ve dated lots of meat eaters but I just try to ignore it. If they’re worth it I dont care what they do ( exept abuse animal that is out of the question!) And by the way there isn’t a lot of vegans or veggies I know.

  • 1781 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a vegan myself but I don’t think there is anything wrong with being in a relationship with a meat-eater. It’s a simple fact of life that most people aren’t vegans or vegetarians. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be around them. Just because someone eats meat it doesn’t make them a bad person. Some people’s bodies cannot handle it. That doesn’t give you any right to avoid them. Just beacause someone was not gifted with liking veggies and tofu doesn’t mean that we should be predjudice toward them.

  • 1782 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I never thought i would be able to go out with someone who eats meat. But if you love someone that much, you should also respect their decision to as well as they respecting yours. You dont have to kiss the when they eat anything with meat it. Also, if he loves you enough he should respect and even try to not eat as much or when around you. I am going out with a meat eater and will refuse to kiss him until his mouth has been sanitized and will frown at him if he buys or eats it but i love him and love is just love.
    I am a fully proud vegetarian and just generally dont eat much dairy food, or food in general. But i respect everyone’s choices and dont want to brain wash people because Thats not human. and we live in a world where meat eaters outnumber vegetarian and vegans, unfortunately. so we cant really afford to be picky. and having a meat eater boyfriend doesn’t mean that he cant be understanding and more willing to think about the other side. My boyfriend is quite happy that if we moved in together that i wouldn’t cook any meat.Tbh everyone has their choice and im not going to make it for them, yes i think eating meat is very very wrong, but if i didn’t have my andrew, i wouldn’t see a point in life.

  • 1782 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve been dating a meat eater for the past six months and to be honest it doesn’t really make a difference to me as he doesn’t eat meat around me and he does the cutest thing ever when he goes shopping with his mum for when i stay over. He checks every food label for ingredients and the company name as i don’t eat anything which is tested on animals. He also says he admires the fact i’m so passionate about animal. I really don’t care that he eats meat as long as he loves me for who he is, and being as vegan’s are meant to be open minded some of you aren’t exactly being that are you?

  • 1782 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    okay, to be honest i could really care less if they eat meet or not.
    it’s there life, if they wanna eat it then go for it.
    my friend is a vegetarian and her bf eats meat.
    like i dont see the problem.
    there are alot of nice guys out there that eat meat.
    you just gotta look past that.

  • 1782 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i started dating a meat eater 6 months ago, and we always go to a local burger bar where i get a veggie burger and he gets a bacon cheeseburger.. problem is, he’s started to like my veggie burger and eats half of it every time now! on the upside, he’s started ordering it instead of the anti-vegan nightmare sometimes ^^

  • 1782 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think people forget and/or haven’t done any research on the origin of veganism and what it truly means to be vegan. Veganism is not just avoiding animals and animal byproducts. Veganism is a compassionate life choice based on love for the earth and all of its many diverse beings. That said, vegans that occasionally eat meat are not vegan. They are vegetarians.
    On the note of dating meat-eaters, I could certainly do it if they were open to changing their meat eating ways and steadily becoming vegetarian and then vegan. My fiance and I are vegan and we plan to raise our son vegan. We are also animal activists and enjoy educating others about the cruelty of meat.

  • 1782 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My fiance eats meat, this is SO true.
    I took him to a vegan restaurant one day and he loved it so much we went back the next day.
    =D

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    At first, I was a meat-eater dating a vegan. He made me all sorts of yummy vegan dishes (and without telling me) gradually made me a vegan. I’m so glad that he made me a vegan. I’m never going back! :D

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This really is a difficult ‘issue’ with myself, and what looks like, other vegans. Being vegan, as stated before, does tell a lot about your personality, and morals of how life should be according to yourself. I personally let my family eat meat, and don’t preach about everything I could. I’ve also never dated a vegan, but I have dated a meat eater, and it was difficult. Just like watching my family eat meat, but it is a personal choice. I would prefer someone that shares my beliefs, but if they’re respectful, then I see no harm. But hey, opposites attract, right? :P

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I understand that it may be hard to love someone who eats meat. My boyfriend has been vegan since he was 15/16 years old, he’s 21. I was a frequent meat eater as I have numerous vitamin deficiencies and protein issues as well as having an eating disorder (bulimia). I had an extremely strict diet, mostly based off eggs and broccoli and salad with chicken. I tried going vegan in high school but the result was hospitalization (for bulimia not veganism). Over the past 2 years that I’ve been dating my boyfriend, he’s eaten meat here and there but overall, I eventually went vegetarian again. I try and eat vegan as much as possible until I feel like I’m going to pass out. However, my case is not like everyone’s. I am studying to be a human rights activist and social psychologist. My passion for animal rights is just an extension of that. I realized that I just couldn’t hold my morality in one hand and meat in the other.

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @Cathy My significant other was a meat eater when we first started dating but now (after showing him animal rights literature and videos) he’s a vegan (6 years now) and a hardcore animal rights activist. :)

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A guy I once dated was a huge meat eater, He knew I’m a hardcore veggie, and on our first ‘date’ he brought himself a McDonalds Big Mac, and then tried to kiss me. He was gone before you could say ‘would you like fries with that?’
    Now my boyfriend of 19 months, has turned into a meat eater after 4 years of being a veggie! It sucks!

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Are you frikkin’ kidding me?? Sunny, I can’t understand how you’re working for PETA and say something like this. This is throwing away your beliefs.

  • Jen

    1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My bf became a vegetarian after we broke up, he says it was his way to try to win me back. 3 1/2 years later he is still a vegetarian and we are finally back together. I’m sure he’ll be vegan soon enough :) We were together 3 1/2 years before we broke up and he was a meat eater then, but he was always open-minded about being veg and often ate veg when we were together, which is why I never tried to push him to change. I believe a person has to do that on their own, in their own time, and for their own reasons. Since he’s been veg this whole time that we weren’t together I know it was for him and not for me and that’s why it’s stuck.

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve been with my boyfriend nearly 2 years and he’s a meat eater, but he loves my Mum’s veggie cooking! He understands why I decided to turn veggie, and tries to eat mainly veggie things when we’re together. I never force him not to have meat but always get a kiss before he eats it (any excuse!) and he’ll go brush his teeth after eating it. When I go to stay at his, or he buys some food for me, he now knows what to check for and reads the labels :D He’s even been known to explain to people what it is I can’t eat and why (So cute!)
    Obviously it’d be easier if he didn’t eat meat, but that’s who he is and I love him no less :D

  • 1783 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My boyfriend doesn’t mind eating vegan food with me, meat actually makes him feel sick now (SCORE!)

  • 1788 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve had one boyfriend go vegan for me (although I don’t know if he still is). To be honest, he was a nasty piece of work, and would have been whatever his eating habits were. I don’t think following a cruelty-free diet makes you a better person, or any easier to be in a relentionship with.
    However, that said, I don’t think I could ever be in a long-term relentionship with a non-vegan, because I just couldn’t see us having much in common or even marginally similar values. You never know though.

  • 1796 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i have dated meat eaters, veggies, vegans etc! and some meaties i have converted to veggies and still are which is a great achievement! i think for a life long parnter i would prefer someone who shares my commpassion and lifestyle but for casual dating its cool, and they get to learn about your way of life and eat yummy vegan food! just dont kiss em after a burger!! yuk! i think its a very personal choice at the end of the day, i can see both sides :0) xx

  • 1796 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I consider veganism my religion, my deeply-held beliefs (although based on provable facts rather than superstition). I am friends with meat-eaters & we agree to disagree but when it comes to a deep partnership, soul-mates, marriage, the relationship I want to bring children up in etc. I just couldn’t be with someone who fundamentally thinks the torture & murder of animals to satisfy their own appetites is justified.
    I’ve only ever dated veg*n since I was 21 – my line to keen meat-eaters was always “if you want to date me go veggie; if you prefer the dead bodies of animals to me then you’re not worth dating” but when I met my gorgeous husband I loved he was already veggie and embraced veganism within months – fabulous, red-hot & compassionate people are out there if you look for them – set your standards high, there’s no need to settle for meat-eaters.

  • 1796 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    To Kasey: How can you say that “eating meat or not eating meat says very little about a person???” It says a whole lot, in my opinion. Once they KNOW the TRUTH — and that’s key. So many people I talk to don’t want to “know” what they are eating — the “process” of death, etc.
    I believe that once they know the full truth, and see it in all its horror? If they still choose to eat meat, I cannot be intimate with them. Best of friends? You bet! But in my heart, I just can’t respect them as much. Again — This is once they have seen the full truth and still choose to eat tortured creatures of this earth.

  • 1796 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love my meat-eating boyfriend more than anything in this world.
    He has eaten meat his whole life, and probably will his whole life. I don’t like it, but there are so many more important qualities than diet. He is one of the sweetest, most intelligent, creative, talented, witty, loving and compassionate people I know, and he loves me.
    All this talk about how all of you could never date a meat eater kind of rubs me the wrong way. Eating meat or not eating meat says very little about a person, and to judge them on that is just wrong.

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I don’t eat meat. That is my personal choice for different reasons, among them, that most meat comes from tortured animals. I am lucky enough to be dating someone that doesn’t eat meat, but I won’t discriminate. I’d probably try to tell them that they should try to eat meat based on where it comes from, or based on the fact that they actually killed the animal themselves. Not all animal killings are cruel animals killings. Animals kill us, we kill animals. That’s just the way the world spins. It’s a balance of some sort. However, there is an imbalance to how humans decide to raise animals only to kill them. And worse than that, to raise animals in cruel conditions and then kill them in cruel ways.
    There’s a difference. I will not force my beliefs on anyone, I don’t think that’s right in any way, shape or form. Tell people what you believe is right, then let them decide. Information is key.

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve been dating a meat eater for 1 year 5months and 3 days and i love him to deathhh… hes sooo amazing. Honestly i really don’t see the reasons to only date vegans other than the fact that you have some same beliefs! i love my meat eater!

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I honestly think its a natural thing for vegetarians and vegans alike to shy away from dating a meat eater. After all who wants to kiss meat-mouth? However, I feel it is very special to be in a relationship with a non-veg guy/gal and help them become enlightened to the horrors of the meat/animal industry and show them the compassionate path of vegetarian/veganism. I mean what brings two people together more than fighting for a common cause? It’s sort of like being able to have your cake and eat it too. You are showing how open-minded our community is (as well as yourself) and widening your possibility to find love, as well as spreading the message of Veggie-ness!

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well it thinik its ok to date a meat eater but its better to date one who gets wgat your felling and thay care for the animals too well and plus its nasty if they eat a hot dog and try too kiss you ewww grows haha well if you do date a meat eater that you should work some thin out like he cant eat meat around you

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    lol ok wierdnes…im not d8in ne body. nvr had a bf… :(

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i am datong a meat eater!!!!!

  • j

    1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is ridiculous.

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As long as he or she is open to compassion. How else would you date a meat eater? I just can’t keep going out with someone who doesn’t mind torturing animals – now that’s a turn OFF!

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well, I “converted” one boyfriend, who is still a vegan to this day, 9 years later.
    I’m working on my husband right now. The day will come. The question is just when. I keep my mouth shut when he’s eating his hamburgers (which is when I’m most likely to say harsh things), but in normal conversation point out what they do in slaughterhouses. I get around to making my point. I do believe, as I said, that the day will come when he’ll ditch meat and dairy and be vegan.

  • 1797 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow peta is getting soft
    losing touch and sight of what they stand for in my opinion

    • 1446 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      No. They re trying to say that it is good to TEACH about WHY you are vegan.

  • 1798 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I couldn’t date someone who eats meat because it really says a lot about who they are as a person… How could I be with someone who could do that to an animal? Plus, just being around meat makes me sick and want to cry. If you love animals, how can you just let the cruelty fly and be with someone who doesn’t care? It’s almost like you’re condoning the slaughter yourself I think… Though I think it’s a good idea to date a meat-eater so you can try to get them to change their ways, but if they didn’t change… Dumped!

  • 1798 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve been dating a meat eater for almost one year now, yeah I make him brush his teeth after, but I make a bunch of vegan foods that he loves.
    I’m so happy I have him

  • 1798 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As long as they pop in a mint before kissing me, I don’t want to share their meaty breath, lol!

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