If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly looking for advice about the many different relationships you deal with in your life—boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, parents, sisters, brothers, whatever! It can get tricky, though, when animal rights issues come into play with those relationships. That’s where the peta2 advice blog comes in—we’re here to answer your questions in a bi-weekly advice blog. Enjoy our very first installment, and keep an eye on the blog for future posts!
“I really like this guy but he refuses to listen to me about animal rights at all! What should I do?”
-Desperately Seeking Vegan Love
I feel ya. This can be a rough situation. Try sneaking animal rights into conversations. For example, say he says something like, “Cars are so bad for the environment! I wish people rode their bikes more.” You can respond with, “I agree! And did you know that going vegetarian is better for the environment (and animals) than switching to a hybrid car? Really makes you think twice, doesn’t it?” Or you can sit down and explain that you think it’s unfair that he won’t listen to you talk about something that’s so important to you—find out why he feels uncomfortable. Maybe you just need to go easy on the brutal stuff at first and ease into it. Meet him halfway! – Marta
Animal rights issues seem to be a huge part of who you are. If this guy likes you then he should like everything about you—including your activism for animals! I agree with Marta—let him ease into animal rights. Let him get to know you, and your views, gradually. Don’t forget that at one point you too were probably oblivious when it came to animals! If after a few months he shows absolutely no interest in learning about the plight of animals and seems to genuinely not care about animals or your views then I say ditch him and find someone who has a heart! – Ashleigh
What’s there to like about someone who refuses to listen to you about animal rights? You think someone who supports cruelty to animals will be a fun date? Heck no. It’s one thing if the person is too shy to go to a protest with you, but there’s no excuse for total ignorance. Compassion = Hot. Ignorance = Not. – Pulin
Have a relationship question (that relates to animal rights, of course) that you’re dying for us to answer? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Help me peta2! I need advice!” and your question just may be answered by us in our next advice blog!
And if you have any advice for Desperately Seeking Vegan Love, be sure to comment with it!