• Anyone else this awkward?

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    Over a year ago

    The end of next summer will mark 10 years of vegetarianism, as well as 10 years on the Peta2 street team.
    Whenever people try to argue with me on my choice, unless I knew it was coming(like an event or a protest), I totally freeze up. I don’t always feel like having a heated argument with someone I’ve just become friends with. After a while of being poked and prodded, I usually smack them with a dozen facts or so. (“Eating meat is natural” is my favorite argument. Humans haven’t been “natural” since we created industry.)
    Anyone else like this? Any advise on how to be less awkward about sudden attacks on proper ethics in a crowded bar?

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    Over a year ago

    Ohhhhhh yeah. My family badgers me all the time, because they think it’s impossible to be a Portuguese vegan. Most of the time I just stand my ground and argue the facts that someone needs to fight for the things that don’t have voices to fight for themselves (i.e. animals and our planet) and that cows and chickens are the same as cats and dogs and that they deserve to be treated fairly because they too have the capacity to feel. People just don’t understand. Really, you can’t push your beliefs on to everyone. Some people are just going to be stubborn and closed minded, that’s just how it is. If that’s how they’re going to be, honestly just drop it and change the topic. All that really matters is that YOU stick to what YOU believe in and don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise.

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    Over a year ago

    Hey @ChristineWilson,

    You can ask them to check out http://www.meat.org. Once they see what happens to animals with their own eyes, they’ll be more likely to understand why you are standing up against something that you know is wrong. Just stay strong and positive, and be proud that you’re helping animals. :) :)

    ~Annie from peta2.

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    Over a year ago

    Oh I get it. I live in Alberta, known for their beef. I also am in a small town… of farmers 😛
    People think vegetarians are stupid, but it is just they don’t know the facts. Just smile and nod like I do, unless I don’t like the loud mouth. Sexism, racism, speciesism.

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    Over a year ago

    That’s probably why they do it. They have no excuse for what they do wrong, and so attempt to justify their poor choice to those they know do right.

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    Over a year ago

    It’s so bizarre. I feel like people know it’s wrong and therefor want to justify their choice to those who have made a more ethical one.

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