As a middle school student and a one year vegan (woot woot!!!! 🙂 ) obviously, i have friends that eat meat. when they bring their homeade cookies to school (with chicken periods and boob milk..eck!), and they offered me one, and looked sad when i turned them down. They said,”You dont like my cooking?” so i said i was sorry and tried to choke one down just to make her happy.
Another thing like this happened at the school ice cream party. It was very exclusive and only a few kids got to go. I wasnt going to get any ice cream because i checked the packages (No ice cream without milk or gelatain) but when i got there, the lady was all like, “You gotta get some ice cream or you gotta go! Just take some! We paid for this! Be a shame if it went to waste”.
How do you deal with situations like this? Also, the friend I talked about KNEW i was vegan, jsyk.
My dad once asked me if I’d eat something non-vegan at a family meal, just to “be polite” and I replied that I wouldn’t change my views for the sake of politeness – I’d rather be considered rude than support something I believe to be cruel and unethical. He never asked again!
And when people say something is going to “go to waste” then I re-assure them that someone else will probably consume it instead of me (and maybe hint that if they had vegan options I’d definitely make sure they didn’t go to waste!!).
I’d make sure they knew that it wasn’t their cooking that I didn’t like, but that it was the ingredients and the cruelty behind them, and politely decline. I’d be persistent, and if asked to leave, I would do so.
If your friends are worth having, hopefully, they’ll understand. 🙂