LoLo, may I ask you why on earth you think anyone who is compassionate should give an ounce of respect to those who aren’t? Do you respect the views of a rapist, murderer, child abuser and so on? To me killing animals for the taste of flesh and all the abuse before death is on par with the previously mentioned. I have and will never have respect for someone who ‘thinks’ it is ok to harm another creature for mere hedonistic mastication.
It is possible to trick an omnivore, as it’s been done many times. I know my mum always says her dad swore linda mcartney pies were meat. My mum likes mock meats from certain places too, as does my dad. I don’t like living with meat eaters but I have to lump it. My mum just tends to shut off when I go on my rants about animal products. At least some dishes she makes are purely vegan only like her veg curry, which she will eat too.
She also get’s excited about going to VeggieWorld because she loves their mock meats.
That is exactly what I’m talking about, it’s “ok” to “trick” someone into eating food that they don’t want because you think it’s better, yet it’s completely different if they did the same to you. Would you like it? No. No one can force someone to accept someone else’s lifestyle if they have already said that they don’t want to, period.
and P.S. on that, you can’t trick an omnivore into thinking you made something with animal products. If you’re veg*n and they’re not completely braindead, they make the connection that it isn’t an animal product. There are a few people stupid enough to think that a vegetarian would be making beef burgers though, I just get confused when people are shocked that a vegetarian or vegan made something *gasp* without meat.
“Several of you have said “just TRICK them.” What boggles my mind is that it’s so easy for you to say that when you’re trying to push your own views or lifestyle on someone else, however if someone did the SAME thing to you but with meat… it would be the end of the world and you would see them as a very disrespectful person.”
That’s because to “trick” someone into eating vegetables isn’t a big deal since they already eat vegetables, and have no ethical, health, or religious issues against doing so. To trick someone into eating meat is to force them to eat something that they do not eat everyday. There is a HUGE difference between accidentally eating an olive and accidentally eating a chicken.
Most omnivores do not see the way they eat as a belief or lifestyle.
That said, you can’t “trick” someone into eating food. What the hell are you going to do? “Whoops this accidentally fell in your mouth”? And why does it matter whether or not they try your food? If you’re veg*n long enough, they eventually get curious and try some. So just wait, make delicious food, and make them jealous.
Ok, I’ve noticed something here that has really disappointed me….
Several of you have said “just TRICK them.” What boggles my mind is that it’s so easy for you to say that when you’re trying to push your own views or lifestyle on someone else, however if someone did the SAME thing to you but with meat… it would be the end of the world and you would see them as a very disrespectful person.
So how does that NOT make you disrespectful? Respect others’ wishes, views, and lifestyles, just as you would want others to do to you. Just because you see your views as the right way of going about things, doesn’t give you the right to completely disregard others’ way of life.
If you really want them to try the food you make, make a separate dish for you and offer them a taste, or make a vegetable side-dish to go along with whatever the rest of the family is making. If they want to try it, they will.
I’m going with furless girl’s response! I’ve done it a few times and they don’t even notice anything different until I tell them. To open their minds you sometimes have to help them along the way.
I also like Rachel-S’ idea. If they’re hungry and not in the mood to make anything, they’ll at least try it. Plus, everything tastes better when they’re starving! Try not to push them too much because the more you push someone to do something, the less they’ll want to do it.