I was vegetarian for a while when my dad was living abroad for work and wasn’t home very often. Now that he’s back he is not supportive at all of my vegetarianism and wants me to give it up. He thinks all the information I have gotten from the PETA website is biased and that PETA is trying to brain wash me into being a vegetarian. How do I convince him that I’m not brain washed and that being vegetarian is really a good thing?
I am so surprised at how many parents reject their children for making a choice to be veg*n. My dad pokes fun at me, but he fully supports my choices. I am his only daughter and he is proud of me for sticking up for what I believe in despite social norms. We have gotten into some very heated debates, but he loves me and supports me all the same. My mom always said it was only a matter of time before I stopped eating meat. She knew I would grow up to be vegan when I was just a toddler.
Since your father seems to blame this on PETA, show him different sources. PETA just happens to have the best collection of facts, but they aren’t the only source. There are a bunch of books written on the subject. My favorite is Dominon. It is a powerful book. There are many other groups out there less radical than PETA showing the same things. Try HSUS. People tend to like them more because they don’t run around naked or throw red paint on people. I would sit him down and tell him plain and simple that you made a moral choice based on the facts not to harm animals. If you are religious, throw in that God wanted us to love and respect his creatures, not torture them. Tell him that no amount of pressure from him will ruin your convictions and that you are taking the moral high ground. He can either stand beside you and be proud or stand alone. I never forced my beliefs down my parents throat. I said I wasn’t going to do it for moral and health reasons and they respected me for it. I still don’t try and force others into veganism. Its a personal choice that needs to be made on one’s own terms.
I wish you the best of luck and I am sorry to all of you out there with unsupportive parents. I think its shameful that a parent wouldn’t support you in this. I am glad mine did.
I just posted this on another discussion think it might help a little.
My mom hated me for it too, she still does but a little less now. It’s been about two and a half years since I became a vegetarian she’s gotten over it a little. But she still thinks its super unhealthy and more expensive than eating meat. I hope once I graduate college I can become a vegan but until then it’s not really possible with my mom around.
For those who don’t have supportive parents I would just say stick with your beliefs but don’t make your parents hate you. If you can’t be a vegetarian or vegan get active with animal rights and try to make a difference. Once you move out try it out
I think that you should just talk to him about needing his support, it’s something you have passion for and love and if he’s not going to accept that then that’s not okay! Just try to show him that your just being you!