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  • What should I do if my parents are totally against me going vegan?

    Profile photo of stega

    Over a year ago

    So today I decided to tell my mum I wanted to go vegan and the second I told her that she flipped launching into a whole speech about how she dosent want one of “those” people in her house. She went into a whole tirade about how animals are just born into the life of slaughter houses and all, and now shes been going out of her way to get me to eat meat and dairy products and stuff. I dont know what I should do.

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  • Profile photo of ldow2000

    Over a year ago

    Hi Stega, good for you! As others have said, maybe try vegetarian first to show them how easy it is. It sounds like your parents might not know the whole story behind the meat industry. Try to put yourself in your parents’ shoes, and think why they wouldn’t want you to go vegan. Nutrition, money, won’t help animals? Then, use some of PETA’s resources, and common knowledge, to address their concerns. Good luck!

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  • Profile photo of emmaie892000

    Over a year ago

    Show them vegetarian first. Let them get used to that. My main thing about parents against veganism (mine were/are) is just do it anyway. Eat vegan at school, make your own food whenever possible. Show them it’s not as crazy as it seems, and that you can do it, and will. They’ll accept they can’t change you (hopefully) and might even learn to respect and admire your choices.

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    Over a year ago

    @stega that is awesome you want to go vegan! Way to help some animals. My family wasn’t exactly supportive when I decided to go vegan and I know how hard that can be. Don’t give up, remember that you are right and the animals need you. Be sure to share all the info that you find with your parents and by standing by your decision to go vegan you will show them that this isn’t just another fad.

    Also, Check out this guide to talking to your parents about going vegan: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/talking-veganism-parents/

    Check out some of these super helpful links:
    FREE delish vegan recipes: http://www.peta2.com/recipes
    How-to Win at Being Vegan: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/vegan-tips/
    Ultimate Guide to Vegan Cheese: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/vegan-cheese-guide/
    14 Vegan Meats You’ve Gotta Try: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/vegan-meat-substitutes/
    Vegan Foods with a Protein Punch: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/protein-vegan-foods/

    I hope this helps and remember that we are always here :)

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    Are you already vegetarian? If not, then maybe start with that so she can get used to the idea of a compassionate diet.

    As @georgiakate said, offer to buy your own food, and cook it too. You could also offer to cook for the whole family once a week, so they can see how easy and tasty it is to be veg*n :)

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  • Profile photo of georgiakate

    Over a year ago

    Offer to buy your own food, or just refuse to eat it. She can’t physically force you to eat anything.

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