So ever since I started standing up for animals my friends keep posting and tagging me on things like “vegetarians kill innocent fruits” or whatever. It’s so immature but when I try to explain to them that their arguments don’t have a rational point they say that I can’t take a joke but I don’t find thousands of animals suffering funny. I don’t know how to get it through their heads that I’m tired of seeing their comments. What should I do?
Honestly, they need to stop. Try telling them that if they eat animals, they are eating twice the fruits and vegetables, PLUS THE ACTUAL ANIMAL, because of what the animals eat. Common meat used for food are from cattle, which eat grass. So they really shouldn’t play the victims in this.
My friend told me, “If you care about animals so much, why don’t you stop eating their food?” So I replied with facts about the amount of energy and resources it takes to produce animal meat, versus growing plants, and about animal rights. That shut him up pretty quickly.
Don’t worry about it. People will go out of their way to hurt others, especially ones that they can get a reaction from. Something to remember is that a true friend wouldn’t hurt or bully you. Or, if you want to, feel free to partake in their game. Draw some scared faces on fruits and veggies and take some photos of yourself chopping them up or eating them, or keeping them trapped inside a jar. Do a bit of sarcastic humor to lighten the mood and show your “friends” that their posts have no affect on you because you know the difference between compassion and cruelty and are doing what you can to choose the better of the two. Just be very careful with what you post online. Things can get very out of hand if you don’t think before you post. Trust me. I’ve been there.
Don’t let people break you down. I’ve always been a strong believer in “killing them with kindness” and that’s what I suggest you do. Whenever you’re tagged on things like those, leave comments with facts on animal suffering, links with information, reasons why you don’t support it, etc. Make them think and plant seeds of compassion. Soon, they’ll see that it doesn’t bother you and they’ll stop. Hope this helps!
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