Things Meat Eaters Say

September 5, 2017

If you're an existing GUV social media follower then you will be well aware that I often create posts out of the ever so slightly irritating things meat eaters say to me and how I would like to or do actually respond. If I made a post for every time a meat eater said something I found either comical and/or infuriating then my Insta feed would be overflowing with pictures of me pulling ridiculous facial expressions - so I limit myself. I figured (so I avoid exploding at the next innocently spoken meat eater comment) I would have a little laugh and tell you all some of them, how I respond (and how I wish I could respond), and how it makes me feel on here! Here are my top three recent meat eater moments that are most memorable.

The Meat Eater:

"When a lion stops eating meat, I will stop eating meat" 

The backstory: 

I was quite happily cherry picking vegan foods from a very non-vegan restaurant whilst abroad, my boyfriend spoke to the manager and got us a good vegan feast sorted and we were simply looking forward to our plant based banquet. The meat eaters all had an opinion, question or statement to make to which I happily, reacted to pleasantly, responded to informatively, or answered factually, until...Yes the dreaded lion comparison was made.

My response: 

*tumble weed silence*

What I would have liked to have said:
"If we go on the basis that we should do as lions do, I would like to challenge you to only eat what you stalk, hunt, chase, claw, bite, kill and eat raw. Or are you in fact about to be served a meat dish that has been bred, slaughtered (behind closed doors so not to upset you), reshaped, preserved, dyed, packaged, posted, delivered, opened, cooked, heavily seasoned, and placed neatly in a vegan bun surrounded by plant-based foods to make it edible? Exactly how is what you're about to eat comparable to that of what a lion eats sorry?"

What my boyfriend said (as I was typing article): 

"Yeah I know, It's like - I'll stop eating slugs when hedgehogs do!" HAAAAAA! I laughed at this for what could be considered an unhealthy length of time.

My thoughts:
After letting the uneducated, misinformed, society conditioned comment simmer a little longer, I am glad I didn't react as such. It would have only made the entire table uncomfortable and turned what was supposed to be a nice dinner out with friends into a vegan vs non-vegan dinner debate! This got me thinking though - why is it that meat eaters feel comfortable in challenging vegans whilst out for dinner but we are aware that to challenge them back would be rude and inappropriate? Should we ditch the dinner table decorum and dish them the dirt too? 

The Meat Eater:

"What do you eat then?"

The backstory: 

So this isn't exactly unusual to hear, and I have had it said to me more times than I can remember BUT, and this is a major 'but' (hence the capitals), this was said by....a chef! A CHEF! I mean, I've got to give it to the guy, he was so accommodating and made us a vegan meal off the menu (probably because he's my boyfriends friend) but nevertheless he went out of his way to meet our meatless needs*
*under strict instruction from friendly chef not to blog about restaurant as a vegan place to eat. Link to restaurant below - go and demand vegan food muhahahaaaa! 

My response: 

"Well it's not 'vegan' food, its just food without the meat sat next to it, or the milk or egg in it"

What I would have liked to have said:

"If you, a chef, can't see what constitutes as being real food then I have got a bigger battle on my hands than I thought I had"

My thoughts:
To be honest - I have a feeling that I absolutely could have said whatever was on my mind to this bantering bloke, but I had just met him and that could have come across as belittling which is absolutely not what I would have intended it to come across as. It's just a reminder that people are so heavily conditioned by society that even professional chefs struggle to digest that humans not only survive without meat dairy and eggs, but thrive.

The Restaurant Link! ha-ha Just kidding!

The Meat Eater:

"Enjoy your lettuce!" 

The backstory: 

This has been said to me many times over the years but the most recent one was again when out for dinner and I bumped into a few friends. I quickly said hello as they walked in before my food arrived and they were seated. When politely saying "have a lovely meal" even though they were 100% all about to consume meat, I was answered with the ever so hilarious "enjoy your lettuce" comment.  

My response: 

"ha-ha......ha" a quite forced polite laugh whilst turning away with fury in my eyes - o.k not quite fury but I wasn't finding it funny.

What I would have liked to have said:
"Now come on - I have just told you to enjoy your meal knowing it goes completely against what I believe in, supports animal cruelty, contributes to world hunger, deforestation, and climate change to name a few, but you can't bring yourself to respond with the same pleasantry because you would rather mock a vegan. A vegan which by the way is about to eat a meal that doesn't consist of lettuce - shock horror!"

My thoughts:
Again, I am glad that I took the easy way out of this one and carried on looking forward to and then enjoying my compassionate cuisine but doesn't it just show that us vegans repeatedly have to bite our lip to meat eaters and yet we are the ones usually pinned as being pushy.  

And breathe! This article nearly felt like a download session. So thanks for that GUV readers! I am sure you can all relate and I would love to hear any stories you have! Comment away, email, direct message on Instagram, Twitter and now Facebook (the FB page is currently being created - eeeek excited!). Remember to subscribe to this blog so you are the first to know about articles like this and exciting GUV news! #GrowUpVegan

 

 

 

 

 

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