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  •  being reminded that your food was once alive (8+ / 0-)

    and being reminded that in order to become food it had to be slaughtered.... well, some folks just have major issues dealing with this reality.   It is I believe, the reason behind the irrational hatred that many people show towards vegetarians.

    •  No... (4+ / 0-)

      we're just put off by the anthropomorphization of our food and the comparison of animal slaughter to the death penalty.

      Turkeys, like fetuses, aren't people.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:10:17 PM PST

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    •  OK, I can accept that (2+ / 0-)
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      Although I don't think that it explains the "irrational hatred towards vegetarians".  Then again, as a confirmed omnivore, I never understood that hatred; if eating meat seems like a bad idea to you, whether for moral, environmental, or purely health reasons, it doesn't seem like it takes any privileges away from me.

    •  Or the irrational hatred that vegetarians show (3+ / 0-)
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      qofdisks, kyril, Sylv

      toward meat eaters.

      I'm sick of the arrogance on both sides.

      I eat very little meat now, and am limited now to mostly salmon, because I think fish has enormous benefits for health and longevity. If more vegetarians and vegans showed more patience, people would slowly come around. I heard a report tonight that google said that interest in a vegan meal went up 35% this year! That's good, I think. And more really healthy types like baskeball players are coming out as vegans, which are modeling the behavior, instead of lecturing meat-eaters from on a thousand-mile-high-horse.

      I used to be an enormous meat-eater, but gradually got off of all beef, all pork, and am down to very little poultry. If the meat industry depended on guys like me, it'd collapse overnight, which would be fine with me. For one thing, the cattle and swine industry virtually wreck this planet. I came at less meat eating from an environmental/health pespective first. Then I came to have sympathy for all the wholesale sacrifice of animals going on.

      But patience, for chrissakes! Animal eating and fishing has been going on for hundreds of centuries.

      "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

      by Wildthumb on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:11:48 PM PST

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    •  People hate vegetarians? (1+ / 0-)
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      Or just preachy self-righteous types?

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      by dinotrac on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:22:49 AM PST

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