Originally Posted by Renneme
How can I (lactoovovegetarian) respond to these things people say to me?
The middle finger and a good eff off is often a good response, but not always appropriate...
A general response of mine is often "A vegetarian diet may not be right for everyone, but it is right for me" or "Its interesting how a lifestyle based it not hurting other living things can induce such violent reactions?"
1) You aren't going to make a difference.
Vegetarians save an average of 95 animal's lives a year. Going on a "low" estimate of 2.8% of the US identifiying as vegetarian, that would mean there are about 5.7 million vegetarians in the US, which would mean we're saving about 540 million animals a year. Lets say each of those animals cost $1 (okay, we know they cost more than that, but thats an easy number to work with), then vegetarians are causing the meat industry to lose over $540 million/yr. I think thats a pretty decent difference!!
2) The bible says that animals were put here for us to eat.
The bible also says we can sell our daughters into slavery, and shouldn't ever eat a cheeseburger, among other interesting things. Go read in the bible the plans for how you should be planting your crops, and how to treat your family, and every other thing. Obviously the bible says all sorts of things that we know aren't right (i.e. slavery). Should we go get some slaves just because the bible says that we can have them, as long as they aren't from our country?
The bible may say that we can eat meat, but I doubt that God wished for us to treat his creations as poorly as we do in the process, or pump them full of chemicals and hormones, or eat SO MUCH of them that we get diseases and die.
3) There are nutrients in meat that you can't get if you don't eat it.
My response to this is "like what?"
"How much protein do you need in a day?"
"I need about 50 g, which I don't have a problem getting. There's protein in everything. How much protein is in a serving of pasta?"
*blank stare* OR "none, its a carb"
"Actually, there's about 6-8 grams per serving."
If its something like iron, I point out all the foods that contain iron that I consume.
I generally end up commenting that if they were intelligent and knew anything about nutrition, they would ask me where I get my B12 from.
I'd like to point out that I may have an advantage here, having been vegetarian for 10+ yrs, and obviously still alive and well. I can point out that I am still healthy and strong and have no deficiencies in my bloodwork. This will come with time.
4) Haha gotta "save the cows!"
Wouldn't you want to be saved if you were living in the conditions that cows are living? What makes humans think they have the right to torture and kill other living things?
Cows are my friends
5) Are you crazy?
Yes. But not because of vegetarianism. I was crazy when I ate meat too.
And this, my dad shoots bunnies/chipmunks/etc. when they are causing a lot of dammage to our house, garage, etc. so now when there's one outside and it's not doing anything he's like "notice, I'm NOT shooting it" (I'm just thinking GOOD FOR YOU you award a medal! not!)...
Would it be possible for you to find an alternative method of animal removal? Such as one of those super sonic rodent deterrants that put out an awful sound that people can't hear?