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Since becoming vegetarian, the word meat has been grating me the wrong way. I think of meat as like the meat of an apple, mango, orange, etc. I call 'meat' of animals 'flesh' because that's what it is. Why make it pretty. It really bugged my b/f at first..but oh well, if he doesn't like to realise what he's eating it's not my problem.
 

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Living in the city with road rage, I was called a ***** so much (for not driving perfectly I guess) I actually forgot it was a word for an animal.

That's an excellent article and we can examine all of what we say for all kinds of degrading sayings. Getting off topic, think of all the ways many speak of the elderly, etc. Animals really need to become one of our nation's priorities. The discriminatory practices have to be brought out in the open so it can be changed.
 

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This is a great topic. I was even thinking of starting a thread on it myself.

Why not "take the gloves off" when talking with people about animal rights? What do we have to lose?

I admit it's easier said than done since most vegans are peaceful to begin with and takes practice.
 

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There are so many words for meat that cover up what it really is. Euphemisms, I guess. Like a steak is cow's butt, flesh, arteries, etc. Hamburger is cow's guts, intestines, grizzle and more. Hotdogs are various animals intestines, ground up fat and other parts. The fancy names keep people uncounscious. Sometimes the actual parts, though, don't even matter to some who eat them. I've known people who openly admit to eating hog testes (in different words), etc. I think I'm going to be sick now...
 

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Originally posted by MsRuthieB

'flesh foods' ... I like that....I think I'll be weaving that one into my vocabulary
I live in Flanders and although I can't speak very much Dutch, I know the word for veal which is "kalfvlees," very similar to the English "calf flesh" which is of course exactly what it is. (Vlees is the word for meat.)

It's more to the point to start using words like that. Another animal rights advocate introduced me to the phrase "body parts," which can be used referring to what some people pick up at the supermarket. "Cadavers or cadaver parts" are other possibilities.

I read a post somewhere that a man actually turned veg*n when a veg*n he was having dinner with pointed out that he was eating a cadaver.
 

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Originally posted by skylark

RSJ,

They have tended to eat less meat since I've been a vegetarian, but it still comes up sometimes. My six year old sisters sometimes still think I am incapable of eating meat, not realizing that it's a choice I made.
I hadn't thought about it too much, but you raise an interesting point. People eating meat at a table with a known vegan will automatically get pangs of conscience without the vegan even saying a word.
 
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