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I generally try to be very polite when asked about my reasons for not eating meat. How I word my response tends to vary based on a few factors - who I am talking to, where we are, and how I am asked. My daughter takes a similar approach.<br><br>
I have found, lately, though that there are times when my patience and ability to be polite is sorely tested by the tone of the questions.<br><br>
I admit that the more confrontational the tone of the question the more likely I am to give a response that is abrasive, offensive (to meat eaters), or rude. I realize that it is unlikely that such a response will create any sense of respect for me, my personal choices, or veg*nism.<br><br>
What do you think? Are there times when a no holds barred approach is acceptable?
 

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Yes. There are times when it may be preferred.<br><br>
Them: "So why doncha eat meat, huh?"<br><br>
Me: "Because I don't want to end up like you."
 

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"why are you a vegan"<br>
"for ethical reasons"<br>
"what do you mean/how so/tell me more [or something along those lines]"<br>
"I don't believe in animal abuse"<br><br>
That's usually how those conversations go for me: "for ethical reasons" "I don't believe in animal abuse". I'm not a garrulous person in general and when it comes to my veganism I'm not at all forthcoming about it. A lot of times the line of questioning stops after those two responses, which is fine with me. I'm willing to talk about it at length if the person is really interested or persistent, but most people aren't and I really don't think it's an issue that's conducive to (or at least that I don't enjoy delivering as) an elevator pitch.<br><br>
I don't get asked a lot and haven't been asked by anyone obnoxious, but I can be very caustic if need be. I've chewed people out for a lot less.
 

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My standard answer these days to why I'm veg is "Why not?"<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 
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