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hey guys -<br>
What's your take on cooking meat for other people, or, in my case, serving it to costumers?<br><br>
I work at a sandwich shop at which most people order meat. Also, it's my responsibility to do the Long Shift, chopping all the veggies and preparing the meats.<br><br>
Do you think that it's unethical to serve meat as a vegetarian?<br><br>
I don't feel that it's intruding. I mean, personally I have no qualms about handling the meat. But part of me thinks that I'm still partaking by offering the meat to others.<br><br>
What do you think?
 

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It's not something I'd personally do, I'd find a job doing something else. Sometimes other choices aren't possible for some people and when that's the case, you do what you have to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I couldn't do it, but if you have to do it, then you have to do it. I'm with Nishani. I would try to find another job. I know how hard that is in this economy, so if it meant not working, then I suppose I would have to do it, though I wouldn't be happy about it.
 

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You did not buy the meat, so you are not contributing to the meat industry directly. Merely serving as a go between for the cafe.
 

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If it doesn't bother you, I don't consider it "unethical". It'd be like working in a store that sold meat or other non-veg items. Especially if you need the job.
 

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If you aren't doing it, someone else will. It's not like that one job is preventing the collapse of the meat industry and you're the only person who can perform it. So if you can stomach it, I don't think it's unethical. There's certain food places I wouldn't be able to work (anywhere serving bacon, because the smell turns my stomach), but that's not an ethical thing. You can always try and get as much good out of it as possible - if someone asks you to recommend something, suggest a vegetarian option.
 

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I work for the elderly and have to prepare meals for them. I get grossed out by having to chop up meat!!! But, at the same time, it's my decision to be veg and not theirs - many of them are in their 90s! So I just deal with it because it is a part of my job - the benefits outweigh the .. well... yucky parts.
 

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I agree with AF. Do the best you can, suggest the veg options. The customer that is requesting the meat product is fuelling the demand. It's not a perfect world and you have to make a living. Perhaps one day you'll find a more veg friendly job. :)
 

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Sometimes life is compromise. As a trucker, for years I had to deliver meat to various locations. I hated it. I was torn between my ethics and the need for job-security. I worked actively to get out of it, and now I don't have to do that anymore. But it took time. I guess the point is, do what you have to do, but don't abandon your beliefs. Good luck! You can find something that will let you be happier.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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When I went veg, I was working at McDonald's at the time. Maybe that's what fueled my change? But I didn't find it unethical, though I did get a new job quickly.
 

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If you aren't doing it, someone else will. It's not like that one job is preventing the collapse of the meat industry and you're the only person who can perform it. So if you can stomach it, I don't think it's unethical. There's certain food places I wouldn't be able to work (anywhere serving bacon, because the smell turns my stomach), but that's not an ethical thing. You can always try and get as much good out of it as possible - if someone asks you to recommend something, suggest a vegetarian option.</div>
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I agree with this.<br>
There aren't many jobs that don't involve the use of animal products in a roundabout way. It is awesome if you can let others know you are vegetarian and can recommend alternative dishes if someone asks. This might turn them on to how delicious a veggie option can be!
 

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I work fast food where meat is the thing. We do have vegan options but that is limited. I am thankful to have my job, hard to find something else at the moment.
 

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I would never prepare meat for someone who was visiting my house or whatever, but I don't really have any objections to doing it as part of a job. Pretty much any minimum wage job you're likely to get will involve trading in animal products (whether it be a clothing or grocery store).
 

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I have done it before, like where I did it for a group activity where we were raising money for our club at a baseball game or something. I was cooking the hot dogs. Granted, I probably could have told them if I was uncomfortable with it, but I actually wasn't that uncomfortable with it, but I wondered if I should have been at the time. I knew I was contributing to the problem though, but I also knew that somebody would cook the hot dogs whether I did or not.<br><br>
I don't buy non vegan meals for people though. I did once a few times, when I wasn't really thinking about it. When my friends or someone needed money for lunch, I would instantly pull out some money but as soon as they took it and headed off to the lunch line in my mind I was like "Gah, I know they aren't going to buy a veggie patty V_V" Then I felt slightly bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">, so I haven't really done it again. People better not expect me to pay for people's non vegan meals unless it's an emergency, because I won't, it may even give omnis the wrong message that we are simply doing this cuz we don't like meat or animal products or whatever, not because we have some sort of moral discrepancy with the practice of eating animals.<br><br>
I would serve non vegan food though if I had to for work or something though.
 
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