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So, I'm a vegetarian teenager, and I'm living in Canada so, for us, Thanksgiving is next month.<br><br>
*Sigh*<br><br>
Of course, that's means turkey. (And probably ham, too, but one battle at a time)<br><br>
I know I wouldn't be able to convince our family to go turkey-free, but since my mum will probably be hosting, we'll be buying the turkey. I've asked my mum if she would consider at least buying a free-range, semi-ethically raised turkey, rather than one from a factory farm.<br><br>
She said she'd think about it, and then asked if I would be willing to eat any if she did get a free-range, 'happier' turkey, and basically said unless I promise to eat some of it, she'll buy the factory farm kind....<br><br>
Now, I <i>really</i> don't want to eat meat. But at the same time, either way, a turkey is going to die.<br><br>
If I buckle down and promise to stomach a few bites, at least I know that the turkey had a relatively decent life before it died, with enough room to move around, and was of a breed that wasn't so messed with that it couldn't even support it's own weight, had a better diet, etc.<br><br>
I can't promise to eat some, and then back out at the last minute, because that would probably just lead to more issues and possibly a fight, and I don't want to do that at Thanksgiving.<br><br>
Thoughts?<br><br>
P.S. Sorry if this breaks any forum rules...
 

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I dont think you should eat the meat. You are a vegetarian. If you do that, it means that you wont be a vegetarian anymore.<br><br>
I would focus on what you are going to eat for the holiday. I was just 2 months into being a vegetarian last Xmas and I had this situation.<br><br>
As it turned out I came home on Christmas Eve and I had already arranged with my mother that I was to make a vegetarian Lasagna. She had made the sauces for me the day before so it was pretty easy. I just chopped up the vegetables on Christmas morning and assembled the lasagna. It was good.<br><br>
Anyway it is a question which comes up for vegetarians/vegans every holiday. In many ways it is an opportunity to showcase some awesome food.
 

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I definitely think you should stick to your beliefs and not eat meat. It's important you show to people that it's not just a phase or anything, that not eating meat is very important to you. Don't compromise. If you start to, then next time you'll be served steacks, bacon or whatever at every meal, because "but, you had some turkey for thanksgiving !".<br>
Your mother is cornering you in a dilemna, it's really not fair from her.<br>
If you don't eat meat and if your mother insists on buy some crappy factory farm turkey, you could for instance offer to pay for the Turkey, part of the turkey or the price difference between the 2 kinds of turkeys (depending on the money you have).
 

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And if you find an organic turkey cheaper than a factory farm one, make YOUR MOTHER pay YOU the difference. ^^
 

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Lie...say you will eat it so she buys the lesser of the two evils, then when the day comes say, no thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
Ok, lying is never a good idea so I'll go with the option of offering to pay the difference.
 

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I wouldn't eat it, regardless of where it came from. You shouldn't have to agree to something like that, it's really unfair to you. Offering to pay the difference does seem like a good idea and would be a more fair compromise.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>chiroptera</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3000747"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So, I'm a vegetarian teenager, and I'm living in Canada so, for us, Thanksgiving is next month.<br><br>
*Sigh*<br><br>
Of course, that's means turkey. (And probably ham, too, but one battle at a time)<br><br>
I know I wouldn't be able to convince our family to go turkey-free, but since my mum will probably be hosting, we'll be buying the turkey. I've asked my mum if she would consider at least buying a free-range, semi-ethically raised turkey, rather than one from a factory farm.<br><br>
She said she'd think about it, and then asked if I would be willing to eat any if she did get a free-range, 'happier' turkey, and basically said unless I promise to eat some of it, she'll buy the factory farm kind....<br><br>
Now, I <i>really</i> don't want to eat meat. But at the same time, either way, a turkey is going to die.<br><br>
If I buckle down and promise to stomach a few bites, at least I know that the turkey had a relatively decent life before it died, with enough room to move around, and was of a breed that wasn't so messed with that it couldn't even support it's own weight, had a better diet, etc.<br><br>
I can't promise to eat some, and then back out at the last minute, because that would probably just lead to more issues and possibly a fight, and I don't want to do that at Thanksgiving.<br><br>
Thoughts?<br><br>
P.S. Sorry if this breaks any forum rules...</div>
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You said it yourself, either way a turkey dies, so why bend on your ethics when you can instead be a shining example of eating a fabulous meal, cruelty free? Then again, I'm the 'No compromise' type.
 

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I'd get either a Field Roast celebration roast or a tofurkey instead of a "happier turkey" option.
 

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I wouldn't eat it. I decided to go vegetarian before I even knew about factory farms, back when I thought the animals were treated wonderfully and killed with an injection like a dog being put to sleep in old age, and even then I thought it was still wrong that they were being killed and eaten, so factory farm or not of course I wouldn't bend my ethics to just pay more for a turkey carcass that probably just has the label "free range" or whatever but still came from a factory farm. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I wouldn't eat the turkey. If you are a vegetarian you need to stick to it, no matter how the animal was raised. Plus...who wants to stick a dead animal in their mouth? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 
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