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The standard question asked of us is always, <i>"Why?"</i><br><br><br><br>
What do you say? Do you go into a long lecture? Do you offer a variety of answerS? Do you offer a different answer to each person? Do you have a standardized, one-sized-fits-all line?<br><br><br><br>
I hate answering this question because it is so difficult to answer and it is so hard for anyone else to really understand. I don't want to screw up what I say because for them, I'm representing a whole community of vegetarians, and they are relying on whatever comes out of my mouth at that exact moment.<br><br><br><br>
So... what is the first thing you say?
 

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It depends on the person, their body language, the tone they asked "why" in, etc. Usually a short answer "I felt like a hypocrite eating meat" or something like that and then if they ask questions I'll go into it. But I wouldn't launch into a diatribe about it just from "why".<br><br><br><br>
I just wanted to add, most people are very polite about it, and say "can I ask why?" not just "why?"
 

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I usually say, "I'm allergic to meat." If they don't ask you anything after that, then they don't really care and they probably just wanted to start a debate. If they want a serious answer after that you can then explain your reasons. I keep them short and sweet.<br><br>
If they just keep putting you down or trying to make you feel wrong, I say, "Well, if I don't have the guts to kill something, I don't feel like I have the right to eat it."<br><br>
In my experience, females are more often genuinely interested and guys just want to make fun of me.
 

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I'm usually grumpy about it and say "because I don't". Then if they really want to know they ask again. Weeds out the annoying ones who just want to bug me for some reason. Of course, if I can tell right off that the person actually is interested then I go ahead and answer them as simply and honestly as I can.
 

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I ask why they eat meat. It either throws them for a loop, or they say something like, "Because I like the taste". And the conversation procedes from there.
 

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I'm pretty bad at this, I tend to mumble a bit (I'm shy by nature anyway). But, I usually say something quick like, I don't think it's necessary to use animals. The conversation can go from there if the questioner is genuine.<br><br><br><br>
This actually rarely happens, though. Most people don't know that I'm vegan (barring close friends and family of course), I try to keep that sort of thing on the down low. I think of it as a personal matter.<br><br><br><br>
I've had the same experience as you, though, superjane. Men are usually less genuinely interested in the "whys" than women. Guys are usually spoiling for an arguement. I'll give them one if they persist, but I'd rather not have to.
 

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im so tired of explaining it i just tell them that. " i am really tired of explaining it " either i'll be rude like that or i'll just say that i dont dig inflicting my will on others.
 

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I usally just say the thought of putting an animal in my body makes me sick.<br><br><br><br>
I am also really tired of getting into long explinations so I try to keep it as quick as possible.<br><br><br><br>
I have tried the why do you eat meat method before. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I like the reactions I get.
 

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I usally say that animals are my friends and i don't eat my friends, most people think that it sounds so stupid and childish they don't ask anymore questions.<br><br><br><br>
If people ask with a genuine intrest which most peolpe do i'll go abit further into it and say that i've read alot about what happens to animals inthe process of being raised and then slaughtered for meat and i find it all abit disturbing, but thats just me. Most people agree and say that if they knew they would have trouble eating it too.<br><br><br><br>
I've only had trouble with a few real ignorant people but their questions are so stupid that it never really bothers me and i usually reply that it's to nice a day for a debate what are you up to next week..lol i'm very subtle about changing subject
 

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It depends on the context. Honestly my city is multicultural enough that very few people ask why. Depending on the relationship I'll use the health reason, the "I had a bad experience and lost my taste for meat" reason, or the "it was necessary to be consistent with my ethical values" reason.
 

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i try to keep it short too, i dont like to come off as preachy or lecture-y, so i just say that i personally belive its wrong to willingly cause pain to any other living being (then some jackass will ask you, "derrrr, what about carrots????" to which i reply, "prove to me a carrot contributes a psychological presence to the community of life and i will glady stop eating them")<br><br><br><br>
it depends on the way they ask though, sometimes they wanna debate, which is fine with me, and other times theyre curious, which is also cool. if im not up to explaining i just say "why not??"
 

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"Why not?"<br><br><br><br>
although that usually just causes more debate than if i had given a simple answer, because people tend to answer my question. but it's always interesting to hear them come up with reasons why not. usually it's just that they enjoy the taste of meat. well of course you do, you've been eating it for years now. if you had been brought up eating owl pellets, you'd probably enjoy the taste of them too.<br><br><br><br>
btw.. hi b4s, haven't seen you in a while <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Answering "because I don't like to be responsible for the ending of a beautiful life" is usually met with an unimpressed look, but I kind of like people not understanding everything about me.
 

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It depends on the person and the sitution, but it mostly contains:<br><br><br><br>
"if you know what's <i>really</i> going on...."
 

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Im sick of being asked why...<br><br>
I normally say "why do you eat meat?"<br><br>
My 21year old guy friend asked me this weekend WHY?<br><br>
So i told him.. and he told me i got really defensive.<br><br>
Of corse i get defensive! Im sick of it!<br><br>
I used to lecture people.... but now i just say "because i dont want to eat animals"<br><br>
Danny
 

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I usually just tell them that I have my own pesonal reasons. If they push it, I explain my personal value system, and the exploitation of the world (including consumption of meat) don't fit together anymore.
 

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I usually say "B/c I don't like killing animals" and then they usually launch into this whole "But your shoes are leather" to which I reply "No, they're not." If someone is really interested, they'll usually ask more questions, like how long have you been veg*n? What was the final thing that made you switch? What kind of stuff do you eat? and I'll answer those with gusto. I kind of enjoy talking about being vegetarian as long as I'm talking to someone who is respectful and genuinely interested.
 

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I usually say, "I never really liked meat anyway." Which is true. If they argue I say, "This is what works for me."<br><br><br><br>
They usually don't argue with that.<br><br><br><br>
I use the same line if people question my husband's and my parenting choices. People usually won't argue if you just say...this works for us. End of story.
 
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