I've Got a Bone to Pick, So To Speak...
I know that some people out there are vegetarians, vegans, and I'm sure loads of other things that avoid certain "foods" for one reason or another. To all those people, good for you. I applaud you in your choices of not eating what you do (or don't, I guess).
I also respect you in your decisions, and though I would never try to convert you to eating meat, I may ask why you have chosen not to eat it, just out of my own curiosity. I would also expect the same respect from you.
Now, on with my bone (hehe)...
I know several people who are vegetarians, and in fact one of them is a member of my own family. She and her boyfriend have decided to be vegetarians because meat "grosses them out". Whatever, no problem. They have been claiming this for, oh I don't know, 5 years now? And they have been eating meat for, oh I don't know, that same 5 years?
It seems they are only vegetarian when it suits them.
For instance, if we're at my inlaws having a steak dinner, they'll make a big commotion about having to eat meat (like the rest of us are standing there forcing it down their throats). They'll cut into a steak and talk about all the blood that's running all over the plate, and now it's touching their salad, and eew, it's all over their potatoes. So what do they do? They microwave their steaks to cook them a bit more. And then they eat them. Yes, apparently microwaving a piece of cow turns it into a plant or something.
And then if we go out for dinner as a family, we have to eat in these weird places that offer seaweed "bratwurst", and thistle "lamb chops" because they don't want to be faced with a menu of all meat. I think unless you're going to Bob's Bloody Slaughter for dinner I'm pretty sure you can find a couple of vegetarian meals on most menus, but maybe I'm just being daft.
But then, they'll be with us in the car and we'll swing through the McDonald's drive-thru and they're yelling "Get me a quarter pounder with cheese and a coke!" And, I'm sorry, but if a quarter pounder doesn't make you a meat eater, then I don't know what the hell does.
In the past month or so they've started calling themselves vegans, which as far as I can tell, are people that do not use or consume animal products of any kind. I find this funny, since just a few weeks ago we brought them about 3 dozen eggs from a farm in Ontario.
Sadly, more than one of the un-carnivores I know are like this.
Anyways, the whole point of this post was just to say: If you're going to be a vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian - then own it! Don't be those things because you think they make you cool, be them because it's what you believe in! And don't gag at me when I cut into my filet mignon!