after the protest today, when e, j, and i were waiting for the train, this woman tried to hand us peta stuff on becoming a vegan. i say, "no i'm a vegetarian." she started screaming abt how i should give up dairy (i think j and e eat meat, though i'm not totally sure abt e...they were smart and just ignored her) and how it causes cancer and they give the cows hormones. and i was like "no, i drink organic milk," and she goes, "they still get hormones." i read the box of my organic valley milk and it says "no hormones," etc on there. she totally pissed me off.
after she was done harassing me for causing cows to suffer, she started harassing these fifty-something upper east side ladies (not women, but "ladies" with hats, the fancy schmancy type) to go vegan, and they're like "we're not interested" abt 10 times and she went on and on. i really don't think they're going to go vegan because some lunatic was screaming in their face.
i am vegetarian, but i NEVER force my politics upon someone else. honestly, t eating fish grosses me out, and i hate that he eats them. (for the stupidest reason: they aren't mammals, they can't feel pain...um, t, i think they know they're dead!) but this is b/c i hold t up to high standards, he is one of the most impt people in my life. but i'm not going to lecture him everytime he decides to eat a sea creature. he is not going to go vegan no matter what i say (though i joke with him about it).
many vegans look like shit. their skin, hair, eyes lack the luster. i think of myself as a fairly healthy vegetarian--i eat beans whenever i can, include protein whenever i can--adding nuts to a salad, snacking on an egg or walnuts, drinking milk at meals and breakfast...it's HARD to be a healthy vegetarian. i think back to how i ate in high school and shudder.
i wish everyone was a vegetarian, to save all those animal's lives. but you know what? i don't see that happening anytime soon. i advise people taking things step by step to reduce whatever sufering they can. like don't buy fur, don't buy a leather coat, opt for non-animal products whenever necessary, cut your red meat intake (which is the worst for the environment), discover the joys of soy. but i won't lecture you, i promise. that's for the crazies and the republicants.