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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: How to convince meat-eating family to go veg
Date: October 9, 2008 at 7:03 am PST

In Reply to: Re: How to convince meat-eating family to go veg posted by Brittany on September 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm:

So true. You can't "convince" someone to do something that is that fundamentally part of them without it being first in their heart and their decision. That said, you CAN influence people in much more subtle ways, even without meaning to influence them.

My son was grown by the time I became vegan. He has been a chef for the past ten years in a restaurant cooking all kinds of animal stuff. Over time, he has come to see that veg food can be fun and exciting, when we have Thanksgivings I have Field Roast with all the trimmings, I've made and he loves lasagna, mexican food, etc. He has read a few brochures but nothing big.

Last August we went to Farm Sanctuary in New York and it was an experience that changed his life. He decided after that to become veg, has quit his job so he "never has to touch meat again," and it doesn't hurt that his current and I hope forever girlfriend has been vegetarian for many years.

My mom and dad are also almost all veg, my grown daughter (foster, she lived with me only a year or so when she was a teenager but we are very close) is vegan and her boyfriend decided to go veg a few months after they dated. My daughter who is still at home is also veg.

I know how it is to feel passionate and want everything to change overnight. But the fact remains that it won't change overnight, and quite possibly won't change ever, at all. After 10 years of being veg I have resigned myself to the fact that most of the world simply doesn't care about suffering of other beings, as long as it's not them or their loved ones.

At the same time, stick to your ideals, cook delicious vegan food, don't allow meat in your house if you feel that strongly (I don't allow meat in mine), don't preach but don't back down, either, if challenged.

And how funny you mention JW's, I grew up that way and was one until I was 18. They're a pain to be around, you can never just be yourself, you are constantly being judged. Always remember there was a time when you couldn't see the issue, either.

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