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From: Keith (d207-216-60-167.bchsia.telus.net -207.216.60.167)
Subject: Re: New job, conflict?
Date: August 18, 2007 at 12:27 pm PST

In Reply to: New job, conflict? posted by Leslie on August 18, 2007 at 8:18 am:

I had trouble following your link. I think the link below is the correct one.

I agree with you (and with the author) that this is a disturbing trend.

Where it applies to your situation is that you have two conflicting committments. Being vegan is a committment of one sort. Accepting employment is another sort of committment. If you accept a particular job, you make a committment to perform whatever duties the job requires, even if that means handling meat. Since that is in conflict with your other committment, being a vegan, I would have to recommend resigning from the job.

However, there is an opportunity for education here. People in business tend to think in economic terms. "Principles" to them are just a marketing ploy. Realizing that someone held a principle high enough to turn down employment might be an eye-opener. If you were to approach your employer and explain why you felt compelled to leave the position, it might make them think about why they were selling meat.

Just a thought.

Keith




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