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From: N ( -
Subject: Re: New job, conflict?
Date: August 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm PST

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

Look, if you decide that you can't work there because you are vegan, that's your decision and I applaud you for sticking to it.

But since you asked, I disagree with others who insist that you can't work as a cashier at a meat-selling establishment as a vegan. This is a religious-purity type of thinking that I do not subscribe to. We all need income and employment to live. I would argue that you will never find a job that is 100% compatible with your values. As a cashier, you have no management or purchasing responsibilities and contact with meat is an incidental part of your job description. I would say stay on, recommend veg options to anyone who asks, do your job, and use your income to live your own life according to your principles. If it bothers you then why not "tithe" some of your income to animal welfare/rights organizations? Wouldn't that do more good than simply forfeiting the job on "principle" and letting someone with no qualms take the position? As a cashier you are certainly not responsible for either the customer's choice to buy meat or your employer's choice to stock it.

Are you going to find a place where you can ensure that all of your income comes from cruelty-free sources and not a penny that you spend will end up being spent on animal products? People need food. Even most health-foody coop-type of crunchy granola establishments sell some animal products, because the demand is there. Better that they employ people that care about food choices and animal rights than people who don't care at all. You may be a vegan, but you live in a non-vegan world, and you have to come to terms with that, unsettling as it is.

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