I know you are my friends for many reasons and I like hanging out with all of you. You are funny and smart and sometimes you even make good food.
I like spending time with you and listening to your stories. I like laughing with you and sharing time. I even laugh at first at your silly jokes about eating bacon. But here’s what I really think after you keep making fun of me about being a vegetarian.
I don’t like meat.
I don’t like your jokes about how cute pigs are on your burger. I try to be nice and not force my views about why I think that eating meat is cruel and unnecessary or how the over indulgence of meat has caused global issues beyond help.
No, I smile and usually just move on.
You just think you are being funny.
I am pretty sure that you haven’t figured out that by bringing up how much you enjoy eating dead flesh of animals that are treated like garbage before their sad deaths isn’t funny to me, and it makes you look like a jerk.
You wouldn’t like it if I came in and preached my views on being vegetarian in your face every time you took a bite of your death burger and pointed out exactly what is in that nugget or hot dog. I know you would feel like I was being a jerk if I started laughing about what you feel is important and making fun of your choices of who you married, what you believe in, or your lifestyle.
It sucks when you come to my house and look at the food I have worked hard to make appetizing for everyone and let me know how much better it would be if you could kill something I value and spread it over the food I made instead.
It sucks when you can’t just let it go for our friendship for one day and make me feel better.
I didn’t become a vegetarian to ruin your lunch, your dinner, or your time with me. I became a vegetarian because I love animals, I feel like it is a healthy choice that I chose to adopt for myself, and because it’s what I feel is morally right.
I don’t push my beliefs in your face. I don’t hang pictures of slaughtered animals up when you come around whining about not having your bacon double cheeseburger here at my house. I don’t make comments about which places we go to eat based on the fact that most places only have one or maybe two options for me to eat instead of the 10-20 options you have to choose from and the vegetarian dishes are usually a healthy dose of pasta or mushrooms, but hey.. there’s always a salad!
So as my friends, I am asking you to keep in mind that you have used up all of your jokes and it’s now old and kind of hurtful.
If you think I haven’t heard how cute a cow is medium rare, pig is better as bacon, chickens are good for eating, blah blah blah a hundred times.. you are wrong. I’d much rather we use prison inmates as a meat source for your carnivorous feeding habits if you must eat meat.