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To ask everyone to eat less meat and meat products?

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Breadandwine Fri 17-Jul-15 21:43:54

There are 3 reasons I eat a plant-exclusive diet:

1. I feel I'm healthier (I became veggie to avoid BSE - and my osteoarthritis has been stopped in its tracks since I went vegan)
2. Animal welfare issues (I went vegan after looking at the inevitable cruelty involved in the meat and dairy industries)
3. Global warming/climate change (the single most important thing anyone can do to fight GW is to go vegan - the world's livestock industry contributes more to GW than does transport!)

Before global warming reared its ugly head, I was quite reticent about my veganism, only talking about it when I was asked. But now that our children's and our grandchildren's future is threatened, I'm a lot more vocal.

And now there's me and the Pope on the same side - who'dda thunk it?

SoupDragon Fri 17-Jul-15 21:44:53


FarFromAnyRoad Fri 17-Jul-15 21:46:04

Well that's nice for you.


Mulligrubs Fri 17-Jul-15 21:46:13

Good for you. YABU.

Boobsofsteel Fri 17-Jul-15 21:46:31

No. Thanks though.

ExitStageLeft Fri 17-Jul-15 21:47:47

But what will become of my Meat Monday's?

Sirzy Fri 17-Jul-15 21:47:59

Yabu. Just because that is the lifestyle you chose doesn't mean everyone else wants the same lifestyle

1Morewineplease Fri 17-Jul-15 21:49:31

I'm off to suck on a root!!!!

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Fri 17-Jul-15 21:49:48


I shall continue to support my local butchers

trufflehunterthebadger Fri 17-Jul-15 21:49:54

YABU solely based on your "who'dda thunk it?". [shudder]

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Fri 17-Jul-15 21:49:56

YABU. It's like a religion, isn't it?

You choose what you believe, don't try to convert everyone else.
You choose what to eat, don't try to convert everyone else.

woowoo22 Fri 17-Jul-15 21:50:03

Ooh err morewine shock grin

Methe Fri 17-Jul-15 21:50:07

How long have you been vegan for?

HedgehogAtHome Fri 17-Jul-15 21:50:13


lunalelle Fri 17-Jul-15 21:50:27

I'm also vegan, but I don't think anyone else should be unless they want to.

ShipShapeAhoy Fri 17-Jul-15 21:51:26

I agree we should all consume less animal products.

sconequeen Fri 17-Jul-15 21:52:50


I agree entirely with the three reasons you have given. And I have another reason: meat production is a very inefficient way of producing food. If less grain etc went in to rearing livestock for meat, there would be more available to feed people. (Yes, I know that there are other geographic and political reasons causing hunger too, but reducing the consumption of meat would be an important first step.)

I have been a reticent vegetarian for forty years. Sometimes I think we need to speak out more.

YANBU to ask. YWBVVVU if you got stroppy because people refuse.

Lozy79 Fri 17-Jul-15 21:54:21

Yanbu. All those points are very real and valid and I commend you for doing. I wish we all could be vegan but sadly it won't happen! People like meat too much and I do include myself in that category, but I am trying!

springbabydays Fri 17-Jul-15 21:55:07


The responses on this thread so far are why this planet is sleepwalking into a point of no return. The greedy, consumerist and ignorant attitude seen here is depressing.

If everyone made a small change and just cut down on meat a little bit it would make a big difference. But people are too selfish. I really despair!

Esmesgirls Fri 17-Jul-15 21:55:17

YABU. If we are all vegans, then we don't milk the animals; there will be a milky explosion within which will cause endless traffic and flooding worldwide. Besides, what would mumsnet have to judge if Greggs didn't sell sausage rolls? A couscous roll?

sausagechops101 Fri 17-Jul-15 21:55:59

Yanbu at all.

FarFromAnyRoad Fri 17-Jul-15 21:56:06

I don't much like meat actually and rarely eat it. I'd sooner lie down and die than face a life without cheese or butter.

Nargles Fri 17-Jul-15 21:56:11

I agree but threads like this are counter productive, all it does is make people defensive and aggressive.

springbabydays Fri 17-Jul-15 21:56:14

Cross post with a few who do get it. Hurrah!

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