So I'm thinking about this over the last day or two:
It's like saying it's 'controlling' to say that you don't want your partner to kick babies in the head for no reason. Kicking babies in the head for no reason isn't a very nice thing to do, as is killing animals. Fuck em!
Somewhere there's a comment to be made about not all of us having been vegan all our lives and the greater, overwhelmingly greater, group within society that doesn't connect what they eat and their compassion for animals. So I don't know that it's entirely fair to group kicking babies in the head for no reason (is there ever a reason?
) with not being vegan/vegetarian.
I know that I thought I was delightfully animal-welfare-concerned and environmentally concerned for quite some time before I went vegan. And part of what made being vegan(and even vegetarian) happen for me was a supportive partner (since gone). I think I'm still in the meet people where they're at boat. Then see where the tide of getting to know you takes them. That said if they are buttheads about my veganism, or don't respect that I don't want to watch them eat meat... then that's a different story. I think that enters the realm of respect for self in relationships...
I like this thread. It doesn't get my homework done, but if there's a topic that's intriguing to me as of late... relationships are it.
Well if someone comes from a society where kicking babies in the head for no reason is the norm, then I wouldn't date them. I would be 'friends' with them, and hopefully they would stop kicking babies in the head for no reason. Similarly, in my society, where eating meat is the norm, I am 'friends' with meat-eaters, but until they stop eating meat, I won't consider them as potential partners.