Also children seem to be really understanding and caring for animals so they may very well understand something was tested on a dog and made the dog cry and that buying these things is sad, but then they may say something to family like they make dogs cry etc.
The thought of my daughter saying that to my family is purely delightful!
My family completely ignores me when I plead for their compassion - I betcha they'd be reluctant to ignore a sweet little 3 y/o. Ha ha!
It took a while for my family to think before buying leather products, etc but eventually they got a clue when I began getting snarky. I don't try to pick fights, really, they just enjoy their ignorance TOO much. I might send out a nice letter to everyone I know explaining some of my life changes (one is particularly BIG yet unrelated to veganism) and slip in some info regarding my stance on sweatshop labor/Walmart and other atrocities. Like you say, Richard, it may agitate some family but I'd prefer they have an deeper awareness of my lifestyle. I don't care. How can asking for respect be all that disrespectful?!