I am not OVO.. But Lacto.
I choose not to get into heated arguments of vegan vs lacto-vegetarian.
I'll choose my callings in life in this world.. when I want, how I want. You cant make me choose them, no one can.
You can make me aware.. but I am already aware and I choose a less than perfect path. Thats life. I respect your POSITIVE TRAITS of PETA & VEGAN activism.
I am not going to preach my way to anyone and am not going to take anyone else preaching to me.
Ive noticed that its very easy for you to jump on others..when they lack in absolute 'veganism' as per your standards.
Veganism, Morality, Purism & Spiritualism standards etc are all self defined. Live & Learn.
PS: I did start with an anti-elitist voice on the board.. but I am not going expend anymore energy doing that. You have your views and I have mine. I respect yours and expect the same of mine.
PPS: I have a lot of non veg eating friends. Have had them all my life. They have subtly been made aware of why and whats.. but THEY WILL BEAR THE FRUITS OF THEIR ACTIONS.. WE ALL DO. I dont feel the need to PREACH or PRESSURE others.
Note: The only reason I posted that was to remind you of a 'less than perfect' stance. Thats Life. We all make compromises.
There is always a chain reaction to anything and everything.. Most of us live in privileged nations with food, air conditioning, vehicles that consume precious fuel.. we have chosen to "enjoy" these privileges while most of the world suffers for the lack of drinking water.
Everytime you turn on an air conditioner or drive on a road trip you are taking away energy that could've been used for providing water to a starving thirsty village.
BOTTOMLINE: BE HUMBLE about your 'accomplishments & traits'.
This is my last post in the direction of vegan / lacto-veg conflict.
Just because something cant be practiced with absolutism or perfection that doesnt mean it shouldnt be practiced at all.
My point exactly.
And there are arguments to be made that can counter your arguemnts above (which IMO are valid by the way). If you create a demand for VEG options at non-veg restaurants or grocery stores, then economics dictates that supply will increase to meet the demand, and more mainstream places, rather than 'specialty' places, will carry vegan items. This is a good thing. So the "answer" to your particular example is not so clear cut.
Life is not clear cut. Period.
What is clear cut though, my friend, is that your ova lacto vegetarianism in America is supporting the ruthless and unkind treatment of animals which you claim to revere, unless you are buying your dairy items from the kind of farm Will described in the vegan elitism thread.
What is clear cut is your standards of vegan perfection can be dictated to others.. but maybe there is some vegan out there who would say.. I AM NOT GOING TO EAT AT AN ESTABLISHMENT THAT KILLS ANIMALS.
My grandfather will not eat in a restaurant period. He believes if someone who has killed animals cooks the food or a plate or vessel had some animal in it then its not "shudh" i.e. pure.
He drinks milk.. but in India we get that from the local dairy farm guy who brings the cow to our house...
They could point fingers at you as well. Remember that.
Sorry.. I hate myself for doing this.. "arguing". Non productive negative energy.
So.. vegan and eating in a restaurant that kills animas VS vegetarian that does not and drinks local dairy farm milk..
I dont know.. its a matter of personal choice.
Confessions to Zen master this weekend. BE HUMBLE.