elocs (1000+ posts) Fri Jun-25-10 04:50 PM
Vegetarianism: I'm frequently disappointed by the attitude of so many DUers
toward other DUers who make that choice.
The sarcasm, snideness, and snarkiness that so many here have toward vegetarianism, along with a very defensive attitude. I expected more acceptance from Democrats, but maybe I am expecting too much.
There are certainly vegetarians and vegans who have a superior attitude about their dietary choices, but it really does not seem to reach the level of nastiness that so many meat eaters here display toward those who choose to be vegetarian.
I don't read of the meat eaters arguing that a good vegetarian diet is less healthy than your typical American meat eating diet. They can't, but at least I could respect that attitude.
For those who choose vegetarianism for moral and ethical reasons because they don't believe in killing living creatures to provide them with food, or they object to the factory farms where the animals survive horrible lives until they are released by slaughter--I don't read of the meat eaters here refuting that notion, that somehow this mistreatment and torture on animals for food is a good and noble idea so long as it provides them with cheap meat. Yet they will weep profuse crocodile tears over oil covered birds or the deaths of dolphins or whales.
There are those who support a vegetarian lifestyle who argue that raising animals for food is not good for the Earth and it's people, that meat eating wastes the world's resources and keeps billions of people starving, but I don't read the meat eaters here disputing that and putting forth their own argument that meat eating is good and that all of the world's people should eat a meat diet, making the world a better place. I guess what's important is that Americans be allowed to continue to consume twice the amount of meat compared to the rest of the world, and if animals have to suffer and die for that, well, too bad, so sad.
I guess that I have always expected those who are Democrats or Liberals to be more empathetic, understanding, and accepting of those who choose a vegetarian lifestyle for health reasons, for ethical reasons in caring for animals, or for better stewardship of the Earth's resources and helping to feed the world. It's just disappointing to read these attacks on vegetarianism, particularly from DUers. It's the kind of attitude I would more expect from the average freeper climate change denier.
Sad. Just sad.