Taboo Topics: Vegetarianism – Intro

//Taboo Topics: Vegetarianism – Intro

Taboo Topics: Vegetarianism – Intro

i have a lot of good friends who are vegetarians.

They are not a bunch of weirdos or hippies [as some non-vegetarians might presume] and for the most part if you met them as part of a group of people, you probably wouldn’t be able to pick them out as vegetarians. They are normal people. Normal people who have made a very specific choice.


i am not a vegetarian [at the time of writing this]. But the reason i thought it might be important to create some space for some of my vegetarian friends to give us a glimpse of their stories and motivation is because of the following.

For me, by and large, the only time i have heard conversation about Vegetarianism, it has typically gone something like this:

Vegetarian person: Says no to offer of meat at the table or some other statement that suggests they’re vegetarian

Non-vegetarian person: Why don’t you eat meat?

Vegetarian: I’m a vegetarian.

Non-vegetarian person: [Tries to convince vegetarian why they should eat meat or that there is something wrong with them or makes a joke about them being vegetarian]

i know this, cos that ass used to be me. Fortunately a long time ago. And i think it can possibly be filed in that place of awkward space where people who don’t know what to say, say the first thing that comes into their heads [see: How are you? Fine. Or meeting someone and asking ‘What do you do?’ when you don’t in the slightest bit care and are just trying to fill space]

There are different reasons why people have chosen to be vegetarian and i can imagine the above scenario must be at the very least annoying and at most quite insulting. For the most part, the vegetarians i know don’t spend their lives trying to make me stop eating meat, although given some of their strong convictions as to why they don’t it would make a lot more sense if they did.

So i am hoping that in part, creating this space for some vegetarians to share with us why they made the change and perhaps some of the highs and lows [and stupid things that have been said to them], we can make vegetarianism less of a taboo topic and more of a perfectly normal and healthy conversation.

Also this is the latest on where these Andersons stand with regards to eating meat…

i know a lot of people have been looking forward to reading these stories that will follow…

Meet Ashleigh Holloway

Meet Michael-John Philip aka MJ

Meet Bryan Hash

Meet S’thabiso Khuluse – 5 questions you ask guaranteed to break the peace with any black vegetarian

Meet Abi Ornellis – Mostly a vegetarian [one who loves meat!]

Meet Amy Benn – Who was a vegetarian and then wasn’t and now kinda is but may totally be again soon

Meet Mary Twin Enslin – 10 Questions/Statements vegetarians are tired of hearing

By |2015-06-01T16:19:04+00:00June 1st, 2015|Taboo Topics|21 Comments

About the Author:

Brett Fish is a lover of life, God, tbV [the beautiful Valerie] and owns the world's most famous stuffed dolphin, No_bob (who doesn't bob). He believes that we are all responsible for making the world a significantly better place for everyone.


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  2. jaklumen June 2, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Wandered in by way of the Community Pool.

    I can’t remember when I first heard about vegetarianism, but my introduction to veganism- THAT I do remember. It was 1994 or so, in the middle of my long, winding period of undergraduate schooling.

    I didn’t really have an objection to the dietary aspect of it; I tried it for a while. The idea of eating better, that was appealing to me. No, what was harder for me to deal with was the very zealous animal rights activism that sometimes accompanied it.

    I remember another schoolmate a few years later saying “I can’t afford meat”, and I knew that wasn’t the main reason for her vegetarian eating habits. I wish she’d just felt okay stating her convictions; I was ready to take on anyone that would have given her grief about it.

  3. […] [For more stories shared by other Vegetarians and more, click here] […]

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  7. lameezomarjee June 5, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Hi Brett. I’d like to submit a post on this topic. How do i go about it?

  8. […] [For more stories shared by people about their vegetarian motivations, click here] […]

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  17. Babs December 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    As a fellow vegetarian I just want to share this great news. Small Victory New Zeland Declares Animals as Sentient beings.. Bans Testing

    The #GlobalAwakening spread to every continent by #2012, just as the ancients foretold also with the changing of the weathers. In July 2013 a group of scientists offered up what is called “The #Cambridge Declaration on #Consciousness”.

    The landmark document stressed, “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of #conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, & many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

    Of course, many already knew other #animals were #conscious beings, who primarily live animalistic lives of the magnetic desires, emotions & feelings, some even higher mind enough to contemplate & do good for others.

    #NewZealand in June 2015 passed landmark legislation in which it is declared that all animals are sentient beings and certain types of animal testing are now illegal and punishable by five years in prison or a $500,000 fine. “Just like the rest of us, animals can feel joy and excitement, but they can also sense fear and distress in unusual or unfamiliar situations.

    They too feel physical pain while being poked, prodded, and injected with unnatural chemicals that often times lead to mutation, diseases, and even death.” Most unfortunately, the federal Animal Welfare Act that currently is used in the United States does not see the same. Corporate underground bio #zoos and open farm factory’s are brutal, devoid of compassion, & negative programs which have no “Good Will” programs but consumption & waste.

    While #GMOS & #Monsanto rule with iron fists- they’re not being made for poor nations- they’ve been fed experimentally to you in America. As cancer rates skyrocket & children illness & allergies as well- its clear an absence of nutritional healing public knowledge, & a devoid of all compassion to view you as a human being is the main problem with corporate entities ruling, being artificial to start with no breath, soulless machines- in charge of the ‘way of the world’.

    That problem is why animals & humans the same are mistreated.

  18. […] were vegetarian or thinking about it, to share their story for the Taboo Topics section of my blog. A number of their stories can be read over here and they were very inspiring and thought-provoking. tbV and i are definitely not vegan or even […]

  19. […] way which has introduced us to some veganny goodness, hung out with some cool vegetarian folks and listened to their stories, and written a little bit about our own journey over […]

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