Living with a Meat Eater When You’re a Vegetarian

I live in a house divided. Not in the same context as sports, but rather food.

My boyfriend, Slade, eats meat, but I’m a vegetarian. How do we live in peace? Almost seamlessly.

When I made the immense decision to no longer eat meat, he completely supported me. As long as I didn’t chastise him for continuing to eat meat of course.

Now we shop mostly in the organic section of the grocery store. I occasionally buy meatless food alternatives, and he tries them. He even buys organic food products he normally eats non-organic.

That doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle sometimes. It may or may not surprise you it’s more of an issue from my side than his.

I became a vegetarian to save animals, the environment, and my body in terms of nutrition. Those are the most common reasons people convert, and it is no exception for me.

I researched and found there were other ways humans could live without eating animal meat to survive. I knew in my heart I couldn’t let more animals suffer just to feed my appetite.

A lot of people don’t share this same philosophy, and Slade is one of them.

Slade was born and raised in a family of hunters, so his concept of killing animals is desensitized. He still loves and appreciates certain animals. He uses all of the animal carcass as a way of honoring it’s sacrifice.

But he knows I don’t believe there’s a humane way of hunting animals. It’s all inhumane slaughter in my eyes.

In the end, we agree to disagree on the issue, but we still support each other for our choices. He understands why I chose this path, and I accept he will probably always eat meat.

I value my relationship and the love we share. I don’t believe this disagreement is enough to ever separate us.

There will be times when problems arise as a result of differences in ethics and morals. As long as respect remains, we will solve them together.

 

Living with a Meat Eater When You're a Vegetarian

 

1 Comment

  1. Adornable Snowman

    May 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I truly believe the modern day hunter has a profound effect on the wildlife community. Not only saving and expanding their habitat through licenses and clubs, but saving the common taxpayer the burden of sustaining the existing habitat. Farmers also benefit from the hunting and fishing community by receiving funds to leave some of their crops to feed our wildlife friends. I do believe the modern sportsman does not go in the woods just to kill animals for the sake of killing, that is plain murder in my eyes. However if we (the sportsperson) be responsible for our actions by harvesting that right way, we can save all species by following laws established to keep the flock healthy. I have seen wildlife die of starvation due to overpopulation or lack of natural habitat. That is a horrible way to go. Nothing is perfect, but we are trying better ways to preserving our natural resources as time moves on.

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