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Friday, April 04, 2008
On being vegetarian
Several years ago a friend shamed me out of ever describing myself as vegetarian, even in a qualified way, because I do in fact eat poultry or fish a handful of times each month, and red meat a handful of times each year when someone serves me it. It does also make sense for me to not use the label because I don't object in principle to humans killing animals for meat, but I do think animal protein should be a small part of a mostly plant-based diet and that animals should always be raised without cruelty. However, I think part of me will always identify with vegetarians.

So I thought it was funny when earlier this week I was at a Mennonite camp for a meeting for work, and someone who had eaten meals with me several times in the dining hall asked me if I was vegetarian. He said he noticed I had sat down with plates full of veggies several times while others enjoyed steak and pork chops. I said I didn't describe myself that way, but I do usually prefer all-veggie meals. He smiled. I felt like I was being a good Mennonite by witnessing for the vegetarian cause through my lifestyle choices.

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