Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Protein & Reaching Those Who Can Save Animals


Friday, we linked to Jack's great post about protein.

"Where do you get your protein?" is probably the most common question vegans get. It is so frequent that it is easy to take it personally and/or reply with exasperation.

Another way to react, however, is to see the question as a constructive opening to demystify and promote veganism to a new person. Most meat-eaters imagining veganism just picture their current diet without meat, eggs, and dairy. Not an appetizing image!

Erik "Vegan.com" Marcus put it bluntly:

When I met my first vegetarian, he told me he had not eaten meat for fourteen years. I looked at him as if he had managed to hold his breath that entire time.

Erik is obviously a thoughtful, open-minded person. We need to give others with a similar reaction the benefit of the doubt.

When we are next asked the question: "Where do you get your protein?", we can answer in a way that makes sense and sounds doable to someone who has eaten meat their entire life, who doesn't have a vegan support group, who isn't about to soak beans or make their own tempeh.

We always try to keep in mind that only meat-eaters are in a position to save more animals -- but we have to make changing their diet seem possible ... and desirable.

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