Close to 400 and counting. That’s the number of comments on last week’s Do You Eat Meat? post. Even the fella’s father chimed in.
In the words of the fella’s father “Eat meat, fire good, chew, fire, eat, growl, pie”. Or something like that.
The sentiment was … he likes meat. And I can vouch for that. He’s been known to serve what has come to be known as …
A dinner that consists of grilled sausages, chicken, and a big hunk of roast-like meat. Dessert is a box of chocolate laxatives.
So we know where he stands. But what about the rest of you?
As I said in my original post, I’m a meat eater. According to studies around 4% of North Americans are vegetarian. I thought that number seemed low judging solely by friends, family members and readers I know are vegetarian. So I held a poll last week.
Meat? Or Veg. This completely unscientific study of the preferences The Art of Doing Stuff readers is, as I said, completely unscientific.
My question was this. Do you eat meat? Or do you not eat meat?
Before I get to the results I have to say that even though this is a bit of a hot topic that can sometimes lead to meat eaters actually eating vegetarians … I’d like to commend you all on being open minded about the choices of others. You were almost 100% non-judgemental towards your fellow commenters. I have no idea where you got that from, certainly not me. But kudos to you.
Onto the results of my completely unscientific poll …
As I suspected, there’s a greater number of vegetarians out there than the official polls report. Almost 5x the amount actually.
What I brought away from the comments, and I hope you did too, is that not one thing is right for every person. Or for someone’s whole life for that matter. Consider Manisha who said she had been a vegetarian for 6 years until she got pregnant and suddenly absolutely HAD to eat a sausage. Or vegetarian Sheri, who was a meat eater until she got pregnant and suddenly couldn’t even stand the smell of meat.
There are vegetarians who become vegan who become meat eaters. There are meat eaters who become vegan and then transition into vegetarianism.
And then … God bless him … there’s the fella’s father.