…I got banned from a vegetarian board today. After my first post.
I’ve found myself slowly slipping towards vegetarianism, and finally admitted to myself today that although I do like meat, I just can’t bare to support an unethical meat industry, so I might as well just start hanging with vegetarians.
Only vegetarians were allowed, so I was honest and upfront in my first post. I stated that I was an ethical omnivore (ie I only eat animal products where I’m assured that the animal is treated humanely), but that because of a variety of reasons (mainly due to the fact that humanely raised zabiha meat doesn’t really exist in this country, and in the rare instances it does, it’s way to expensive for me), I found myself living and eating as a vegetarian. I promised not to debate meat politics, and only engage in friendly chat re: food.
Apparently I wasn’t vegetarian enough for them :/ Who am I going to ask about Bob’s Red Mill vegetarian egg replacer now?
So meat eaters think I’m nutso because I actually care about how the animals I may eat are cared for and think factory farming is an abomination (and unislamic). And vegetarians apparently don’t want me either. What’s a meat minimalist to do? meh.
Continuing on in that vein, I’ve noticed a few threads on my muslim message boards recently about the frivolity of keeping a pet, and how there’s no reason for a muslim to have one.
What I really need is to find a community of crunchy, politically liberal, religiously traditional cat loving muslims. Anyone? Anyone?
On a related note, AbuS (who is coming home tomorrow, huzzah!) informed me that he no longer wanted to eat red meat, or at least eat it very very rarely. I’ll have to see what brought that on (probably a glut of unhealthy eating and seeing what eating lots of red meat has done to peeps he knows in Egypt), but I’m so excited! My goal is to reduce our (read his) meat consumption to the bare minimum, so that we can afford to purchase organic and local produce and dairy.
I’ve succeeded in introducing him to political liberality and loving of the cats, butI don’t quite have him to the crunchy stage yet (and forget religiously traditional, ha). But, 2 out of 4 ain’t bad. inshaAllah we’ll get to 3 of 4, and make lots of dua for 4 of 4, ha.