So what do you do at your next dinner party when most of your guests are still eating the typical western diet? And what about pets? What can you feed them that doesn’t require you to support the meat industry? Joanne, who recently read our book, posed these two questions and inspired this blogpost. She wrote:
Dinner Guests. Although you gave suggestions for dining at restaurants and at someone’s home in your book, you did not cover the situation in which you would have people dine at your own home. For me, that seems to be the trickiest situation. We try to do Mexican or Oriental type dishes that do not have meat and that might satisfy others. I would like to know your ideas.
My response. Hi Joanne, Here are a few blogs that I have written on this topic. I think the first one deals most directly with your question. Here is a brief excerpt from the first article below:
In my case, at least 90% of my local friends are still eating the typical western diet and all of them know about my own preferences. When I am in their homes, I never expect anything special, I simply choose the plant-based options and try to be as inconspicuous as possible. When they are in my home, they seem to be following the same protocol — they just eat the food that I provide and the absence of meat and dairy has never even been mentioned.
(A great entree that everyone seems to love is the one listed second; it was inspired by a recipe in the Engine 2 Diet.)
- Dinner Party — What should I serve my meat-eating guests?
- Almost 4Leaf Vegetable Lasagna; a very healthy 3Leaf crowd-pleasing entree
- How to launch a “4Leaf Potluck Supper Club”
- What “can” you eat at your next dinner party?
- Proselytizing. No fun for anyone — my simple guidelines.
- Friends…the fine line between caring and proselytizing
Joanne asks about pets. What about feeding pets? I have a greyhound. Although we have been giving him vegetarian food as part of his diet, he also has been eating canned meat varieties. To my knowledge, dogs are not vegetarian and require meat products.
I do feel uncomfortable buying him meat products both because I question how healthy the product is as well as the inhumane issue of killing the animals that go into the product. Additionally, there is also the issue of the tremendous amount of land it takes to raise meat products as you talk about in your book. Do you have a dog, and if so, what do you do?
My response. I don’t have a pet myself so have no experience. But I did hear recently that there are some 70 million dogs and 70 million cats in this country. That’s 140 million animals, most of whom are probably natural carnivores. In the wild, they would eat small animals, but what about in your house?
I wrote in the book about the fact that humans are the only species of animals in the history of the world who no longer live in harmony with nature. But now, there are other species. That would be our 140 million pets, the ten billion animals we eat each year and our zoo animals. So what can you feed your pet and not be supporting the harmful, wasteful and cruel meat industry?
My advice. Go to the internet, learn all that you can and then do what you think is right. A quick search yielded this Huffington Post article about pets eating vegan diets.
They say it’s easier for a dog than it is for a cat. But if you have an indoor/outdoor kitty, they’ll do their own hunting of small animals to supplement their vegan food that you may give them.
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