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“Last week my best friend learned that he had been accepted into a very selective and prestigious University program. He invited me and several of our other friends to celebrate with him over dinner this weekend and I was looking forward to it, but now he says he wants to go for thịt chó (dog meat). I don’t know how I feel about that, but suddenly I feel conflicted. I realize that lots of people eat it and its traditional thing to do to celebrate, but I also feel like I want no part of it because I know how those dogs are treated before they are slaughtered. If I patronize that kind of restaurant, I feel like I would be approving of it. On the other hand, this night is supposed to be about my friend and not about me. I just don’t know what to do.”
“I recently read this brochure about some of the reasons to consider adopting a vegetarian diet. I never was than concerned about the fact that animals had to die for me to enjoy eating them…I guess we all kind of realize that at some level…but I was completely surprised to learn about how meat-based diets contribute to environmental problems, like global warming and pollution, as well as the various health problems associated with meat and dairy consumption. When I brought up the subject with my parents, my Father became really angry and told me to through that “rubbish” away. He didn’t want to talk about it at all and told me that I had to eat what everyone else ate or I could go ahead and starve! I really want to learn more about becoming a vegetarian but I don’t think my parents will support me.”
“A friend told me the other day that just last week he was walking home from school with some of his friends. One of these friends had a slingshot that he had fashioned from an old bicycle tire tube and a tree branch. They were all all laughing and joking as they took a short cut through the park, taking turns shooting rocks at tin cans and bottles, trying to impress each other with their accuracy. Suddenly, one of the boys spotted a cat a little further off in the distance and said to the others, “Cans and bottles are easy…they don’t move…let’s see if I can hit that cat over there!” He grabbed the slingshot and began stalking the cat, moving forward away from the group of boys. One of the other boys went him, teasing him that he couldn’t hit the cat even “if his life depended upon it”. Then, one by one, the other boys also went off to join them. Your friend was upset and uncomfortable and wasn’t sure what to do. He called after his friends to “come back” and to “knock it off”, but they didn’t pay any attention to him. He didn’t want to hurt the cat, but he also didn’t want to look weak or to seem like a “killjoy” in front of his friends.”