Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I was talking to Anna (and Liam too, since he was in the car, though I don't know how much of the conversation he grasped) about adopting animals instead of buying them. We've had this discussion before, but I like to revisit concepts now and again, especially when new contexts for the conversation arise.

So anyway, Anna was saying that we would never buy a cat because her mom's allergic to them. I replied that we would never buy a cat, period. We would adopt.

I explained that we would adopt because there are animals who need adoption. I explained that there are places where people take lost or unwanted dogs and cats, and those places are only so big and that they feel that they have to kill them to make room for more (all while breeding continues unabated). I was sure to say that it doesn't have to be this way, and that there are places where people don't kill the animals they are sheltering. In fact, tomorrow we're going to drop off some clothes and stuff the Animal Ark Thrift Store where they use all proceeds to fund Animal Ark, a no-kill shelter.

Then Anna said, "But people who aren't vegan would buy a dog instead of adopting."

I said not necessarily. I said a lot of people who aren't vegan still really care about cats and dogs and they don't want them to be hurt and killed.

"What?" she said, incredulous.

"Yeah," I said, "a lot of people love cats and dogs, but eat cows and pigs."

She was utterly flabbergasted.

I know the feeling.


The Rational Vegan said...

Anyone who doubts that we can move humanity towards veganism just needs to spend some time around vegan kids.

Leigh said...

Nothing amazes me more than all of the rescue groups filled with meat eaters as staff and volunteers. Crazy.

Jessica @Vegbooks said...

Amazing. I was just discussing this topic with my kiddo on the walk to kindergarten yesterday. It was a great foray into how we welcome animals to become our family, rather than buy them to own. We did not, however, make any connections to veganism, like Anna did.

Anna's response to learning that some people love some animals and eat others reminds me of how I felt when I realized as a child that my family was rescuing some animals (lambs, orphaned raccoons, dogs, and cats) but eating others (chickens, cows, and fish).

Kids are so much more morally consistent than the rest of society.

Hase said...

Oh, how I know that feeling, too!!