Iím not a vegan. I eat meat.
I also have been known to kill my own meat. Not because Iím a bad person, but because I want that no filters connection with my food, and the cycle and where it comes from. I want to understand what it is that I am eating. I want to touch it and truly appreciate that this was once a living thing. The more you understand about your food, the more grounded you are with the cycle.
My sister is a vegan. I have vegan friends. Sometimes I go to vegan cafeís with them and eat vegan food and chat and have a laugh. Sometimes we go to the pub, and Iíll eat a chicken burger and theyíll have a veggie burger and nobody bats an eyelid.
When I meet with my meditation circle, half the members are vegan. I bake vegan cakes for our meets because itís easy enough to do and I do this so that nobody feels left out. Not to mention - they taste virtually the same.
Being within the Druid / Pagan community, there is almost a noticeable pressure to be vegan or vegetarian. I am very much into eco activism - I recycle like a motherfucka. Iíve reduced my plastic useage by at least 3/4ís. I even make my own toothpaste because it really winds me up that you canít recycle toothpaste tubes. I believe in the Earth.
For me, when I do eat meat, I eat it with common sense. We have a farm shop and I try to buy as much of my meat and eggs there where itís had a good life. I also give thanks to my food, and honour the life of my food that nourishes me in all rituals and ceremonies.
Iím a conscious carnivore who has great respect for the vegan community. Like all things, itís about mutual respect. Itís all about not being a dick to each other.
How you live your life is not my business at the end of the day. More power to ya.