A short story from the near future


“Hey Phil, don’t forget Saturday night dinner with James and Bec”, Angie yells on her way out the door. “You better contact the restaurant today if you insist on having your special meal”.

“Damn her” I mumble under my breath. As if eating out is not hassle enough, without her never ending digs at my food choices. “I’ve already called them”, I yell impatiently. “They said it’s fine and the “cold room” is available”. “Oh great”, Ange sighs as she drives off to work.

They call it the cold room because it’s a cold drafty room.  According to polls, seeing and smelling animal body parts while eating is offensive to more than 80% of people. Also it is now required by law that meat must only be served  in a separate specially ventilated area.  Adding insult to injury is the 25% harm tax on all animal products, which is shared between animal sanctuaries and environmental groups.

Luckily most of my friends politely accept the imposition of dining with a meat eater, although I still have to deal with the routine questions like, “why are you still eating animals” and how are your arteries holding up?” My parents still remember the days when society shunned those who refused to eat  animal products. They called them “vegans”. Those were the days.  Maybe I was just born too late.


2 thoughts on “A short story from the near future

  • February 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Love your mission statement and all the blog posts!
    As a vegetarian for 30 years and vegan for one ( I’m now asking myself why it took so long to fully open my eyes!) I applaud the work you are doing. My personal mission is to eventually see my husband and two children change from being pescatarian to vegan and my friends who are still carnivores become either vegetarian or vegan.

    • April 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Megan,

      Thank you very much for your feedback and sorry about the delay in replying. We really love to hear from other vegans and not yet vegans. We also know quite a few pescatarians and see them as soon to be vegans, particularly if they have an ethical approach. As always we need to be gentle with them and be patient. I wish you well in your goals here and hope we can support you. If you haven’t already there is some useful material for you in our section on ethics and seafood. I think slowly introducing them to this information (carefully and kindly :) and of course the mountain of evidence for health reasons and you will get the outcome you are looking for. As always the dairy seems to be biggest challenge for people and arguably this it the most cruel product of them all. Once again, sorry about the delay in getting back to you. Please keep us posted on your progress with the family and friends. It really is one of the most kind and significant things we can do for animals and the earth. Rick from Ever sanctuary.

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