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DISCLAIMER: Despite the pseudo-inflammatory title (made ya look though!), I'm not posting this to start a flame war or anything. Simply attempting to broaden my horizons, understand where others are coming from, etc. Before you condemn me as an ignorant carnivore, be aware that I'm vegetarian, and can't imagine not being one.

I was browsing another board, where a poster had written a post complaining about the hassles of being vegan. They had recently gone to Las Vegas, and had been relegated to eating lettuce, since the $2.95 buffets didn't provide many vegan options. This was apparently taken as a personal affront by the poster, who came across as sounding very self-centered and bratty.... "How DARE they not think of MY needs!".

To me, this seems like a common theme when it comes to vegans and vegetarians. Before I became one, I had a very low opinion of vegetarians. They all seemed noisy, and often went out of their way to make sure you knew they didn't eat meat, and why. For example, having a regular conversation with someone, say, about your weekend. "Blah blah blah, what did you do this weekend, I went to a BBQ at a friend's house" (Veggie replies) "Oh, a BBQ. I'm a vegetarian". Bam, end of conversation, awkward silence.

Why do people feel the need to tell everyone they meet about their dietary habits? Why can't they accept the consequences of *their own decision* to become a veg? Did the above poster really expect a Las Vegas buffet to cater to a vegan? If you decide you're not going to eat the overwhelming majority of readily available food, do you have a right to feel put out when you can't eat the overwhelming majority of readily available food? I just think it's interesting that I have *never* heard someone who is diabetic or lactose intolerant complain about what they can't eat. Perhaps the whiny veggies are just in it for the trendiness?
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