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A Very Vegetarian Christmas

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So my mother, a deist raised Jewish, asked me last week if there was anything special I’d like for dinner on Christmas (my dad is a deist Roman-Catholic). They are having a bunch of people over and she wanted my input, since she knows I’m a vegetarian for ethical reasons.

I explained that while if it were truly up to me, my preference would be a vegan dinner, I wouldn’t presume to insist on that for everyone. I try to eat vegan at home and at least vegetarian when I go out, but I don’t complain when I’m not the one doing the cooking. I said that if she wants to feature meat, I would personally feel better about fish instead of ham or beef, since fish are, for the most part, less intelligent and less able to suffer than cows or pigs. She thanked me for my input.

Today, she told me very proudly that she got a nice salmon just for me, and that the rest of the family, and our other dinner guests, will be having a 5-pound beef tenderloin.

I know, I know; first-world problems.

Hope you’re having a great holiday, everyone 🙂 I’ll join everyone else in wishing Isaac Newton a happy posthumous birthday, IO SATVRNALIA, and Merry Festivus. This is actually a really rough day for me, but hey, it’s 3:34 PM and none of us have killed each other yet, so I can’t complain too much.

Take care,


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Dave Muscato is Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is

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This entry was posted on December 25, 2011 by in Author: Dave Muscato and tagged .
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