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I have been a vegetarian for 10 years, but sometimes I accidentally order or am served meat, and i wonder, is it OK to eat it if the alternative would be to throw it out? I waver on the answer to this question

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@aw I would suggest that you confirm the alternatives, since some people might use their knowledge of your "rule" to try to push meat on you.

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@brendan only time this has happened has been in the context of a restaraunt -- I've ordered food or delivery and they get it wrong or I ordered the wrong thing. specifically happened today for lunch, and I ate it, which I almost always would not (even though I really dislike food waste)

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@aw I've offered mistaken orders to nearby meat-eaters, but lacking any, I'd probably eat it myself, if I thought I could.

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@aw Depends on why you chose to be vegetarian, I'd say.
But even then, it's your choice, do whatever feels right in that moment.
No one's gonna judge you, and if ppl do judge you... well, those ppl are assholes. You don't have to be perfect.

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@aw
In the end, you are vegan/vegetarian for yourself. Whether others think it is OK to throw meat away in case of a wrong order is their matter, not yours.

What really matters is your own opinion on the matter. If you don't like meat/won't eat it for ideological reasons, send it back.
If you don't care, what's the problem?

So long as you can stand by your choice, it is the right one.

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@ScumbagDog I guess I'm asking others' opinions on the matter. my answer is almost always "no" but today I decided "yes" and I am not sure which one I feel better with. Probably "no".

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@aw
That's a fair choice. It is ultimately yourself who will have to live with it.

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@ScumbagDog I think my body also is recommending "no" right now lol

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@aw
Full disclaimer: I'm neither vegan or vegetarian

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@aw I'm a firm believer that those who, for example, hunt animals for food, should use (in whatever optimal ways they can - obvs some stuff just becomes composted fertilizer but of the rest...) as much of the animal as possible / ensure little to none goes to waste. By extension, yes, I'd hold that in some such scenario, one who is willing and able to eat meat should probably eat it to avoid wasting those aspects of that animal

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@aw more light heartedly, it's always great to avoid living out the (very recent) Modest Mouse lyric, "the garbage can's refrigerated, cuz that's where the food goes"

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@klardotsh I agree with this on like, principle, but there is something that feels spiritually wrong about consuming an animal in any context for me personally. also now I am sick because my body can't handle chicken lol

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@aw I did say willing **and** able! if meat makes you sick, you aren't able. if meat consumption in any form deeply violates your moral principles, you aren't, by my book, able. only you're able to make the final decision on "willing and able" in that guideline - and if you don't meet it, so be it - the world is not perfect, more chickens (by count and by mass) got eaten by wolves or predator birds today than the amount of chicken you'd be composting/trashing - it's ok!

@aw I wouldn't but then I'm vegan for more than purely ethical reasons. So I don't think I can answer this for you.

One possible ethical argument for asking the food be made again without meat is to impose a higher cost for the mistake, discouraging such mistakes.

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@aw I think it depends on you and your reasons. I had a friend who was “freegan” and was vegan unless the food was free. Her dumpster dive and find literal palettes of canned chunky beef stew and live off of it for months. I personally feel bad throwing it out but also don’t want to eat it if I can help it. 🤷‍♀️

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