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Ask Amy: ‘Best of’ column gets to the meat of the matter

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Dear Readers: Every year I step away from my column for two weeks to work on other creative projects. (Anyone interested in my non-advicey personal essays and photographs can subscribe to my free newsletter:

I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” columns from 10 years ago. Today’s topic: How we eat.

Dear Amy: I have a friend who recently decided to become vegetarian/vegan.

She now shares articles via email and Facebook calling people who eat meat “depraved,” “confused,” and “unethical.”

There was even an article accusing meat eaters of being “species-ist.”

I could care less about her diet, but how should I deal with the vicious language she’s using toward people like me who do eat meat?


Every time I try to talk to her about it, she thinks I’m somehow disagreeing with vegetarianism, which is not the case. I don’t want to lose a good friend, but things are going downhill fast.

– Offended Omnivore

Dear Offended: It would be fairly easy for you to “block” or “hide” these messages.

If you don’t want to do this, I suggest you alter your own attitude and see these diatribes for what they are: Vegetarian comedy.


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