Hey Loraine, how’s it goin’?
I’m not for using animals either. If they want to help end poverty, they need to quit their b.s. politics. They can also start veganic agriculture practices that require zero animals and feeds more people. Harold Brown has done this successfully for years and helped lots of farmers here in the U.S. go veganic, which is better than organic because there’s no cow manure involved. His new site is http://FarmKind.org
Remember Kris Kristofferson said, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
How liberated are we really if we can’t be everything that we are, in private and in public? Probably all of us have remained silent about a vegan or animal rights issue in a particular situation because we didn’t want to rock the damn boat and regretted it later. I know I sure have. What you didn’t do is in the past so try not to dwell on it. Next chance you get, rock the boat and rock it good. I find as long as I don’t get pushy like a used car salesman or give in to an angry rant, then usually nobody gets sore at me. My secret weapon is to always use humor. So when somebody's chewing me out in public, cracking jokes at his expense gets everybody laughing and I get to make my point in defense of the animals or vegans. (But then again I'm lucky not to have to deal with a mother-in-law...)
If we don’t speak up, then our silence can make us an accomplice to what’s wrong in this world. What we do is also an example for our kids or nieces and nephews.