Freegans, Keep This in Mind

Submitted by sudo in Vegan

If someone has leftover (non-vegan) food that they are about to throw in the garbage, freegans would generally eat that food, because doing so wouldn't cause any additional animal suffering. However, instead of eating it themselves, I think it would be better to give that meal to an omnivore instead (one who does want it). By giving the meal to an omnivore, you have delayed their next visit to the grocery store. You have lowered the number of pieces of meat they will buy in their life by one. Even if none of your friends or coworkers want it, you could probably find a homeless person who does. Seen in this light, you really have no excuse for eating that piece of meat yourself, because it could still be used to prevent more animals from being killed.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

Usually meat decays too quickly to be readily distributed in a post-consumer waste instance

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DisgruntledOne wrote

That strategy seems needlessly confrontational, and delusionally hostile. Promoting less meat consumption requires cultural change, and that has to be willing. Focus on peacefully promoting progressive change by going to pot-lucks. Offer meat-free choices of cuisine, and hype up how good it is. Culture jamming is an effective tactic for promoting change at a meaningful level.

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rot wrote

I didnt read it as confrontational I thought they meant giving out free meat

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zzuum wrote

I get it, but as a vegan I'm just grossed out by any non vegan food. I've tried a few times when I get home and realize I got a sandwich with mayo on accident, and I can never finish it.

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OldHippieChick wrote

The problem with this is food safety. Meat needs to be handled very carefully to avoid cross-contamination and most of what is thrown away is unsafe.

I use what they give me at the food bank for pet food, but you need to know what you're doing and sometimes you do need to buy organs, chicken necks or other calcium supplements, etc. since canine and feline nutrition is a bit more complicated than just using your pet as a garbage can.

Food not Bombs doesn't use meat because it is just too dangerous and complicated.

So yea, I'd grab very fresh leftovers from a restaurant or something if I knew I could get it to a human or furry friend right away, but otherwise I'd personally pass and feel obligated to mom at a bunch of strangers on the internet and remind you to wear your latex gloves while diving anywhere you might encounter meat and be careful.

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