21 minutes ago
The Earthlings Experience, Mannheim, Germany
Thursday, March 21
8 activists, 62 positive conversations
I was talking to a man who was quite understanding, but the fear of having to go vegan made him come up with the usual idea of eating meat only occasionally. I said let's imagine everybody on earth reduces their consumption so radically that they eat animals only once in 100 days. This would still mean 700,000 innocent young animals condemned to death in slaughterhouses every year. I would still be standing on the street and show them the exact same footage, which would affect them in the exact same way. And I said if you can live 99 days without the flesh of killed animals, why can't you do it on the 100th day as well? He understood.
A man told me he was the son of a butcher and "the wrong person to talk to". He looked like nothing you would ever want to look like, but anyway. He said he tolerates it when people are vegan, but it's not for everybody, and we must respect it when they are not vegan. I said as a vegan I say I do not want to kill animals. It's no big deal to tolerate someone for NOT killing. But tolerating the killing is a different matter. How much would he tolerate me if I were to kill puppy dogs? He said he would shoot me dead, and his facial expression left little room to doubt it! "So would it be okay for me to shoot you if you kill animals that I care for?" I asked jokingly.
Bruce tells me a nice story. He was talking to two adolescents. One of the boys had already tried eating vegan for a month. The story goes that he was playing a drinking game and had the choice to drink another glass or eat vegan for a month, and he chose wisely. During the conversation his friend said "come on, let's try going vegan!" and he agreed. 😍
Join us tomorrow, on Saturday, in Heidelberg. We expect nice weather and lots and lots of pedestrians. If we are a large crew we can have hundreds of great conversations.