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Mortified by TNR Community - How do I deal?

Paula
user 8345907
New York, NY
Post #: 304
I am very upset right now. I really need some support or feedback. Are there any vegans here who also do TNR?

I got TNR certified (Trap-Neuter-Return) last year and have been trying my best to curtail the reproduction of a few feral cats that are outside in my building development. So far I have TNR'd 4 cats, 3 males and one female. There is still one very smart calico that has eluded me for over a year.

Due to flea season now and not wanting to hold feral cats in my apt. (I have 3 cats of my own) I have reached out and connected with other TNR people who are providing me with their recovery space.

Early this morning I went over to the spay/neuter clinic to meet the woman who I will call "M" who is letting me use her space. I expressed my deep appreciation to her for enabling me to do TNR during this time of year.

Outside, while talking to "M" I was within earshot of a conversation by another gal who I will call 'C" about "eating meat" and "the chain of life" (or cycle of life ... don't remember). My adrenalin started to kick in and I felt behooved to try to jog some higher consciousness. Here is some of the dialogue:

Me to "M" (who by the way was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer a year ago, is considerably overweight, and overly-talkative): This idea about "the chain of life"-- we are not physiologically carnivores, or omnivores ... we are herbivores ...

M: {puzzled look]

Then "M" and "C" started talking and I was ready to leave anyway, but before leaving I reached into my bag and handed them each the Mercy For Animals "Why Love One But Eat The Other" brochure, saying "I couldn't help but overhear you talk about "the chain of life" ... perhaps you'd like to read this so as to think about things in a different way ... "

C: Oh no, oh no ... I can't look at this. I'm a meat-eater. (The both of them handed me back the brochure)

Me: Well then maybe you should look at it.

C: I know I'm not perfect but I have to eat meat

Me: Animals are not meat, anymore than I think you would agree that cats are not meat

M: I don't know, I still love a moo-moo on my table.

I accepted the brochures back and just said a cordial goodbye to "M" again expressing my gratitude.


Help. I am so depressed right now. Maybe it's because I am semi-reclusive and have shielded myself for quite a while from encountering these attitudes that I find this heavy concentration of speciesist insanity and stupidity so painful, so upsetting. I find these type of "animal-lovers" to be quite nuts.

I am of the mind right now that I cannot associate with such ignorance and will either have to give up doing TNR, or find a way to be totally self-sufficient.

Any thoughts, any comfort?
Ruth M.
msveg
West Babylon, NY
Post #: 21
Hi Paula,
I do not do TNR but I encounter people on a daily basis who eat meat. And some of these people do TNR and are active in domestic animal rescue. Sometimes I dine with them. Everyone knows I am a vegan and I have actually been teased about it by these animal rescuers. I always take this in stride and am also available for anyone who has questions about eating vegan. I have had parents talk to me about their children who have announced they are no longer eating meat and have helped them to put together vegan meals, etc... Don't be discouraged, be happy knowing you are preventing unwanted litters who if born will live short lives and most likely suffer. As far as those woman, it starts with planting the seed. Thank you for helping these cats, and people (although sometimes it does not seem that way). Ruth
Paula
user 8345907
New York, NY
Post #: 311
Hi Paula,
I do not do TNR but I encounter people on a daily basis who eat meat. And some of these people do TNR and are active in domestic animal rescue. Sometimes I dine with them. Everyone knows I am a vegan and I have actually been teased about it by these animal rescuers. I always take this in stride and am also available for anyone who has questions about eating vegan. I have had parents talk to me about their children who have announced they are no longer eating meat and have helped them to put together vegan meals, etc... Don't be discouraged, be happy knowing you are preventing unwanted litters who if born will live short lives and most likely suffer. As far as those woman, it starts with planting the seed. Thank you for helping these cats, and people (although sometimes it does not seem that way). Ruth
Hay there dear Ruth -- thanks for your comforting feedback. Wish I could take these people and their comments in stride ... for me it's like, if you don't want to consider veganism, fine, but when you start to mock me that's a different story ... anyway I'm appreciative of more temperate people like you in the movement. Hugs.
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