Originally Posted by darsmama
Ok, since we are so far off topic anyways; CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY eating lettuce, carrots, etc. is NOT the same as eating a living thing (IE: frog legs)? Or is it the 'they aren't mammals' (so its ok to eat fish and frogs?) this is really driving me nuts. What about maggots, some people eat them - is that against veganism!?
Who drew the line, where!?
Just a quick explanation...please.
I've been lurking this thread, and this question keeps making me scratch my head....I didn't know that people were confused about eating vegetables....
Ok, I'll try my personal understanding:
Everything is either animal, vegetable, or mineral, pretty much. If it isn't vegetation or a mineral (rocks, dirt), it is an animal--even if it is bacteria or a maggot. Frogs certainly are animals (yummy ones at that
Vegans do not eat animals or use animal products at all. To the point that many will not eat honey, because it is made by bees. Bees are animals, as are all insects. And amphibians, and reptiles, and avians, and mammals.....
Produce is not an animal. The name "VEGan" implies that vegans eat vegetative products--not animal products. There is no cruelty in eating plant products. In fact, most plants benefit from having their fruits harvested or their growth pruned. It can be a symbiotic relationship for humans to eat plants (benefits plant and human), but it is a predatory relationship when humans eat/use animals.
To the op...your boy is exploring and learning. Try not to worry, but focus on teaching. If it happens again, or threatens to, respond with empathy for the frog. Let ds see how much you care for the frog, and, in fact, all of nature's creatures. In our home, we sometimes eat fish, but we are honest about how a fish needed to give it's life for us to eat, and we are grateful for it. We honor the fish
. Model care for nature's creatures, and he will catch on. Personally, I would not punish the behavior, because I would want him to appreciate the natural consequences of the action: a dead or frightened frog, and a distraught mama. Your boy has a good heart, and he will learn from your good example