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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : Questionable Question Series: Round 1 » Questionable Question Series: Round 1

Questionable Question Series: Round 1

Rusty - May 5, 2009

Do pro-choice vegans eat eggs?

This is a companion series to the “Awkward Question” series found here, here and here.

17 Comments »

  1. Fertilized, or non?

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — May 5, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

  2. How the heck would I know?

    Comment by Eric Nielson — May 5, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  3. Like anyone could even know that!

    Comment by Kip — May 5, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  4. Ardis,
    Do vegans make that distinction?

    Comment by Rusty — May 5, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  5. Vegans don’t eat eggs, period. That’s what vegan means, no eggs, no dairy, no animal products.

    Wikipedia is your friend. It has knowledge. Easily accessible, tasty, tasty knowledge.

    Comment by bloggernacleburner — May 5, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  6. Rusty, vegans probably don’t, but the analogous human right-to-lifers/pro-choicers do. As if MY question were any more bizarre than yours! ;)

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — May 5, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

  7. bloggernacleburner & Ardis,
    It appears this was a poorly executed post. I, in fact, knew the answer before posting it. It was the topic of a discussion I had with a friend today at lunch and he thought it was ironic that if vegans (who, let’s be serious, are generally left-leaning and pro-choice) are okay terminating a human embryo, they should likewise be okay terminating a chicken embryo. This of course assumes the vegan’s motivation is to avoid the needless killing of animals.

    Comment by Rusty — May 5, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  8. Oh! I should have gone back to the linked posts, then I’d have understood. So, starting again, I should have written …

    Hunh. Terminating a human embryo doesn’t mean eating it, and a vegan could well have other motivations beyond the needless killing of animals, and vegans don’t eat dairy even though human consumption of dairy doesn’t involve the killing of animals. So, no, those are three reasons I would be astonished to hear that an egg-eater, no matter how left-leaning and pro-choice, considered himself a vegan.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — May 5, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  9. Terminating a human embryo doesn’t mean eating it

    I thought that was why people did it. Huh.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — May 5, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  10. Vegan = no eggs period
    Vegetarian = depends on your ilk

    Right?

    Comment by Tod Robbins — May 5, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

  11. Wow…sounds like a few commenters need to chill out and learn to appreciate a little irony. Or am I the only person that found humor in the thought (before it was explained by Rusty)?

    Comment by Tristin — May 5, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

  12. The stupid is amusing, as is the comparison. There is nothing inherently left wing about choosing to become vegan. Many people do it for health reasons.

    Prime example, I know a vegan cattle rancher. He’s a right wing nut job but he’s allergic to milk and meat makes him sick. He’s also allergic to cows. So, he eats vegan, doses himself with massive quantities of multi-level marketing nostrums and continues to raise cows to be slaughtered.

    Lovely stereotype hootenany you got going on here guys…

    Comment by bloggernacleburner — May 5, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

  13. Bloggernacleburner,
    The original question asked specifically about pro-choice vegans, not just vegans. Then, because you needed me to explain the irony in the post, I recounted how my friend and I had a discussion earlier and the context of that discussion was that generally vegans are left-leaning. The word “generally” means “usually” or “often, but not always” or “there are definitely going to be anecdotal exceptions that people will point out, but it doesn’t mean those exceptions are the rule, it just means these people are quick to overlook the word ‘generally’”. I also made sure to point out in my explanation of the irony, that this comparison is only apt if the pro-choice vegan is a vegan strictly for the moral issues eating meat raises.

    So Tristan, how funny is this post now???!!!!

    Comment by Rusty — May 5, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

  14. I don’t get it

    Comment by Bret — May 6, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  15. They don’t sell fertilized eggs. From my younger days working around a chicken farm the FDA will not allow it. Eggs are inspected and sorted by shining light through them and if there is a dark spot (blood or embyo)then the eggs are discarded. Can you imagine getting eggs at the grocery that little partially developed chicks in them. I can see the animal rights ads now. Besides Roosters can be mean they are removed and slaughtered for their meat.

    Comment by Jerry — May 8, 2009 @ 11:18 am

  16. Note: vegans also don’t drink milk. Veganism can’t be equated with “thou shalt not kill.”

    Comment by C. L. Hanson — May 8, 2009 @ 11:47 am

  17. Back in high school I had a friend who became vegetarian and we would joke that he still ate eggs because he was pro-choice.

    Since then he’s gone vegan and I am pretty sure he doesn’t joke at all about eating eggs.

    Comment by danithew — May 16, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

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