firedfromthecircus wrote:It seems that every time someone mentions that they are boycotting (or trying to avoid) something, someone else will come along and attempt to belittle or negate that effort.
That's one of the reasons I don't call myself a vegetarian, even though I don't eat meat. It's not so bad these days, but in the past there was always someone trying to expose the hypocrisy in the food choices of others. "You call yourself a vegetarian but you have leather shoes"; "What about the suffering of people who pick vegetables?"
By the way - another common response is to ask "Are you allowed to eat that?", as if there's an international vegetarian authority that is telling me what I am permitted to eat. I'm allowed to eat anything, apart from the flesh of humans and that of protected species.