Hear hear, yosimitebabe - I get flak all the time. It’s like ‘vegetarian’ equals immediately ‘preachy, tree-hugging, oh-the-humanity vegan’, with no grey areas in between. But I see no need to get miffed - life’s too short, and death’s a bad punchline to it. I, like many others, have stopped using the term ‘vegetarian’ to describe myself because of the social connotations of the word - I prefer ‘doesn’t eat [insert specifics]’ in its stead and give reasons if asked insistently enough.
Most vegetarians gravitate towards their diet solely for health or taste reasons, but it seems to me that the loudest and most recognizable bunch would be those who don’t eat meat because they don’t like animals dying for their food. Preachy vegetarians are but a small section of vegetarians - most of us would just like to be left alone and not bothered for whatever reasons. Unfortunately, like many groups, the loud minority ruins it for the quiet majority