Bardo de Saldo wrote:"Hello ..." ~Carola
Buddhists and Hindus aren't vegetarian, unless they are for reasons other than being Buddhist or Hindu.
The poor aren't vegetarian, either, unless they are for reasons other than being poor. I do feel very bad about the poor not being able to afford BBQ, though, so I'm with you on that one; but not bad enough to feel guilty when I fry me a one-pounder NY steak later for dinner.
So, Carola, I'm not convinced that vegetarians aren't just picky eaters. You can try rhetoric next time instead of emotional blackmail.
I can only assume you have never read anything of the beliefs of Buddhists or Hindus - regard for all
forms of life is held to be sacred. Having attended quite a few weddings and similar occasions with Hindu people I can say at first hand that most don't eat meat - haven't you ever heard of "sacred cows"? And I have various written teachings from Tibetan Buddhism at home - and guess what - they say you should try not to eat meat. I also don't think my Jewish friends are "picky" because they don't eat pork or shellfish or Muslims because they don't drink alcohol either. But of course not everyone follows all the teachings of their religion.
And if it is "emotional blackmail" to think about the poor and starving, then I will happily be blackmailed every day of my life.