Holiday ettiquette for the humane meat eater

Thanksgiving table at the Brown Street house

Thanksgiving table at the Brown Street house. Photo by Flickr user Kate Inglis, used under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Caroline Abels of just posted a great piece about how humaneitarians, conscientious omnivores, and other thoughtful, selective meat eaters can tactfully handle eating a meat-centric holiday meal as the guest at someone else’s home. As she explains,

My local NPR station had a call-in show recently on “holiday etiquette,” complete with etiquette experts, so I posted a question for their guests to answer: “I try very hard to eat only humanely raised meat. Is it rude to ask a host where the meat came from or how it was raised?”

Before I tell you the responses of the two etiquette experts from the Emily Post Institute in Burlington, Vermont, I’m curious to know if you’ve ever been at someone’s house for a special meal, they were serving meat, and you really wanted to know where the meat came from before you ate it. Did you ask or stay silent?  Or maybe you’ll be attending a Thanksgiving meal this week without knowing in advance what kind of turkey will be served. What will you do when you get there?

For the advice that Abels received, and how Abels herself handles this issue, head to her full post—this particular helping of food-for-thought couldn’t be any timelier, so check it out here.


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