She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum to weigh in on the issue. The teen is having a large 16th birthday party with almost 100 guests. While her parents agreed to provide vegan options, they are refusing to have an entirely vegan menu. Now, the teen is upset.
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“I’m turning 16 in December,” the teen explained. “I am having a pretty large birthday party at a banquet hall (80+ guests). I have been a strict vegan for over two years now. I am doing it because I believe in animal rights, and I know what the meat industry does to the environment. I will not be part of the problem. We are catering food for this party, and I explicitly said that since it’s my birthday party, I want the entire menu to be vegan. My parents said they will order any vegan dishes I want, but will also provide non-vegan dishes to accommodate other guests.”
The teenager doesn’t want anyone to consume animal products at her party, however.
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“I am not happy with this,” the teen said. “It’s my birthday party, and one of my requests is that people not consume animals for this one night. Like, it’s one night; it’s not that big of a deal. My parents are not budging and saying that not everyone is vegan, and they need stuff to eat. But it’s my birthday party. I don’t think it’s going to kill anyone to have to eat vegan for the night.”
“I probably wouldn’t go to a party that serves vegan-only food because of my worries, or I’d just not eat,” a user wrote.
“If you’re not footing the bill, you’ve got a good compromise,” another said.
“You’re allowed to want all vegan food. Eating vegan won’t hurt most people, and it is your birthday after all,” someone said.
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