When vegan meets non-vegan world.
I’m caught in the middle of a huge conflict of interest. This is the first time I’ve really felt obligated to do something that goes against everything I stand for. The interesting thing is that this would be a conflict of interest for me even if I still wasn’t vegan yet.
For those of you who’ve known me for ages know that this was my entire life in high school and my early college years:
Anyways, I grew up loving horses and was always taught that horse racing is a terrible, terrible, terrible “sport” just as terrible as hunting.
Fast-forward to last year. Sean started playing an Irish sport called hurling.
This sport’s group is a volunteer-run non-profit. When they posted a list of open positions several of them sparked my interest. It seemed like an awesome way to gain experience and learn how non-profits run; So I’m on the advertising/marketing committee.
This being our first year in the club we are pretty clueless about the annual events. I had heard something about a “night of the races” at one of the ladies’ nights, but I didn’t know all the details. Later we kept seeing emails about NOTR, which turns out to be short for Night of the Races. Sean and I talked about it and we decided that fake horse racing is horrible, but we want the club to do well and it’s not our place to come in and try to change everything. I was still under the impression that I could fly under the radar and have little involvement with this event. Later we learned they play real horse racing! AH! And that this is an all-hands-on-deck kind of thing since it’s planned about a month before the event! AHHH! What a nightmare.
So here I am now, helping promote and coordinate this very vegan-unfriendly horse racing event. I was hoping I could at least find a vegan food vendor, but it turns out it’s hard to find free catering three weeks before an event. What makes this even worse is that I’ve pulled a half a dozen people into this event. In one of my classes we have to do a group service learning project and I thought it would be fun to have people help me with my advertising/marketing committee duties. I gave my group two options and they all voted to do the fundraising event. Sigh.
My plan is to try my best this year and keep suggesting that they change the theme to something that doesn’t involve animal exploitation and to make it clear that I don’t want to help with the event next year if is still horse racing theme…
I imagine there must be tons of vegans out there dealing with conflict of interest, such as vegans serving non-vegan food in restaurants.
How would you deal with this situation?