I am in a relationship with someone who is tolerant of my kind diet, but is insistent that he doesn't want to go vegetarian or vegan. Does anyone have a list of kind (or kindER) products for those of us who would like to warm those around us up to the idea of a kind diet by at the very least educating about buying kinder animal products? Thanks!!
Goat's milk is usually suggested as an alternative to people who are mildly lactose intolerant, not people who are necessarily looking for a 'healthier' alternative.
The problem with "kinder" animal products is that the words "humane" and "happy" aren't really regulated terms - anyone can slap that label on their product if they really try. The only thing you'd be doing is telling your friends and family to buy more expensive animal products! Instead of looking for the elusive "humane" products, encourage them to give up a few days of unhealthy eating - make kind recipes with them, bring them kind treats, etc.
I think organic cheese would be kinder as there are more regulations around how the animals are kept. As they can't just constantly pump them up with antibiotics they have to treat them better. This is true in the UK anyway.
Try and buy things locally... smaller farms are usually better to there animals (at the very least they usually aren't confined into tight spaces with one another like commercial lots) next step would be organic, I believe to be organic they can't use antibiotics on there animals so they want them to be healthy so they don't lose money so compared to, again, huge commercial operations, they are probably treated better.
Kinder animal products? Maybe from a local farm where you can actually go there and see for yourself the conditions. I used to buy my dog's meat from a farm like this and was a bit more comfortable with that.
Would you be able to introduce him to more alternatives? Tacos with veggie ground beef, Field Roast Sausages, Tofurky deli slices, Nate's meatless meatballs, non-dairy milks, etc.
My hubby is omnivore and won't even try most of my meals, but he uses my Earth Balance spread and my veganaisse. I feel better that in my house at least we don't buy butter and mayo anymore.
You could try to sneak some of your milk alternative into his cow's milk, mixing it. Start out by waiting until it is almost gone and just add a couple tablespoons, then next time when it is almost gone add 1/2 cup. Make sure he is not allergic to anything. But that also opens you up to the same sneaky treatment.
What is his favorite desert or meal of all time? Can you make a vegan alternative that rocks?
Sometimes we can't get those we love to see the "kinder way of eating", so we just have to be happy with the little things we can pursuade them to do, like not buying leather, or wearing feathers in thier hair.
Don't sweat it to much, if you 2 really love each other you will come to a place where you respect each other and it won't matter as much.
If I were you, I simply would never feed my partner animal products. If he wants to eat those things-- fine!-- but they're NOT entering my home. Maybe I'm just spoiled, though, as I married a fellow vegan. But I still wouldn't allow cruel products in my home. If he wants to eat meat, he can eat alone.