Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be Thankit!
The Selkirk Grace, Robert Burns
The above prayer is often recited before a burns supper. I expect that vegetarians (and vegans) would be included in the first line. They may be offered the meat but they cannot or rather will not eat it.
I am sure to be able to eat meat was something that you would be thankful for in Burn's day, there wasn't much in the way of alternatives. That is not the case today. Both from a nutrition and a taste perspective, there are plenty of options that would not leave you wanting. You are no longer forced, it is your choice.
I think that is something to be truly thankful for.Go Top