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I am one of the silent ones, part of an unnoticed backlash against vegetarianism

By Richard Thomas   December 1998

My downfall started last year, with a duck. To be precise, with a Hong Kong duck. As soon as the waiter began to carve slices of gorgeous-looking meat, ready for rolling, dipping in sauce and consuming, I knew I had to have it. Something snapped. After ten years as a vegetarian-allowing fish on to the menu mostly on convenience grounds -I devoured half a bird on the spot.

For a while the collapse was partial. Ducks were added to fish as exceptions to my vegetarianism. “Well, they’re aquatic aren’t they?” I would protest to mocking friends. “They might have been…

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