This World Vegetarian Day, Kiwis who tell their partners ”it’s me or the meat” might be in for a shock – a new survey has revealed that 68% of New Zealanders would choose red meat over love.
Just in time for World Vegetarian Day (1st October), a new survey from the dating site Elite Singles has taken a closer look at romance and the Kiwi diet.
68% of meat eaters would dump their partner before they’d dump bacon
The survey of 300 Kiwi singles found that, if given an ultimatum (i.e. ”it’s me or the meat”), 68% of meat eaters would choose meat. What’s more, a number of NZ meat eaters worry that falling for a vegetarian will mean a life without so much as a sausage sizzle: 16% see the threat of attempted conversion as the number one reason not to date a vegetarian.
However, it may be the ultimatum rather than the diet that is the real problem. Indeed, if asked nicely by a vegetarian partner, nearly half of Kiwi meat eaters (47%) would be prepared to try going at least semi-vegetarian. This includes 28% who would try and avoid meat in front of their partner and 19% who would give it up entirely.
Just 3% of vegetarians would want to convert a partner
Yet, the study proved that these conversion fears are unfounded. In fact, just 3% of vegetarians surveyed would insist that their partner swear off meat. 27% would like a partner to at least consider eating less meat, and the vast majority – 70% – don’t think it is their place to make demands on a partner’s diet.
What’s more, 93% of Kiwi vegetarians would be happy to start a serious relationship with someone who eats meat. Slightly fewer meat eaters (85%) would want a serious relationship with a vegetarian.