Useful stuff from a Vegan Outreach reader:
My husband, a friend, and I went to dinner last night. They wanted to dispute veganism. For example they brought up how Jesus ate meat. But I remembered your bottom line; my response was, "I don’t want to fight. I don’t know about God’s reason for allowing this; the reason I am doing this is because I want to reduce suffering." That was the end of the conversation. Your message/ focus is extremely effective.
The best animal advocates never allow the discussion to get dragged off topic. They constantly bring the subject back to animal suffering and the sleazy behavior of animal agribusiness, and don’t let the conversation stray into philosophical ambiguities. Link.