What is the most ethical way for a vegan to get rid of in-date tinned meat?

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I am a vegan but still have some tins of tuna and corned beef which I bought before I went vegan which are still in date as they last for so long. I am wondering what I should do with them as it feels wrong having them in the house, obviously I'm not going to eat them and it feels terrible to put them in the bin when more animals are being killed every day to produce more of these products. I wonder if it would be best to take them to a food bank? As a big ethical vegan, I feel as though it may be morally wrong for me to give them to a food bank as it might lead to some people eating more meat/fish and less vegan food. Having said that, is it possible that it could lead to someone eating the food I donated instead of buying meat/fish, in which case it would reduce the amount of them that is purchased?

Another idea would be to do the opposite of shoplifting and go and put them on the shelves in the supermarket. Is there any law against doing this? This way, it could have the opposite impact of buying meat and effectively reduced demand by the amount that I add to the shelves, although in practice they wouldn't be added to the stock on the shop's system.

Whatever I do with them, I really don't like handling the tins and to be honest don't feel comfortable taking them into a public place (which I would have to do to take them to a food bank or supermarket) as it feels hypocritical for me to handle meat in public as a vegan and it would make it look as though I'm a meat eater.

Has anyone else ever had this problem?
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Give it to a food bank
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Give it to a food bank
But what if it gives someone a taste for something and then they buy more of it as a result when their financial situation is more favourable?
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You seem to be massively over-thinking this. Give it to a food bank and let someone in need make use of it. Whether or not they want to buy more when they can afford to is none of your business. You go ahead and be vegan, they can be whatever they want to be. And mostly, if they need a food bank they will be very grateful to all the people who have donated, so you will have done a good thing.
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You seem to be massively over-thinking this. Give it to a food bank and let someone in need make use of it. Whether or not they want to buy more when they can afford to is none of your business. You go ahead and be vegan, they can be whatever they want to be. And mostly, if they need a food bank they will be very grateful to all the people who have donated, so you will have done a good thing.
True but if I'm going to donate food to someone, I would want to give them vegan food.
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But what if it gives someone a taste for something and then they buy more of it as a result when their financial situation is more favourable?
Did you know it was possible to be a vegan without judging everyone else for what they eat?
How about you either
A) donate the food and mind your own business
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B) stop making threads designed to try and get a rise out of people.
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Give them to a next door neighbour?
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Olio

It's an app to reduce wastage by sharing things with people who live nearby.
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Did you know it was possible to be a vegan without judging everyone else for what they eat?
How about you either
A) donate the food and mind your own business
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B) stop making threads designed to try and get a rise out of people.
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Give them to a next door neighbour?
The thing is, I feel that by giving away meat I send out a message that I support people eating it.
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The thing is, I feel that by giving away meat I send out a message that I support people eating it.
You've put yourself in some sort of paradox then.

You can't give it away as it'll send the wrong message, but you can't keep it as it doesn't support your values...
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The thing is, I feel that by giving away meat I send out a message that I support people eating it.
No, you’d be generously giving away food that you don’t eat anymore and have no intention of eating.
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The thing is, I feel that by giving away meat I send out a message that I support people eating it.
So instead you’re sending out a message that you’d rather people starve than eat how you want them to eat.
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You've put yourself in some sort of paradox then.

You can't give it away as it'll send the wrong message, but you can't keep it as it doesn't support your values...
Yeah, it was wrong of me to buy the meat in the first place and it's terrible that extra animals might have been abused as a result.
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So instead you’re sending out a message that you’d rather people starve than eat how you want them to eat.
No but I want them to eat vegan food unless there really isn't any other option.
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True but if I'm going to donate food to someone, I would want to give them vegan food.
Vegans are a huge minority so if you donate vegan food to a food bank, it might go to waste. So why not just donate the food that you have, but don't want? Or just bin it if it's really too much to take it to your local supermarket or other food bank donation point.
You seem to care a lot about other people's opinion of you, but you are not creating a great impression of yourself here!
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No, you’d be generously giving away food that you don’t eat anymore and have no intention of eating.
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Vegans are a huge minority so if you donate vegan food to a food bank, it might go to waste. So why not just donate the food that you have, but don't want? Or just bin it if it's really too much to take it to your local supermarket or other food bank donation point.
You seem to care a lot about other people's opinion of you, but you are not creating a great impression of yourself here!
There's no reason why a meat eater can't eat vegan food so it would be absurd for it to go to waste.
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There's no reason why a meat eater can't eat vegan food so it would be absurd for it to go to waste.
So buy something vegan to donate as well, and drop off the spare tins you have while you are there. You are making a massive deal out of something really simple.
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The thing I hate more than food waste....

Vegans who preach.
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Yeah, it was wrong of me to buy the meat in the first place and it's terrible that extra animals might have been abused as a result.
Sure. That's your view.

The question now is what we can we do (very much as you ask).

You seem to want to be a vegan because you want to reduce suffering? Right? Giving the food to someone in need is reducing suffering. As you mention, you don't want your act to be expressive of condoning eating meat. But that's not what you're doing. You're giving to someone in need, reducing someone's suffering.

The truly pragmatist answer is, well, regardless they're going to be eating meat anyway as that's what's donated etc. etc. but you should know that what you are doing is not promoting meat.

Personally? I think you're overthinking it.
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