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Date Ideas for Cruelty-Free Fun

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

Dates can end up being wildly successful or downright painful based on the location alone. You could be with a really great person, but because the setting isn’t right, the whole thing can just feel off. And let’s face it, what’s romantic or enticing about being in an atmosphere where animals are mistreated? Here’s a list of cruelty-free date ideas that are sure to charm your partner, whether it’s for your first date, your anniversary, or just another weekend rendezvous with your sweetie.

1. Instead of going to SeaWorld or to an aquarium, spend the day at the beach. I’ll admit that I used to enjoy going to the aquarium and watching dolphin shows, not realizing the devastation that these facilities cause their marine inhabitants. Now, I would much rather spend a day splashing around in the water with my man. We like to bring a Frisbee to toss back and forth between waves, but you can bring other things like a volleyball or books and magazines. Whatever sand-filled activities you choose to participate in, be sure to pack your sunscreen and shades!

2. Instead of attending a circus, attend a sporting event. Here, the players aren’t being forced to do anything cruel or unnatural. Instead, they’re just doing what they love. My boyfriend, Sean, certainly knew what he was doing when he took me to a White Sox game on our first date. It was the best first date I’d ever had, and now, more than 2 1/2 years later, I’m still his girl!

3. Instead of taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, go for a bike ride. This way, rather than making some poor horse hustle through traffic, you can take a leisurely cruise through a park and get in a bit of light exercise. If you really want to get cutesy about it, you can take a whirl at the tandem bicycle, which my boyfriend is still trying (in vain) to get me to do (again).

4. Instead of going to a zoo, go to an animal sanctuary. All over the U.S. and abroad, these safe havens protect animals from exploitation. And whose heart wouldn’t be softened by seeing these adorable little critters who have gotten a second chance at life?

5. Instead of dining at a steakhouse, dine at a vegan restaurant. This one is pretty self-explanatory. We all know how the meat industry wreaks havoc on animals—as well as the environment and our own health. Keep your meal cruelty-free by eating at a vegan restaurant or at least by making sure that the selected restaurant has some vegan options before you show up.

6. If you don’t feel like going out to eat, purchase a vegan cookbook or peruse the recipes here and whip up dinner together. Sean and I love to bond in the kitchen, working in unison to create a delectable dish that we can both enjoy. Sometimes a very relaxed date like this one can make you feel the closest to each other.

Most of us can agree that compassion is sexy. Any one of these cruelty-free date ideas just might be the ticket to winning over your new flame or reconnecting with your significant other.

What’s your idea of a winning, cruelty-free date spot?

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  • Deanne O says:

    My boyfriend is all into my veganism. He looks up recipes and searches restaurants for vegan options. We do lots of vegan friendly things, there are LOTS! I’d never be with anyone who would not be tolerant of my compassionate animal loving ways. I’d rather be alone with the pets than live with and promote cruelty just for some guy. Closeminded people are a real total turn off.

  • Bri says:

    Go camping, go for a hike, rent a green cabin! It’s soooo easy to do so many things while camping!

  • Jen says:

    Eat the Babies!, I already like you! :-*

  • Noel says:

    Oh how I wish I lived in Philadelphia right now! There are no vegan restaurants in Baton Rouge, and few vegan options. Being a vegan in Louisiana has made dating a disaster for me too. If ever I met a vegan man I’d jump at the opportunity for a vegan date! Your compassion is SO sexy- keep fighting the good fight!

  • Gingereb says:

    I completely agree with your sentiments. I’m a vegetarian living in Philly too however I have never heard of Horizons. I will have to go there sometime. Thanks for the recommendation and hopefully you will have good luck finding your veggie lady of brotherly love.

  • Codi<3 says:

    Dont worry.. One day you’ll find a girl who loves you FOR your compassion! Patience. I know it’s frustrating sometimes. <3

  • sam0415 says:

    My husband and I love to take our dogs and head to the park for a picnic. It’s free, fun, and easy! Our dogs love the attention, exercise, and adventure, and we love the bonding and sunshine!

  • Eat the Babies! says:

    God, I wish I really believed that compassion was sexy. My vegetarianism has mostly been a liability in my dating life. Either it drives me crazy that the girl eats meat, it turns her off that I don’t eat meat or it makes her feel self-conscious when she eats meat around me.

    Believe me, I prefer a veggie girl, but I find them harder and harder to find and I can’t tell you how often my stance has been an issue in dating. Basically, any time she’s not a solid veggie like me.

    Don’t worry, I’m not about to waver, but… I do think this article is kinda kidding itself. Here in Philadelphia, Horizons is awesome but with most Ladies-of-Brotherly-Love, it can’t at all compete with Le Bec Fin.

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