Question: When I dine with my family in the same restaurant, I will be having vegan food while they have meat dishes. As I pay for all, am I considered to have ‘eaten’ meat?
Answer: This is not considered (killing or) eating meat, but it does support (killing and) eating of meat. As this perpetuates the demand for more animals to be killed for more meat-eaters, it should be avoided. You should invite your family to wonderful vegan restaurants with food that they will surely like. Not only will there be no negative karma created, there will be positive karma created in offering compassionate meals, and showing them these kinder options.
Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!