Hey everyone, today’s post is one that I’ve been meaning to post for quite a while now. I created this list and explanations to show people that veganism really isn’t as bad or different as they may think. It is not meant to be harsh or mean, although it may come out that way. I just want to portray the harsh reality that is going on in our world right now, and bring some sort of justice into it. If you are a vegan, great, hey, you’ll probably enjoy this article. If you are not a vegan, please try not to take offense. Read these statements with an open mind and perspective. And remember, if you do get offended by these statements, then that means your conscious is guilty of something that you are aware is morally wrong. I’m not blaming you, I’m simply just stating the truth 🙂 Hope you enjoy!
So without further ado, the most common vegan misconceptions and my comebacks:
“Humans need meat to survive”
On the contrary my dear friend, humans can actually (believe it or not) survive without having to eat the dead carcass of another being! Surprising, right? You may be wondering how to get protein and every other vitamin imaginable, and here’s what I tell you: plants. Plant based foods have every single vitamin and nutrient that you need to survive. People ate plants originally when the earth was created, but because of cold winters and food scarcity, they resorted to eating to animals. Which I just want to point out is 100% OKAY!! I’m not going to argue that people should have always been vegan. BUT, we are no longer cavemen. We CAN survive winters, summers, and any other season with just fruits, grains and vegetables because of our easy access to importing and exporting all across the world. We are meant be herbivores – unfortunately society has grown up with these ideologies of “eating meat being normal” so anything that goes against that (veganism) is considered abnormal. But just let all these facts sink in for a minute.. if we are meant to eat meat, why does it kill thousands of us a year?
Read more: http://mindfullybliss.com/humans-are-designed-to-eat-meat/
Also for those wondering about Vitamin B12, read my article here: http://mindfullybliss.com/the-basics-on-b12/
“Well other animals kill and eat each other – it’s survival”
1. Yes, it is that very thing exactly – survival. Animals are not as developed as we humans are. They cannot drive cars, make money, destroy our planet; ya know, things that humans do. Animals(carnivores/omnivores) hunt and eat their prey because that is their only means of survival. A lion can’t survive off of plants like gorillas and elephants can, and that’s okay. Every animal on this planet is different. The only thing is….. humans are naturally herbivores, NOT carnivores. Meaning, we CAN survive without meat, and we have thousands of other ways of survival and foods to eat. So the difference between humans and animals is choice.
2. Lions live in the wild, run on all fours, and kill animals and eat their flesh raw. If you want to argue that humans are meant to eat meat, please come talk to me after you’ve done this for your dinner.
3. Also, you cannot compare us to wild animals because we are in fact, NOT wild animals. If you would however like to compare us to lions, remember this; lions sniff each others butts when they greet each other, and often times kill their young. So unless you want to start doing that, don’t compare humans to carnivores.
“Animals are overpopulated, so we have to kill them”
Humans are also overpopulated, should we start killing off them as well?
Also, “meat is only produced through our demand. So if no one ate meat, farmers would have no need to impregnate cows every 6 months, because cow’s naturally only give birth once a year. We take away and raise their offspring to be grown and consumed. The population of cows is mostly controlled by the meat industry. If this demand went down, supply would as well, meaning that there would not be as many cows if we left them naturally in the wild. However if we continue in the rate we are consuming meat, supply will grow higher to meet the demand of the growing population, so more forests would be cut down for cattle ranching and more methane gas released, contributing to more global warming.”
“I don’t have time to be a vegan- I’m too busy”
I’m sorry, but how do you not have time to eat food? If you can manage to cook a chicken, fry some bacon and eggs, or grill up some fish or a grilled cheese sandwich, than you most definitely have time for some fruits and veggies. It’s actually ironic that people excuse themselves for not being vegan with the excuse that they don’t have time, because on the contrary, eating vegan is the least time consuming. All you gotta do is eat a ton of fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, lentils, and so many other food combinations!
“Being vegan is too expensive”
Do people seriously think this? If being a vegan is so expensive, than why do the poorest countries in the world eat vegan/vegetarian?
Answer: because it’s cheap.
The cheapest things on the market are rice, beans and pasta. Eating meat is a luxury. A luxury that most countries cannot afford. You’re telling me you can’t afford to be vegan, but you can afford to go to a fancy steakhouse for dinner? No one said you have to become a high carb fully raw vegan and eat 100% fruit, which can tend to be a bit expensive. Eating vegan could mean oatmeal for breakfast, pasta for lunch, rice for dinner. Cheap. Easy. Done.
2. Another point is, even if it was a bit expensive, health is wealth right? Would you rather pay $2 for a McDonald’s cheeseburger everyday to save money and end up being 50 years old with cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, etc, or pay a tiny bit more for fruits and veggies now, and be healthy you’re entire life? I chose option two.
My dad told me yesterday that two of his friends who are in their 60’s recently got a call from their doctor saying that both of their cholesterol levels are extremely high and at a dangerous level. Hmmm, I’m glad I won’t have that problem when I’m older.
“Humans are superior because we’re the smartest species”
Actually, humans are actually quite dumb. They are so dumb that they still haven’t realized that they are not calves.
2. Also, “If all insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” -Jonas Salk.
So really humans are just doing more damage than good.
3. Eating meat contributes to cancer and heart disease, which, not coincidentally, are the number one killers of America. Can you believe that!? These diseases that are 100% preventable are killing most of the people on this earth per year, and what do we “smart humans” continue to do? EAT MEAT.
ACTUALLY, if you read the bible, you will see that is indeed not true.
Genesis 1:29: And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”
Although this may have changed later in the Bible, this is the statement that was originally stated.
And if you still don’t believe me about the Bible sitch, why are you choosing to follow this one specific thing from the Bible? It also states that homosexuality is wrong and that adulterers should be faced with death.
Animals are equal beings that inhabit this earth with us. God did not put them here for the sole purpose for us to slaughter and eat them.
“I like the taste of meat and could never give it up”
“Tell me something: Why is taste, the crudest of our senses, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses? If you stop and think about it, it’s crazy. Why doesn’t a horny person have as strong a claim to raping an animal as a hungry one does to killing and eating it? It’s easy to dismiss that question but hard to respond to it. And how would you judge an artist who mutilated animals in a gallery because it was visually arresting? How riveting would the sound of a tortured animal need to be to make you want to hear it THAT badly? Try to imagine any end other than taste for which it would be justifiable to do what we do to farmed animals.” Eating Animals -Jonathon Safran
Mhm, so let me ask you this: would the Holocaust have been okay to you if the victims were ‘treated nicely’ before they were slaughtered? Oh, and that murderer was really pleasant to his victims before he raped and murdered them, so that makes it okay then, right?
“It’s my life and none of your business what I eat. It doesn’t affect you or anyone else so stay out of it”
Usually I would agree with you and stay out of your business, BUT unfortunately what you eats not only affects me, but the entire world. Factory Farming is the third highest contribute to global warming IN THE WORLD.
“65% of the world’s grain is used to feed the 60 billion land animals (meat, dairy and egg industries) and tens of billions of marine animals that are killed each year for food, rather than the 7.5 billion people that are on this planet? The number one cause of world hunger is animal agriculture. If just all the humans in America went vegan, we could solve world hunger.
The Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology even admit than 10 billion people could be fed with the available crop land if everyone in America alone went vegan. Example: 1 acre of land can yield 40,000 pounds of potatoes, but one of acre of land can only yield 250 pounds of meat.”
“We’re supposed to eat animals okay!!!?? It’s just the way things are and how things have always been.”
Yes, but during the 1900’s, women belonged to men and didn’t have a say in anything they did.
African Americans and anyone else with dark coloured skin could not go to school or sit on the same bus as people with white coloured skin.
Homosexuality was considered a mental illness and people ostracized them, tried to ‘fix them’, and isolated them.
So when you tell me that things are ‘supposed to be this way’ and use that as a valid argument, I can only tell you this: things change. Everything that we humans do is a social construct, meaning every norm, value or tradition that we do is created by us. So if we all of a sudden decided to stop torturing innocent animals and eating them, IT COULD BECOME A NORM TOO!!
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.”
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“The question is not “Can you make a difference?” You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of a difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.”
And Martin Luther King was one person… and he kind of changed the world.