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Vegan Comebacks

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/

http://mindfullybliss.com/the-best-foods-for-you/

Also for those wondering about Vitamin B12, read my article here: http://mindfullybliss.com/the-basics-on-b12/

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“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.”
Source:  http://instagram.com/veganistic

“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”

*jaw drop*

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.

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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.

195737f865c459b54971905bc3b9c71b“God put animals on this planet to eat”

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.

http://hannahpetrak.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/christian-vegan-part-ii/

http://hannahpetrak.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/christian-vegan-part-iii/

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

3258e3703c43eae448802a9d9098de61“Well, I only eat free range chickens that were raised and slaughtered humanely”

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?

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“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.”
Source: http://instagram.com/ellenfisher

c51c1a8bb6c7f63c3c8a1f77e966efcc 6f8eaace0a15f8acb90a43a14750b4f1“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!!

what is normal“One person can’t make a difference in the world, so why bother?”

“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.

 I’m done.

Bam.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Cassie
    May 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Have you ever seen The Cove? My class and I had a debate about it and everyone was so depressed and disgusted by the whale hunting. I brought up the fact that animal slaughter happens every day in factory farming, so why isn’t everyone concerned about that? Wanna know what they responded? They said it’s okay to kill chicken, pigs and cows because they’re “stupid” and “useless”, unlike dolphins that communicate and are more human-like. I was so ticked off! Does that justify that farm animals are still living beings that feel pain, lose family and know how to love just as dolphins do? That’s like equating civil rights. “We can kill African Americans because they’re black and keep whites alive”. It just makes me sad how discriminating our generation is. If you want to kill animals, kill all of them. If you want to kill humans, kill all of them. Don’t emphasize that we are equal but some are more equal than others.

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      Katrina
      May 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Yess, I watched it in my grade 11 environmental science class actually. Ironic isn’t? Humanity is messed up. That’s why I’m trying to shed light on these things.

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    Krysten
    August 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve recently made the decision to go vegan myself, so I’m still learning. My question is about the first statement in your article, in which you mention that plants can provide every single vitamin your body needs, but I’ve read a lot about the fact that B12, an essential nutrient, does not occur naturally in plant foods. The only way a vegan can ingest enough B12 is to eat fortified foods or take a supplement. Just wondering if you’ve come across information that states otherwise?

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      Katrina
      August 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Hey love 🙂 Yay that’s awesome! And while vitamin B12 is found in very few plant based foods, there are a few! I use nutritional yeast sometimes, and also put Spriulina in my smoothies, and B12 is naturally found in both! Also, the almond milk and coconut milk that I buy from the brand Silk has B12 in it (fortified I guess). But if it makes you feel any better, farm animals are injected with B12 shots…. and also B12 is often lost when people cook their meat, as are most vitamins and nutrients when cooked, so people lost the B12 when they cook their meat since they cannot eat it raw. Also, people think vegans are all deficient in B12, but 40% of the world is actually B12 deficient, and only like 3% of the world is vegan hahaha, so anyone can become B12 deficient 🙂 Just do the best you can or just take a supplement xx People that eat meat still have to take supplements for iron, calcium, vitamin C, etc Hope this help x

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    A simple man..
    November 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Hmm, I’m sure this won’t end well but hey, that’s what Internet is for… 😉
    You start by stating that no one should be offended or take anything personally while reading your article but this is simply not possible. It is completely subjective and sort of “condemns” everyone who eats meat, regardless of their reason for doing so. Furthermore:

    “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.”

    Sure, they were meant to be named by Adam and serve as an example of God’s wisdom so that we can admire His intelligence and might even more… but equal? Seriously? So mating with them is OK as well? Talking with (not “to”) them? Sharing special moments? Making dinner, going to the movies, babysitting, nursing, performing a surgery, teaching math, designing, figuring stuff out, painting… pretty much anything based on creativity? God gave us everything on this planet and let us use it as we like, as long as it doesn’t break any of His rules. I wouldn’t use the Bible to back your own preferences if I were you, it’s not meant for that. It doesn’t state that eating (properly prepared) meat is wrong so you shouldn’t either.

    But I digress.. All I wanted to say is: don’t blame people for eating meat. Blame people who turned all of this into a ruthless business where it doesn’t matter how animals are being treated. I eat meat and won’t stop just because you think it’s not necessary for my survival.
    I use up a lot of energy throughout the day and I don’t believe that eating plants alone will help me with that. I like the taste of well prepared meat and I’m not ashamed of it. You can’t do it because you see a “face” there. I don’t. It doesn’t mean that I hate animals and I don’t feel disgusted when someone tortures them for profit. I love looking at them and having them around, this has nothing to do with anyone’s eating habits.

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      Katrina
      November 25, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Hey there! Thanks for your feedback, it’s always good to have a nice intellectual discussion online 🙂 I totally see your points and why you would think that way, but I just want to point out that I didn’t use the God argument myself. Many many people say this as an excuse, hence why I put all the excuses in quotation marks. I would never justify something or use it to back up my argument by using God, however, like stated in the post, many people say “well God put animals here for us to eat”. So I listed my rebuttal to that statement. That’s it.

      Second, when I say all beings on this earth are equal, I do not mean that they are all equal to HUMAN KIND. A living organism, a dog, a tiger, and a tree all inhabit this earth. So do humans, and we are all earthlings. I do not expect people to invite tigers over for dinner and have intellectual conversations with their cats. However, I do believe that we were all put on this planet, and humans may have superior intelligence, but that does not justify killing innocent beings just for food/taste, when we can clearly survive without killing them.

      Third, I didn’t intend for the article to be demeaning to people who eat meat, and I do not blame people who meat eat at all! Actually if you read my other blog posts, you’d see that I ALWAYS blame society and our government for instilling and normalizing this kind of behavior in us since we were young. I always try to take a gentle approach to veganism and tell people that I understand where they are coming from, since I was too once like them. I was never aware of these things, and when I did become aware, I was appalled. And that’s why I went vegan. So I simply try to share these facts and information for people to become informed as well 🙂 I think my blog pretty much represents that ideology as a whole, however this post was created to rebuttal the common excuses that vegans always hear.

      I am also very passionate about this topic because it isn’t just a diet, it’s something our planet needs for survival. Animal agriculture and factory farming and the leading causes of climate change, global warming, world hunger, deforestation, ocean dead zones, rain forest destruction, species extinction, etc. (http://mindfullybliss.com/sources/) So when you say you like meat for taste, I argue that your taste buds are kind of irrelevant when it comes to the wellbeing of our planet. Millions of people (not only women, but men, body builders, and atheletes) follow a vegan diet and thrive off of it. You most certainly can get enough calories/vitamins/nutrients from plant based foods 🙂 I know some vegan men who eat 5000+ calories a day and they are doing awesome!

      I don’t expect you to go vegan or even change your opinion, but I recently created a How to Go Vegan: Master Post and I think you could learn some new information about the lifestyle 🙂 Feel free to check it out: http://mindfullybliss.com/how-do-i-go-vegan-master-post/

      And again, I do not blame people for eating meat; I blame the industries. Perhaps watch the documentary Earthlings and you’ll understand why us vegans feel so strongly about ending animal suffering because of what humans do to them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2ctwOTHQYo

      Best wishes,
      Katrina

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    A simple man..
    November 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Hmm, maybe buying meat from small vendors is the solution then. They usually have their own farms or cooperate with private ones. Its definitely more expensive but animals can actually walk around instead of being trapped in a tiny cage throughout their lives. Besides, this would hit the heartless corporations most (although we can already see a tiny progress in that regard, some of them started selling “free-range” eggs but meat is still far from OK [not to mention adding chemicals to make it last longer or pumping it with water so that it weighs more]).

    To be honest, I ended up here by pure accident (random link from some website) and got a bit offended by your post, I wasn’t even aware of the fact that your entire blog is about being vegan :). So of course I have nothing against being vegan as long as it’s not caused by paranoia (“these animals must cry at night” ;), I see it as a simple food preference. I believe that you can think of most animals as kind of “computers” – you’ve got a set of input signals (senses), output signals (muscles, sounds), memory and “instinct” – the thing that pushes them to do whatever it takes to survive. Think about pigeons – you could describe their actions in a simple way: breed, eat, sleep, fight for food/female, eat, sleep, breed (plus some “usual” ones such as flying, finding the correct direction, avoiding collisions, danger etc). They work like machines but specific input signals can still generate pain and suffering so inflicting that intentionally is insane. But you can’t say that people who eat animals are insane, just like you can’t say that growing trees just to build houses is insane (because you can build them from stone).

    That being said, some animals (dogs, cats, monkeys) have more advanced brains and thus experience effects of more complex chemical reactions – for example a dog appears sad when its owner is not present. They are so advanced that we often interpret them as “feelings”, something no animal can experience. But we easily forget about that, and that’s why I would never eat such an animal. It would feel like.. cannibalism..?

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    Kassie
    December 10, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    the last picture is the most accurate thing i’ve ever seen in my life. dang, i love this article.

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    Graeme M
    March 22, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Great article. I guess arguing with people who believe in God is never gonna end well, but those comments by “A simple man” really offend me. What the heck? Do people really believe that sort of stuff?

    “Most animals are like computers” and “no animal can experience feelings”. But not human beings. No sir, those things, why, they aren’t like computers at all. And they have feelings.

    Sigh…

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