Hi everybody! My name is Amelia and this is my first post on Mad Rabbits. I thought I would make this post about something all vegans face, comments made by meat eaters regarding veganism. We’ve all encountered, at some point, a meat-eating, milk-drinking and cheese-loving carnist that tries to challenge our lifestyle. These people often propose very ignorant and uneducated arguments and I’m going to outline a few that I (and many others) have come across in my time as a vegan and ways to counteract these statements!
- “Where do you get your protein?”
The dreaded question posed by all those that unapologetically consume animal products and believe the only way to get protein is from animal ingredients. As soon as someone realises you’re a vegan suddenly your protein intake is their main concern. Of course, this is not true in any way and anyone who has any knowledge of where protein is derived from understands that. In fact, most vegans get more protein than needed from plant based foods. Proteins are made up of amino acids, there are eight essential amino acids, this means our bodies cannot manufacture them alone and we need to get them from the foods we eat. Every single one of these are easily gotten from plant sources; mainly wheat, grains, peanuts, mushrooms, beans, lentils, onions, almonds and seeds. Not only that, getting protein from plant based foods is much healthier and more beneficial to the body. Proteins from meats come with excess hormones, saturated fats and raises cholesterol. That’s without mentioning the unsustainable ways meats are produced. To give you some facts, in 100 calories of steak there are 5.4g of protein, in 100 calories of broccoli there are 11.2g of protein. 1 cup of Tempeh contains around 41g of protein, in one serving of chicken there is 26g of protein. So, next time a carnist tries to pull the “protein” card, reassure them that vegans get more than enough protein and tell them to worry more about their cholesterol.
- “I love animals too, I buy humanely sourced meat!”
Okay, I don’t know if I’m the only one who despises this statement the most, but the oxymoron of “humane meat” is blinding. The act of meat requires murder, and murdering a being that didn’t want to die can never be humane. I understand that there are ways to kill an animal that do not appear as bad as the way factory farmed animals are treated and killed but this does, in no way, make those meats “humane”. At the end of the day, it is the flesh of another being that did not need to, nor want to, die so that a carnist can indulge in a meal. Animals are not ours to eat, ever, whether they have been able to run around a field all of their lives or whether they have been cooped up in a cage for their entire life. There is no such thing as humane meat.
“You cannot do anything violent humanely” – James Wildman
- “The vegan lifestyle is just too extreme.”
I have no idea how many times I have heard this statement, I think every time the words “I’m vegan” escape my mouth this is the instant response; it gets me every single time. I understand that veganism is not an easy lifestyle to adapt to after a lifetime of consuming meat and dairy, but it is not extremist. In fact, it is quite the latter; surely the act of paying for animals to be painfully killed and kept in disgusting conditions and then eating their flesh, breast milk and period is much more extreme? Veganism is simply combating a lot of the world’s problems, including climate change which results in the death of many poc in the Middle East, not to mention the unnecessary death of billions of animals every single year for human consumption alone. So, if any meat eater decides to tell you that your lifestyle is extreme, remind them that they are literally eating the flesh, breast milk and period of another being; that not only contributes to billions of animal death but climate change, world hunger and damages their health. Now, that is extreme.
- “Humans are carnivores, we need to eat meat.”
Another common myth
proposed by meat eaters to vegans, and is simply wrong. Humans have never been carnivorous and never will be. Meat eaters come up with this argument either because: they simply perceive this to be true because it is all they’ve ever been told or they deny cold hard facts that show that humans are not carnivores. If we ‘needed’ to eat meat, like they say we do, vegetarians and vegans simply wouldn’t exist. Meat is not a necessity to keep the human body alive. The human physiology simply disproves this argument in itself. Here PETA shows that humans are not natural carnivores.
- “The animals are going to die anyway, so you might as well eat them!”
And finally… the most ignorant one of all, the “we can’t do everything so we might as well do nothing” argument. These people don’t understand the concept of supply and demand, or the reality of the impact of vegetarianism and veganism on the meat and dairy industry every year. The concept of supply and demand in terms of the meat/dairy industry works like this:
The ‘demand’ is how much (in terms of quantity) of a product (in this case meat/dairy) is desired by buyers. The ‘supply’ is how much the market can offer. So, if more people demand meat/dairy then more animals will be unnecessarily killed to be able to offer the meat/dairy to consumers. On the contrary, if less people demand meat/dairy, then less meat/dairy will be offered to the market and less animals will be killed and abused. Its quite a simple concept when its explained, right? Lets not forget that 400 million fewer animals were killed for food in 2014 in comparison to 2007 because there are more vegans and vegetarians. Be the change you want to see happen.