I have heard pretty much all of the arguments that narrow minded people can come up with.
Here is a list of them, and my reply…
01) I didn’t climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian!
Come on. Do you seriously think that humans are at the top of any food chain?
If we go out into the oceans or rivers to go swimming, we get eaten by sharks, crocodiles, alligators and even the odd eel. We get attacked by octopus, jelly fish, and pretty much anything else that lives in the oceans. We can’t survive more than a few minutes in the water away from land, nor are we able to breathe under water or have the lung capacity to dive deep under the surface. So that means that obviously the water is not our natural habit, and we are definitely not at the top of the food chain there.
Next comes the jungles or forests and bushland. We are definitely not at the top of the food chain there. Why? Well for starters, any of the big cats would have us as an appetiser for one of their meals. The human being is in no way fast enough to out run any of them, nor are we agile enough to climb a tree to get away. Then come the wolves and bears. One human without weapons is no match for even a mildly annoyed bear. Yet a very agro bear would more than get a run for its money if it went up against an equally annoyed wolf. We cannot survive out in the open jungle, without adequate shelter. The human being seems to be more suited to living in caves that provide adequate shelter. So I guess that means that we are not at the top of the food chain there either.
Ok no lets take a quick look at a human actually catching food. Without the use of weapons, there is no way at all, even if they hunted in a pack, that a human would be able to catch any on the meat that they eat. We don’t have the sharp teeth or claws to attack a cow, nor do I think many of us would be able to run long enough to tire one out. The same goes for sheep, kangaroos, deer, and chickens. Now that leaves fish, how many people do you know that are able to go for a swim, catch a couple of tuna, or deep sea dory, then come back to shore and feed the rest of their family?
So what food chain are we actually at the top of? Um, I think it is only shopping at a supoermarket that takes us to the top of the food chain.
02) If we weren’t meant to eat it, how come it tastes so good?
Thinking something tastes good does not justify eating it. How about all those people that have decided they don’t like the taste of lamb or pork or seafood. Further, how about those people that have allergies to seafood? Taste is just a personal preference. We have been indoctrinated into eating animals, and have done it for so long, that those who do eat meat have grown accustomed to the taste of it. I know for a fact that once you stop eating it, after a while, even the smell of raw meat smells repugnant.
Now let me ask you this, if I were to make you a really nice cake, let’s say a chocolate one, and you it tasted so mouth wateringly delicious that you just had to have another piece. Then I told you that I had added some dried dog poo to the mix, would you still eat it, especially knowing that it tasted so good? I don’t think so. Why? Because you know that it has dog poo in it, and the thought of eating dog poo is just too gross to even contemplate. Eating meat is the same.
03) People have been eating animals for hundreds of years…
Is this going to be your justification for eating meat? If so, remember slavery was around for hundreds of years before we all woke up and realised that we shouldn’t treat other humans this way. Also remember that it has been less than 100yrs that females have been allowed to vote, and get jobs. Some of them are still fighting for equal pay even today.
04) The bible says that we are supposed to eat them…
Does it? Don’t forget that exodus 20.13 being the 6th commandment, says “thou shalt not kill”, it doesn’t say anything about only not killing humans, excluding everything else. It also worth noting that Genesis 1:29 KJV has the following “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. ”
If your God is so compassionate and giving, having created everything on this planet for us, don’t you think that He will be more than a little ticked off with the way that we are treating his creatures? After all, if God made us, then He must have made the cows, sheep, chickens, etc. Look at it another way, let’s says that you have a couple of children, and you have made them some toys to play with. Now one of your kids has decided that he doesn’t want to play with them anymore, and proceeds to destroy the toy. What do you do? Do you get mad, and go mad at this child or do you say to yourself, “Ahh, well, I did give him that to to play with, so really it is his to do with as he pleases”? I am betting that you are going to get mad, and lecture the child about taking care of things that are not theirs and so on. Don’t you think that your god is going to do the same thing to you if you get the chance to meet him?
05) I don’t like the taste of vegetables…
This is a pretty poor reason. Tell me, if you were on the hypothetical desert island, and you magically found some food, except it was all vegetables, would you eat them, or starve because you don’t like the taste of veggies? I am guessing that you would get over you dis-like of vegetables pretty quick. So you may not like the taste of carrot, have you tried a carrot prepared differently? How about steamed? or in a stir-fry cooked in a wok? There are heaps of ways to prepare vegetables.
06) Well, I believe that we are supposed to eat them no matter what you say.
This has to be one of the lamest reasons anyone could have ever thought of. The only reply to that is fine. I am a vegan and therefore believe a vegan is a superior evolution of the human species. Consequently, I am your master, so now bow down before you master!
07) If we didn’t eat them, we would get overrun with sheep and cattle.
Really? How you ever thought that there are so many cows and sheep on this planet now due to us playing god, and artificially inseminating these animals to produce more offspring, which inturn means more money for that industry. If there was no demand for animals to be consumed, then there would be no need for them to be bred in the huge numbers that they are.
[GARD]08) I need to have meat protein to survive.
You do, do you? have you ever heard of a thing called plant protein? Plant protein is better for you in so many ways. Firstly, it is in the form that our body needs. By utilising plant protein, you won’t be consuming any cholesterol or saturated fats, so that has to be good for you to begin with. Plants are injected with growth hormones, or antibiotics, which means that you wont be adding these to you body.
09) Where will I get my calcium, to prevent osteoporosis?
Tell me, how much weight bearing exercise are you doing? None. Well then, you are just wasting your money thinking that the dairy from calcium alone is going to prevent osteoprosis. To prevent osteprosis, you do need to have an adequate daily source of calcium, and you also need to ensure that you are gettting enough vitamin A & D, as well as undertaking some sort of weight bearing exercise on a regular basis.
10) What would I eat? I don’t want to eat just tofu all the time.
Oh come on. These reasons are getting weaker all the time. You do realise that there are only 4 different kids of meat available, yet there are hundreds and hundreds of different types of fruit and vegetables out there.
This article was written by the founder of VeganPolice.com.au, Cameron Blewett.
Cameron is a long term vegan (30+yrs), and is passionate about veganism, and helping people to understand more about it and giving other animals equal consideration.
You can find Cameron’s other rants on his website, CameronBlewett.blog