As vegans, many people have certain misconceptions and stereotypes about us and the way we live. I will debunk some of these “myths” meat eaters have to say about the vegan lifestyle.
Myth #1: “Humans are carnivores, look at our canines!”
I have had countless meat eaters tell me that humans are meant to eat meat, I mean just look at our teeth, meant to rip flesh right?
Wrong. Humans are natural herbivores. Carnivores teeth are long and pointy, which they use to rip flesh. Herbivores (humans included), are not pointy, but flat which is used for biting. Secondly, carnivores jaw move up and down to tear apart flesh, whereas all herbivores’ jaw moves side to side to chew food. Natural meat eaters intestines are much smaller than herbivores so rotting flesh can move through the body quickly. Humans, on the other hand, have much larger intestines in order to get all the nutrients we need from the food. Another natural mark of carnivores are claws to hunt, and kill, which humans obviously do not have. So the next time one of your carnivore friends mentions their canines, ask them about them about their natural instinct to hunt every squirrel or cat they see.
Myth #2: “But God gave us animals to eat for food!”
As a Christian, many of my fellow Christians bring this up to me all the time. Now, it is true, that in the Bible, God did give the okay to eat meat, but this was only after sin entered the world, and at the time, there was not an abundant source of other foods to eat. In the beginning of Creation, God says, “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so” (Genesis 1:29-30). So in the beginning, God created us to all live peacefully among each other. We now live in a time where for most of us, there are plenty of foods to pick from that do not harm animals. In Isaiah, it also says, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain…” (Isaiah 11:6-9). Even in Heaven, we will all be vegan! This verse clearly shows that in the end, once again, we will all coexist peacefully with each other.
Myth #3: “Being vegan is too expensive!”
As a college student, I do not have the means to be buying expensive groceries every week, and being vegan has actually helped me save tons of money. There’s this misconception that veganism is for privileged people and is super luxurious, but in reality, if you stick to the basics, veganism is great on a budget. Potatoes, oats, rice, beans, pastas, and bananas are some of the cheapest foods you can buy. Now, I’m not saying that’s all you eat as a vegan, but those foods are super easy, delicious, and affordable. Frozen fruits and vegetables also will last a long time. These things are easy to buy in bulk, and will last for a while. Obviously buying mock meat, and cheese alternatives can get pricey, but if you keep it simple, it is incredibly easy to be vegan and save money.
Myth #4: “If veganism is the best possible diet, how come you can only get B12 from meat?”
B12 comes from bacteria, not animals. B12 is naturally found in dirt, and the only reason vegans can’t get it is because our foods are washed so thoroughly now. Meat eaters think that meat contains B12, but B12 is only found in meat because the animals are injected with B12 supplements; they do not naturally contain it. So why not skip the slaughter of an innocent animal and just take a supplement?
Myth #5: “But the cows aren’t killed for milk, so why is it so bad?”
People have this idea that dairy cows are so happy living their life on the farms. The dairy industry loves to promote themselves by airing commercials showing the humans “loving” the cows and how their milk is so “pure”. But in reality, dairy cows probably have the worst lives on the planet. They are artificially inseminated and the farmers actually use something called a “rape rack”. As soon as the cow gives birth, the calves are shortly take from them. If it is a male, it will end up in the veal industry. If it is a female, it will have the same fate as the mother. After dairy cows can’t produce milk anymore, they are sent off to slaughter. So the dairy industry is just as horrible as the meat industry, and every time a human drinks milk, there is a calf out there somewhere not getting any. Milk is made for babies. That is why when human babies are born, they drink their mothers milk and eventually they do not need it anymore, and our bodies stop producing the enzymes needed to break down lactose. There’s a reason 90% of the population is lactose intolerant.
There are many more myths about veganism, but I covered the ones I mostly deal with on the daily basis.
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