Okay so I’m making this post for all you meat eaters. whether you want to go vegan or you just want to learn a little bit more, this post is for you!
Let me start off by saying that I understand it will be uncomfortable for the average meat-eater to read this without becoming offended and its perfectly normal to feel defensive when someone else is saying that your choice is not the best one. I don’t mean to offend anyone or for anyone to feel as if I’m putting them down, I’m just trying to help you guys understand this and help support a cruelty-free lifestyle for everyone!
So first I’m going to start by pointing out that we do not need meat to survive and contrary to popular belief are not created to eat animals and/or animal by-products!
I found this lovely chart comparing the anatomy of carnivores, omnivores, herbivores and humans! You can see what I’m talking about here
Lets talk about teeth! carnivores have long, sharp and pointed teeth while humans teeth are flattened and blunt for chewing fibrous foods just like herbivores. While we do have “canines” theyre only called canines and most herbivores actually have them as well. We have to chew our food completely whereas animals can swallow most of their food in large chunks (if not whole) and we have longer intestines to allow slower digestion of plant foods. Also the liver of animals can detoxify excess vitamin A from a meat-based diet but the human liver can not.
lets look at some facts about the human body and vitamin A;
“The amount of vitamin A adults need is:
0.7mg a day for men
0.6mg a day for women
You should be able to get all the vitamin A you need from your daily diet.
Any vitamin A your body does not need immediately is stored for future use. This means you do not need it every day. According to some research, having more than an average of 1.5mg a day of vitamin A over many years may affect your bones, making them more likely to fracture when you are older.” you can find this whole article here
Now lets talk about humans and digestion! The animal closest to a human would be a primate, yes? Well, primates are not omnivorous, the only “meat” they eat is insects and no dairy or anything like that. (and most primates actually have an all vegan diet by instinct) can I also point out primates have way bigger canines than we do yet they’re VEGAN.
Common arguments against veganism are “other animals do it so why cant we?” and “animals would attack and kill you if they were hungry”
I don’t want to be rude but c’mon people really? Do you hear yourselves?
“he’s doing it so why cant I” “oh I saw on TV this guy killed 10 people so why isn’t it okay if I do it” “EVERYONE IS DOING IT”
Animals will not attack you in the open unless you provoke them. They will not attack you unless you are seen as a threat to them and therefore just like anyone else they will defend themselves. DEFEND THEMSELVES. Think about it, if you were sitting in your front yard maybe with your kids and they’re playing and all of a sudden this thing comes out of no where and they’re in YOUR SPACE by YOUR FAMILY or YOUR FOOD something YOU NEED TO PROTECT of course you’ll startle them and guess what, just like any other scared creature, the animal is going to react. This is the one argument that really really really bothers me because people try to sit there and say “well we’re animals and animals eat other animals so its okay” but then turn around and contradict themselves by trying to use this argument without taking into consideration that we, as animals, will react the same exact way to invaders. And yes, we are seen as invaders when we go out and were wandering through the wild because wild animals don’t see many humans. (I’m not going get into this more because it’ll go straight into my personal beliefs and I don’t want that) Anyways, yeah animals have the right to protect themselves. Also animals eat RAW meat, we have to cook our meats in order to be able to eat it at all. And you don’t see people drooling over slabs of raw meat or dead corpses on the side of the road like an animal would.
One more thing I just want to add in there, I know that animals know what they’re doing when they kill something. If you don’t think they know what they’re doing then think about the fact that the komodo dragon eats rotting flesh and leaves it in their mouth so their saliva has more poison.
The whole “everyone is doing it” or “our ancestors have done it for years” are also very bothersome, however if you take into account our natural anatomy and the fact that even as time has gone on we haven’t developed the correct characteristics needed to eat meat. A very good point in this article is “monkey see, monkey do” our ancestors are capable of acting out of instinct and seeing other animals eat meat could’ve caused curiosity and someone stepping out and creating a new diet. Since then our bodies have become accustomed to the taste of meat and now it’s a “normal” thing. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. I could go and kill thousands of cats and get away with it, but does that mean I should? hell no. We, as people, are thought to be so civilized yet here we are living in one of the most corrupt generations ever. For years we’ve been part of the oppression, discrimination and slaughter of even our own species. Again I’m stopping here before I get into my personal beliefs but how I see it (and many others) it is cruel to slaughter innocent beings when alternative food sources are available.
Lastly someone said that we use just as much resources to grow crops as we do to breed animals and that the crops will run out eventually so why does it matter how many animals are killed? First of all, plants don’t even have to be watered every day while animals need anywhere from 3-30 gallons of water a day. I don’t even need to elaborate on this one. And then the v lovely point that “the crops will run out anyways” well yes, that’s a great observation however that’s why there are farmers to replant the crops.
That’s basically all I have to say about the meat industry and on vegetarianism. For the sake of this being a vegan BlogSpot I’m going to tack on a few facts about the dairy industry and the digestion of dairy.
First of all I’d like to talk about the dairy industry. Dairy cows are artificially inseminated and then their calves are removed from the area (and then killed and sold for veal) and they’re milked for as long as possible. Once they run out of milk they’re impregnated again the process is just repeated till the cow dies. (usually from exhaustion)
Drinking milk produced by another species is not in our genetic code.
It’s actually considered a genetic mutation if you drink milk past the age 3. (weird, I know)
you can see a full article about it here
But the points I would like to make are
The fact that we think we need dairy and we’re told dairy will make our bones grow strong is untrue, milk has a lot of Vitamin A which in large amounts (see the beginning of this post) will actually weaken your bones!
The excessive hormones can cause problems for people, especially women.
Drinking milk produced by another species is not in our genetic code. Each species has their own milk and its actually really bad for you if you drink another species milk aka why people are lactose intolerant.
Well that’s basically it, I really hope that I didn’t offend anyone. I’m not trying to push my beliefs down your throats and it is your choice if you read this, just know that my intentions were only to inform not to belittle any view points!
Here’s some facts I found interesting while writing this blog!
you can find the original post here
In Western culture vegetarianism dates back to Ancient Greece. The mathematician Pythagoras (570 BC – 495 BC) advocated vegetarianism; a meatless diet was commonly called the “Pythagorean diet” until the term vegetarian became popular during the 1800s. The philosopher Plato (428 BC – 348 BC) described a vegetarian diet as “divinely ordained.”
Other well-known vegetarians include Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), George Bernard Shaw (1712-1778), Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), and Franz Kafka (1883-1924). More recent vegetarians include César Chávez (1927-1993), Jane Goodall, Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Lewis, Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson, and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).
On Oct. 18, 1987, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) released its first position paper endorsing a vegetarian diet stating that, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
On Apr. 16, 1996, the Oprah Show aired a debate between former rancher Howard Lyman and Dr. Gary Weber, spokesman for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). After Lyman described how dead cows were ground into feed for other cows risking the spread of mad cow disease, Oprah Winfrey stated: “It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger.”
In 2010 President Bill Clinton adopted a vegan diet (no meat, eggs, or dairy) after his second heart surgery. In Aug. 2011 President Clinton stated, “my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good, and I also have, believe it or not, more energy.”
**Disclaimer! I wrote this back in 2013 so some facts may be due for an update**