Even though I have only been full fledged vegan for a short period of time, I have already heard from my critics and wanted to share some of the top comments I've gotten thus far. This post is meant to be funny, a tad bit sarcastic with a side of enlightenment. Here's my TOP FIVE!
This one....oh boy! I could go on and on about how plants don't have a central nervous system (has your banana ever shrieked at you in fear?) and are unable to feel pain or how plants could sustain the entire country a billion times longer than animals ever will, but instead I will just move on.
Number 4: "Vegans are drastic!"
And then they turn and look at you like you have five heads. Since when was it rude or offensive to simply not eat meat or dairy. Your inability to fathom this concept doesn't make it any less true. You want to know what I think is drastic? Grinding male chicks (while they are alive) as soon as they are born because they are of no use and burning off females beaks for no reason as seen here. Drastic is also pumping boiler chickens with so many hormones and antibiotics that they can't even support their own body weight on their tiny legs as seen here. How about stealing a baby calf from it's mother the second it is born so that it can make its way to a slaughter house. Those things are drastic! Not consuming vegetables, fruits and grains. Here's a really "Extreme" explanation. <<<CLICK IT
Number 3: "I could never be vegan, I would run out of things to eat."
To this my friends, all I have to say is Pinterest. Even if I made one new recipe a week, I could never try them all in my lifetime. The possibilities are endless (and delicious). Check out my page for inspiration.
Number 2: "We have to survive." or "It's natural to eat meat."
Contrary to popular belief, humans are not carnivores. Our anatomy supports my previous statement. Here are a few examples: We have smooth tongues and true carnivores have rough tongues, such as a tigers. Carnivores also give birth to litters, whereas humans typically have one child at a time. We sleep A LOT less than a carnivore, who sleep roughly 18-20 hours per day. Humans also sweat from pores on their entire body, whereas carnivores only perspire form their tongue. Meat eaters also have no lateral movement in their jaw. Ever noticed a large fang in your mouth? Unless you are Dracula, our teeth are flat for mashing food, not pointed like fangs to tear through tough meat. Can you kill a deer with your fingernails? My guess is no...humans do not have claws which means our natural way of finding food should be by gathering. We can't tear the flesh from any living being. I could go on, but the seems like enough for now.
Number 1: "Don't tell me; I don't want to know!"
This statement hands down ranks #1! Over casual conversation at lunch, I explain why I decided to stop consuming meat and dairy. Immediately this statement comes out of multiple people's mouths (and on several other occasions). Guess what people, the truth hurts! You know what hurts even more than the truth? Everything your food goes through on it's journey from captivity to your plate! People would rather ignore and be ignorant to everything that happens to the poor sentient beings that are exploited and killed for their bodies. I encourage everyone to do a little research on what really goes on in hatcheries, dairy farms, etc. I can guarantee your mouth with hang open, tears will be shed and your heart will be changed. If not, then you are just a terrible person. (no, but really!)
Next time you're around a vegan or vegetarian, please consider your words wisely. They sound even more ignorant than they may appear. :)