Quick Vegan Comebacks When Others Ask Why…
“No Meat?! 🥩 No Cheese?! 🧀 No Eggs?! 🍳 What do you eat then?!”
Sound familiar vegans?
It can be difficult to defend your choices when reasons for being vegan are complex, complicated and unfamiliar to the vast majority of “everything eaters”.
So use these quick answers when skeptics ask you why you stopped eating their favorite foods.
They’re not just catchy comebacks. They’re also a reminder to yourself about why you eat the way you do.
Animal agriculture as a whole is beyond problematic. And for each individual animal product and byproduct there are even more disturbing reasons to stop supporting these industries.
Are you vegan for health? Vegan for animals? Vegan for the planet?
It’s likely all of the above.
So without further ado, let’s prepare ourselves for potential prejudice and arm ourselves with answers.
Here are some quick vegan comebacks when others ask you why you don’t eat this, that and the other…
“Why don’t you eat meat?“
Meat means killing animals that don’t want to die. Animals have a right to live. They are sentient beings with a central nervous system, meaning they feel physical pain and its even been proven they have emotions. But we didn’t necessarily need science for that. It’s obvious in their actions. Animals bond, connect and exhibit behaviors that make it obvious they feel. We should never kill anything that strives to survive. Animals will fight for their lives. They run, fight, cry and shake in fear before slaughter. No one has the right or permission to take the life of a feeling, breathing being.
“Why don’t you eat dairy?“
Milk can only come from female mammals that have given birth. (You’d be shocked how many people have never realized this before). This happens with artificial insemination. For this reason the dairy industry has no use for males. So if baby calves are born male they are often slaughtered after birth for veal. If a baby mammal is born female, she will be kept alive for procreation purposes. But for now, regardless of sex, farmers must indefinitely separate the baby from their mom in order to get the milk. Mother and calf frantically distress that they cannot be together. Babies are then fed artificial formula. The mother is milked excessively to the point of pain and infection. Once no longer profitable, the mother will go to the slaughterhouse for meat. Not one part of this process is as natural, pastoral and wholesome as most imagine.
“Why don’t you eat eggs?“
Like the dairy industry, the egg industry has no use for males. They need female birds to produce eggs. If male chicks are born they are immediately “destroyed” in a rather inhumane way that involves conveyor belts and industrial grinders. Female chicks live but in stressful conditions conditions, small cages and often never see the light of day. They are given a variety of unnatural injections, hormones, antibiotics and the like to grow faster, produce more, etc. Since after all, animal agriculture is a “business” before all else so profit is always priority number one.
“Why don’t you eat fish?“
Fish do in fact feel. They have a central nervous system, which means pain is possible. They also can become frightened and swim away, reinforcing the fact they feel stress. Although fish may seem “less intelligent” than other animals that does not make them less important or justify killing them. They too have the right to live. Fishing itself has severely disrupted our oceans. Fishing nets and equipment discards contribute to the vast amounts of ocean plastic and pollution. The other sad aspect about fishing is something called “bycatch”. Large nets are used as an efficient means to collect large amounts of fish. But up out of the water also come dolphins, turtles, and other marine creatures who unintentionally die in the process. So even if we don’t have a soft spot for fish in our hearts, consider other creatures of the sea that suffer consequently. Oh, and because our oceans are so polluted these days it’s worth mentioning that fish are basically “mercury sponges” at this point. When you eat fish you’re also going to be eating a variety of toxins as well.
“Why don’t you eat honey?“
Bees work hard to make honey and bees make honey for themselves to use. When beekeepers take it from them, they replace it with sugar which doesn’t even begin to compare. It’s an unfair substitute. Now the world is bee-coming bee crazy these days, caring more and more for the little creatures. It’s finally becoming common knowledge that bees and other pollinators are vital for our ecosystems to thrive. All plants, vegetables, fruits, etc. require pollination and without this process there is no food to be had! Bees might be small but they are mighty important. The honey industry does way more harm than good when it comes to keeping pollinator populations in balance.
“Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.” ―The New Yorker
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All animal agriculture industries include unnatural processes since, after all it is a business. Time is money and money is time.
That means animals are pumped with growth hormones to speed up the process. They get antibiotics to prevent illness and death or to put it bluntly in business terms, “loss prevention”.
We ingest these things too when we eat them which leads to hormonal imbalances in humans and antibiotic resistance. That means our medicines won’t work as well the next time we need them!).
Factory farming means animals live in crowded and confined conditions due to limited space. They do not have freedom to live out a natural life.
Due to the excessive amounts of animals unnaturally bred onto the planet our environment is also suffering. The world of animal agriculture requires tons of energy, a lot of water and emits an incredible amount of pollution.
When compared to plant foods that offer the same, if not better nutrition, animal products are always unsustainable. All animals release toxic waste (manure and gas) which contaminates soil, water, air, ecosystems and the ozone layer. Nature’s balance is out of order and can only be restored with less, but preferably NO animal agriculture.
Conclusion: Animal agriculture means animals suffer, our planet suffers and you suffer!
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