‘If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.’
And this is especially valid for going vegan! I don’t see a barrier to this rather than one’s own close mindedness and the rejection to go out of their comfort zone. As a result, some people will go out of their way to find excuses and prove ‘veganism is impossible‘.
Here are 12 of the most outrageous excuses people give for not going vegan
Seriously? Alright, let’s break this down… plants have no brain or central nervous system which means they can’t feel anything. And if you’re really concerned about plants, you should be avoiding meat anyway. Did you know it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef? That’s a whole lotta plants for one burger.
3. Lions kill animals in the wild.
Were you planning on chasing down a gazelle, ripping it apart with your claws and eating it raw? And what exactly does a wild carnivore that eats meat to survive have to do with humans who shop at a supermarket? Try again.
4. Cavemen ate meat.
They also clubbed women and dragged them back to their caves. Not so sure we should be making ethical choices based on what people may have done over 100,000 years ago.
5. I’m just one person. If I decide not to eat meat it won’t make a difference.
You can spare 404 animals each year. And with millions eating plant-based around the world, think of how many more we’ll save. Strength in numbers!
6. We’re at the top of the food chain.
Really? Try wrestling a tiger and get back to me.
7. But what if I’m on a deserted island?
The next time you find yourself on a deserted island you can reassess, but until then…
8. If we all stopped eating meat, farmed animals would take over the world.
There are restaurants and supermarkets all over the world that offer amazing vegan options. Click here and here to discover some chains that serve delicious cruelty-free dishes, plus you can always pack you healthy and delicious vegan food.
11. I focus my energy on helping people, not animals.
By choosing to eat a humane vegan diet you are helping people, too. Animals raised for food require massive amounts of feed that could be fed to the one billion starving people around the globe instead. Additionally, factory farms pollute air, waterways, and create massive amounts of dangerous methane gas.
12. Not all farmers are mean.
That may be true, but for the animals the end is always the same: a bloody, violent slaughter. Eating vegan is a matter of putting our ethics on the table.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”