10 Statements Vegans are Tired of Hearing
Things vegans commonly hear, and why we’re done hearing them.
- “Vegan food is gross.” No, eating abused dead animals is gross.
- “Would you tell a lion not to eat meat?” First of all, you’re not a lion.
- “Vegans have to take supplements, so veganism isn’t healthy.” Lots of people take supplements, and plenty of vegans live supplement free.
- “Veganism is oppressive.” It’s not oppressive to not support the murder of trillions of animals per year, and marginalized groups of people suffer the environmental consequences of animal agriculture more than privileged people.
- “I won’t go vegan because not everyone can afford it.” Veganism isn’t expensive, rice, beans, grains, and vegetables are the most cost-friendly foods. If someone else can’t afford it but you can, you’re making it less accessible to them by not supporting vegan industries.
- “Plants have feelings too.” Plants have a chemical reaction to being eaten, not a central nervous system. Being vegan also uses fewer plants than animal agriculture, because the majority of the world’s crops are fed to livestock, which is enough crops to end world hunger.
- “Oppressed people farm your vegetables.” Veganism uses fewer crops than consuming animals, and vegan groups started many agriculture protests such as the dole banana protest.
- “You can’t make a difference.” According to the vegan calculator, being vegan for one year saves 365 animal lives, 7,300 lbs of CO2, 10,950 sq. ft. of forest, 14,600 lbs of grain, and 401,500 gallons of water.
- “You can love animals and still eat them.” You can’t love a living being and support their torture and murder.
- “Vegans don’t get enough protein.” There are hundreds of sources of protein from plants, and protein deficiency is one of the least common deficiencies.