Last week we launched a new blog series to help you get the facts on some of the top myths about veganism. Tons of you commented (?), and we’re addressing some of your most commonly heard myths today! Check it out:
Oh dear. Animals aren’t “already dead” when they are castrated without any painkillers on factory farms, or when they have their throats slit while fully conscious. In order to make it to the plate, animals endure complete misery—being mutilated without anesthesia, being crowded body to body in cages, pens, or crates, and are often slaughtered by essentially being dismembered while still fully conscious. They feel pain—just like we do, and they feel every bit of fear and suffering when they’re headed to slaughter. They only go through this so people can eat meat, dairy, and eggs—period.
Sure—if you only eat specialty vegan foods, but it’s important to remember that eating animals can also be expensive (and not just because of the products themselves, but because of the health bills associated with eating meat!). Rice, beans, potatoes and other veggies, as well as many other vegan staples are cheap and easy to find everywhere. More and more grocery stores and fast food restaurants are serving vegan food and are making it even easier to eat vegan on the cheap. See this blog for my personal rant on this subject.
Actually—you don’t. You know all of those milk ads in your school hallway and all of the milk commercials you see on TV? They’re a product of the dairy industry—which throws millions of dollars at advertising every year. The best calcium sources for anyone are leafy greens, broccoli, kale, sprouts, beans, and other veggies. Sure, milk and other dairy products contain calcium, but when you’re getting calcium from animal sources, you’re also ingesting animal proteins with it. Those same proteins actually leach calcium from your bones—making this a wholly inefficient way to stay healthy. Want more proof? In a 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women, those who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank milk.
Oh, how I ? this one. I wish I could send anyone who says this back to their high school economics class for another take. It’s the simple game of supply and demand in play here—the fewer people who eat meat, the fewer animals who will need to be killed to end up on a plate. There won’t be billions of “excess” animals roaming around, taking over, becoming overpopulating or … dun dun dun … EATING US! They’ll simply not be bred for us to consume anymore—which is a good thing.
What’s the most common vegan myth you hear? Comment below and we’ll address some of them on the blog next week!