Bustin' Vegan Myths: Part 3!
We’re baaaaaack! Is everyone ready? Let’s do this.
“Animals don’t have souls, so why bother?”
I love this one. In fact, a family member recently tried to stump me with it just last month. It’s like people really think that this is the end-all statement that negates veganism entirely—like this one illogical observation will snap us out of our vegan spells and back into the real world. Oh, animals don’t have souls, you say? Ah, so that must mean that they can’t experience pain and suffering and therefore don’t really need our help, right? *face-palm*
Whether or not you believe that animals have souls—we really can’t scientifically prove that animals have souls any more than we can prove that people do—the existence of a soul isn’t even the issue at hand. The issue is whether or not animals have the capacity to experience pain and suffering. And guess what? They do! They don’t want to be skinned alive, tested on, eaten, beaten, or abused in any other way, and the existence or absense of a soul does not and will not ever change that.
“At least kosher meat is more humane than typical meat.”
Today’s kosher meat comes from the same abusive factory farms that all other meat comes from. Despite the humane intention, there are no standards to ensure that kosher slaughter is any less cruel than conventional slaughter. In some instances, it’s been shown to be much worse. The bottom line here is that meat is murder. No matter how “kindly” an animal is treated prior to slaughter, all animals raised for food suffer and are exploited. If you’re really looking for a kinder, more humane diet, go vegan!
“Chaining dogs isn’t cruel—they love being outdoors!”
It’s no big secret that dogs enjoy the great outdoors. Take Ryan‘s precious pooch, Penny, for example. This little lady enjoys the finer things in life, such as hiking, camping, and even occasionally soaking up rays at the beach. So sure, Penny loves being outdoors, but does that mean she wants to live outdoors on a chain 24/7? Absolutely not.
Condemning dogs to “solitary confinement” on a chain is so cruel that it’s actually illegal in some cities! Chained dogs are exposed to searing heat, bitter cold, rain, and wind, putting them at risk for heat exhaustion, frostbite, and exposure. Chains can also wrap around trees or other objects, water bowls can easily tip over, and food can quickly spoil in the summer and freeze in the winter.
These extremely social pack animals want—and deserve—companionship, scratches behind the ears, walks around the block, and the opportunity to curl up at their humans’ feet at night indoors. If you think that your dog would choose living outdoors, alone and chained, over hanging out with you indoors, you’re just plain ol’ barking mad.
Are there any myths you’ve heard lately that we haven’t tackled yet? Tell us below, and we’ll try to get to them next week!
Till next time!