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Bustin' Vegan Myths: Week 8!

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Posted February 17, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

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… really? I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m pretty sure that having a hook jammed through your mouth would be a bit uncomfortable—but hey, maybe I’m crazy.

A lot of fishermen love to say that they don’t hurt fish because they release them. Hmm … think about that for a second. Fish who are caught on hooks often have gaping holes in their mouths or other parts of their bodies. When thrown back into the water (after being brought up the surface and starting to suffocate) fish are traumatized, injured, and vulnerable to other predators. They often die of trauma or are eaten by predators because they are too weak to defend themselves.

Need more convincing that fishing hurts? Check this out.

OK—I get this, I really do. But let’s make one thing clear. Buying animals from pet stores isn’t helping animals. The pet trade relies upon “animal lovers” to fund their cruel, deadly business. Every dollar spent on purchasing an animal from a pet store directly funds the neglect, cruelty, and death seen in undercover investigations like this one. Any time an animal is purchased from a pet store (a dog, hamster, fish, rabbit, gerbil … you get it), you’re telling the store “Hey, it’s OK to trade animals for cash like trinkets! They deserve nothing more than a $2.99 price tag! Keep ’em comin!” and that is NOT OK.

It’s hard to go into a store and see cute rats lined up in a tiny box. Of course, we want to take them all home, let them run free, and give them love. But if you fall for the cruel pet store trick, you’re opening a spot up for a new animal to be bred to take their place. Don’t. If you see animals who are sick or need help at a pet store, report it here. Don’t buy them. Please.

When you tell someone you’re vegan, they looooooove to say things like “I met this vegan once and she coughed ALL THE TIME!” or “I knew a vegan girl in high school … and her skin was always itchy!” and even (this is actually something we’ve actually received) “Vegans have loose skin!” … basically rambling off some obscure illness (or not) that once afflicted someone they knew was vegan. It’s just another way for people to convince themselves that eating a healthy plant-based diet is deadly and that they MUST EAT STEAK to survive.

Studies have proven again and again that veganism fights diabetes, heart disease, helps lower cholesterol, helps to prevent cancer, and can help you lose weight. Vegans and meat eaters alike can live off of unhealthy foods, sure. (After all, eating French fries all day would be vegan, but not necessarily healthy). It’s a good idea to work all kinds of different fruits, veggies, legumes, and more into a vegan diet—but remember that vegans have a leg up on meat eaters by eliminating flesh.

Check out our entire series of myths here—and comment below if we haven’t covered yours yet!


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  • 1596 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hate these: I’m still going to eat meat because the animal doesn’t feel pain when they kill it” and “God put animals on the earth for us to eat”

  • 1599 days ago

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    I met this person once, and after talking to them figured out he wasn’t to intelligent, i mentioned how upset i was about companies testing on animals and he said well they have to test on animals to know how poisonous it is to humans and we cant just take a homeless guy off the streets to test on. That really made me mad. There are some people who would be willing to do it for money, better than using helpless animals.

  • 1599 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I HATE this and here it alot: “There are two types of protine, meat protine and bean protine and you need both.” UGH!!!!!!!! I hate this!!!!!!

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Kim, you shouldn’t need iron supplements anymore than a meat eater, as long as you’re eating a balanced diet and not just a bunch of carbs or something… I have been vegan for 9 years and have never been anemic and never taken an iron supplement. I do take a multi-vitamin though(watch where the vitamin A comes from though because if it’s not 100% from beta-carotene, it’s animal based… not to mention there might be gelatin or glycerin in the tablets). Also, be careful to get enough B-12 because it is a nutrient that’s a little tougher to get from plant sources!! Hope this helps!!

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    On the “Vegans are unhealthy” one and how people love to tell stupid stories about people they knew who were vegetarians/vegans… My grandparents have told me numerous times about a friend they had who was a vegetarian and he ran 5 miles every morning and he died of a heart attack at age 40. Apparently, it’s because he was a vegetarian… not, oh say, a heart defect or anything like that!! I love the logic of 70 year old Nebraskans… 😛

  • Kim

    1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just started going vegeterian almost a week ago after reading everything on here, and when I told my dad, He was really against it. He says that he hunts to “control the population.” He said it was stupid that I am only going to eat plants. The he said “I have to go to the store, gotta get some lettuce for her.” Really? and I also heard that vegetarians need iron supplements. Is this true?

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    …I love this series Peta…keep it up….so informative…I hate how the human mind can rationalise anything….

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hi Rachel! First of all, you’re doing a great job! I have gone vegan a month ago and it helps very much reading your stuff. You are getting the facts across to the reader. In a very natural and digestive way. :) thanks!

    I have one more vegan myth I’d like to see busted: it does not change anything if I (one person) goes veggie!

    Thanks for your work!

    Alex

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    people always tell me this ”the first people in this world ate meat we were all carnivores even jesus. you vegans are damaging everything”

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I ALWAYS here this: “You are a PETA member? You must be crazy!” I’ve been told that animal rights activists are all insane. Oh yeah I remember this one: “Isn’t PETA that organization that throws animal boold on fur coats?” :( I cannot believe some people!!! Here is another annoying one: “Animal testing has saved millions of peoples lives! Without animal testing the world will come to an end.” This is my absolute favorite: “PETA kills animals!” Please try to answer all of these!!!!

  • 1600 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Not only the hook, but they’re also not created to breathe normal air so they start shaking and wobbling.

    “I met this vegan once and she coughed ALL THE TIME!” seriously? How dumb can they be? People keep asking where I get my proteins from and if I have anemia (which I do but that doesn’t have to do with veganism. I just don’t treat myself well, hehe).

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