8 Times Christians Were Wrong About Vegans

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Posted December 4, 2013 by Annie Leal

If you grew up in a Christian family like I did, chances are you’ve heard the oh-so-annoying statement, “But God put animals on Earth for us to eat!” at least a billion* times. That’s why we’ve come up with the best comebacks to help your religious friends and family members understand that there’s NO excuse for abusing animals.

REMEMBER: Being kind and polite is always the key when dealing with people—especially your family and friends—who are having a hard time understanding why you’ve decided to help animals.

*Slight exaggeration.

1. “You CAN’T be vegan and believe in God, too.”

vegan praying veggie burger

Not true! The Bible’s message is one of love and compassion, and there’s nothing loving or compassionate about factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions of animals are tortured and killed each year. We have a choice every time we sit down to eat—to support cruelty to animals or to respect God’s creation by eating vegan.

2. “God gave us dominion over animals, so we can use them however we want!” 

what would jesus do pig

If we have dominion over animals, surely it is to protect them! :) There is nothing in the Bible that would justify the way animals are tortured in cruel industries nowadays, especially when there are SO many alternatives available everywhere.

3. “Jesus wants us to help people, not animals.” 


It’s true that the Bible talks about helping people, and you can do that by being vegan! It takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat. If people were to eat the grain itself, an entire village would be fed instead of only one family. You get to help animals AND people, too! It’s a win-win situation.

4. “Are you saying that eating meat is a sin?!” 

What I’m saying is that eating meat and supporting the slaughter of billions of animals every year is extremely cruel. Many stores—like Walmart and Target—sell delicious vegan foods that I’m sure you’ll love. Give them a try!

5. “God made us carnivores. It says so in the Bible.”

human animal teeth

There is significant evidence that humans are better suited to a vegan diet. Carnivorous animals have fangs that are long and curved, claws, and a short digestive tract. Humans have nails that are flat and flexible, and our so-called “canine” teeth are minuscule compared to carnivores’. Oh, and the health problems associated with meat consumption—a leading contributor to heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, and obesity—should be an indication that we aren’t “meant” to eat meat.

6. “But Jesus ate fish.”

Regardless of whether Jesus ate fish or not, we have no justification for eating the flesh of a dead animal today. We know for a fact that fish feel pain just as humans and all other animals do. We also know that eating them is not good for us. Many wild and farmed fish live in polluted waters, and their flesh rapidly accumulates high levels of dangerous toxins.


7. “If animals weren’t made to be eaten, why did God put them on Earth?” 

vegan christian funny memeAnimals weren’t made for us to use and abuse in any way that we want. Think about it: Why would a compassionate God create beings who are capable of feeling pain and suffering and who have a desire to live if their only purpose in life is to suffer and die?

8. “But the Bible never talks about being vegan.”

It does! The book of Genesis talks about the Garden of Eden being completely vegan. Check it out:

forest bible vegan message

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29 (King James version)

According to the Bible, God intended humans to be vegan, and with so many vegan options available everywhere, it has never been easier to do that!

Not vegan? This is your chance!

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  • 69 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Just for infos sake, God gave us permission to eat meat. As a christian you are perfectly allowed to go outside, club an animal to death, drain its blood cook and eat it. Its delicious and not sinful. On a more interesting note, there are studies being done right at this very moment that show plants might feel pain. Plants have been known to react for example to sound as well, if you play the sound of a caterpillar munching on leaves next to certian plants they will begin to release defensive chemicals enen thought they are not being harmed, they “hear” what they assume is a danger. Scientists havent been able to fully understand all this but its going to be an absolute nightmare for moral vegans when both animals and plants are found to experience pain…I guess self starvation is the only truly compassionate thing you can do, that or hope dirt is better for us than we ever imagined.

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      69 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      If you are really concerned about plants you would still consume a vegan diet. Meat eaters consume more plants than vegans since it takes 13 pounds of grain just to produce 1 pound of meat. Check out

    • 67 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


      We both know thats not true… the solution to murder is not less murder, either killing for food is ok or we have to become extinct as a species. Agent Smith is right, we are a virus on this planet and computers are the cure.

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      19 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Plants do NOT feel pain. There is no nervous system there to feel it with. They respond to light, gravity, water in a chemical way that does not involve feeling. They can’t hear, see, feel, smell or anything else associated with a nervous system because they don’t have one. So now what is your excuse about eating animals again? animals that do have nervous systems pretty much just like yours? That do feel, see, smell and hear? That do have the same neurotransmitters in response to fear and pleasure that you do? seriously, they have the same brain neurotransmitters from testosterone to adrenaline to corticosteroids to dopanine to endorphins .

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    519 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Thank you so much!!!

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    594 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Genesis clearly states that we were originally meant to be vegan/ raw foodists and not eat meat. It wasn’t until after the fall that meat was allowed. Especially after Noah repopulated the animals.
    #7 is just stupid. Yahweh didn’t place animals here to be eaten. It never says that anywhere. They’re here to be our companions. Also to later on teach us the meaning of what a sacrafice is and what the messiah went thru.

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    614 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    What about saint Francis,who is the patron saint of animals and the environment ?

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    664 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I’m Christian and my religion actually wants us to be vegan. We’re SDA this doesn’t apply to us

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    712 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Is it true that there is a vitamin called b12 that people really need to eat that is only in meat? My sister keeps on saying that and it annoys me because she keeps on saying I should eat meat and I don’t want to :(

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      710 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      B12 is only found in meat because it’s produced by bacteria and other one-celled organisms in the small intestines of animals. :( Ew. Vegans can get B12 from mulitvitamins or from B12-fortified foods, like vegan meats, breakfast cereals, orange juice or soy milk, or nutritional yeast.

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    720 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Of all of the things you could use to argue against veganism, I’ve only ran into very few arguments that may possibly be at all relevant.

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    723 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    This is so informative. Thank you!

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