My dad works for the the cargill meat corp, one of the biggest meat companies in the us. Although I am okay with my family’s choice of eating meat, I would like to go vegan. My father says this is stupid, and that animals were born to be eaten, and that they are killed in a humane way. I also told him it could be healthier for me, be he says I won’t get enough protien. I really love animals, and don’t want to eat them, so how can I convince my dad to let me go vegan? Please help by commenting! I would love your advice!
Believe it or not, the biggest misconception is that you won’t get enough protein, when in fact meat eaters get TOO much protein! Also, there are many meat (and dairy/egg) related illnesses you can get such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and others. I’m sorry to hear that your parents are uninformed, but you’re making the smarter, healthier, and more compassionate choice! I’ve been vegan for nearly 5 years and haven’t regretted it at all. In fact I believe it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and am very happy about it. I am FAR healthier, almost never get sick (even when others around me are sick), and just overall feel much better. Whenever I see something about meat, or some contamination going around, I just think “thank god I’m vegan”. :] Plus you’re doing the earth a favor too as the meat industry is the number one cause of global warming including all forms of transportation combined according to the UN’s report called “Livestock’s Long Shadow”.
Thanks for the help, I told my parents about this, they still seemed to think it was a bad idea but my dad said he was okay if it was so important to me. (He still thinks its a stupid idea, but I really don’t care:)) also, when my dad saw the health facts he said he would start eating less meat to improve his health.
PS it took a lot of convincing, so I’m glad it worked! 🙂
I’m happy to hear that you would like to be a vegan even though your parents aren’t happy about it. In my opinion, it’ll be quite hard to get the right message to your dad. You can always search for information (e.g. how animals are being treated when slaughtered, the condition they live and more) and tell him about it. You must be well informed so whatever question or argument he’ll use to disapprove, you can always reply.
Of course, being vegan sure means better health! I can tell you that I only get a little cold once every three years! However, eating vegan isn’t only to be healthy, but it’s always an ethical choice.
Animals are definitely not born to be eaten. We humans aren’t born to be eaten by animals or eaten by other humans. Yes, in the animal kingdom, the strongest eat the weakest. That being said, if humans eat animals, wouldn’t that make us animals too?
I also had a conversation about the “meats have proteins and if you don’t eat meat, you’ll be weak!” I don’t know if you ever heard of “quinoa”? It’s a bit like couscous and it has lots and lots of protein. Protein can also be found in nuts and tofu (soybean), so not only meat contains the greatest part of protein.
You can also buy some vegan meat, browse on the internet, cook some and let your father try. Maybe he will like it, we never know!
If your father is really against it but you really want to be a vegan, you can then buy your own food (if you can afford it). If not, then continue to eat what your parents’ cook, but put aside the meat. Some people will still feel disgusted by the thought of other food being in contact with meat, but if your situation can’t get better, than that’s the least you can do. One of my friends waited until she moved out to be vegetarian, so don’t give up!
For the moment, do what you can and gradually it’ll become better!