Myth: "Humans Are Made to Eat Meat"

Posted by  peta2 staff

Working at peta2, we encounter a lot of misconceptions about veganism. Although sometimes these wrong ideas can be downright hilarious, we decided it was time to set the record straight. This is the first in a weekly series focused on tackling vegan myths. Be sure to share with your friends, and check back next week to see what new myth we’ve busted!

The Myth

Humans are supposed to eat meat; we’re carnivores.

The Facts

Those canine teeth in your mouth are made for grinding and chewing—not ripping and tearing like a true carnivore (that just makes it even more hilarious when people bring that “fact” up). That is only one of 17 differences between humans and carnivores. When you see dead animals on the side of the road, are you tempted to stop and snack on them? If you answered “no,” you’re an herbivore. Exceptions, of course, if your mouth looks like this.

Got a question? Heard any crazy vegan myths lately? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Profile photo of andysixx

    609 days ago

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    both my best friend and her family keep telling me that god put the animals on the earth for us use. I understand that that is what THEY believe, but I believe that we don’t need to eat animals to survive. considering all the vegetarians and vegans out there have lasted this long with out them.

  • Profile photo of justpeachy

    628 days ago

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    “Humans aren’t carnivores” is a very simple answer to a very complex question. Like most other primates, Homo sapiens are omnivorous. This does not mean that we *must* eat meat, but only that we can, if we need to or want to. One of the wonders of human biology, however, is our ability to survive and thrive on a wide range of diets– whether entirely animal or entirely vegetable.

  • Profile photo of Corazon

    636 days ago

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    My family says all the time that god put animals here for us to eat.

  • Profile photo of MariePoppy

    667 days ago

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    I ALWAYS hear : “If cavemen didn’t eat meat we wouldn’t be here today !”

    • Profile photo of mushr0v0m

      640 days ago

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      Well, to some degree, yes. In prehistoric time human had to eat meat in order to be physically strong enough. However, since human beings nowaday need less energy and hardly any died of hunger ’cause lacking animal food, meat eating can actually be avoided. The old theory is useless now.