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Myth: Vegans Don't Care About Humans

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The Myth

Vegans have compassion only for animals, not people.

 

The Facts

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We always wonder if people who ask this question have had some divine intervention where they were told they could only care about either humans or animals.

The truth is that ALL suffering is connected … and just because one injustice exists doesn’t mean you should ignore another. Most animal rights people attend protests for other causes, write letters in support of other issues, and overall try to end suffering of all species. Not to mention, being vegan means taking a HUGE step towards ending world hunger.

We’ve all heard “But what about all of the starving children!? How can you waste food?!” The answer to this is simple. It takes up to TWELVE pounds of grain to produce ONE pound of edible flesh. If eaten directly, that much grain will feed ten people for a whole day! One pound of flesh, on the other hand, feeds one person for less than a day.

Think about it. Every year, millions of people die around the world of starvation or no access to clean water … but here we are eating hamburgers and ribs like it’s no biggie.

Growing all of this corn, soy, and using all of this water only to feed animals who will be tortured to end up on a plate seems even more wrong, right? People should be OUTRAGED at the amount of food and water wasted on our taste buds … but, the meat and dairy companies aren’t going to tell you these facts, are they?

Comment below with a common myth YOU hear and we’ll tackle some here in the future!

– Rachelle from peta2

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  • Profile photo of gblackard

    471 days ago

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    I always here “What about protein? Where are you going to get it? Stop being so picky! Animals don’t have feelings. Fur and leather are so fashionable. At least we are using the whole animal.” I’m sick of it! They need to leave animals alone.

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    529 days ago

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    I’ve been a vegaterean for 4 years and it annoys me when i encounter ignorant people who makes comments such as ”if you love animals so much, why do you eat their food?”. Seriously?

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    650 days ago

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    I’d rather we be overpopulated than under populated :3

  • Profile photo of animed2life96

    872 days ago

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    I found this rude comment on google that said:”If god didn’t want us to eat animals he wouldn’t have made them out of meat,” stupid right? And get this: that’s the same thing as saying people and animals we keep as pets were put on earth to eat because we’re made of meat too! Would they really eat a cat or another person just because they’re made of meat? Who else agrees?

    • Profile photo of gblackard

      471 days ago

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      omg i know what you mean

  • Profile photo of bunniesoverboys

    893 days ago

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    This is a myth I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS:

    Vegans cause animals to overpopulate if we do not use them for products and food.

    Vegans do not read the bible because animals were put on this earth to be eaten

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      890 days ago

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      No “bunniesoverboys”, vegans fight for pets to be spayed so that animals don’t over-populate. Humans are the ones who breed them for food in the first place through artificial insemination, humans are forcing animals to over breed so they can eaten.

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      890 days ago

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      to bunniesoverboys: how the crap is this a myth. all the facts are laid out to you above, and you should be able to use simple logic to see that none of it is “made up” or “fake”. vegans do not cause animals to overpopulate. factory farms cause animals to over populate. the more demand there is, the more animals have to be raised to be killed. a decline in demand (aka more vegans) means that not as many animals have to be raised in the first place, so i dont know where you’re getting your idea from. also not everybody lives by the bible, and would rather live by what THEY think is right and wrong, rather than what some piece of paper says.

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      890 days ago

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      “Vegans do not read the bible because animals were put on this earth to be eaten.”

      If you had actually read the bible, you would find out that you’re mostly wrong. Let me start by quoting the passage you’re referring to (from the Good News translation): “God blessed Noah and his sons and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth. All the animals, birds, and fish will live in fear of you. They are all placed under your power. Now you can eat them, as well as green plants; I give them all to you for food. The one thing you must not eat is meat with blood still in it; I forbid this because the life is in the blood” Genesis 9:1-4. The main reason I am vegetarian is because of the line “meat with blood.” In slaughterhouses, blood is drained, however there is not quite as much care taken as kosher guidelines require. Kosher is not only a Jewish thing, or at least the blood part. People such as yourself constantly cite the first part about humans being allowed to eat meat; however, they consistently ignore the major stipulation about the blood. Therefore we are allowed two choices: you can either eat only kosher meat or you can be vegetarian. The bible does not forbid not eating meat, so it is still an option. Eating non-kosher factory-farmed meat is a sin, however.

      Also, to argue against your other point, think about how we get animals to be eaten, at least in factory farms. They are bred specifically for that purpose. Dairy cows are impregnated (which causes them to produce milk. To go off on a tangent, on the contrary to popular belief, dairy cows do not always produce milk. They, like all animals must be impregnated first. They will produce milk indefinitely as long as they are being milked after that point, but it is in no way natural for them to do that as most people think it is, because in nature the calves would wean off and the milk would no longer produce, as in all animals), which produces more cows to grow and be slaughtered. They are massed produced to meet the high demand for meat. This does not happen in the wild. They breed, but other God-created factors cause the population to stay under control. In the wild they are an important part of the “circle of life,” unlike when they are factory farmed. Population is automatically controlled in nature.

    • 889 days ago

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      Bunniesoverboys….you must be joking. If people didn’t BREED animals for food and use, there would be no overpopulation to worry about in the first place. Don’t try to justify your lack of empathy and lack of caring about the planet with faulty logic and religion. Your bible’s got nothing to do with it.

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      824 days ago

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      Bunniesoverboys, you’re right. God did put animals on Earth, but do you think God would look at a slaughterhouse and say, “it’s all good”.
      ?

  • 900 days ago

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    LOVE this. So true! All sufferings are connected. When you eat meat, you’re contributing to environmental destruction, world hunger, animal suffering, and your own health problems. Who’s doing the right thing for animals AND humans alike?!