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