Yep - that's an old meal of mine. I wasn't always vegan. I once cooked that big breakfast and ate every scrap - the bacon, the eggs... the buttered toast.
I was convinced to go vegan by copious research and nearly every day since then, people try and convince me to go back to meat.
They are DESPERATE for me to not be vegan. For me to explain myself. To come up with any weird, little point that undermines and ridicules my decision.
It would be so convenient if all vegans were mindless hippies, wouldn't it?
If they all smelled bad and they all were high as kites and they didn't think about the "real world"....
Silly, silly vegans with their "morals" and "ideals". Don't they understand how the world works?
Go, take your hummus and your "feelings" and keep them away from my steak! This is how it's always been! People are always going to eat meat, so just get OVER it.
How terrifying it must be, when vegans come along who aren't crazy. When vegans come along who are, kind of... well.... intelligent. They think hard about their choices. They have an answer for every question. They do live in the "real world". In fact - it's this that led them to veganism in the first place.
Makes you wonder if it's YOU who doesn't live in the real world.
The best arguments I've heard against being vegan are:
1) What About the Happy Egg-Laying Chickens in my Back-yard? BOOM. Gotcha. Stupid vegan.
2) This is How it's Always Been
3) I Tried to be a Vegetarian Once and Got Sick. Poor Me
4) What If I'm a Selfish Bastard who doesn't care about the Planet? (You know who you are....) ;)
5) What about small fishing villages in *insert country* who rely on fish for survival?
6) What if you were on a desert island and it was you and a wild hog. Would you starve to death?
That hopefully sounds comical, or like I'm taking the piss. But these are seriously the best arguments I've heard against being Vegan. I think they're all bollocks, but that goes to prove why being Vegan is logical.
The Phantom Chickens in Ma Backyard
The MAJORITY of people do not have chickens in their backyard. Does that surprise you? Does it surprise you to know that so many people say this to me and non of them ACTUALLY get their eggs from a chicken in their backyard?
Do me a favor - if you do NOT have any chickens roaming around in your back yard, dropping their periods on the grass that you so desperately want to scramble up - DO NOT MENTION IT. You cannot use this argument.
If you DO, then fine - I will accept this as a logical argument towards you eating eggs. I'm not stupid. Why am I still a vegan? Because the world egg demand cannot be satisfied in this way. HOW DO YOU THINK FACTORY FARMING BEGAN IN THE FIRST PLACE? They didn't pop up overnight, folks. They are a respond to consumer DEMAND.
If every human being in the world was responsible for making their own food and having their own animals - cool. But that ain't happening anytime soon and while SOMEONE ELSE is getting your eggs - they are likely from a factory farm. I could rant about this all day. EDUCATE YOURSELF.
I haven't even gone into the health on eggs. Another post. Or... JUST GOOGLE. Animal products are not natural for us.
It's How It's ALWAYS Been
I'm not going to waste a lot of time on this. If it's not obvious why, I can't help you.
Firstly - it's NOT how it's always been and that's part of the problem, you idiot. We have NEVER had such high demand for animal products as we do now. Many factors contribute to this, but the main culprits are population growth, China wanting to be like America (as if you would) and general human greed.
We need to EVOLVE. Look into the FUTURE. The future cannot include McDonalds, meat in every meal, osteoporosis, heart-disease and animal agriculture that takes up more room on this planet than we do.
Why? Because that's BONKERS. We eat more meat now than we ever have and health ain't great. All leading health experts agree after hundreds of studies that the focus needs to be on PLANT FOODS. What do animal foods give us again? Oh that's right: NOTHING.
Just because something has always been, does not mean it's good. We are learning more every day... we are getting smarter....
Are you smarter than the billion dollar Dairy Industry convincing you to drink cow milk?
Come on, bro.
I Was a SICK Vegetarian.... SO IT'S STUPID
Sigh, oh sigh.
I'm not going to pretend to be a health expert or to know the ins and outs of a perfect strangers body....
But what I do know is that every person I've met or seen online making this argument did not convince me. In the slightest. I have been able to come up with various possibilities of why their diet may have been flawed.
90% of the time - I will bet person simply didn't really WANT to be a vegetarian anymore. They miss meat. They miss social acceptance. They miss cheese. Whatever it is. They feel ill, maybe... but that can be about ANY problem in the diet. Introducing pus-ridden cheese back into your diet shouldn't cure you of anything. LOGIC PEOPLE. For more on this, check out: Why Do New Vegans Fail?
I hear stories of genuine, very passionate people going back to meat and it does interest me. Obviously they are making the right choice for them and I do not judge anyone.
But, please use your common sense - there are enough healthy, thriving, life-long vegans and vegetarians who prove we have no need for animal products. The human body gets EVERYTHING it requires from plants.
Eat often, eat enough, eat variety. You'll be fine. Do some fucking googling. Don't be a stupid vegan.
What if I'm a Selfish Bastard
This point is a total "wink" to someone I know in real life. (Hey!)
But, he made a good point - which was: "this won't actually affect my life at all. I don't care about animals. I don't care about the planet..."
Well, check mate vegan. The meat-eater wins. If he was being genuine - I guess he wins. It's a very sad attitude... but veganism will have zero appeal to someone who thinks that way. And that's a good thing... being vegan is about being SELFLESS.
You get health benefits not eating animal products, but if you don't care about your health either, I guess that won't tempt you. If you don't care at all about animals or the state of our planet.... I guess you win.
Stop Judging Small Fishing Villages, Vegan! Now, Give Me Some Sushi!
Do you live in a small fishing community? Do you rely on fish for the source of your calories?
I do not judge you.
Do you go to sushi trains and buy fish all the time? Do you eat anchovies and tinned tuna and then use this argument?
I judge you.
Guess what? You live in a fucking first world country and can walk into a supermarket and buy whatever the hell you want. And it's that exact choice that AFFECTS EVERYTHING.
YOU are destroying the oceans. YOU are killing dolphins and turtles. YOU are making unsustainable, shitty choices.
EDUCATE YOURSELF. Stop eating fish.
Next time you go into a supermarket - do me a favor and look at all the fish. Look at all the fresh fish, all the tinned fish.... all of it. All stacked up.
Do you think that's normal? Do you think that's sustainable? You are in ONE supermarket. In ONE location. In ONE aisle. Getting the picture.
Maybe vegans think about this shit.
Vegans would DIE on a Desert Island
The day I become Tom Hanks in Castaway, I'll get back to you.
I can tell you now though -
1) THIS IS MOST LIKELY NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME SO I WON'T LIVE MY LIFE BASED ON A SURVIVAL MODE I WILL NEVER ACTUALLY GO INTO. YOU IDIOT!!!!
2) I will do anything to survive apart from murdering loved ones. If it's me or the pig, of course I choose me.
I'M NOT AN IDIOT.
Well, is there anything I've missed? Any arguments you want me to answer?
Trust me - I've thought about it.
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