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- Food and Drinks
- Health and Nutrition
- Personal Objections
Food & Drinks
Isn’t vegan food very bland and boring though?
Isn’t it impossible to be vegan if you can’t or don’t want to cook?
Fruits and vegetables are often more expensive than other foods; doesn’t this make veganism more costly?
Eating is such a pleasurable activity; why should people be denied of something they enjoy?
But meat and fish etc tastes good; how can vegans get over missing those flavours?
Why is it not OK to use/wear leather etc when it’s just a by-product of the meat industry?
Isn’t it difficult to continue with a social life though, for example eating out with friends who are non-vegan?
Isn’t a vegan lifestyle a lot of hard work and very time consuming?
Isn’t it really difficult to travel when you’re vegan though?
Health and Nutrition
Where do vegans get protein from if they don’t eat meat?
Isn’t a vegan diet deficient in several nutrients, particularly Vitamin B12?
If people don’t consume milk and dairy products for the calcium – won’t they then be more prone to osteoporosis (brittle bone disease)?
Is a vegan diet really suitable and healthy for babies and children?
Is there a risk of developing an eating disorder when someone becomes vegan?
Is it true that veganism can have negative effects on muscle and brain function?
Will I gain weight if I become vegan?
Isn’t it healthier to eat animals, which are a natural food stuff – rather than processed vegan foods, even if they are plant-based?
Animals don’t understand or feel pain like we do though, do they?
Animals are killed humanely though as they are stunned, so they feel no pain and surely this is therefore OK?
If everyone became vegan then wouldn’t there be millions of farmed animals left? What would happen to them?
Cows and goats produce milk naturally and chickens lay eggs – why not eat / drink these naturally produced products?
Whilst milk and eggs are produced naturally by these animals – they are the products of another species, meant for that species and not for humans. An egg is obviously an unfertilized embryo so is designed for procreation – you could even view it as a bird’s ‘period’! Cow’s or goat’s milk is designed for a calf/kid to be fed with. Humans are the only species on the planet to consume the milk of another species and when you actually stop to think about it, this is incredibly strange behavior. It’s the reason why an estimated 70% of people are lactose intolerant to some degree – humans are not designed to consume these milks. In countries where little cow’s milk is consumed you will find quite a different health profile too – for example less obesity, diabetes, inflammatory conditions and osteoporosis. Animal milks are linked with many health problems for humans and most people find that when they stop consuming them the health benefits are immense. So it is a natural product for cows yes, humans no. As for eggs – chickens have been bred to produce eggs at a rate of one a day (sometimes even more – 1 per 22 hour cycle) this is completely unnatural (in the wild they would lay a clutch of about 8-12 eggs to have offspring). This is why they have short lives of just 14 months, as their bodies cannot cope with this excessive demand. They are essentially turned into ‘egg machines’ and there is nothing natural about this.
Shearing sheep in the summer seems to keep them cool – wouldn’t they overheat and die if we didn’t shear them (so wool is a merciful by-product)?
But surely animals that are organic, free range or reared under schemes such as the Red Tractor logo or Freedom Foods are having a good life, aren’t they?
Eating or using animals can’t be affecting the environment though, can it?
But won’t humans eating more soya products mean even worse destruction of rainforests?
If everyone became vegan what would happen to the farming industry and how would people make a living?
Isn’t veganism just for ‘hippy do-gooders’?
Are there any scientifically valid reasons for completely eliminating animal foods from your diet?
What’s the vegan position on zoos?
What’s the situation with keeping pets?
I’m just one person; me being vegan isn’t going to make any difference, so what’s the point?
I don’t eat much meat so I’m already doing enough, aren’t I?
I can’t afford the cost of being vegan, even if I wanted to be, can I?
It seems complicated and I don’t have time to be vegan, do I?!
It’s everyone’s own choice what they eat isn’t it?
We’ve lived all our lives drinking milk, eating cheese, meat and fish and it’s done us no harm; why should we change now?
I’m too old to change now and it’s none of your business what I do, is it?!
Humans are the top of the food chain – so surely it’s natural for us to eat and use animals?
The ‘ItsEasy’ Ethos
How can you help people to become vegan?
Do you support meat reducers and vegetarians as well?
Animal rights is at the very heart of what we do. You’ll see it in our statement on why veganism: ‘saving lives’ we have grouped humans into this to denote the equality factor that we believe in and to simplify the message for a new generation of non-vegans learning about veganism for the first time. You’ll also see, throughout our site, references to the way in which animals are currently misused and abused as a driver towards the info we have on the cruelty-free alternatives there are. We continually strive to highlight how unnecessary it is to use animals for any purpose. It’s one of our core beliefs. However, because veganism as a lifestyle has multiple benefits, beyond preventing animal suffering and death, we do focus on these as well and all of our research with non-vegans has demonstrated that different people come to an interest in veganism for different reasons. Hence it’s important to work with and highlight all of these benefits – not just those related to animal rights.
Our research also consistently showed that people are immediately put off reading any further when faced with graphic pictures and information of animal abuse – the vast majority of people simply cannot handle the truth of the horror. Because of this, we’ve chosen our wording and imagery very carefully.
We’re actually engaging with people in a variety of different ways and it’s proving to be very effective. We’ve found that once people see and understand the benefits of veganism they naturally tend towards a process of learning that does lead them to a place of far deeper understanding of animal rights issues, but in a less aggressive way.
Why are you promoting non-vegan companies and services?
Why are you promoting unhealthy junk food and convenience foods?