Answers to Questions Meat Eaters Ask Vegans
by Andrew Kirschner
No, I don't eat cows, pigs, chickens, or any other animals.
I don't buy leather belts or shoes.
No, my car seats and furniture
No, I don't buy soap or any products tested on
No, I don't buy anything without reading a label or asking
questions to make sure animals didn't suffer as a result of making it and
that it doesn't contain any animals or animal byproducts.
don't buy anything made from fur or wool.
No, I don't drink milk or
eat eggs or cheese.
No, I don't miss any of it.
No, I don't
preach; I just care. I speak for helpless animals who have no voice. Their
lives matter to me.
No, if you demonize me for standing up for
animals it won't dissuade me. It only motivates me to work harder and
smarter for the cause.
No, if an animal byproduct is in something I
bought, I didn't know about it, and then I found out later, I don't stop
considering myself a vegan.
No, you can't call yourself an animal
lover or an environmentalist if you eat animals.
No, there is no
food I can't give up. It's absurd to say otherwise. People are starving all
over the world. I could eat leaves all day and night if I had to in order to
survive. I'm grateful to eat anything. I don't live to eat; I eat to live so
I can make the world a better place.
No, it's not difficult because
animals, the environment, global issues such as poverty and starvation, and
my health are much more important to me.
No, buying organic meat
doesn't mean the animals didn't suffer.
No, I don't cheat sometimes.
That would be like kicking my dog in the head sometimes. I love all animals,
not just my dog.
No, you don't need a permit to be a vegan; just a
No, I'm not a speciesist. I don't choose which animals I want
to respect based on how they look or act.
No, I don't understand how
people can still eat animals and support factory farming after they learn
the truth about the way animals are treated.
No, I don't have any
No, I don't go to the circus.
No, I don't
understand how an animal shelter can host events where they charge people
money to eat tortured animals in order to raise money to save abused
No, I don't ignore animal cruelty just because I don't see
No, I'm not suffering from a protein deficiency.
No, plants don't suffer when I eat them. Spinach doesn't have a central
No, I don't believe I have any more right to inhabit
this earth than any animal.
No, I don't understand how you can pat
yourself on the back for saving a spider in your house and think nothing of
paying people to slaughter a cow.
No, I don't believe animals were
put on this earth to be eaten. That's a myopic, self-important, and tired
defense mechanism used by people who eat animals and want to justify selfish
No, I don't believe any religion would want people to
needlessly and inhumanely confine and torture animals for human consumption.
People twist biblical references to suit their eating habits.
you don't need to eat animals to survive.
No, I don't attend animal
shelter events that serve animals as food.
No, eating animals isn't
healthy. Read The China Study, The Food Revolution, or Eating Animals and
educate yourself. All that's at stake is the welfare of billions of animals,
the future of the planet, and your life.
No, I'm not a radical. I'm
a normal person. I wasn't born eating a plant-based diet. I educated myself
and made the transition out of compassion, rational thinking, and a desire
to promote health and reduce my carbon footprint.
No, there is no
such thing as humane slaughter. Ending any animal's life prematurely for
selfish reasons (i.e. human consumption) is inhumane regardless of how it's
No, I don't eat fish.
No, I don't rely on religion or
the mainstream culture to guide my food choices. I use common sense,
science, and human decency instead.
No, I will never stop advocating
for people to make a transition to a vegan lifestyle. Too much pain and
suffering is at stake.
No, I'm not going to stop speaking for
animals until I die and if there's a way for me to speak for them after I
die, I'll do it then too.