Well, now you’ve got a virus.
You’re here because you heard what we were saying earlier on, and decided to take a look right?
Is meat really bad?
Well, yeah. Sorry. That was a shock for me too.
You see, there are three major reasons why meat is really, really bad;
- It is terrible for our health. The World Health Organisation classes processed meat (sausages, bacon, chicken nuggets, sandwich ham, etc) as a GROUP ONE CARCINOGEN (a cancer-causing substance on the same level as asbestos, formaldehyde, tobacco and x-radiation) and all red meat as a PROBABLE CARCINOGEN. Even the lean meats like chicken and pork are full of saturated fat, which can lead to insulin resistance and then type 2 diabetes.
- Breeding, feeding and raising animals for meat is the biggest contributor to environmental destruction. All the floods, heat-waves, crazy-ass storms…the best thing we can do to fight global warming is stop eating meat.
- Being raised, transported and killed for meat is a traumatic, torturous and painful process, even in the best cases. We all know someone who ‘owns a farm’ or ‘worked in a slaughterhouse’, but we also know we would condemn anyone who did the same thing to a cat or dog. Pigs, cows and sheep are all as emotional, playful and social as our household pets.
Wait, even fish?
Yup, even fish.
Forget drinking straws, the leading cause of plastic in the ocean is old fishing nets. There is plastic in the water, in the fish, and now inside us. Not to mention, fish feel pain. We just can’t hear them scream when we drag them out of the water and gut them alive.
Did you know that if we keep consuming fish at our current rate, ‘sustainable’ or otherwise, the ocean will be empty of those fish – in 2050? In 32 years’ time.
(Also fish is full of fat, same as other meats)
But dairy is fine, right? No animals die for milk…right?
Well, no, sorry.
Like humans, cows only produce milk when they are pregnant. As such, the cows are brutally violated and impregnated, only for the baby to be removed shortly after birth so we can steal the milk. If the baby is a girl, she’ll also be impregnated and go through the same harrowing process as her mother, keeling over spent after only a quarter of her lifespan. If it’s a boy, he’ll either be killed on the spot, or raised for veal.
Not only that, but dairy is insanely bad for us. There are studies which link dairy to;
- type 1 diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
- breast cancer
- colon cancer
- prostate cancer
- lots of other cancers
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Parkinson’s disease
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Don’t believe me? Take a look here and see for yourself.
But where do you get your calcium?
Does this guy look like he needs calcium from milk?
We’re the only mammal that drinks milk after weaning, let alone the only species that drinks the milk of another species. This hairy bastard gets all his calcium from plants, as does this guy;
Strong bones, all from plants.
And before you ask – same goes for protein.
The gorilla is vegan (aside from some occasional insects), and he’s certainly not deficient in protein.
In fact, the world’s strongest man right now is vegan.
I wouldn’t want to pick a fight with him.
Well, what – I’m supposed to eat no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs? What can I eat?
You’re probably waiting for me to say salad, right? Like this?
Well, how about pizza?
I’m not even, kidding. On a recent Food Friday I made kebabs!
Vegan food is amazing – it’s all the same stuff, but so much healthier and without that gross, heavy fatty feeling. Also, it’s good for the planet. And the animals!
Ok…well, where do I start?
These guys are way better qualified to start you off than I am. Come to me when you want news stories, articles and videos debunking, or you just want to see me get all salty. For more constructive stuff, check out these guys;
Also, check out Bite Size Vegan – her website is here and here’s one of her videos – she’s amazing, check her out.
Going vegan is super easy. I was a proper, red-blooded meat-eating country-bumpkin when I started to see the truth that was being hidden from me. Now, I will never go back.
Here at Keeper Vegan I aim to make going vegan easy and understandable, with a bit of salt along the way. Enjoy your vegan journey, and take a look below for some more in depth info on some of the things I mentioned above.
Why is meat bad for us?
Why have I never heard this stuff before?
What’s it actually like, at a slaughterhouse?