In the excellent article “Eating Animals: Addressing Our Most Common Justifications“, Free From Harm discusses our society’s most common justifications for eating animals.
“We’ve heard them all before — the justifications people give for continuing to consume animal products even when faced with an abundance of plant-based food options. Here are some of the most common justifications for eating animals that vegans encounter from those confronted with the facts about animal farming and the opportunity to make more compassionate choices. Each objection is followed by a counter argument, which may include links to supporting sources.
If I wasn’t meant to eat meat, I wouldn’t have these canine teeth!
There are several serious problems with the “canine teeth” argument, the most glaring one being the idea that the presence of canine teeth means we are “meant to eat meat.” The truth is that nearly all mammals have canine teeth. Many herbivores and primary plant-eaters have ferocious canine teeth; in fact, the largest canine teeth of any land animal belong to a true herbivore. Check out our photo gallery and accompanying nine reasons why your canine teeth don’t make you a meat-eater.
Humans were designed to eat meat; we are omnivores.
The term omnivorous doesn’t mean must eat some animal products. It means capable of subsisting on both plant and animal matter. Of the two, we are able to thrive without eating animals; however, if we eat no plants, we die. In fact, decades of scientific evidence have demonstrated that humans have no biological need to consume flesh, eggs or dairy products. We can get all the nutrients we need on a plant-based diet, without the unhealthy animal protein and cholesterol, and without inflicting needless suffering and death on billions of animals.
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Animals can’t reason like us. They don’t deserve the same treatment.
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We have been eating meat since the dawn of humankind.
Our brains developed from meat eating.
We are apex predators at the top of the food chain.
Farm animals have a much better life than they would in nature. In the wild they would be eaten alive!
Meat eating is as instinctual to us as procreation.
Eating animals is part of the cycle of life
I only buy cage-free eggs and grass-fed beef!
If farm animals were not treated well, they would not produce for farmers.
Just because I eat meat doesn’t mean I support animal abuse or cruelty.
We can honor animals by showing respect and gratitude for their “sacrifice”
Plants are alive too. Don’t vegans believe plants should not be harmed also?
If the world went vegan, farmers & slaughterhouse workers would be out of a job!
Where do you draw the line between what gets harmed for our food choices?
The Bible says we have dominion over animals.
Everyone eats animal products. It’s just the way things are. You’re never going to change that.
Vitamin B12 is absent from a vegan diet, which means it is not the diet intended for us.
Some people fail to thrive, or become ill, when they don’t eat animal products.
Vegans kill more animals than meat eaters.
That’s what animals are here for!
Animals don’t know what’s happening to them when they are raised and slaughtered.
Humans are more important than animals.
If we didn’t raise and eat farm animals, they would go extinct.
If the world went vegan, farmed animals would overrun the earth…
Animals are ferocious and would think nothing of attacking us.
Raw milk is very nutritious!
What I eat is a personal choice!
But you feed your cats and dogs meat; that’s not vegan!
Why should we care about animals when there is so much human suffering in the world?
A vegan diet is elitist, a luxury that only some can afford.
Certain populations and regions rely on animal products since they can’t grow food crops.
Vegans push their beliefs on others and turn others off.
Vegans are hypocrites; it’s impossible to be 100% vegan.”