The Top 12 Excuses People Give for Not Going Vegan... and Our Responses to Them - Mercy For Animals

The Top 12 Excuses People Give for Not Going Vegan… and Our Responses to Them

1. I won’t get enough protein. 

Yes, you will. There are plenty of plant-based foods that pack a protein punch from peanut butter and lentils to tofu and seitan. Click here to learn more.

2. Plants have feelings too.

3daisywallpaper.jpgSeriously? All right, let’s break this down: Plants have no brain or central nervous system, which means they can’t feel anything. And if you’re really concerned about plants, you should be avoiding meat anyway. Did you know it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef? That’s a whole lotta plants for a few burgers.

3. Lions kill animals in the wild.

lion.jpgWere you planning on chasing down a gazelle, ripping it apart with your claws, and eating it raw? And what exactly does a wild carnivore who eats meat to survive have to do with humans who shop at a supermarket? Try again.

4. Cavemen ate meat.

cavemen-food-nutrition.jpgThey also clubbed women and dragged them back to their caves. Not so sure we should be making ethical choices based on what people may have done more than 100,000 years ago.

5. I’m just one person. If I decide not to eat meat it won’t make a difference.

Petition.jpgIt will to the approximately 30 farmed animals you spare each year. And with millions of vegans around the world, think of how many more we’ll save. Strength in numbers!

6. We’re at the top of the food chain.

t-rex-jurassic-park.jpgReally? Try wrestling a grizzly bear and get back to me.

7. But what if I’m on a deserted island?

5508573_f520.jpgThe next time you find yourself on a deserted island you can reassess, but until then…

8. If we all stopped eating meat, farmed animals would take over the world.

Sorry, but no. If meat consumption declined, fewer animals would be bred. It’s that simple.

9. I travel all the time. It’s just too hard.

There are restaurants and supermarkets all over the world that offer amazing vegan options. Click here and here to discover some chains that serve delicious cruelty-free dishes.

10. But meat tastes good.

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You obviously haven’t tried all the delicious vegan recipes on Also, amazing veggie meats like Gardein, Beyond Meat, and Field Roast fool even the most ardent meat-eaters. You should give them a try.

11. I focus my energy on helping people, not animals.

By choosing to eat a humane vegan diet you are helping people too. Animals raised for food require massive amounts of grain that could be fed to the nearly 1 billion starving people around the globe instead. Additionally, factory farms pollute air and waterways and generate high volumes of dangerous methane gas.

12. Not all farmers are mean.

That may be true, but for the animals the end is always the same: a bloody, violent slaughter. Eating vegan is a matter of putting our ethics on the table. 

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