My name is James Thomas and I am mildly vegan-intolerant. I have no problem with people not wanting to eat meat or animal based products, but it’s the effect on other people that bothers me. The word bother may be an understatement however, there’s only so much I can take before the blood in my head boils over my brain and makes my eyeballs explode with a beefy, cheese coated passion. In this article I shall discuss my main problems with veganism in an adrenaline fuelled smorgasbord of scientific facts and my own two pennies worth of opinions.
Fact: Vegans are mostly deficient in some vital vitamins.
Studies show that 92 percent of vegans are deficient in B12, an important vitamin which the body needs in order to form blood and make the brain function at its best. A B12 deficiency is not a good thing to have, my own mother suffers a B12 deficiency as her body does not produce it properly and has to have injections every couple of months. If she did not; the harsh reality would be that she would likely die. She also gets b12 from animal products; especially meat, red being the richest in b12, therefore she needs a non-vegan diet in order to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Another vitamin vegans can be deficient in rather easily is creatine, which forms energy reservoirs in cells; the consequences of that are obvious.
Picture a man in desperate need of a shower, his matted beard reaching his waist, “natural oils” dampening his bright green bandana enforcing his neglected dreadlocks from going in his salad. Lying on a leather-free leather sofa too tired to get up and reach for his kale (whatever that is), I’ll bet if he was less stubborn he’d take a light reflection on his dairy free life and be wishing for that creatine that he pushed out of his life like his high school ex-girlfriend.
Fact: Studies are poorly conducted and have no evidence.
There are currently extremely few (if any) studies which suggest that a fully vegan diet is beneficial to humans. Some studies can show a lower mortality rate and some benefits to a vegan diet, but these are not conducted properly. The studies that accredit vegans with such superhuman traits are based on merely observing the vegans and were conducted on the grounds of correlation; not causation. Another study I read in an online newspaper the other day stated that 1,000 people were tested for health benefits between vegetarian and meat-eaters, there was little to no difference between the two.
Widely based on hyperbolic anecdotes.
This is more of a personal experience than fact, but most of the “persuasive” arguments I found on the internet when I researched for this assessment were absolute boulder dash. If I had a penny for every time I saw the words pure and fresh I could probably buy a better laptop to write these assessments where the brightness is better than a service-station portable reading light. It’s absolutely insane! I cannot for the life of me begin to fathom why somebody would for a moment think they were being persuasive by telling us about their rabbit food.
I have a friend who is vegan; however I won’t hold it against them. We seem to get on pretty well most of the time. Problem is that she just can’t help but argue about anything she possibly can when it comes to veganism. Anything I share, from memes to music, if it involves so much as a mention of the dreaded v-word, her vegan senses start tingling and she is on like donkey kong. I always like to risk assess now when I post things involving my own opinion. Because apparently for liking meat and showing that, I am amongst the likes of Hitler and Genghis Khan.*
In these mentally draining arguments, she will always argue with morals and comparisons rather than actual facts and data.
“Try hunting the animal yourself, biting into its flesh with your own teeth, and you’ll most likely die from food poisoning.”
I can tell you now I had an absolute field day with my comeback for this. I had to set aside my entire night and miss 3 days of college trying to figure out where to actually begin.
As far as I remember, I told her that humans simply weren’t involved to be tolerant of salmonella like we were of other poisons like alcohol. Humans have cooked meat for centuries so that is what we have become used to. We could evolve to eat it raw but it would take a long time of retching and nasty smells before we came anywhere close.
*- Hitler was actually a vegan, for the record but he’s the worst person I could think of.
Fact: Vegan diets do not work for everyone.
I could spend ages now discsussing how some people need extra vitamins and minerals which can be found in animal products, but instead I shall refer back to my dear mother. If my mum didn’t get b12 from meat, and only got it in her injections, she would (in the nicest way possible) be useless. I’ve seen my mum when she’s low on B12, she gets lethargic, ill and weak, and this has been times when her injection wasn’t due for a couple of months. What is she to do then? If vegans did have their way and abolished meat, what could she possibly do until her injections were due without the supplement of meat?
It it wasn’t for meat she would most likely be extremely ill or worse. I find it incredibly selfish that these vegan extremist want to take meat away from everyone. Making a nice Segway over to my next point.
It’s just downright selfish;
Scenario: a primary school class of around 20 young children. The class is all having a lovely time making models out of clay. 3 of them don’t like Clay, they think it’s disgusting. So the class teacher has two options. Either nobody is allowed to use clay because 40% don’t enjoy it, or those 3 pupils in particular can instead do something they prefer. To me, these are the same thing; scaled down. Most people in the world like meat, and who can blame them? I could probably persuade the person marking this assessment merely by mentioning bacon sandwiches. The people who don’t eat meat or animal products claim that there are many non-animal dishes available. Well that’s amazing! Why don’t we let them go treat themselves to a veggie burger then if they’re that nice, rather than trying to ruin food for us. Because if there’s one thing that mortifies me more than a world of vegans, it’s angry protesting meat-eaters who aren’t allowed to eat meat.
Meat is also big in history, I can tell you now and I am pretty confident in saying that I can ASSURE YOU that King Arthur wouldn’t have come back from battle and treated himself to a cabbage. Meat was a vital part of buffets and celebrations all throughout history. Speaking of which…
The first case of a heart attack was in 1912. Foods were being processed since 1890.
It’s just illogical to suggest that meat is the cause of these problems when humanity have been eating it for centuries without many problems. I can hear you asking, “That’s because humans didn’t have the technology and knowledge to differentiate between illnesses and their correlations hundreds of years ago”. And I would agree with you, but heart disease was identified and established in medieval times. I’m not history expert but I’m pretty certain that’s at least a few centuries before the 1890s. The problem isn’t animal foods, it’s processed foods. Even so, there is no evidence to suggest we should avoid processed foods 100%.
There are other ways.
I, ironic to this article am against animal cruelty, there are ethical ways to kill animals. I stand firmly against battery farms but at the same time I recognise that without them, meat would be extremely expensive, which is bad news for even us more endearing cheapskates.
Banning meat won’t stop animals being consumed, it’ll just stop them being farmed. So to me, it’s either bring in more ethical methods of farming, let people hunt themselves or just do nothing at all. Stopping the meat industry wont enshrine animals in an encompassing field of protection, it will just put millions upon millions out of their jobs and probably damage the economy considerably. Not I’d know anything about the economy at all, it’s just an evidence absent assumption.
I am fully open to having some actual proof shown to me, after all; to put it in the words of the wise Samuel L Jackson; “The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence”. if somebody can prove to me that it is actually beneficial, who knows I may try it for a week. But I put my mental health over everything, so if I’m more miserable eating animal free foods, then I think I’ll go back to meat in a deep-fried heartbeat.
The take-home message here is generally for you to do what makes you happy, but without making others miserable, veganism might work for you, but if you act uncouth about it then it’s definitely not working for those around you. Just live and let live.
~James Thomas 16/03/2017
“Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter, Isms in my opinion are bad. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself.” – Ferris Bueller.