Myth 1: If we didn’t eat them, the animals would go extinct.
The animals who are eaten are far from ‘natural’. They are selectively bred, and in most cases this selective breeding causes them to suffer. Broiler (meat) chickens, for example, are bred to grow so fast in such a short space of time that by the time that they reach ‘slaughter age’ – which is just 6 weeks old – they start to collapse under their own weight; many also suffer from cardio-vascular problems. And whilst if the world did go vegan some species of animals may cease to exist, their wild counterparts (such as bison, wild boar and red –legged jungle fowl) would still exist.
Myth 2: But the animals would take over!
Make your mind up! The only reason there are so many farmed animals on Earth today is because they are bred to meet a demand. As the demand decreases, fewer animals would be bred. Thus the chances of cows taking over are very slim.
Myth 3: Vegans don’t get enough protein.
Myth 4: I only buy British, because that way I know the animals are treated well.
Animal Aid and other animal protection organisations have filmed inside British farms and slaughterhouses. Animal Aid has filmed animals being beaten, burnt with cigarettes and otherwise mistreated in English abattoirs – which included RSPCA Approved, Organic/Soil Association accredited, and non-stun. In farms, we have filmed sick and injured animals being left to suffer, amongst other horrendous scenes. One thing that can be taken from all of these investigations is that there is no humane way to breed and kill animals for products that we do not need.
Myth 5: Oh you’re vegan? You must miss [insert animal product here]?
Not at all. You can now get plant-based alternatives to everything from ice-cream, to cheese, to chicken nuggets and everything in between!