Veganism is a Sham

The Vegan Society

Abigail McCoy, Secretary

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Veganism is defined as the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in dieting. While many people have claimed health benefits from this “lifestyle” or diet, the fact of the matter is that in no way is long term veganism healthy for you. If you plan on living a life based on nutrient-dense food, then meat and other animal products are needed.

People claim that going vegan helps save innocent animals from being slaughtered, but the truth is that even if one million people go vegan, the demand for meat will still be high and nothing could stop it. Yes, the treatment of said animals is horrendous, with the steroids and captivity and overbreeding. However, the demand for vegan friendly food is killing actual people in South America. Quinoa is mainly harvested in Peru and Bolivia, with other South American countries following closely behind, and the desire for certain crops often puts stress on the already underpaid and overworked farmers. This raises the question: save innocent workers just trying to provide for their family in poverty, or save the animals we have specifically bred to become a food source for the world?

Despite having to take certain vitamins (like B12 and vitamins A and D) when having a plant-based diet, vegans are missing a whole myriad of other nutrients that can only be gained from animal products. Nutrients and vitamins such as zinc, choline, creatine, taurine, methionine, glycine, and selenium are all very important in preventing against certain diseases such as heart failure and other bodily ailments.

Some parents that have been vegan for a while have decided to raise their children vegan as well, ignoring the obvious side effects of such treatment. Dairy is a child’s best source of calcium and it is doubtful that most children want to live mainly on nutrient supplements. A child’s palate is already very small, so limiting them to foods that not even some adults will eat willingly is cruel, and these dietary restrictions might isolate them from peers. Even if later on in life the child decides not to be vegan and consume animal products their body might reject it. Having to go vegan due to allergies and reactions to certain foods is reasonable, but forcing it upon someone with no knowledge of what the long term effects are to their body is unneeded, especially when avoiding certain products will not change the industry.

No one can stop everyone from eating meat or other animal-based products, and vegan food is often more processed than typical food. Veganism is a choice, it has pros and cons like most diets or lifestyles do, but the drawbacks are often more dangerous than the minimal benefits.