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Carnist Excuses Bingo: How to Spot Common Excuses for Eating Animal Products
As more and more people become aware of the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, animal welfare, and human health, there has been a rise in the number of people transitioning to a plant-based diet or veganism. However, for some, the idea of giving up meat, dairy, and eggs can seem daunting. To justify their continued consumption of animal products, many people come up with a variety of excuses that they use to dismiss the ethical and environmental concerns surrounding animal agriculture.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with a meat-eater about veganism, you’ve probably heard some of these excuses before. To help you spot these common excuses and respond to them effectively, we’ve created a “Carnist Excuses Bingo” game. Here are some of the most common excuses that meat-eaters use, and how to respond to them:
Excuse #1: “But we’ve been eating meat for thousands of years!”
This excuse is often used to justify the consumption of meat as a natural and traditional human behavior. However, just because something has been done for a long time doesn’t mean it’s ethical or sustainable. Slavery, for example, was once considered a normal and necessary part of human society, but we now recognize it as a gross violation of human rights.
Response: “Just because we’ve been doing something for a long time doesn’t mean it’s right. We have the power to make ethical choices today, and choosing a plant-based diet is one of the most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment and reduce animal suffering.”
Excuse #2: “But where will I get my protein?”
This excuse is based on the misconception that animal products are the only source of protein. In reality, there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein, including beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, nuts, and seeds.
Response: “There are plenty of plant-based sources of protein, and a well-planned vegan diet can easily meet all of your nutritional needs. In fact, many plant-based athletes and bodybuilders have found that a vegan diet actually improves their athletic performance.”
Excuse #3: “But what about all the plants that are killed in agriculture?”
This excuse is often used to suggest that a vegan diet is not actually more ethical than an omnivorous diet, because plants are still being killed to produce food. However, this argument ignores the fact that animal agriculture is actually much more resource-intensive than plant-based agriculture. It takes far more plants to produce a pound of meat than it does to produce a pound of plant-based food.
Response: “While it’s true that agriculture does involve some plant death, animal agriculture is actually much more resource-intensive and causes far more harm to the environment and animals than plant-based agriculture. By choosing a plant-based diet, we can significantly reduce our impact on the planet and reduce animal suffering.”
Excuse #4: “But I could never give up cheese!”
This excuse is often used by people who are reluctant to give up dairy products. However, the dairy industry is rife with ethical concerns, including the separation of mother cows from their calves, and the premature slaughter of male calves. Additionally, many people who switch to a plant-based diet find that there are plenty of delicious vegan cheese alternatives available.
Response: “I used to think the same thing, but I’ve found that there are plenty of delicious vegan cheese alternatives available that don’t involve any animal cruelty. Plus, by choosing a plant-based diet, we can reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer, and other health problems associated with dairy consumption.”
Excuse #5: “But I only eat ‘humane’ meat.”
This excuse is often used by people who believe that they are making ethical choices by only consuming meat from animals that have been raised in “humane” conditions. However, the reality is that there is no such thing as truly “humane” animal agriculture, and even so-called “humane” farms still involve the exploitation and slaughter of animals.
Response: “While it’s understandable to want to make ethical choices, the reality is that there is no such thing as truly ‘humane’ animal agriculture. Even so-called ‘humane’ farms still involve the exploitation and slaughter of animals. By choosing a plant-based diet, we can reduce our impact on the environment and reduce animal suffering.”