(Original post by Elf.)
I've been thinking about veganism recently as I'm already a vegetarian and have encountered the following arguments upon discussion with friends. Here are my conclusions to the following arguments against!
1. "The cows would all die if we didn't use them for meat/leather/etc..."
NO. The reason they are domesticated is for human consumption. If they weren't used in this way by humans, then surely they'd be in the wild. The reason a cow is bred in captivity is because it is being supplied for a human demand. If it wasn't demanded, then it would not be supplied.
2. "What about GM veggies?"
The problem with GM is that it will probably become increasingly necessary in the future of our planet with population issues and increasing food shortage. The idea of veganism is minimal harm of sentient beings. I don't know much about GM and the chemicals used though.
3. "But how will we test new medicines and cosmetics?"
Surely we have all the cosmetic ingredients tested which we need to know about... And knowledge of chemical compounds which make us allergic. However, life saving medicines are probably a different story. I believe that products should be tested on humans as far as possible by offering large monetary incentive or something.
4. "But vitamin tablets are stupid and expensive. It's kind of antisocial to be vegan at other peoples house isn't it?"
Until veganism becomes more widespread, it'd be difficult to eat out vegan. However, my idea is that as far as possible I will eat vegan.
Vitamin tablets - why not if they're available and you can afford to do so.
5. "But its sooo unhealthy!"
Complete rubbish, as calcium is naturally occurring in some green veggies, as is iron.
Meat actually increases your risk of various cancers and heart disease.
So what about organic? What about free range?
Free range is dubious, as male hens are still killed for being the wrong gender. Organic - I'd love to hear some opinions on! Thanks for reading