No, I don’t eat cows, pigs, chickens, or any other animals.
No, I don’t buy leather belts or shoes.
No, my car seats and furniture aren’t leather.
No, I don’t buy soap or any products tested on animals.
No, I don’t buy anything without reading a label or asking questions to make sure animals didn’t suffer as a result of making it and that it doesn’t contain any animals or animal byproducts.
No, it’s not an inconvenience.
No, I don’t buy anything made from fur or wool.
No, I don’t drink milk or eat eggs or cheese.
No, I don’t miss any of it.
No, I don’t preach; I just care. I speak for helpless animals. Their lives matter to me.
No, if you criticize me for standing up for animals, it won’t dissuade me. It motivates me to work harder and smarter for the cause.
No, if an animal byproduct is in something I bought, I didn’t know about it, and then I found out later, I don’t stop considering myself a vegan.
No, you can’t call yourself an animal lover or an environmentalist if you eat animals.
No, there is no food I can’t give up. People are starving. I’m grateful to eat anything. I don’t live to eat; I eat to live so I can make the world a better place.
No, it’s not difficult because animals, the environment, global issues such as poverty and starvation, and my health are much more important to me.
No, buying organic meat doesn’t mean the animals didn’t suffer.
No, I don’t cheat sometimes. That would be like kicking my dog in the head sometimes. I love all animals, not just my dog.
No, I’m not a speciesist. I don’t choose which animals I want to respect based on how they look or act.
No, I don’t understand how people can still eat animals and support factory farming after they learn the truth about the way animals are treated.
No, I don’t have any health problems.
No, I don’t go to the circus.
No, I don’t understand how an animal shelter can host events where they charge people money to eat tortured animals in order to raise money to save abused animals.
No, I don’t ignore cruelty to animals just because I don’t see it happening.
No, I’m not suffering from a protein deficiency.
No, plants don’t suffer when I eat them. Kale doesn’t have a central nervous system.
No, I don’t believe I have any more right to inhabit this earth than any animal.
No, I don’t understand how you can pat yourself on the back for saving a spider in your house and think nothing of paying people to slaughter a cow.
No, I don’t believe animals were put on this earth to be eaten. That’s a myopic, self-important, and tired defense mechanism used by people who eat animals to justify their decisions.
No, I don’t believe any religion would want people to needlessly and inhumanely confine and torture animals for human consumption. People twist biblical references to suit their eating habits.
No, you don’t need to eat animals to survive.
No, I don’t attend animal shelter events that serve animals as food.
No, eating animals isn’t healthy. Read The China Study or The Food Revolution.
No, I’m not an extremist. I’m a normal person. I wasn’t born eating plant-based food. I learned the truth behind animal agriculture and made the transition out of compassion, rational thinking, and a desire to promote health and reduce my carbon footprint.
No, I don’t miss anything.
No, there is no such thing as humane slaughter unless an animal is irreparably suffering and it’s done out of mercy. Otherwise, ending any animal’s life prematurely is inhumane regardless of how or when it’s done.
No, I don’t eat fish.
No, I don’t rely on religion or the mainstream culture to guide my food choices. I use common sense, science, and human decency instead.
No, you don’t need to become a vegan overnight. You can ease into it gradually.
No, you will not believe that you once ate animals or ever figure out what you were thinking once you become a vegan.
No, I’m not going to stop speaking for animals until I die and if there’s a way for me to speak for them after I die, I’ll do it then too.
No, I’m not perfect. Animals such as rodents and insects die in the production of vegetables, marine life is killed in the production of the gasoline for my car, and forests were cleared to make my wood furniture that disturbed natural habitats. It’s not about being perfect; it’s about doing as much as you can to reduce your negative impact on animals and the environment while improving your health.
No, that’s not all but you get the idea.
Are you ready to join me?
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., is a grassroots vegan animal rights activist. He writes a zero-profit blog, Kirschner’s Korner, to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.