According to the Vegan Society, “veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”
Consequently, in the zeal to prevent the further exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals, many vegan activists will do and say whatever they believe it will take to encourage others to take on a solely plant-based diet. Unfortunately, some vegan’s zeal is so intense that they are willing to embellish facts to urge people to convert their eating habits. Sadly, this can backfire. Instead of turning more to veganism, they instead become the butt of jokes and ridicule when clued in skeptics quickly debunk their claims.
The documentary What the Health aims to do just that. Vegan film-makers Keegan Kuhn and Kip Anderson, hot on the tail of their previous documentary Cowspiracy decided to film their investigations into the medical industry. Anderson and Kuhn confronted many American health nonprofits with their assumptions that these organizations are covering up the truth about the superior health benefits of a vegan diet.
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Sadly, the documentary comes off as a desperate attempt to grasp at straws.
This is especially unfortunate as one only needs to tell the the truth to convince someone to become vegan. Those who cannot be convinced, likely have psychological issues or ingrained belief systems that they are too afraid to question. For those types of people, a vegan activist embellishing or bending the truth is the worst route to take.
What the Health makes some very wild claims that are simply not backed by reality or science. And while the meat and dairy industries may well have financial sway over many health authorities, if an activist does the research correctly, it cannot be argued with.
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Playing devil’s advocate, meat eaters may claim that a study run by a staunch vegan activist, such as Dr. Neal Barnard would be biased. Similarly, vegans are going to feel skeptical about studies financed by, for example, the dairy industry. So, regarding the scientific proofs, it appears we could be at a stalemate.
When one looks at studies from both sides of the fence, one can immediately see that there is nothing unhealthy about a vegan diet and nothing unhealthy about a diet that includes animal products – if the individual is leading a healthy lifestyle in conjunction with their chosen diet. Indeed, for comparison, there are many unhealthy meat eaters and many unhealthy vegans.
Nevertheless, the one thing that the documentary does prove is that a vegan diet is legitimate and extremely healthy.
Indeed, there is no excuse for anyone not to convert to a vegan diet. Especially if they truly care about being compassionate. And sadly, what the filmmakers failed to do, is praise organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) for actually admitting that reducing meat within the diet is essential to improving health outcomes. Anyone who looks at their websites will see they do not hide dietary options that eliminate animal products.
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YouTuber and vegan Swayze Foster bravely confronted many of What the Health’s wild claims, and inevitably faced a backlash from within the vegan community. However, it is vegans such as Foster that are having more success at converting people to veganism. This is simply down to an acknowledgment that people cannot deny the truth when confronted with it. Naturally, this creates cognitive dissonance in many. But in open-minded individuals, it is only the truth that will guide them, like a light.
Singer and vegan Morrissey has also received backlash for promoting a relaxed approach to those wishing to become vegan.
Zealot animal activists slammed Morrissey for his comments on Larry King. “Well, It’s just a gradual thing. Everybody begins as vegetarian. Because to dive straight forward into being completely purist is very hard for most people. Financially they can’t do it. And also, you have to find food.”
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