Nuno, your points are very pertinent but I would like to add a few things:
- “Not eating meat may have contributed for this since I was not eating enough glycine, something easily found in meat’s connective tissues, but not in fish or vegetables.”
=> A lot a vegans don’t eat well and are lost when they remove meat from their diet. With enough raw fruits and veggies and a high carbs diet there is no risks.
- It’s good that you’re taking the example of the tobacco industry here: “Everyone presumes meat is bad for your health but actually there are no studies proving it (like it is now proved that smoking causes cancer).”
In fact, the tobacco industry used this argument in the past even though everybody was aware of the danger of smoking. Another BIG problem with meat today, is not the meat but the hormones, antibiotics, diseases, etc. Even the oil & pharma industry is making profit out of this. Let’s remember it’s all about profit. Yes, being vegan is also a big f*ck off these practices.
- A good indicator would be the proportion of cancer and other chronic diseases in non-vegan populations VS vegan populations. Easy to see the difference is significant.
The very interesting question you ask: “Why completely eradicate it?” requires a more developed answer:
Vegans start for a reason (usually health or ethic), but as they become more aware of the way things work, it turns out to become more of a political statement. It’s not anymore about meat, it’s about the industrialisation of living beings, it’s about how blind we became because of marketing and advertising. So blind that we lose our compassion for other living beings. It’s about increasing our self-esteem and loving ourselves and others more because we don’t take part into this mess. It’s about taking care of our bodies and our minds. It’s about what we do with our money. Are we spending it responsibly or are we supporting industries that are against our deep values and principles. Unfortunately the only real power we have in this world is the way we spend our money. And believe it or not, we as consumers have more power than we think.
Most importantly it’s about becoming the change we want to see in this world.