With the facts from the Netflix documentaries discussed in the previous blog post, a lot of facts surfaced with viewers wanting to know more. After researching on Google trends, the term ‘Vegan’ has been searched this January more than ever before. It first started to peak in January 2015. This could be due to the release of films such as; Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives which were both released in June 2014.

People showed an interest in the amount propaganda the media and industries throw at us around the “benefits” of eating meat and consuming dairy products.  So this post will be focusing on the “lies” that have now been exposed on online websites.

Twitter

PETA, Mercy for Animals and The Dodo all regularly update their Twitter accounts with facts as to why people should think about becoming vegan. PETA sent a tweet of a video of male chicks. The chicks were being ground up alive as they are deemed as “useless” by the egg industry. The video features a one-day old chick on a metal machine, struggling to get out. As well as this, other male chicks are thrown around on a fast-moving conveyer belt and were treated like objects.  This exposes the egg industry as usually on adverts we see chickens on a green field, well looked after and healthy when the reality cannot be more different.

Cow’s Don’t Mind Being Milked and Milk is for Humans”

How many times have you heard that milk is good for you? Or you haven’t even thought about it? Due to our environment and the people around us, we don’t think about where milk comes from. We just assume cows are always producing milk. Mercy for Animals tweeted a photo revealing the truth. The photo consists of cows being chained up tiny cages whilst the worker kicks the cow in the face. You can see the distress the cows faces and behaviour. We are also brought up to believe that cows are supposed to provide us with milk. The sad truth behind it is revealed again by Mercy For Animals after they tweeted a photo. It reminds their followers that baby calfs are taken from their mothers the day they’re born so the mum can be chained up to a machine to be drained of milk.

Facebook

Facebook has over a billion users (Facebook Newsroom) and is one the main social media platforms where people watch videos. Often people upload and share cute animal videos of their pets or even farm animals. This may contribute to people converting to vegan. People are able to see that especially farm animals have a conscience and a personality, they are not simply food and products.

“You Need to Eat Meat For Protein”

When I took the plunge to stick to an all-vegan diet I was always told and questioned where am I going to get my protein from? “You’re going to be ill”, “you won’t get all your vitamins”. This couldn’t be more wrong. One particular image on Facebook was an animated photo comparing the health benefits on eating beans compared to a slab of meat. It stated that the 100g of steak had the same amount of protein as a 100g of beans. The steak had 74mg of cholesterol where as beans had 0 cholesterol. Then steak took 1,480 litres of water whereas beans only took 103 litres of water. Evidently, Facebook users are using the popularity of the app to their advantage. They use Facebook to spread knowledge on how plant-based foods are healthier compared to meat.

Google 

Google is full of articles and is the main search engine what people use to look up articles to gain knowledge on their subject of interest. As plastic pollution and global warming is on the rise, it is attracting more attention on the causes of it and how we can overcome and reduce it. People are curious as to how we have got ourselves into this devastating situation and how it has got so bad.

“The most effective way to stop global warming is to stop driving”

Although you can lower your carbon footprint by walking more often, “avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet” The Guardian says. They continue to say “beef cattle raised on deforested land result in 12 times more greenhouse gases”. The facts are easily accessible through the use of Google.  This helps people understand the facts about eating meat and dairy products and rethink their diet.