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Vegetarian vs. Vegan
By Eliana Lozano, Grade 10

After watching Food, Inc the movie, I was devastated to see how animals were maltreated to take advantage of their fur or meat. Thus, I looked through www.peta2.com, a website for teenagers interested in becoming vegetarians or vegans. Up until now it meant the same to me but apparently it didn’t for PETA.   

Vegetarians are those that don’t consume meat, poultry, or seafood; whereas, a semi-vegetarian is somebody that eats eggs, chicken, dairy products but doesn’t consume other animal by-products. On the contrary, a vegan does not eat any animal by-products; some may even avoid eating honey*.  Furthermore, vegetarians have various classifications such as:

Lacto-Vegetarian: Vegetarian that consumes milk
Ovo-Vegetarian: Vegetarian that consumes eggs
Ovo-Lacto- Vegetarian: Vegetarian that doesn’t consume poultry, fish, seafood, but do consume milk and eggs
Pesco-Vegetarian: Vegetarian that consumes fish and seafood, along with dairy products and eggs
Semi-Vegetarian: Vegetarians that consume red meat

There are various ways to protect animals and others agree that following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is not necessary.  Humans can consume meat without maltreating animals; but companies have emphasized the point of gaining more profit by producing a higher net gain.  This means that animals have been growing with steroids and other products that obligates the chickens to reproduce faster.

Sources:
Smith, Jean. "Vegetarian Protein Sources | EHow.com." EHow | How To Do Just About Everything! | How To Videos & Articles | EHow.com. Web. 05 Apr. 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/video_4399481_vegetarian-protein-sources.html?pid=1>

"Vegan vs. Vegetarian: What’s Best For You? | 3FC." 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet! Famous Weight Loss Support. Web. 05 Apr. 2011. <http://www.3fatchicks.com/vegan-vs-vegetarian-whats-best-for-you/>.
 
"Vegetarian and Vegan Information - Vegan Vs Vegetarian." Vegetarian and Vegan Information - Vegetarians | Vegans | Vegetarian Recipes | Resources. Web. 05 Apr. 2011. <http://www.vegetarianvegan.com/Vegan_Vs_Vegetarian.html>.
 
*Only in extreme cases.


Kristen Wegner
5/2/2011 11:42:35 am

As a vegan for a year and a vegetarian for four, I thank you for bringing attention to this issue. However, I disagree that humans can consume meat without mistreating animals; I believe to kill an animal unnecessarily is cruel and wrong (and, for most [if not all] of us, it is unnecessary to consume any animal products). A good book dealing with these issues is Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer.

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Anna House
5/4/2011 11:05:58 pm

I would like to see that movie (Food Inc.). I do not think there is any excuse for mistreating animals that you plan to slaughter and eat. I do not think that there is any excuse to give them steroids or feed them excessively. I think it is fine to eat animals, as that is the way the food chain works, but not to do anything harmful before you do it. I am very interested in the different types of vegetarians you pointed out. I tried to be one once, but it didn't work. I don't agree with being vegan, simply because it's hard to be healthy, but it is a lifestyle choice and I cannot choose for everyone.

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Shelby Higdon
5/7/2011 12:31:35 am

I don't have a problem with eating meat, but mistreating animals is just wrong. Most people say that it's wrong to kill a cow or chicken, but then they go to McDonalds or some other fast food place and are complete hypocrites. Not all protestors do that, but some do. Mistreating an animal is sickening. Killing one for food is just part of the Circle of Life.

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Nicole Sills
5/16/2011 10:39:45 pm

I agree with you Shelby! Great point! Some people mistreat animals and then kill them for food. Mistreating animals is so sickening. I know that this article is not about dogs but I just wanted to say that a dog I rescued was abused. She was a breeding machine and she was beat so now she is half blind. Mistreating animals is terrible and I don't agree with it at all!! Great article Eliana

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