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The Humane Research Council is a non-profit that uses market research techniques to assess public opinions related to animal issues. Their mission is to provide information animal protection organizations can use to more effectively spread their messages. And for this study, they recruited a group of top flight social scientists to design a survey to examine differences between current and ex-vegetarians and vegans.

The study sample was unique for a couple of reasons. First it was huge – 11,399 adults of all dietary stripes which were recruited from a representative group of Americans maintained by Harris Interactive (part of the company that conducts the highly respected Harris Poll). Second, while not perfectly representative of the American public, it is a much closer representation of the population of the United States than other studies of our collective dietary choices. (While the sample was a bit older, wealthier, more educated, whiter, and more female that the general public, I was more impressed by how diverse it was.)

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For anyone interested in the psychology of meat-eating and meat avoidance, the data is a gold mine. Here is a quick overview of some of the more interesting findings

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• How Many? - The proportion of true vegetarians and vegans in the United State is surprisingly small. Only about 2% of respondents did not consume any meat – 1.5% were vegetarians and 0.5% were vegans. These finding are generally consistent with other studies.

• Going Back - Five out of six people who give up meat eventually abandon their vegetarian ways.

• Vegans Vs. Vegetarians - Vegans are less like to backslide than vegetarians. While 86% of vegetarians returned to meat, only 70% of vegans did.

• Political views - More than twice as many vegetarians and vegans indicated they were politically liberal rather than said they were conservative.

• Demographics - Compared to current vegetarian/vegans, ex-vegetarians tended to be older, more conservative, and more likely to be traditional Christians. There were no differences in the gender ratios, education, or race/ethnicity of former and current vegetarian/vegans.

• Gender differences - As expected, there were higher proportions of women than men among both present and former meat avoiders. (Nearly every study has found that women are more concerned about animal issues. For a review, see here.)

• Reasons for going veg - Current vegetarians/vegans were considerably more likely than former meat avoiders to say they originally gave up eating meat for reasons of taste, concern for animals, feelings of disgust, social justice, and religious beliefs.

• Health problems - Only 29% of ex-vegetarians/vegans indicated that they experienced specific health-related symptoms while on a no-meat diet.

• Back to veggies? - 37% of ex-vegetarian/vegans indicated that they would be interested in going back to a no-meat diet at some point in the future.

• The purity problem - 43% of ex-vegetarians/vegans said they found it too difficult to be “pure” with their diet.

The Implications: Meat Reduction Is More Effective Than Meat Elimination

The implications of this study are important. Only 2% of Americans do not eat any animal products. (This number has not changed appreciably for 20 years). Further, the fact that five out of six vegetarians go back to eating meat suggests that an all-veggie diet is very hard for most people to maintain over the long haul. Hence, the authors of the report argue that animal protectionists would be better off concentrating their efforts to persuade “the many” to reduce their consumption of flesh than trying to convince “the few” to take the absolutist route and give up meat completely. Sounds right to me.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...eturn-meat-why

I was pretty surprised to see the percentage that high...
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https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...eturn-meat-why

I was pretty surprised to see the percentage that high...
I've actually had some rather hot FB posts from friends of a relative regarding how cruel and brutal animals are treated when raised for meat.

Cows are raped (artificial insemination), forced to remain pregnant to produce milk (lactation happens after birth, for sometimes up to two years), chickens are raised in cages, so on ans so forth.

It's a personal choice if one decides to go fully vegetarian or vegan. I've found that the thought process quite often changes when they want to have children, and realize they aren't getting the proper nutrients to have a healthy baby.
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I've known several vegetarians who decided to eat fish and chicken because they felt they weren't getting enough nutrients from their vegetarian diets.
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...Cows are raped (artificial insemination)...
The emotional scars can last years... And then they rip their children away from them shortly after birth.

No wonder Bovine PTSD is so prevalent.
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The emotional scars can last years... And then they rip their children away from them shortly after birth.

No wonder Bovine PTSD is so prevalent.
I'm not quite sure if this was humor or sarcasm.
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