The Fallacy of Being Vegan: A Research Proposal Due to the perceived benefits of sticking to a no meat diet, there has been a plethora of literature that explains at depth and expounds on its logic. Oftentimes, however, the debate focuses on the angle of the rights of animals, particularly those that have been considered as the main sources of meat for food. It must be pointed out though that while the defense and promotion of vegetarianism and the vegan lifestyle have been provided with many venues, from live discussions, online content, and published materials, there has yet to be a just as comprehensive response from those who believe that vegetarianism and being vegan is absolutely unnatural and, therefore, not viable. This research aims to present the arguments why vegetarianism is unnatural an unhealthy, and ultimately wrong.
Statement of the Problem
The human being has is naturally both carnivore and herbivore. At first, he eats both because these satisfy his appetite. Later, as the scientific studies on nutrition advanced, it is soon found out that both have necessary yet different nutritional values. However, the adherents of vegetarianism continue to propagate the myth that animal meat is absolutely unhealthy and that a strict diet on vegetables and fruits is totally beneficial for the body. The truth is that being vegan is not being natural at all. In fact, “the things he eats are not natural products, nor the natural food of man” (Hotema 24). This truth is the being violated due to the myths of vegetarianism.
Purpose and Significance of the Study
There is a need to counter the myth that a vegan lifestyle is a guarantee that people would not succumb to various types of diseases. The only way to present a valid and reasonable argument against vegetarianism is to present a scientific explanation on why it is unhealthy and unnatural. This research is deemed significant as it would dare to counter the aggressive campaign in favor of the vegan lifestyle.
Outline of the Research Paper
a. Statement of the subject to be dealt with, which is the fallacy of vegetarianism
b. Presentation of the thesis that the vegan lifestyle is unnatural and unhealthy and vegetarianism is wrong
c. Relevance of the research paper
II. Literature Review
a. Present literature dealing with the subject and comments and opinions on the key points of such literature
a. Method would basically be the collection of written resources offline and online
b. Actual interviews of vegans will also be done
a. Presentation of the data or information gathered from the research
b. Comparisons would be presented through the use of charts
a. Analysis of the pros and cons of vegetarianism and being a meat-eater
a. Re-statement of the problem, summary of the findings, and confirmation of the thesis.
Hotema, Hilton. The Facts of Nutrition. Pomeroy, WA: Health Research Books, 1998.