Alright, fellow vegetarians, it’s time to have a talk about staying power.
Data released by the Humane Research Council (HRC), and compiled from over 11,000 Americans, indicates 84 percent of vegetarians return to eating meat at some point in their lives.
More like quit-etarians.
While most of the people surveyed said they had no problem switching to a meat-free lifestyle, most cited the social and health complications of keeping a vegetarian diet as the reason for returning to meat-eating.
Sometimes, you’re very hungry and the smell of bacon wafts toward you and you just can’t resist. And those nachos topped with ground beef won’t eat themselves.
As a very melancholy man once said, even the best fall down sometimes.
Moreover, committed vegans are more likely to stay meat-free than vegetarians, with a quit rate of about 70 percent. They’re so deep into a seitan-and-lentil loaf, they haven’t even considered steak.
Unfortunately, the survey doesn’t make distinctions between pescetarians, lacto-ovo vegetarians and the like.
The HRC also released a detailed infographic breaking down the study and providing a look at the 2 percent of Americans currently leading a meat-free lifestyle, which is included below.
Psychology Today points out that since so many people struggle with a meatless meal plan, it may be more helpful for animal rights activists to shape their agendas around minimizing meat consumption and making sure it’s produced ethically instead of damning it altogether.
I’ll keep to my tofu for now.