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Korn
Jan 4th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Does The Vegan Society have an official disagreement with these people?
"Someone" from VS have written that they think humans are omnivores on their site. Is this an official Vegan Society viewpoint? Anyone?

I'm not suggesting that Vegan Society shall claim that humans are 'natural herbivores', I'm questioning if it's a smart move of them to take part in that ongoing discussion as an organisation.


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John Coleman: Comparative Anatomy & Taxonomy (http://www.tierversuchsgegner.org/wiki/index.php?title=Taxonomy)


William C. Roberts, M.D., editor, American Journal of Cardiology: "When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores." (quoted here, on viva.org.uk (http://www.viva.org.uk/guides/vhfk01.html))


From "The Comparative Anatomy of Eating", by Milton R. Mills, MD (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_humans_omnivores_or_herbivores).

Humans Are Herbivores, Not Carnivores!! (http://www.vegan-nutritionista.com/humans-are-herbivores.html)

Are Humans Designed to Eat Meat:
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The Natural Human Diet (http://www.goveg.com/naturalhumandiet.asp) (goveg.com)

Shattering The Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/shattering-the-meat-myth_b_214390.html)


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Dr. William Roberts, editor of the American Journal of Cardiology and cardiovascular pathologist, is a perennial source of clever ideas on heart disease: (http://stanford.wellsphere.com/heart-health-article/are-you-more-like-a-dog-or-a-rabbit/321276)

"Because humans get atherosclerosis, and atherosclerosis is a disease only of herbivorers, humans also must be herbivores. Most humans, of course, eat flesh, but that act does not make us carnivores. Carnivores and herbivores have different characteristics. (1) The teeth of carnivores are sharp; those of herbivores, flat (humans have some sharp teeth but most are flat for grinding the fruits, vegetables, and grains we are built to eat). (2) The intestinal tract of carnivores is short (about 3 times body length); that of herbivores, long (about 12 times body length). (Since I am 6 feet tall my intestinal tract should be about 60 feet long. As a consequence, if I eat bovine muscle [steak], it could take 5 days to course through those 20 yards.) (3) Body cooling for carnivores is done by panting because they have no ability to seat; although herbivores also can pant, they cool their bodies mainly by sweating. (4) Drinking fluids is by lapping them for the carnivore; it is by sipping them for the herbivore. (5) Vitamin C is made by the carnivore's own body; herbivores obtain their ascorbic acid only from their diet. Thus, although most human beings think we are carnivores or at least conduct their lives as if we were, basically humans are herbivores. If we could decrease our flesh intake to as few as 5 to 7 meals a week our health would improve substantially."

Are You Human? Stop Eating Meat! (http://wer1family.wordpress.com/2007/09/25/are-you-human-stop-eating-meat/)

Eating Meat Is Not Natural (http://www.alternet.org/story/140643/</h5>):


There is no more authoritative source on anthropological issues than paleontologist Dr. Richard Leakey, who explains what anyone who has taken an introductory physiology course might have discerned intuitively -- that humans are herbivores. Leakey notes that “[y]ou can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand ... We wouldn’t have been able to deal with food source that required those large canines” (although we have teeth that are called “canines,” they bear little resemblance to the canines of carnivores).



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Carnivore or Herbivore? (http://vegantimes.blogspot.com/2009/11/carnivore-or-herbivore.html)

When you examine how the human anatomy has evolved it appears obvious that we are herbivores. There is a lot of evidence but one of the most notable is that humans will generally become ill or dye when eating uncooked flesh like a wild carnivore. Humans do not contain the stomach enzymes that kill harmful bacteria and parasites that carnivores do. Also all carnivores produce enzymes that neutralize the uric acid in their diet, humans produce no such enzymes. When a human eats a diet high in animal products they suffer a number of heath problem associated with uric acid. Gout, kidney stones, kidney failure, arthritis, certain cancers, cardio vascular disease and now uric acid has been connected to chronic brain ischemia.
Humans do not digest animal proteins well, and animal based foods cause many detrimental health problems for humans. Second because humans are anatomical herbivores we thrive on plant proteins. Comparative anatomy shows herbivore physiologic evolution in humans.

Early man 'couldn't stomach milk' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6397001.stm)

A rational critique of: Humans are Omnivores (http://www.ecologos.org/mcardle.htm)

(www.ivu.org) Professor Luis Vallejo Rodríguez: Omnivorous or Vegetarian? (http://www.ivu.org/news/evu/news962/omnivore.html)

Humans are naturally plant-eaters (http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html)