A new study by the animal-friendly Humane Research Council reveals that 84% of vegetarians and vegans return to consuming our farm friends and the animal rights world is terrified. “It’s obviously a negative for animals,” Che Green, executive director of the Humane Research Council, tells the Daily News. The meaty stats come from the first comprehensive study of current and former vegetarians and vegans conducted by Green’s group and Harris Interactive. The survey of more than 11,000 adults revealed that only 2% of Americans don’t consume meat at all. And 88% have never been vegetarians or vegans.
And worse news for the “animals are people, too” crowd is this statistic: Of the 12% of Americans who have tried the veggie lifestyle, five out of six revert. It’s not easy being green. “I was a vegetarian until this one time I drank whiskey and ate a piece of bacon at 4 a.m.,” says Chelsea Qualls, 24, from Garden City, who had stayed off the meat market for five years until that sizzling night. “I took a bite of my friend’s pizza, which happened to have bacon, and then the next morning we went to brunch, and I ordered more bacon because it was delicious,” adds Qualls, who consumed a diet of rice, noodles and veggies during her four year meat fast.