Why Vegan?

Why Vegan?

People adopt a vegan diet for numerous reasons. Amongst the most common are a revulsion at the treatment of animals on farms and in slaughterhouses, a desire to follow a path of non-violence, the health advantages of a plant-based diet, a wish to use the earth’s resources more rationally (you can feed far more people on a vegan diet), and the destructive environmental impact of animal-based agriculture (its massive contribution towards water and environmental pollution, harmful greenhouse gases, desertification and water shortages). Below is just a small sample of the evidence in favour of a vegan diet. Find out more, or order a free copy of Your guide to going vegan.

An organic white free range hen in long grass during summer.

ANIMAL SUFFERING

All animal farming involves abuse and suffering. As our undercover work has graphically exposed, slaughterhouses are brutal and barbaric places, where even the inadequate existing animal protection laws are routinely broken. In nine out of the ten slaughterhouses in which we have placed undercover cameras since 2009, we filmed infringements of existing legislation. Find out more

Bowood Yorkshire Lam slaughterhouse worker punches a sheep
Bowood Yorkshire Lamb slaughterhouse worker punches a sheep

The routine deprivation that factory farmed animals endure – lack of exercise, fresh air and meaningful social contact – has been widely documented, but other farmed animals also suffer in less obvious ways. In order to produce milk, cows must have young. Although they have a highly developed maternal instinct, their calves are normally taken away at a young age, so that the maximum amount of milk can be diverted to humans. It is a painful separation for both.

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  • Dairy cows are bred to produce unnaturally large yields of milk, commonly causing udder infections such as mastitis. Worn out by a combination of repeated pregnancies and intensive production, dairy cows are sent for slaughter at about 4-5 years. Their natural lifespan is roughly 25 years.
  • Far more female calves are born than can be used by the dairy industry, and obviously males are of no use. Some are reared for beef, some go for veal and many are shot soon after birth.
  • Welfare problems in the egg industry mirror those of dairy production. Hens are genetically bred to produce large quantities of eggs, and when levels fall, they are sent off to slaughter – even though they are still very young (18 months on average).
  • Male chicks are useless to egg producers, and are considered the wrong (uneconomic) breed to be fattened for meat. Millions are gassed soon after birth.

 

HEALTH

In the most recent significant research (published in 2016) – confirming many previous studies – researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital followed more than 130,000 people for 36 years, monitoring diet, lifestyle, illness and mortality. They concluded that exchanging just a small amount of processed red meat for plant protein reduces the risk of early death by 34 per cent.

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Commenting on the findings, Dr Ian Johnson, from the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, stated:

‘This interesting and robust work seems to support the growing consensus that diets based largely on plant foods are better for long-term health than diets containing large quantities of meat and dairy products’. 

This view was endorsed by Tim Key, director of Oxford University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit:

‘Overall, the study adds to the view that healthy diets should emphasise plant foods, including plant sources of protein, and that intakes of animal source foods – especially processed meat – should be low.’

STOP THOSE GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS!

A research team at the University of Oxford took data on the real diets of more than 50,000 people in the UK and calculated their diet-related carbon footprints (2016).

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They found that the benefits of switching to a plant-based diet could be huge. If those eating more than 100 grams of meat a day – a fairly small rump steak – went vegan, their food-related carbon footprint would shrink by 60 per cent, saving the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Lead researcher Peter Scarborough stated that:

 ‘In general there is a clear and strong trend with reduced greenhouse gas emissions in diets that contain less meat’. 

AND DON’T FORGET THE FANTASTIC FOOD!

Vegan food is varied and inspiring. There are alternatives to almost every non-vegan dish, with delicious recipes available from all over the world. With veganism rising in popularity so dramatically, there has also been a rapid rise in the range and quality of available foods, with creative cooks and food companies proving that animal-free foods offer exciting possibilities and endless variety.

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Benjamin Zephaniah

People all over the country are beginning to understand how becoming vegan can benefit themselves and the planet. We who care about the food we eat and the animals we live amongst have watched how over the years our compassionate approach to living has come from the margins to the centre.  Animal Aid has been at the forefront of this movement for forty years, so the time is right for us to mark their progress and our future with a grand, nationwide festival.  I believe the time is right for a real celebration of life. The time is right for The Vegan Festival of Britain.  

Benjamin Zephaniah
www.benjaminzephaniah.com

2016-10-21T14:46:41+00:00

Benjamin Zephaniah
www.benjaminzephaniah.com

People all over the country are beginning to understand how becoming vegan can benefit themselves and the planet. We who care about the food we eat and the animals we live amongst have watched how over the years our compassionate approach to living has come from the margins to the centre.  Animal Aid has been at the forefront of this movement for forty years, so the time is right for us to mark their progress and our future with a grand, nationwide festival.  I believe the time is right for a real celebration of life. The time is right for The Vegan Festival of Britain.  

Jamie Coombs, Managing Director, Natural Balance Foods (Nak’d and Trek bars)

We love Animal Aid and are delighted to join their 40th Birthday Bash!
Animal Aid is a pioneering and inspiring example of compassion in action.
Natural Balance Foods is honoured and proud to support this magnificent group of people and the noble cause they so heroically represent.
Happy Birthday, Animal Aid and thank you for all the profound goodness you do.

Jamie Coombs, Managing Director
Natural Balance Foods (Nak’d and Trek bars)
www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

2016-10-24T11:41:03+00:00

Jamie Coombs, Managing Director
Natural Balance Foods (Nak’d and Trek bars)
www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

We love Animal Aid and are delighted to join their 40th Birthday Bash! Animal Aid is a pioneering and inspiring example of compassion in action. Natural Balance Foods is honoured and proud to support this magnificent group of people and the noble cause they so heroically represent. Happy Birthday, Animal Aid and thank you for all the profound goodness you do.

Fry’s Family Foods

Fry’s are proud to be a supporter of Animal Aid, their 40 years of hard work and dedication to saving & protecting animals is exceptional. We are thrilled to be part of the Vegan Festival, here’s to another 40 years!

Fry’s Family Foods
www.fryfamilyfood.com

2016-10-26T10:34:57+00:00

Fry’s Family Foods
www.fryfamilyfood.com

Fry’s are proud to be a supporter of Animal Aid, their 40 years of hard work and dedication to saving & protecting animals is exceptional. We are thrilled to be part of the Vegan Festival, here’s to another 40 years!

Bute Island Foods (Scheeze)

Huge congratulations to Animal Aid on their 40th Anniversary. The Vegan Festival of Britain sounds like the perfect way to celebrate and we would love to support it. Keep up all the great work.

Bute Island Foods (Scheeze)
www.buteisland.com

2016-10-26T10:37:15+00:00

Bute Island Foods (Scheeze)
www.buteisland.com

Huge congratulations to Animal Aid on their 40th Anniversary. The Vegan Festival of Britain sounds like the perfect way to celebrate and we would love to support it. Keep up all the great work.

Adrian Ling, Managing Director, Plamil

Animal Aid have always had a unique, passionate and successful approach, so it comes as no surprise that The Vegan Festival of Britain is a new and exciting idea we can all get involved in. Often the biggest impact that individuals can have on reducing animal suffering is by using the commercial power they have in their own pocket when making a purchase. Purchasing Vegan is one of the most powerful contributions that can be made and the festival a wonderful way to promote Vegan.

Plamil will do all it can to support such a festival.

Adrian Ling, Managing Director, Plamil
www.plamilfoods.co.uk

2016-10-26T10:39:30+00:00

Adrian Ling, Managing Director, Plamil
www.plamilfoods.co.uk

Animal Aid have always had a unique, passionate and successful approach, so it comes as no surprise that The Vegan Festival of Britain is a new and exciting idea we can all get involved in. Often the biggest impact that individuals can have on reducing animal suffering is by using the commercial power they have in their own pocket when making a purchase. Purchasing Vegan is one of the most powerful contributions that can be made and the festival a wonderful way to promote Vegan. Plamil will do all it can to support such a festival.

Wills Vegan Shoes

Where do I begin with Animal Aid? From helping Wills Vegan Shoes before we even launched to being a source of inspiration and support when I turned vegan – to the crucial work you do everyday in the name of animal equality. Much love.

Wills Vegan Shoes
www.wills-vegan-shoes.com

2016-10-26T10:41:14+00:00

Wills Vegan Shoes
www.wills-vegan-shoes.com

Where do I begin with Animal Aid? From helping Wills Vegan Shoes before we even launched to being a source of inspiration and support when I turned vegan – to the crucial work you do everyday in the name of animal equality. Much love.

Tim Barford, Yaoh

Happy to see 'The Vegan Festival of Britain' come alive – we’ve been supporting vegan events for 15 years and think they are the best way to reach out to the public and help them consider veganism. Happy days

Tim Barford, Yaoh
www.yaoh.co.uk

2016-10-26T10:47:10+00:00

Tim Barford, Yaoh
www.yaoh.co.uk

Happy to see 'The Vegan Festival of Britain' come alive – we’ve been supporting vegan events for 15 years and think they are the best way to reach out to the public and help them consider veganism. Happy days

Ms Cupcake

Time to raise a cupckake, or two, to such an important organization on its 40th anniversary. What they have achieved for animals is extraordinary. We should all be very honoured and proud to have a team like Animal Aid fighting important campaigns and causes.

Ms Cupcake
www.mscupcake.co.uk

2016-10-26T10:49:02+00:00

Ms Cupcake
www.mscupcake.co.uk

Time to raise a cupckake, or two, to such an important organization on its 40th anniversary. What they have achieved for animals is extraordinary. We should all be very honoured and proud to have a team like Animal Aid fighting important campaigns and causes.

Booja Booja

Booja-Booja is delighted to support The Vegan Festival of Britain because we believe in kindness, respect and cruelty-free deliciousness.

Booja Booja
www.boojabooja.com

2016-10-26T10:54:24+00:00

Booja Booja
www.boojabooja.com

Booja-Booja is delighted to support The Vegan Festival of Britain because we believe in kindness, respect and cruelty-free deliciousness.

Moo Free Chocolates

Moo Free chocolates, as a manufacturer of vegan products, is absolutely passionate about helping animals. We are proud to support the hard work of everyone at and involved with Animal Aid.

Moo Free Chocolates
www.moofreechocolates.com

2016-10-26T10:58:57+00:00

Moo Free Chocolates
www.moofreechocolates.com

Moo Free chocolates, as a manufacturer of vegan products, is absolutely passionate about helping animals. We are proud to support the hard work of everyone at and involved with Animal Aid.

Mr Nice Pie

We are very happy to be part of this, with a fantastic organisation.

Mr Nice Pie
www.mrnicepie.co.uk

2016-10-26T11:00:46+00:00

Mr Nice Pie
www.mrnicepie.co.uk

We are very happy to be part of this, with a fantastic organisation.

Beauty Without Cruelty

Well done Animal Aid for providing an unequalled ethical message and building awareness of the need to be cruelty-free in all aspects of daily life

Beauty Without Cruelty
www.bwcshop.com

2016-11-10T15:17:11+00:00

Beauty Without Cruelty
www.bwcshop.com

Well done Animal Aid for providing an unequalled ethical message and building awareness of the need to be cruelty-free in all aspects of daily life

Ethical Superstore

Ethical Superstore are proud to be supporting the Vegan Festival of Britain! 


Ethical Superstore

www.ethicalsuperstore.com

2016-11-25T13:44:51+00:00

Ethical Superstore

www.ethicalsuperstore.com

Ethical Superstore are proud to be supporting the Vegan Festival of Britain! 

Lettices

Happy birthday, Animal Aid. The work Animal Aid has done over the 40 years and incredible commitment they have given is extraordinary and has paved the way for huge shifts and breakthroughs in the vegan community. What a fantastic thing to celebrate. Thank you, Animal Aid

Poppy Gosling, Lettices

http://www.lettices.com/

2016-11-28T15:33:52+00:00

Poppy Gosling, Lettices

http://www.lettices.com/

Happy birthday, Animal Aid. The work Animal Aid has done over the 40 years and incredible commitment they have given is extraordinary and has paved the way for huge shifts and breakthroughs in the vegan community. What a fantastic thing to celebrate. Thank you, Animal Aid

Vegan Store

A massive congratulations to Animal Aid on their 40th anniversary.

Animal Aid have changed the face of compassion in the UK. Always at the forefront of thought provoking campaigns that have changed many people's and animal's lives in last 40 years, their dedication to making the world a more humane place is beyond compare.

Vegan Store

veganstore.co.uk

2016-12-05T14:01:41+00:00

Vegan Store

veganstore.co.uk

A massive congratulations to Animal Aid on their 40th anniversary. Animal Aid have changed the face of compassion in the UK. Always at the forefront of thought provoking campaigns that have changed many people's and animal's lives in last 40 years, their dedication to making the world a more humane place is beyond compare.

Veggies Catering Campaign

Following 40 years of pioneering work by Animal Aid, supported for over 30 years by Veggies Catering Campaign, the Future is Vegan. The Vegan Festival of Britain invites all compassionate people to help bring about the just society essential for animals, other people and the planet.


Veggies Catering Campaign

www.veggies.org.uk

2016-12-07T16:18:40+00:00

Veggies Catering Campaign

www.veggies.org.uk

Following 40 years of pioneering work by Animal Aid, supported for over 30 years by Veggies Catering Campaign, the Future is Vegan. The Vegan Festival of Britain invites all compassionate people to help bring about the just society essential for animals, other people and the planet.

Animal Equality

Congratulations on your 40th anniversary. Many animals have been spared a lifetime of suffering thanks to your hard work and dedication.

Animal Equality

www.animalequality.net

2016-12-19T14:37:59+00:00

Animal Equality

www.animalequality.net

Congratulations on your 40th anniversary. Many animals have been spared a lifetime of suffering thanks to your hard work and dedication.

The Vegan Cakery

Raising much needed funds and awareness of animal charities and causes is the foundation on which The Vegan Cakery was built, so it’s a huge honour to support Animal Aid’s incredible work and the fantastic Vegan Festival of Britain celebrations. Huge congratulations on your 40th birthday, Animal Aid!

The Vegan Cakery

vegancakery.com

2016-12-19T14:40:34+00:00

The Vegan Cakery

vegancakery.com

Raising much needed funds and awareness of animal charities and causes is the foundation on which The Vegan Cakery was built, so it’s a huge honour to support Animal Aid’s incredible work and the fantastic Vegan Festival of Britain celebrations. Huge congratulations on your 40th birthday, Animal Aid!

Viva!

Viva! is thrilled to help celebrate Animal Aid's 40th Anniversary and support The Vegan Festival of Britain. Animal Aid remain as vital today as they were four decades ago. Much love and admiration from all at Viva!

Viva!

viva.org.uk

2016-12-21T11:32:30+00:00

Viva!

viva.org.uk

Viva! is thrilled to help celebrate Animal Aid's 40th Anniversary and support The Vegan Festival of Britain. Animal Aid remain as vital today as they were four decades ago. Much love and admiration from all at Viva!

Shambhu’s

‘Our congratulations & thanks to Animal Aid for your great work over the last 40 years!

Ever since our vegan journey began nearly 20 years ago, Animal Aid has been one of our key sources of inspiration and education. Over the years, we're proud to have been involved in Animal Aid's excellent school speaker network, and the inspiring Christmas Fayres.

We very much look forward to celebrating your incredible 40 years through what's sure to be a truly memorable Vegan Festival of Britain.’

Shambhu’s (Vegan catering and cookery classes)

shambhus.co.uk

2017-01-06T16:52:36+00:00

Shambhu’s (Vegan catering and cookery classes)

shambhus.co.uk

‘Our congratulations & thanks to Animal Aid for your great work over the last 40 years! Ever since our vegan journey began nearly 20 years ago, Animal Aid has been one of our key sources of inspiration and education. Over the years, we're proud to have been involved in Animal Aid's excellent school speaker network, and the inspiring Christmas Fayres. We very much look forward to celebrating your incredible 40 years through what's sure to be a truly memorable Vegan Festival of Britain.’

Vegan Organic Network

'Thank you for your work over the years and your support for up-and-coming vegan groups. Together we can bring an end to animal suffering. Long live the vegan revolution!'

Vegan Organic Network

veganorganic.net

2017-01-20T13:54:37+00:00

Vegan Organic Network

veganorganic.net

'Thank you for your work over the years and your support for up-and-coming vegan groups. Together we can bring an end to animal suffering. Long live the vegan revolution!'