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World Vegetarian Day

Posted 30 September 2008

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day: the perfect time to sample some meat-free recipes and - if you are already veggie - celebrate by promoting your compassionate and healthy food choices to friends and family.

In the 21st century, we should be moving away from the inhumanity of animal farming - whether that is intensive, organic or so-called ‘free-range’. Farming and killing millions of animals is always unnecessary and inevitably causes appalling suffering. Farmed animal diseases, environmental destruction and food related illnesses all point towards the overwhelming benefits of a plant-based diet, which is not only compassionate, but kinder to the planet and your health. It really is time to kick the meat habit.

Reasons to go veggie


Each year, in the UK alone, around 1,000 million animals are slaughtered for their flesh. Each of these animals is a sentient individual capable of experiencing pain, fear and distress in the same way as any domesticated dog or cat. However, we are brought up to believe that it is acceptable to eat the former whilst the latter are kept as pets.

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The planet can no longer support meat and dairy based diets:

  • Animal farming is responsible for a greater proportion of global greenhouse gases than the entire transport sector combined.
  • Animal farming uses up vast quantities of water, which is in short supply.
  • Almost half of the world's harvest is fed to animals, using up valuable agricultural land that could be used to grow plant food to feed to people directly. Up to ten times as many people can be fed on a vegetarian diet.
Learn more about the impact of meat eating on the planet

Vegetarians are less likely to suffer from food related diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, and therefore, have a longer life expectancy. There are no nutrients in meat that cannot be obtained from non-animal sources.

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