Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Change your diet

Everything you need to go, and stay veggie/vegan or eat less meat.

Recipes for change

The Vegan Recipe Club is Viva!’s centre for the celebration of vegan recipes.

www.vegetarianrecipeclub.org.uk

Why change

1. Saving Animals

In the UK alone, 850 million animals and hundreds of millions of fish are killed every year to put meat on tables – that’s more than three million animals a day. Before they are slaughtered, hundreds of millions lead desolate, disease-ridden lives on factory farms. Turning vegetarian means you’re no longer a part of that cycle of death.

Find out more about how the meat business brings misery and suffering to hundreds of millions of animals

2. Saving the Planet

Rainforests are cleared for grazing; methane from livestock causes global warming; soil is eroded by cattle; slurry poisons waterways; and the seas are laid to waste by overfishing. The global appetite for meat and the industrial techniques of the meat industry are destroying the Earth.

Find out more about how eating meat and fish is ravaging our environment on land and sea

3. Saving Others

While 750 million people go to bed hungry every night, one-third of the world’s grain is fed to farmed animals. A typical Western meat-based diet can only feed 2.5 billion people: a plant-based diet will feed every one of us.

Find out more about how eating meat contributes to poverty and starvation

4. Saving Yourself

Vegetarians live longer and suffer less from diseases such as hypertension, obesity, coronary artery disease, certain kinds of cancer and diabetes. Vegetarian diets can even be used to treat illnesses.

Find out more about how a vegetarian diet will benefit your health

Frequently asked questions

1a. If we all went vegetarian, we’d be overrun with animals
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1b. If we all went vegetarian – all the animals would die out.
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2. Our teeth/digestive systems are designed for eating meat.
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3. Eating meat is natural.
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4. Lots of animals kill for food: why shouldn’t we?
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5. It’s alright to eat animals if they’ve had a good life.
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6. I only eat organic/free range/fish/chicken anyway
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7. Plants scream when they’re pulled out of the ground or are cut up for food.
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8. If you were stuck on a desert island, you’d have to eat meat.
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9. God put animals on earth for us to eat.
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10. If we all ate vegetables and crops, wouldn’t we need more pesticides?
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11. Eating fish doesn’t cause suffering.
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12. What would happen to the countryside if we stopped having animals grazing on it?
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13. Why not do something for people instead of animals?
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14. Hitler was vegetarian.
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15. All the farmers would be unemployed if we stopped eating meat.
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16. I don’t mind you being vegetarian – but you shouldn’t try to impose your views on other people. It’s a matter of individual choice.
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17. What difference will one person giving up meat make?
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18. We’ve eaten meat since we were cavemen.
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19. Why do vegetarians always look ill?
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20. If the animals weren’t happy and healthy, they wouldn’t grow/lay eggs etc
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Meat reducer

I like eating less meat. It's cheaper, better for the environment, friendlier to the planet and normally just as tasty! Finding tasty vegan and vegetarian meals makes you a better cook.

Vegetarian

I went vegetarian as I am an environmental scientist and keen to minimise the negative impact I have on the world we live in.
 

Vegan

There are just so many reasons to go vegan and it's so much easier than you might think.