Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Going vegan

If you’ve clicked this button then you’re already thinking about going vegan.

Our advice to you is simple: do it!

Hundreds of thousands of people in this country have already taken that last step into a completely cruelty-free lifestyle – including every one of us who works here at Viva!. By turning vegan you’ll be doing something incredibly positive for your health, your conscience and the world. What’s more, we guarantee you that making the transition won’t be as difficult as you think. Being vegan doesn’t mean becoming a freak; it doesn’t mean giving up on the pleasure of good food and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to become a self-righteous bore. It won’t make you a different person – only a happier one. Find out more on these pages, give it some thought and then go for it. You won’t regret it.

Recipes for change

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

www.vegetarianrecipeclub.org.uk

Celebrities

“My brother would make animal noises of the creature I was eating and I thought ‘I have to go vegetarian’. But it wasn’t until I was 21 that I really started to understand the puzzle of the whole thing. I realised if I wanted animal cruelty to end, it would have to start here, with me. I never went...

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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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Vegan

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