Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Going Veggie

CHANGE YOUR DIET. CHANGE THE WORLD

Going vegetarian is the most effective single thing you can do to make this world a kinder, fairer and better place and it improves your own health. There has never been a better time to make the change: the choice of food available to vegetarians has never been more varied or more appetizing – and the scale of destruction caused by the global meat business has never been greater. Join the millions of people who have already chosen to celebrate life, and turn vegetarian today. Find out everything you need to know right here, from why going veggie is so important to where you can find the best vegetarian food.

Recipes for change

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

www.vegetarianrecipeclub.org.uk

Celebrities

"Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for the animals. Do it for the environment and for the sake of your own health."

What's a vegetarian?

A person who avoids eating red (eg cow, sheep, pig) and white (eg duck, chicken, turkey) meats, fish and all other water creatures such as prawns and lobsters; and who also avoids slaughter by-products such as gelatine (made from horns, hooves, bones etc), lard and cochineal (crushed insects).

A vegetarian may or may not eat dairy products, free range eggs or honey.

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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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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.