There are no
ifs and buts because we’ve heard every
excuse there is – and they don’t stand up!
Being veggie is good for your health, good for the environment,
good for the world’s starving people and it’s certainly good for animals! If you
don’t believe us and you’ve still got little nagging doubts – read
on. This is where you start to change your life.
I don’t know what one is.
There are a lot of interpretations of what a veggie diet is… so
let’s set the record straight: A vegetarian simply doesn’t
eat any dead animals or bits taken from them. That means no meat,
poultry (chicken, turkey, duck), fish or other water animals (prawns,
crabs, shrimps) or disgusting things such as gelatine from hooves
and bones and animal fat.
I only eat chicken and fish…
Well done! You’re already thinking along the right lines!
But we bet you didn’t know that chickens are the most abused
farmed animals? Kept in gross conditions, 850 million of them are
killed every year in the UK. And fish have feelings too! It’s
not even open to argument that they suffer terribly when they’re
caught. And healthy? Only if you think that deadly poisons such
as PCBs, dioxin and mercury are healthy because most fish now contain
low levels of them from pollution. Overfishing is hoovering the
oceans empty and wiping out the animals that depend on fish.
We have animal welfare laws so it can’t be cruel.
Oh yes it can – and is! Most animals raised for meat are
kept in disgusting conditions inside factory farms, never seeing
daylight, sun or rain. Pigs killed for meat live only five or six
months but it takes a battery of drugs to keep them alive. From
birth until death they’re given powerful antibiotics in a
desperate attempt to control the diseases that run rife in the
filth of factory farms – drugs which have helped create superbugs
that now threaten us all. Chicken rearing is the most intensified
and automated type of animal production there is. Chicks are crammed
into foul smelling windowless sheds - often 40,000 in each. The
baby birds are bred to grow too fast and are pumped full of drugs
to reach slaughter size in just 41 days. When they are killed the
birds eyes are still blue and they cheep - chicks in an obese adult
body. Most birds become crippled as their legs cannot support their
body weight. Turkeys are almost all factory farmed - as are ducks
- water birds that never get to swim or fly in their short, sad
“I have been
veggie since the age of 12. I had seen a programme
on live animal transportation which made me have the
idea initially. Me and my mum started the same day and
it's just so easy - Mum cooks amazing veggie food and
you wouldn't know the difference between veggie food
or meat, my dad hasn't got a clue what he's eating and
is practically an involuntary veggie!”
Lead singer and guitarist for US
pop punk sensations Goldfinger
“I can look at all my
without guilt knowing
e is not
dependant on their
suffering. And us veggies
If I turned vegetarian wouldn’t my health
No, it’s likely to improve. A diet packed with animal products
is high in cholesterol and saturated fat and can contribute to
heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, obesity and other diseases.
Doesn’t seem quite so appealing now, does it? ANYONE can
be healthy by eating a wide variety of vegetarian foods. Try it
and you’ll notice the difference in no time!
My friends will think I’m weird…
Oh come on! They can find a dozen reasons to think you’re
weird if they want to. Being veggie is something to be proud of – you
don’t need to apologise. Cutting suffering out of your life
shows you can think for yourself – and there’s nothing
weird about that. That’s strong. Most people who take the
mickey out of being vegetarian know nothing about it. Go on, tell ‘em – talk
to them. And if you need any help answering the questions they’re
bound to throw at you, check out the Viva! website -www.viva.org.uk -
with its guide to dealing with dimwits.
I don’t know what to eat!
You can eat all the things you eat now – burgers, bangers,
pizzas, fish fingers, chilli, nuggets, curry and so on – but
veggie versions without a trace of a dead animal. And there are
thousands of new and exciting foods to discover as well! Going
veggie opens up a whole world.
We need meat to feed the world
No – it’s just the opposite! Eating meat helps
to cause world starvation because there’s just not enough
land for all the animals. Most of what they eat isn’t turned
into meat, it’s turned into poo – wasteful or what?
To feed everyone on the kind of meat diet we eat in the rich West,
we’d need four planet Earths! Livestock take up too much
land, use too much water and cause the trashing of rainforests,
wildlife, cause acid rain, global warming and water pollution.
So if you care about people or the planet - go veggie!
What difference does one person make?
More of a difference than you might think. The average Brit meat
eater, throughout their life, chomp their waythrough 4
cattle, 18 pigs, 23 sheep and lambs, 1158 chickens, 39 turkeys,
28 ducks, 1 rabbit, 1 goose and 2750 fish. That is
a lot of lives saved by going vegetarian, don’t you reckon?
The only question you should really be asking yourself is ‘why
not go veggie!’. And when you do, remember help is at hand!
Viva! is here to guide you every step of the way. A good place
to start is our Guides - the L-Plate
Vegetarian and Snappy
Veggie Cooking with the Mollster, both of which
give great advice, good meal ideas and brilliant recipes! As a
special offer, you can buy both for
a mere £1 from Viva!
Inspired by what you’ve read? Then get in touch with us
and order our follow-up pack, ‘Proud To Be Veggie’,
which goes through all the benefits of a vegetarian diet and is
backed with comments from proud veggies, young and old! The best
way to end animal suffering is to get people to stop eating them.
Do you reckon you can help get the No More Excuses campaign
out there by distributing leaflets or setting up a display, maybe
in your school? If you can come up with some great ideas of your
own, please let us know what they are. If you want some more of
our ideas, then get in touch!
And why not join Viva! today, become
an Activist (under 18’s only) for £5 and you’ll
receive a mag, posters, stickers and a ton of advice on how to
end animal cruelty.