Explore why people avoid using or consuming animal products.
A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
In starting the transition to a vegan diet, there are a few different strategies.
Some people shift into a vegan diet slowly, starting with vegan ‘analogues’— plant-based foods whose taste resembles animal products. Others simply take out the animal products from their diet and replace them with plant foods with which they’re already familiar. Still...
Vegan Action administers the “Certified Vegan” Logo, an easy-to-recognize trademarked symbol.
VEGAN CERTIFICATION AND THE “CERTIFIED VEGAN” LOGO
What is the Certified Vegan Logo?
The Logo is a registered trademark, similar in nature to the “kosher” mark, for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on...
Great news! Meat consumption in the U.S has been on a decline for the last decade. 1 While several factors may account for this, studies have shown that the main reasons are public health concerns and economic reasons. The cost of some animal products, especially red meat, have increased in the last five years and may account for a reduction in meat consumption but data support that more Americans are abstaining or reducing their meat consumption for health reasons. Unfortunately we don’t have the survey data to show it, but more and more people are reporting that they are choosing a plant based diet for animal welfare reasons.More importantly, it is crucial to remind ourselves that the choices we make DO have an impact on the welfare of animals, the well being of our environment and our health. So what we are doing is working – keep sharing the benefits of a vegan diet with everyone around you. People are learning more about where their food comes from, the cost of food choices on the environment, and are making better choices. While the health benefits of a plant-based diet are becoming more and more popular, diet choices come and go for many people. However, when people choose a vegan diet for ethical reasons, because they are truly concerned about the treatment of farm animals and the negative impact of factory farming on our planet, they stick with it no matter what the trendy diet of the month is. Please keep sharing your love of veganism!!!
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“On this ancient and miraculous world, where such beautiful natural and living things have evolved, something has gone wrong when life itself is used as a manufacturing process. I read that in 50 years, we must adopt a largely vegetarian diet or die, and forgive me if I take that as good news. Something is out of balance, and “Samsara” regards the sides of the equation.”
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My Life as a Turkey
A fascinating glimpse into the lives of animals who are often seen as little more than Thanksgiving centerpieces. The film follows Joe Hutto as he raises 16 turkeys, left on his porch as eggs, from hatchlings to adulthood.
Turkeys on factory farms will be killed when they are only 5 or 6 months old and, during their short lives, will be denied even the simplest pleasures, such as running, building nests, raising their young or even stepping outdoors. Turkeys raised for food will never know the comfort of their mother’s wings or experience the joy of exploring the woods and fields with her.
Each of us can help prevent the needless suffering of turkeys by leaving them, and all animals, off our plates! This holiday season, join the growing number of Americans that are choosing to celebrate by serving delicious vegan fare.