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November is Vegan Month!
Posted 27 October 2008
November is Vegan Month and to celebrate, the next four weeks will be full of free food fayres, promotional initiatives, giveaways and competitions to help people find out more about the benefits of an animal-free diet.
During every Saturday of November, free vegan food fayres will be taking place at different locations across the country. Here visitors will have a chance to sample animal-free foods and learn more about why hundreds of thousands of Britons have already decided to adopt the vegan diet.
Wendy the Windy Cow and Hattie the Hen (giant costumes) will also be touring the country during November, talking to people about the cruelties of animal farming, and the massive contribution it makes to climate change.
Going vegan could be one of the best decisions you ever make. With one simple step, you can drastically reduce your carbon emissions(1), help end animal suffering(2) and boost your health(3). What other diet has such overwhelmingly positive benefits? And there is no need to worry about taste - our brand new recipe website has three-weeks' worth of delicious recipes to get any wannabe vegans off to a flying start. And vegan foods - including non-dairy milk, cream, yoghurt, custard, cream cheese, ice cream and much more - can now be found easily in high street shops and supermarkets. More recipes, plus nutritional information and shopping tips, are available in our FREE 32-page vegan guide, I can't believe it's...vegan!
Background information on dairy and egg production
Meat and dairy-based diets use up vast quantities of land, energy and water. A major 2006 United Nations report found that animal farming is responsible for 18 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions - more than road and air travel combined. Going vegan could reduce the carbon impact of a person's diet by 60 per cent.
Around 1,000 million animals are slaughtered in the UK every year. Most will have been raised in factory conditions. It is often assumed that the egg and milk industries use animals but don't kill them. This is not the case. For every female chick hatched who is destined for egg-production, a male chick is also hatched. They are useless to the egg industry and so, every year, 30 million of them are gassed or tossed alive into giant industrial shredders. And when the productivity of egg-laying hens declines, they too are slaughtered.
In order to produce milk, cows must first be impregnated. Female calves born to dairy cows may follow their mother into the herd, while males are likely either to be sent to continental veal farms or shot at birth. Dairy cows are usually 'worn out' after just three or four lactations and - emaciated and infertile - are slaughtered.
Vegans tend to have lower rates of diet-related diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer than meat-eaters.