Almost half of Brits feel hypocritical for loving animals and yet eating, according to survey

Posted on the 14th October 2020

A survey commissioned by Future Normal and The Vegan Society has found that almost half of Brits who eat meat feel hypocritical for loving some animals while eating others.

When asked how strongly they agree with the statement ‘it’s hypocritical that we eat some animals, such as pigs, while loving others, such as dogs, and keeping them as pets’, 47.8% of respondents either slightly or strongly agreed, with the figures reaching 33.2% and 14.6% respectively. Respondents were also questioned whether they ever feel guilty about eating meat.

Similarly, 40.3% of respondents expressed guilt to either some or a great extent, highlighting how the dietary behaviour of meat-eaters and animal lovers in Great Britain is often in contradiction with their own values.

In addition to this, 85% of survey respondents classifying themselves as ‘animal lovers’ in some shape or form, it is evident that there is a groundswell of untapped hearts and minds to be won over to a compassionate, vegan way of life.

Matt Turner, spokesperson for Future Normal, said: 

‘This survey quite clearly shows that a near majority of meat-eaters in our country are acutely aware of the guilt and hypocrisy they feel when they consume animals. We consider ourselves a nation of animal lovers, yet the behaviour of many often contradicts that very statement.

‘If we’re open to making changes in our lives, the Future Normal is a place we can create. Being vegan simply means living in line with the ethics that so many of us already hold in our hearts.

‘What we eat is the single most effective way in which someone can protest the exploitation of animals everywhere – three times a day, when you sit down to a meal, you are making a powerful stance against animal abuse.’

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