Vegan Family Guide

London Children's Map

Plant based baby bants.  Top tips for vegan children, their parents or guardians.  London little one map of fun.

Shakspeare Walk, Stoke Newington, London, N16

Islington and Hackney Vegan Families group

REASONS TO BE VEGAN

Vegan for the animals, planet, and people

Reasons to be vegan, including: Animal liberation, disease prevention, mental health, physical health, worker's rights, societal change, redistribution of food, land and resources, regeneration of the environment and fish stocks.

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REASONS TO BE VEGAN

 

A growing trend

Around 10% of the populations of IsraelSwedenItalyGermanyTaiwanthe US, and up to 40% of people in India eat plant based diets.  Nobel Prize winning economist Alvin Roth has even suggested we all might be vegan in 100 years.

Labour Rights

Slaughterhouses are difficult places to work, with low (and decreasing) wages.  The rate of non-fatal injury in the meat industry is two times higher than in all other manufacturing.  Workers also experience high rates of: fatality, repetitive strain disorder, problems relating to fume inhalation, illnesses from contract with ill animalssomatization, anxiety, anger, hostility and psychoticism.  Imagine the life of the poor person who kills your food.

Content warning- violence against women and children

Abattoir staff must desensitise themselves to violence in order to cope with the stress.  In turn, this desensitisation towards non-human animals can translate into violence toward human animals.  For example, it has been found that when slaughter houses are introduced to communities as a source of employment, domestic abuse and child abuse increase.  The same effects are not observed when a different factory is introduced.  Communities surrounding slaughter houses have shown a 166% higher rate of arrests for rape, when other factors are controlled for.  Likewise, it has been argued that the period of history when humans first started to kill animals on mass coincided with the period we started institutions to kill one another.  Meat free week might also be called nonviolence week.

See too: The Sexual Politics of Meat book

Food redistribution

Land redistribution

Reduced consumption of animal products has benefits for both global food security and the environment.  Animal farms use more land than arable farms.  This is because 80-96% of the protein an animal eats does not remain in their body to be eaten by humans.  The outcome of this waste is high land requirements- globally animals are kept on 70% of agricultural land, and a further 33% of arable land is used to grow feed crops.  On average, 6kg of plant protein could have been produced for every 1kg of animal flesh.

Land use for cattle ranching in the Amazon rainforest- the primary cause of deforestation.

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