Reasons to be Veggie

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The most common reason for being vegetarian/vegan is ethical (to lessen animal suffering and the environmental impact of meat production). Click the link for our downloadable pdf Animal Welfare. Also vegetarians also cite health or religious reasons. Many also cite environmental reasons. Click the link for a downloadable pdf Environmental Reasons. For example, a 2006 U.N. report concluded that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined. Being vegetarian is more effective in the fight against global warming than trading in your ‘regular’ car for a Toyota Prius. Also, producing one calorie of animal protein requires more than 10 times as much fossil fuel input—releasing more than 10 times the amount of greenhouse gasses—than it takes to produce one calorie of plant protein.

Vegetarian diets are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, renal disease and dementia, as well as diverticular disease, gallstones and rheumatoid arthritis. Rates of vegetarianism and veganism are increasing in New Zealand, as they are internationally. Vegetarian food patterns are increasingly common in New Zealand. There are different types of vegetarianism.  Vegetarians can vary from excluding only red meat (semi-vegetarians); all meat, including fish (lacto-ovo vegetarians); eggs and meat (lacto-vegetarians) or all animal products (total vegetarians or vegans). Vegans eat a plant-based diet and eat no products from animals, including meat, fish, chicken, dairy, honey, or eggs. There are vegan foods in all the main food groups and a well-planned vegan diet is as varied, if not more, than the typical New Zealand omnivorous diet.

We have information leaflets on various aspects of vegetarianism. Click here to go to our resources page.

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New Zealand Vegan/Vegetarian Websites/Ipurangi New Zealand Vegetarian Society New Zealand Vegan Society Wellington Branch of the Vegetarian Society Info, recipes, shops, dating, restaurants and more Great reasons why you should quit meat today  Online New Zealand vegetarian forum

Animal Rights in New Zealand/Awhinatia nga kararehe  Save Animals from Exploitation – animal rights and education organisation Love pigs, ban intensive pig farming Website of the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society

Vegan Health/Hauora Nutritional information and help with transitioning to a vegan diet
Information about all aspects of veganism, including nutrition. Free downloads of nutrition information sheets Participate in a vegan health study This organisation is for healthcare professionals, but the website includes lots of interesting info regarding veganism and health A huge site with lots of resources, including health sections written by Michael Klaper and other doctors, plus discussion boards Helping people to become vegetarian.

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