‘I have learnt how to get all the nutrients I need and, as a vegan, I am the healthiest I have ever been’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, Toni, became a vegan after learning about the horrific conditions of farmed chickens while conducting research as part of her work as a microbiologist My name is Toni, and I am a 26-year-old microbiologist from Manchester. I live with myContinue reading “‘I have learnt how to get all the nutrients I need and, as a vegan, I am the healthiest I have ever been’”

‘I’m glad my daughter is growing up in a world where it’s easy to be a vegan’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, Heather, became a vegan as a result of conducting some health-related research – and coincidentally coming across photos showing the horrific reality of the dairy industry I’m Heather, I’m 30 and I live in the North of Scotland with myContinue reading “‘I’m glad my daughter is growing up in a world where it’s easy to be a vegan’”

‘Becoming a vegan has transformed me – I appreciate life more and healthier eating has left me fitter than ever’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life A serious illness in the family reminded our latest contributor, Jakki, just how precious life is and helped inspire her to become a vegan I’m 55 in July, and have never felt healthier or more energised; I owe it all to veganism. IContinue reading “‘Becoming a vegan has transformed me – I appreciate life more and healthier eating has left me fitter than ever’”

How I went from one (dreaded) vegan day a week to being fully committed to respecting the lives of sentient beings

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Having been a committed vegetarian, Talya Lewis went back to eating meat when she was pregnant – but it was through the inspiration of one of her daughters that she ultimately ended up a vegan There is an uncanny human phenomenon of promotingContinue reading “How I went from one (dreaded) vegan day a week to being fully committed to respecting the lives of sentient beings”

‘We need to avoid having cult figures in the vegan community and to acknowledge the work of women’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life The latest contributor to our series is Zack Polanski, 36, a London Assembly candidate for the Green Party whose veganism is closely aligned to his environmental activism How long have you been vegan? I’ve been vegan for four years and was vegetarian forContinue reading “‘We need to avoid having cult figures in the vegan community and to acknowledge the work of women’”

‘It is possible to live a life where you do not hire people to abuse and kill animals (after all, we are animals, too)’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, a blogger who writes as ‘M’ known as Butterflies Katz, 61, from Florida in the US, became a vegan at a time when even vegetarians were few and far between. It’s been a long journey I have been anContinue reading “‘It is possible to live a life where you do not hire people to abuse and kill animals (after all, we are animals, too)’”

12,000 march in London to highlight cruelty – and environmental destruction – of industrial farming

I’m not a great one for being in a crowd; not much of a “joiner”, full stop. And yet yesterday I happily found myself joining the 12,000-odd vegans walking through London for this year’s Animal Rights March. I went along out of interest, as a way of getting out of my comfort zone, and endedContinue reading “12,000 march in London to highlight cruelty – and environmental destruction – of industrial farming”

‘People are naturally kind – we just need to show that animal agriculture doesn’t align with this’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor is Ekaterina, a Russian physics student who believes that veganism is a cornerstone of sustainable living Tell us a little about yourself… I’m 24 and currently finishing my master’s degree in physics in Moscow, Russia. I moved away from homeContinue reading “‘People are naturally kind – we just need to show that animal agriculture doesn’t align with this’”

‘Not only are you eating rotting flesh, you are also consuming the suffering and pain the animal experienced’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor is Tash, an Australian surfer who believes vegans have a moral obligation to bear witness to the cruelty of the meat industry – and speak up I’m from Perth, Western Australia, and have completed 25 orbits around the sun. IContinue reading “‘Not only are you eating rotting flesh, you are also consuming the suffering and pain the animal experienced’”

‘Veganism is critical to the future of the planet, important beyond my personal concerns for animal welfare’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life For our latest contributor Tracey, being vegan means that every day she stands for something, every choice a contribution to a cause bigger than herself Tell us a little about yourself… I’m a 54-year-old American woman currently living at my house inContinue reading “‘Veganism is critical to the future of the planet, important beyond my personal concerns for animal welfare’”