Blogs & Opinion

A selection of vegan and plant based opinion pieces, and blogs

May 16, 2019

Growing Concerns For The Planet Causing Eco-Anxiety

'A significant proportion of people are experiencing stress and worry about the potential impacts of climate change, and that the level of worry is almost certainly increasing'

May 15, 2019

Zimbabwe Tears Baby Elephants From The Wild For Export To Chinese Zoos

The global community, including many African nations, are increasingly in agreement on the need to conserve these precious animals. Yet Zimbabwe continues to allow the practice of ripping baby elephants from their families and homes and sending them to live and die in captivity

May 8, 2019

India's First Elephant Hospital Treats Neglected, Sick, And Injured Animals

Now finally at this specialized medical center neglected, sick, and injured gentle giants can receive proper treatment and rehabilitation, along with a lifetime of loving care

May 8, 2019

The Next Wave Of Vegan Products: 5 Forecasts For 2019

From new vegan protein alternatives, artisan cheeses to the tipping point in perceptions of veganism, Kale United founder Måns Ullerstam on the five key plant-based growth trends for 2019

May 7, 2019

5 Reasons Asia Is Ready For The Plant-Based Phenomenon

Global consumer tastes are changing, people are learning more about sustainability, and options are becoming more innovative and plentiful when it comes to plant-based food

May 6, 2019

OPINION: How Vegan Activism Can Backfire On The Working Class

'If we want to overthrow capitalism, it can't be at the expense of those suffering under it'

April 8, 2019

OPINION: Why We Should Use Our Human Privilege To Be Vegan Activists

'We have been lucky enough to be born human, so we should use our privilege to the advantage of others, so others can listen to the voices of those who have been silenced. The animals'

March 27, 2019

Carnivore YouTuber Challenges Meat Eaters More Than Vegans

Millions of pigs are slaughtered for food every year in the UK. Their faces are hidden from the public. Sv3rige forces meat-eaters to accept that their food once had a face

March 21, 2019

Dairy Industry Creates 'Calcium Crisis' To Sell Cow's Milk

It is time to free ourselves of this calcium crisis and open our minds and palates to the rich abundance of plant-based foods

March 20, 2019

Liberation Pledgers Won't Eat At A Table Serving Meat: I'm Vegan, But Can't Do It

I believe in the Liberation Pledge - which asks people to show respect for victims of violence, and demonstrate against the brutal system of animal exploitation, by refusing to 'sit at a table where a victim's body is being eaten' - so why can't I make it?

March 20, 2019

Should You Consume Palm Oil? Everything You Need To Know

Palm oil is big business – found in around half of all items on supermarket shelves from margarine to lipstick. But some people are refusing to buy products containing palm oil – what are the issues and should we avoid it?

March 19, 2019

10 Vegan Jokes That Will Make You Cringe

Almost every herbivore will have found themselves as the butt of jokes about vegans and veganism...and then accused of having no sense of hummus (groan)

March 18, 2019

OPINION: Veganism Is Going To Get Bigger In 2019 - Here's Why You Should Try It

More and more people are ditching animal products for ethical and other reasons - and it is becoming easier than ever before to do so. A professional vegan advocate explains why he believes this year will be the best yet for the movement

March 11, 2019

Acclaimed Chef Credits Plant-Based Diet With Treating Her Eating Disorder

'Not realizing that from a very young age I was actually suffering from an addiction to refined carbohydrates (sugars and flours), I felt that I was somehow defective and that there was something seriously wrong with me'

March 11, 2019

Vegan Activists Deny Killing Piglets During Farm Occupation

The farmer says the sit-in, which was attended by around 200 activists and aimed at highlighting the plight of animals farmed for food, caused the death of two pigs. Campaigners say video footage of the event shows the animals were already dead

March 8, 2019

Vegans Shouldn't Judge Vegetarians And Flexitarians: Meat Bosses Are Terrified Of Them

While it's easy to criticize vegetarians and flexitarians for not taking all the steps to end animal exploitation, their choices are undoubtedly having an impact on the demand for animal products

March 7, 2019

Daily Mail Blasted For Saying 'Making Babies Vegan Could Cause Lasting Damage'

The newspaper published a report accusing mothers (not fathers) of potentially causing 'lasting harm' to their babies when they 'force' them to eat only plants

March 2, 2019

Clean Eating; Dirty Thoughts - The Toxicity Of Diet Rhetoric

How demonizing 'bad' foods was one of the unhealthiest things I've ever done

March 1, 2019

10 Hilarious Vegan Jokes To Make You Laugh Til You Cry (Maybe)

Think you've heard them all? Have a browse - you might find something new to make you LOL

March 1, 2019

What Are Living Foods - And Why Should You Eat Them?

There are many reasons to include healthy raw veggies in your diet

February 27, 2019

'We Were Arrested And Held On $1 Million Bond' - A Vegan Activist Speaks Out

Activists from global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere have been documenting animal suffering on factory farms - and some have run into legal troubles

February 22, 2019

Vivisection Is Still A Major Issue: Why Don't Vegans Make More Noise About It?

Vivisection is barbaric, outdated and repeatedly proven to be misguided, and yet every eight seconds, an animal dies in a British lab

February 14, 2019

10 New Innovative Vegan Alternatives To Leather

Noa Ben-Moshe, the founder of award-winning vegan fashion, lifestyle, and travel blog 'Style with a Smile' explores the best vegan alternatives to leather

February 8, 2019

Why Going Vegan Will Be The Best Thing You Do This Year

There are multiple health benefits to switching to a vegan diet - and it has beneficial impacts on animals and the environment too

February 8, 2019

Dairy Is Scared: More People Are Discovering Its Disgraceful Truth

For years, many of those interested in animal welfare focused their energies on meat. Finally the dairy industry is under scrutiny for its treatment of animals. And it's not happy...

February 6, 2019

From Proud Fast Food Manager To Vegan Activist: The Power Of Investigations

Seeing photos from an undercover investigation showed one fast food kitchen manager that animal farming was not the industry she thought it was

February 3, 2019

Februdairy: The Failed Retaliation To Veganuary's Success

The pro-dairy initiative has unsurprisingly crashed, nearly as hard as milk sales themselves

February 1, 2019

Animals Don't Just Die In January: Take Your Vegan Habits Beyond Veganuary

Aiyana Goodfellow explains why she thinks it's important to stay vegan after Veganuary, and offers advice on how to keep up the cruelty-free lifestyle

January 31, 2019

Beyond Veganuary: How To Continue Your Vegan Journey

It can take time and effort to implement new habits - but it is worth pushing through. A vegan lifestyle has huge positive impacts on animal suffering and the environment

January 28, 2019

McDonald's Has Reversed Its Position On Animal Welfare - So You Should Reverse Your Position On McDonald's

McDonald's is acting to prevent progress when it comes to animal welfare, having refused to sign up to the seemingly minimal welfare requirements of the Better Chicken Commitment

January 28, 2019

Should Vegans Support Lab-Grown Meat?

Meat grown in labs has been touted as being able to save billions of animals from a lifetime of misery, help feed billions of malnourished people and save our planet from ecological disaster. So, what’s the catch?

January 26, 2019

Is Veganism Being Watered Down By Companies Jumping On The Bandwagon?

Eating bugs isn't vegan...so why are brands trying to sell the idea of entomophagy as a type of veganism?

January 26, 2019

A Meat-Free Diet Is Cheaper By More Than £600 A Year, Says Report

Brits spend an average of £645 on meat products a year...imagine how much more they'd rake in if they ditched dairy too

January 19, 2019

Is It Really So Terrible If Vegan Dishes Cost Nearly As Much As Meat?

One restaurant has hit back at critics of its pricing, arguing that staff costs and other overheads factor into how much a dish costs

January 19, 2019

Study Says Vegans Take More Sick Days - But That Doesn't Mean We're More Sickly

A poll released last week suggested that meat eaters took half as many days off work sick as vegans - but the poll has been rubbished by many organizations

January 19, 2019

A Vegan Slammed Aldi For Selling 'Flexitarian' Burgers - But Maybe Aldi's Right

While any foods containing animal items are the result of exploitation and abuse, isn't a move towards reduction something to be celebrated?

January 16, 2019

Vegans Shouldn't Worry About Seeming 'Extreme' - It's Animal Exploitation That's Extreme

'When there's an urgent situation - such as a threat to life - we'll usually go the extra mile and do what needs to be done. We drop our vanity and stop worrying what people will think of us.'

January 14, 2019

5 Ethical And Sustainable Companies Making Vegan Jewelry

The fashion industry is starting to make strides towards sustainability and more ethical working practices - though there is still a long way to go. But how does the jewely sector compare?

January 14, 2019

Top 10 Vegan Eats And Places To Eat In Bali

This Indonesian island is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world thanks to its spectacular beaches, wild jungles, friendly people - and incredible food

January 14, 2019

UK's Status As 'World Leader' In Veganism Is Victory For Activism Not Capitalism

But while focus on 'corporate veganism' has brought many benefits for vegans – such as ease of access to products and less pejorative misconceptions - it's not enough

January 9, 2019

Policitian's Attempt To Censor Veganuary Ads Showed Fear Of Vegan Growth

Shropshire Deputy Council Leader - and former dairy farmer - Steve Charmley said Veganuary posters were promoting 'fake news'. But what does this say about advertising in general?

January 3, 2019

Meat Eaters Pledge To Boycott Greggs Following Release Of Vegan Sausage Roll

The bakery was at the heart of a Twitter storm yesterday after it confirmed it would launch the vegan snack - but despite the controversy, the sausage roll has been selling out in stores

January 2, 2019

How To Use Your Skills To Become A Better Vegan Activist

Aiyana Goodfellow is a passionate animal rights activist. She uses her skills to advocate through writing and speaking at events. Here she shares advice on how to raise your activism game

December 30, 2018

Why My New Year's Resolution Is To Speak Up About The Suffering Of Fish

Fish are gentle, sensitive, intelligent, and complex creatures - yet we massacre them in their billions. It's time to speak out about the hell these creatures endure

December 22, 2018

World's First 'No Kill Eggs' Hit Shelves In Germany - And 'Could Save Billions Of Chicks'

It is now possible to determine a chick's sex before an egg has hatched - which could mean the end of killing billions of male chicks globally. But what about hens who suffer in their billions?

December 18, 2018

Vegan Activist Burnout: 'Witnessing The Animals' Agony Broke Me'

A lack of self-care and total engagement led one activist to take some time off, but the idealistic part of him believes the future is in our hands

December 14, 2018

OPINION: Don't Be Embarrassed By Vegan Activism - It's Not About You

Activism isn't about being comfortable - it's about opening minds and changing the world

December 13, 2018

OPINION: Vegans Should Stop Insulting Meat-Eaters - That Won't Change The World

The vast majority of the world still eats animals: advocates have to think about the most effective ways to make them change their ways

December 13, 2018

5 Amazing Supermarket Vegan Burgers That Meat-Eaters Will Love

Vegan burgers are becoming more and more similar to traditional meat. Why not ask your meat-eating friends and family to swap our their usual patty for one of these options?

December 11, 2018

OPINION: Could Brexit Be Good For Vegans?

As questions around Britain's exit from the European Union increase - one writer muses on the potential impact on our food system

December 10, 2018

5 Important Reasons You Should Go Vegan As A New Year's Resolution

Any time of year is perfect for ditching animal products - but January offers support and the incentive to try something new, and there are lots of good reasons to give it a go

December 9, 2018

The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Are you searching for a gift for a loved one? Or maybe you're vegan yourself? We've put together some of the finest presents available - all completely animal-free

December 8, 2018

5 Amazing Ways To Help Your Friends Adopt Vegan Habits

These easy tips will help you encourage your friends to embrace vegan options - and maybe inspire them to ditch animal products altogether

December 8, 2018

OPINION: Vegans And Millennials Are The Reason Canned Tuna Sales Are Plummeting

Canned tuna and other basics have seen a significant decline in recent years, with some saying increased awareness around the damage caused by fishing is the cause

December 8, 2018

Parliament Must Actively Address Veganism - Veganuary Is A Perfect Opportunity

Politicians often shy away from talking about what people put on their plates, saying they don't want a 'nanny state'. But we need our representatives to take problems with our food systems more seriously

December 3, 2018

Why Do Some Veggies End Up Eating Meat After Getting Drunk?

Studies have shown that vegetarians will ditch their morals around eating animals after drinking alcohol - but why?

December 2, 2018

Amazing Tips To Deal With Eco-Anxiety

As concern over the planet continues to increase, it can feel overwhelming. These suggestions help you deal with the panic

December 2, 2018

Could The Rise Of Veganism Change Language? One Academic Thinks So...

As more people turn to vegan and plant-based diets, will our language start to evolve, so we change metaphors that rely on images of animal abuse and suffering?

November 30, 2018

Among The Carnage Of Christmas, Vegans Have A Moral Duty To Act

The discomfort we may feel when advocating for animals is dwarfed by their suffering. At this time of year, when many people consume more flesh than usual, we should speak up

November 24, 2018

OPINION: Sharing Tasty Vegan Food Is The Best Way To Win People Over

Change often scares people, so putting the options out there is really the key to helping them see veganism as accessible and achievable

November 24, 2018

Activists Want The Town Of Wool To Be Renamed Vegan Wool - That's Press We Could Do Without

Catchy headlines might put veganism in the news - but this vegan believes they really don't do us any favors.

November 23, 2018

5 Surprising Myths About Vegan Dogs

There are a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not dogs should eat a vegan diet - here are some facts about the nutrition these animals need to stay healthy

November 22, 2018

Christmas Has Become A Festival Of Cruelty - The Peak Of Animal Abuse

This time of year can be grueling for vegans, whose compassion is mocked and treated as a nuisance. But it's worse for the animals who can't escape exploitation

November 20, 2018

I'm A Celebrity 'Vegans' Aren't Vegan - And They Are Eating Animal Products

Confused viewers watched them tuck into a number of animal-based products, despite show insiders saying the program would be 'in crisis' due to the vegan contestants

November 19, 2018

Major Tabloid Publishes Article Asking 'Is Meghan Markle Vegan?'

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has spoken about her 'part-time plant-based diet' before. Now a UK paper has asked if she's ditched all animal products

November 17, 2018

There's No Such Thing As A Perfect Vegan...But That's Not The Point Of Veganism

Veganism is supposed to be about what's 'practicable and possible'. Nothing in life is perfect - and it doesn't have to be

November 13, 2018

5 Steps To Help People Eat Less Meat

A veg-heavy diet is better for animals, the planet, and human health

November 11, 2018

Meat Industry Is Struggling To Recruit - Because People Can't Face Slaughtering Animals

The work can have a strong negative impact on workers

November 11, 2018

OPINION: Veganism Is Great For Health - But It Can't Cure All Diseases

A health plant-based diet can help control or reverse some conditions - but it is not a miracle cure for everything

November 9, 2018

Farmer Blasts 'Naïve Vegans' For 'Spreading Lies And Damaging The Farming Industry'

She said she is 'frustrated' by the vegan movement

November 7, 2018

'More People Than Ever Are Going Vegan', Says Viva!

Data and anecdotal evidence show that animal products are starting to fall out of favor

November 7, 2018

5 Amazing Times Earthling Ed And Other Vegans Smashed It On TV

Warning: this article contains some questionable carnist logic

November 5, 2018

OPINION: Jokes About Killing Vegans? Great!

We've gone mainstream and we've got people rattled

November 1, 2018

A Vegan World Is Coming: We Will Make It Happen

Be a rebel. Be vegan. Be a vegan activist. One day, the majority will be right. One day, the majority will be vegan

October 29, 2018

7 Amazing Tips To Help You Eat More Cheaply As A Vegan

People often worry a plant-based diet is too expensive

October 23, 2018

OPINION: The RSPCA Doesn't Prevent Cruelty To Animals - It Promotes It

The organization endorses various methods of animal slaughter

October 19, 2018

OPINION: Parkrun's Partnership With Happy Egg Co. Exploits Animals And Harms The Planet

The running organization has written off animal welfare concerns

October 17, 2018

Should Veganism Sacrifice Its Core Values For More Followers?

Whilst Veganism continues to grow, is it inevitable we must lose some of the core values to attract the masses? After all, a movement needs people...

October 15, 2018

With Just 12 Years Till Climate Breakdown: Will We Ever Have A Vegan Prime Minister?

Politicians usually claim diet is a 'personal choice' - but how much longer can they say it?

October 15, 2018

OPINION: Unilever Is Not Cruelty-Free Until It Stops Selling In China

The company has announced it support for a global testing ban - but it still sells in territories which require animal experimentation

October 13, 2018

'Get Up And Do Something': 12-Year-Old Aiyana Goodfellow On Vegan Activism

This 'rebel heart' says we can't just hope for animal liberation

October 12, 2018

Data Shows Major Rise In Veganism Among Young People

Recent reports, surveys and news stories show that plant-based eating has become mainstream – especially among young people who are concerned about the environment and animal welfare

October 12, 2018

HS2 Is Killing Animals And Destroying Ancient Woodland: Every Vegan Should Fight It

The Woodland Trust says the latest information shows the situation is 'worse than feared'

October 9, 2018

Great British Bake Off: Vegan Week Round-Up - And Contestant Goes Vegan For October

One contestant even earned a rare handshake for their excellent vegan pastry

October 5, 2018

Jay Brave Partners PBN To Present  'The Plant Based African: An Introduction to Veganism from a Melanated Perspective'

The event series will champion stories from, and for, a more diverse audience.

October 4, 2018

Furious Viewers Blast Great British Bake Off's Vegan Week

One called it an 'insult' to baking

October 2, 2018

Top 5 Vegan Crisps - Including Meat, Cheese, And Seafood Flavors

We have been blessed with delicious animal-free snacks by the crisp gods themselves

September 30, 2018

"Real Men Protect The Innocent": Model And Actor Richie Kul On All Things Vegan

This public figure says compassion and strength 'go hand in hand'

September 21, 2018

Animals Left To Drown So Farmers 'Could Claim Insurance'

Farmers have been accused of seeing animals as objects - not living beings

September 17, 2018

How Not To Be An As*hole: Vegan Yoga Teacher To-The-Stars Opens Up

Stewart Gilchrist shares his views on Sid Vicious, Woody Harrelson, and the mind-expanding superpowers of a plantbased yoga practice

September 15, 2018

Starbucks Korea Increases Vegan Options - And It's A Sign Of Changing Times

Preparing for pound cake, focaccia, and a new world

September 8, 2018

9 Celebrities Who Can't Stop Talking About Veganism

These stars won't forget to tell you that they're vegan

September 7, 2018

OPINION: Where Are All The Vegans?

Should more people get involved in activism?

September 4, 2018

This Is leperfest - Belgium's All-Vegan Music Festival (& Morrissey Is Nowhere In Sight)

If you’re vegan and into hardcore music, leperfest should be on your agenda

September 3, 2018

OPINION: Snowflake Farmer Wants Vegans To Get Out Of His Safe Space

He wants animal rights advocates to be given less airtime than farmers

August 23, 2018

OPINION: PETA's Attack On Impossible Foods Is A Double Standard

Are PETA's inconsistent criticisms doing more harm than good?

August 18, 2018

OPINION: Veganism Isn't 'Cruelty-Free' - Here's Why

The expression to drop in 2018