An MP in the north of England is urging his constituents to try veganism this November.
Chris Williamson, Labour Party MP for Derby North, has been vegan since 1976.
He has teamed up with Animal Aid – one of the UK’s largest animal rights organizations - to help promote the group's Great Vegan Challenge, which always takes place in November.
The challenge aims to provide non-vegans with all of the help and assistance that they need to adopt a plant-based diet for the month, and beyond.
Williamson says: "I went vegan back in 1976 because I was appalled by the cruelty of the livestock industry.
"But all these years later, it’s become apparent that livestock farming is environmentally unsustainable and deleterious to the future of the planet.
"Consequently, with a growing worldwide population, the only logical solution is to become a vegan. It is the biggest environmental contribution an individual can make."
Tod Bradbury, Animal Aid Campaign Manager, adds: "The Great Vegan Challenge is the perfect way for those curious about trying a plant-based diet to give it a go for a month.
"The number of vegans in Britain has risen by 350 per cent in the last ten years; as with Mr. Williamson’s case, this rise is due to a growing concern about animals and the environment, but also for health reasons.
"It has never been easier to be vegan – with vegan options widely available in supermarkets, local shops, health food shops, coffee shops and restaurants. Not only is a plant-based diet kinder to animals, it is also better for the environment – as animal farming produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all motorised transport combined.
"It is also healthy; vegans have lower incidences of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and certain cancers."
Throughout the Great Vegan Challenge, participants are provided with recipes, nutritional information, and there are a number of competitions where they have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes.
As well as this, they are also invited to The Retreat Animal Sanctuary in Kent to visit the animals who live there – most of whom have been rescued from slaughter.
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