one who travels indefinitely, with no long-term abode, while avoiding all forms of animal exploitation and abuse as far as is possible and practicable
early 21st century; from vegan - ‘a person who does not eat or use animal products’, and nomad - ‘a person who does not stay long in the same place’
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Why Most People Go Vegan: 2016 Survey Results Revealed
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Update: The 2019 Global Survey on Why People Go Vegan with over 12,000 participants from 97 countries is out now, click here to view it.
A while ago, I became very curious about what persuaded vegans to be vegans! But unfortunately, doing a Google or a web search didn’t get me any clear or up to date answers.
I thought why not find out for myself, and who’s better to ask for answers than vegans themselves. So I created a survey aimed at vegans living in Australia and I added all the questions that I was curious about. I created the survey hoping that it will also:
Provide information for everyone else about the best ways to spread veganism and on how to get people’s attention and interest on the matter; and
Inspire animal rights and vegan organisations to do larger and better surveys like the one I’ve created.
I believe that the more research done and the more information we have, the easier it is for us to emulate what is working and eliminate what is not. After all, It is our duty to spread veganism and get the interest of others in the best way we can. I am hoping that the information in this article will help you do just that.
But before you start reading the results, I encourage you to not only scroll through the stats but to also think about what they mean and to also share your opinion and ideas with everyone else.
The majority turned vegan for the animals. I highly recommend reading this article by Ben Frost on why we should always keep morality as the core of veganism to protect it from being just a "faddy diet" or a "trend".
It isn't surprising that vegetarians are more likely to transition to veganism than meat eaters. The survey shows that almost half of the participants were vegetarians before going vegan.
I believe that we should talk to more vegetarians rather than directing all of our focus, time and energy on advocating veganism to meat eaters. Let’s also show vegetarians how easy and awesome it is to be vegan. Let’s show them facts and information that they may not have been aware of before, and most importantly let’s stop judging and mocking them for not being “moral enough” which is sadly what some people do.
I believe that the ultimate motivation of transitioning and staying vegan forever and never having a single thought about coming back to your old lifestyle is when you immerse yourself with as much information about veganism as you can, especially from a moral standpoint.
These include The China study, Animal liberation, The great compassion, Eat to Live, How not to die, The ethics of what we eat, Finding Ultra, Sexual politics of meat, The world peace diet, skinny bitch, Fit for Life, Ethical eating and Proteinaholic.
Gary Yourofsky’s Best Speech You will ever hear (most mentioned by far)
Videos by Dr. Michael Greger, James Aspey and Ted Talks.
Dairy is F***ing Scary and 101 reasons to go vegan.
Videos showing animal abuse.
Other random YouTube videos.
Videos, social media posts and online articles are an effective way to spread Veganism. If you spend a portion of your time using social media, make sure to share a few of those vegan posts, videos and articles.