Why Go Veg?
For the animals
Almost all of us say we’re opposed to animal cruelty. Yet more than 750 million farmed animals face horrific suffering and slaughter on Canada’s factory farms because of our overconsumption of cheap meat. They are crammed, shackled and caged in filthy conditions that don’t permit them to perform even the most basic natural behaviours. Most will never feel the sun on their backs or grass under their feet and their transport and slaughter conditions are equally horrific.
For the planet
Meat consumption is a major factor in climate change. The United Nations estimates that the global meat industry is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than all forms of transport combined. The industry has also been connected to nearly every other environmental ill our planet is facing, including air and water pollution, water scarcity, land and ocean degradation, and species loss.
For our health
A growing body of literature links meat consumption to health issues including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. All are in the top six leading causes of death for Canadians. Conversely, plant-based diets have been associated with good health and a longer life.
Get Active For Animals!
Make compassionate personal choices – Every time you sit down to eat you can stand up for animals. By reducing your consumption of animal products you can make a difference. Start with Meatless Mondays and cut back the amount of meat you eat. Try more plant-based recipes and some of the convenient meat alternatives now available. Check out EarthSave’s Veg Directory for veg-friendly restaurants, retailers, services and more! There’s never been an easier time to try a plant-based diet. And it’s never been more important.
Join our Go Veg Outreach Team – Leafleting is one of the most effective ways to help animals. Just one or two individuals can reach hundreds of people with detailed information in just an hour. Research shows that for every two leaflets handed out, one animal will be spared from a life of suffering on a factory farm. We’ve got a great new go veg booklet that people need to see! Email us to volunteer for our Go Veg Outreach Team.
Order our veg booklet – If you don’t have time to leaflet but want to share the Go Veg message with friends and family, you can order a digital copy of our free Go Veg booklet here. Or you can order paper copies by calling the VHS office at 604 266 9744 or email us. The booklet has lots of great information on why a plant-based diet is a great idea and how you can make a start. It includes some great meatless recipes too!
Start a Meatless Monday initiative at your school – VHS has worked with a number of secondary and post-secondary schools to establish Meatless Mondays in their cafeterias. It’s part of an amazing movement that has spread around the world. If you’d like to introduce the idea in your school, we have a Student Meatless Monday Toolkit to get you started. If you’ve got questions, just email us. In the meantime, take the Meatless Monday Pledge and we’ll send you a plant-based recipe every week!
Donate to our campaign – Every donation helps us encourage compassionate people to switch to a plant-based diet, saving thousands of animals from suffering on factory farms. With your support we can launch Meatless Monday in more schools, print more veg booklets, run more Go Veg bus ads and train more volunteers to distribute leaflets and engage with the public about animal welfare. Your donation will make a difference!