Why Go Veg?
FOR THE PLANET
Meat consumption is a major contributor to climate change. The United Nations estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions 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 and habitat loss.
FOR THE ANIMALS
Almost all of us say we’re opposed to animal cruelty. Yet over 800 million farmed animals are raised and killed for food every year in Canada due to our over-consumption of animal products. They are crammed and caged in cruel conditions that prevent 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 OUR HEALTH
A growing body of literature links meat consumption to an increased risk of health issues including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, all of which are leading causes of death among Canadians. Meanwhile, a healthy plant-based diet can reduce the risk of these and other illnesses, while also being high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants and low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Get active for animals!
Make compassionate personal choices
Every time you sit down to eat you can stand up for animals. Take the 22 Day Vegan Challenge and get free online support from peers, mentors and registered dietitians. Join the more than 400,000 people who have already taken the challenge! You can also search our animal-free shopping & eating guide for plant-based restaurants, products and services.
By cutting back or cutting out animal products from your diet, you can make a big difference. Start with “Meatless Mondays” and cut back the amount of meat you eat. Download our Live Well booklet, which goes into detail about the benefits of a plant-based diet and offers recipe examples, a sample meal plan and tips for meat alternatives & other products. Check out EarthSave’s Veg Directory for veg-friendly restaurants, retailers, services and more!
Donate to our campaign
Every donation helps us support individuals and institutions in making the switch to plant-based, saving thousands of animals from suffering on factory farms. With your support we can launch our Plant-Based Plates program in more schools, print more veg booklets, run more thought-provoking Go Veg ads and engage with the public about farmed animal welfare. Your donation will make a difference!
New report highlights benefits of shifting municipal food purchasing toward more plant-based options
VHS recently launched a new report, “Increasing Plant-Based Purchasing at the Municipal Level”, which examines food purchasing for the City of Vancouver. The report reviews the impact of a shift in municipal food purchasing that reduces the volume of animal-based…
Vancouver “Local Food Action Plan” a chance to support better public access to plant-based food See VHS recommendations & take the City survey! The Vancouver Park Board is currently seeking public input through an online survey, closing January 28, on…