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!

Take our Plant-Based Pledge

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I pledge to eat more plant-based meals in an effort to help protect animals, the planet & my health!

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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! There’s never been an easier time to try a plant-based diet.  And it’s never been more important.

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More resources

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 or order a copy of 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!

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Bring more plant-based options to your school’s cafeteria

Through our Plant-based Plates program, we can help you get more plant-based meals on the menu! If you’d like to see this happen at your school get in touch with us via email.

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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!

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Help share the go veg message

Keep an eye out for our thought-provoking Go Veg advertisements throughout Metro Vancouver. Snap a photo, share it on Instagram & tag us (@vancouverhumane) for a chance to win great prizes!

Latest news

Check out our new Go Veg Ads!

The following advertisements are part of VHS’s Go Veg program, which focuses on educating and empowering individuals in making the transition toward a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle. Please help us share the “Go Veg” message by sharing the ads…

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