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One to change a few, a few to change many, many to change the world

 

EDUCATION IS KEY

Have you ever wondered what veganism and animal rights is all about? Why don't vegans eat eggs? What's wrong with dairy? Isn't free-range enough? Or maybe you already agree that using other animals is wrong but lack the knowledge about how to switch from animal products to cruelty-free alternatives. 

Our hope is that this site will help empower you to make better choices and equip you with the practical knowledge needed to live in a manner that protects the other beings with whom we share this planet.

All forms of life deserve respect, dignity and compassion.

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Will you make the world a better place in 2021?

It's hardly worthwhile for me to state the fact that 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us. The massive impact of COVID--not just those who have died and those who have survived with potentially lifelong health effects, but the devastating effect it has had on people's livelihoods, on small businesses, and on our collective physical and/or mental health. This has been a year of social upheaval: worsening climate change complete with record-breaking wildfires across

So...what's wrong with leather?

Leather is frequently overlooked by people who already recognise that fur is unethical but don't know the facts about the leather industry, believing it to be a simple byproduct of the meat and dairy industries that would 'go to waste' if it wasn't utilised. This isn't the case, however. Leather is not so much a byproduct as it is a coproduct, or even a subsidy, with the skin accounting for about 10% of the slaughtered animal's overall value in the case of cows--or far more,

Water usage at the slaughterhouse

(by Clif Grant, Becci Pigeon) We often hear about how much water is used to produce animal products. The numbers are indeed staggering. Consider this chart: But animal agriculture doesn't just use an outsized amount of water: as the chart below shows, it pollutes far more than its fair share, too. Eutrophication, or the pollution of water bodies with the runoff of excess nutrients, is a major environmental issue in the UK and worldwide--and animal products are big contributer

A remarkably inefficient system

Did you know? Irish farmers feed enough food calories for 127 million people to their animals and import enough feed annually to provide enough food for 15 million people. Meanwhile, the human population of Ireland is currently only 4.83 million! This is because in Ireland, the meat, dairy and egg industries convert 47 million tonnes of feed and fodder to only 2 million tonnes of meat, dairy and eggs. (Animal agriculture is remarkably inefficient worldwide.) Ireland’s farm an