According to research commission by The Vegan Society in partnership with Vegan Life Magazine, there are now over half a million vegans in Britain.
Just ten years ago the number of vegans was a mere 150,000, now there are over 500,000 people who have changed their lifestyles by avoiding eggs, milk, meat, honey, as well as only using products that are cruelty free. This huge increase in numbers makes veganism one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements.
Jasmijn de Boo, CEO of The Vegan Society has given her thoughts on the results.
“To have over half a million vegans in Britain is fantastic. More people than ever before are acting upon the health and environmental benefits of veganism, and finding out what really goes on in the meat and dairy industries and deciding they do not want to contribute to the pain and suffering of animals”.
What’s interesting about the results is that the majority of those who are vegan are in the age category of 15-34, with just 14% of those being over 65. This is great news, as it shows that the future is bright for vegans and that more and more young people are becoming aware.
The study also found that around half of those who are vegetarian want to cut back on their dairy consumption. This means that it is possible that soon enough there could be up to 1 million vegans in Britain.
What has definitely encouraged this increase in the number of vegans is the availability of vegan foods. No longer do you have to travel to the one health store in your town. You can now pop into your local supermarket and find a range of vegan friendly foods, ranging from frozen to snack foods.