29 July 2011

UK animal rights group releases new guide to going vegan or vegetarian

Animal Aid, the UK’s largest animal rights group, has released a new ‘beautifully illustrated’ guide that is intended to help those interested in making the transition to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

“Going veggie or vegan could be the best decision you ever made,” said Animal Aid's Campaigns Officer, Kelly Slade. “It’s certainly the best one for the billions of animals who are needlessly farmed and killed every year. Not only will you be helping to save animals' lives, but you’ll feel healthier too.”

The free 36-page booklet begins by answering the question “Why veggie or vegan?” with a quick summary of both diets and the positive benefits one will receive if they decide to make the switch.

The guide then offers a selection of recipes including vegan versions of main course dishes such as lasagna, crepes and mushroom stroganoff followed by a nice assortment of desserts like chocolate orange sponge cake and chocolate chip cookies.

After tantalizing readers with delicious and fairly easy to prepare recipes, the last 17 pages provide a wealth of information on nutrition, boxed alternatives to meat and fish, dairy and egg replacements and some background on the suffering animals endure on farms.

One section I found particularly informative is entitled “Animal Products to Avoid” in which meat and fish derived products that many people are unaware of, such as rennet, gelatin and E120 (cochineal), are defined.

Animal Aid’s “Your guide to going veggie or vegan” can be ordered free of charge from the organization’s website or since you are most likely already online—you are reading this aren’t you?—you can download a PDF version as well.

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit: Animal Aid