Why so many young people are dropping animal products
Veganism is more popular than ever (Picture: Getty Images)Veganism was once considered a fringe movement but things are rapidly changing.
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But things arecompletely different now, and more teenagers than ever before are giving up animal products completely.
According to Laura, from the volunteer led organisation Teen Vgn, the prominence of vegan role models and appetising meals on Instagram has made the movementmore accessible.
Teen Vgn runs camps for teenagers, during which they hold workshops on vegan advocacy, cooking courses, and talks with major animal rights groups such as Sea Shepherd.
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Indeed, social media has made it much easier for people to find out about animal cruelty, as well as providing access to inspirational role models, delicious looking recipes and general vegan tips.
Lucy, 17, Maldon
I first considered going vegan when I was around 14. I worked on a small farm for work experience and saw the way the animals were treated.
In one instance, I was holding a calf as she was being debudded where they burned her to the skull official canada goose outlet with a hot poker thing to stop her horns from growing and as I watched her eyes rolling and felt her struggling, I thought, ‘wow, this isn’t right’.
I tried going vegan for a year, but my family weren’t supportive and it was quite stressful so when my exams started I just went back to being omnivorous. The guilt was always there. I tried to get back into that state of cognitive dissonance, but I just kept thinking about that calf and how I was funding things like that.
Just after Christmas one of my friends turned vegan, which prompted me to begin researching it I found out that animal agriculture is rivalled only by the fossil fuel industry in how environmentally catastrophic it canada goose outlet store calgary is, and decided I couldn’t pretend anymore. I turned vegan overnight and haven’t looked back since.
Jack, 16, Nottingham
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It’s funny because people say your life changes so much, but it really doesn’t! I’m currently doing my GCSEs at the moment and comfort eat a lot! Plenty of normal junk food for me.
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But I always make sure I fight back with statistics and facts from reliable sources, rather than insults and opinions. We’re seen as preachy and we’re mocked, but honestly, all I see is non vegans preaching about vegans and not the other way around!
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So I did a fair amount of research and educated myself on healthy eating, and changed my diet by replacing junk food with more fruit, vegetables and whole foods. After about a year I decided to avoid dairy and egg products partly because of the way animals are treated, but also because they can cause various health problems.
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My friends do sometimes make jokes about my veganism, but what they say is exactly that: jokes. I don’t mind what they say, and when necessary they help me find food that’s safe for vegans too.
Drew, 20, Pembrokeshire
I turned vegan almost a year ago. I’m in a small town in South Wales, which is a predominantly farming area, the idea of veganism to them is basically insanity.
cheap canada goose uk My whole family have always been meat eaters, but since I changed my mum has switched to being vegetarian, and my sister tries to eat cleaner. It was difficult to get my family to understand the reasoning behind my decision, but it’s worth it to know they now support me. cheap canada goose uk
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