Sadly, modern day farming looks nothing like the farmyards in children's books. Every year, billions of animals live in extreme confinement in factory farms. They suffer painful surgeries without any pain relief, such as having their tails, teeth and beaks cut. And in their last moments they experience the fear and stress of the slaughterhouse.
Beans, lentils, nuts, plant-based 'meats', tofu and whole grains are all great sources of protein.
Leafy greens, beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, fortified breakfast cereals and wholemeal bread are great plant sources of iron. Supplements are also available for people who need them.
Whether it be eating vegetarian one day a week or eliminating one animal (like chickens) from your diet, start by setting an achievable goal and try to stick to it.
Search 'vegan + (your favourite meal)' for recipe suggestions. You might also like to stock your fridge with animal-friendly versions of the things you like. Click here to find them.
Challenge a friend to go meat-free with you! Sharing recipes and trying new foods together will be fun and you'll save more animals as a pair.
Eating meat-free is not about being perfect — it's about making a difference for animals, the environment and your health. Be proud of every kind choice you make and don't be disheartened if you slip up.
You've just joined a global movement for a kinder world. It's no surprise that awareness about the benefits of plant-based eating continues to grow and that people across the world are choosing to cut back on animal products or take animals off their plate completely. By being part of this movement, you will not only reap the health benefits, but help create a cleaner planet and a kinder world for animals.
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