Here are some links which go into more detail about the issues around the cruelty aspects of eating animals. A great (but upsetting) film to watch is 'Earthlings'. Click on the image to watch the film.
Here are some links which go into more detail about the damaging effects of animal agriculture on our environment. If you want to learn more, one of the best films to watch is 'Cowspiracy'. Click on the image to watch the film.
Here are some links which go into more detail about the health benefits of a plant based diet. A good film to watch, about the harmful effects of meat and dairy, is 'What the Health'.
Click on the image to watch the film.
These are some of the organisations that are trying to end or reduce animal suffering. Not all of them are vegan but they are all determined to help animals.
This is a short list of plant based meal replacements. It could be much longer, but it's a starting point. Basically, you can replace any meat component with a plant based alternative. If you can't find them in your supermarket then Holland and Barrett or your health food shop will sell them.
1. Scrambled eggs - scrambled tofu with turmeric/black pepper
2. Bangers and mash - Vegan sausages, mash with soya milk, veg and bisto gravy
3. Curries/Chillies/stews - Soya mince or lentils make great meat replacements. You can also buy frozen chunks of soya based beef/chicken
4. Pie and chips - Linda McCartney deep filled pies, oven chips, veg. Classic.
5. Pizzas - There are plenty of vegan pizzas available in supermarkets or you could make your own with vegan cheese (and there are lots to choose from) and veg
6. Roast beef dinner - Just replace the beef with a Turkey or Beef style roast
7. Chicken/ham sandwich - Every supermarket sells a range of sliced chicken/ham or beef replacements. Tofurky is the best but V Bites and Quorn are also very good.
8. Stir fry - All the usual veg and noodles but just add tofu or Quorn chicken style pieces
9. Burgers - The range and quality of vegan burgers has gone through the roof. Linda McArtney and Icelands's No Bull burgers are some of the best
10. Cakes and brownies - There are loads of recipes for vegan (egg and dairy free) cakes on the internet and they taste just as good. Google is your friend.
11. There's an abundance of milk replacements on the market. Soya is great. I've been using it every day for 34 years and I haven't yet grown any boobs. Almond milk has a nutty flavour and cashew milk has a creamier taste. Oat milk is great for coffee and tea and Oatly Barista is for the coffee connoisseurs,
12. If, like me, you have a sweet tooth there's no need to go without. Bourneville is vegan and so is Fry's chocolate/orange cream. Ben and Jerrys do a vegan range of ice cream and all supermarkets sell Swedish Glace ice cream, which is amazing. There's loads more confectionery in the Free From section of any supermarket
I could go on for days - but you get the idea
Here's a list of some of the best plant based foods producers. All supermarkets now have their own range too. So easy!
And here's an interesting fact - all of these manufacturers sell far more of their food to non vegans than to vegans or vegetarians. In other words - people like you.
Listen Up Vegans. This link will take you to the article which I wrote for VEGAN LIFE magazine