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Why Are Meat Eaters Shifting to Vegetarian Food? All You Need to Know About Recent Vegan Wave

Here are the seven reason why a great percentage of British people are turning to a vegetarian life

Vegetarian life
Vegetarian Food. Pixabay

London, August 12, 2017: The world is facing a new trend – ‘Go Vegan’! You might be a meat-lover, but what’s trending is the influx of vegetarianism amongst people.

But why is it so?…

Around 28 per cent of meat-eating Brits have reduced their meat consumption in the last six months, a new report by industry analysts Mintel claims, with 14 per cent expressing interest in limiting meat and poultry in their diets in the future, mentioned The Independent report.

Here are 7 reasons why a great percentage of British people are turning to a vegetarian life:

1. Animal welfare

To avoid being a double standard for supporting animal welfare and then gorging meat, many people have completely stopped eating meat. People have woke up to the animal abuse and feel they have an ethical obligation towards them. This is one of the reasons in Britain with as many as 54 percent people citing it. Popular films like ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Forks Over Knives’ have also elucidated on animal atrocities.

2. Health concerns

Nearly 49 percent Brits referred health concern alone as the reason for reducing their meat intake, with them admitting that too much meat might be bad for them. Many studies have also shown that meat intake increases the risk of heart disease. A Netflix documentary, ‘What The Health’, went far ahead to claim that eating one egg was as bad as smoking five cigarettes a day.


3. Weight management

Social media has been conducive in spreading body positivity, however, it cannot be overlooked that obesity, a major concern in America and a serious health danger, is increasing among the urban populace of India too. Studies revealed that a vegetarian diet is more useful for weight loss, as opposed to a meat-driven diet. Hence, for 29 per cent Britons, losing weight has taken precedence over meat.

4. Health food bloggers

Many health bloggers have emerged in different-social media platforms, motivating netizens to get fit. Plant-based bloggers like Deliciously Ella have been an influential force on almost 16 per cent British citizens who decided to leave the meat for a salubrious lifestyle. Emma Clifford, the senior food analyst at Mintel explains, “Following a meat-free diet is likely to be aspirational to many consumers and social media is playing an important role in the attraction of this endeavor.”

5. Environmental worries

The youth are aware of the ever increasing environmental concerns they would have to face in near future. People under 25 constituted the majority of vegetarians who cited environmental concern as their top reason. Clifford explains, “Flagging up that consumers are making a choice which is good for the environment and which can help to create a greener future in the long-term is likely to be a persuasive selling point.”

ALSO READ: Find out why Hinduism always emphasizes on being a vegetarian 

6. Public campaigns

Campaigns like Meat-free Mondays, supported by Jamie Oliver, National Vegetarian Week, and Veganuary have been a motivating factor behind the green lifestyle. About 39 percent of meat reducers have attributed to such campaigns as motivation.

7. Money

What could be a greater motivation than saving money? A chicken burger costs more than the veggie burger, or in other words, food expenses are higher for meat eaters.


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Advantages and Disadvantages of Choosing Vegan Diet, Why it is not Successful in India?

Vegan Diet Food Items
Vegan Diet Food Items. Pixabay
  • How Vegan Diet helps you healthy body functioning
  • It has some nutritional shortfalls

5 Reasons To Choose Vegan Diet

Being vegan helps in a lot of ways –gives you a healthy body, disease protection, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Vegans choose to eat plant-based products and eliminate animal-based products, dairy products like milk, honey, meat, fish, eggs from their diet. The reason can be to stay healthy, religious beliefs or Ethical values. A vegan diet is nutritionally balanced and is highly beneficial for the healthy lifestyle. Some of its advantages are –

Weight Reduction

A large number of population opt for this diet to do excessive weight loss. The reason behind this is there is less intake of fats which come from animal-based products and high intake of fiber. Vegan Diet includes consumption of healthy food products like fruits, vegetables, nut and other plant-based products which maintain nutritional balance in your body.

Reduces Diabetes and Hypertension

People following Vegan Diet are often able to reduce their blood pressure and sugar level than compared to Non – vegans. Intake of plant-based products helps in reducing the need of insulin for the diabetic patients. As mentioned in various researchs, meat and fish eaters tend to have high blood pressure which is eliminated in the vegan diet.

Avoids Heart and Kidney Diseases

Vegan Diet helps reducing cholesterol in your body. Healthy food intake avoids risky heart diseases and helps in proper functioning of the heart. Plant proteins reduce the risk of the poor kidney function than meat proteins.

Helps to Maintain Healthy Bones

The diet is rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin K which contributes to the bone health significantly. Calcium Fortified plant milk and yogurts can help in achieving recommended calcium dietary intake which keeps the bones healthy and prevents various bone and dental diseases.

Overall healthy lifestyle

It keeps your mind and body relaxed and stress-free. Prevents you from common body ailments like a frequent headache, body pain etc. Eating healthy food like fruits, vegetables and less intake of fats makes you feel active and energized whole day. It makes you feel good and confident about your body.


Although Vegan Diet has proved to be beneficial to many it has some nutritional shortfalls as well. Vegans often tend to have various nutrient deficiencies like –

Vitamin B12: Deficiency of Vitamin B12 occurs due to the elimination of dairy products and meat from the diet, for vegans, it can be prevented by taking B12 supplements or B12 fortified foods.

Calcium: Vegan should eat more tofu, tahini, and green leafy vegetables to intake the required amount of calcium in the body.

Iron: Iron is essential to transport oxygen to the blood cells. Eat dried beans and use a cast-iron skillet to prepare the meal to have an iron-rich diet.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: It is important for cardiovascular health, eyes and brain function. Eating walnuts, soy products, and flaxseed can prevent the deficiency.

Although, It is hard to be a vegan in India as Indians love to eat dairy and poultry products.The most indulgent foods in India consists of milk, cheese, fish, eggs, and meat. But when it comes to healthy living, veganism is one of the best options you can opt for and every non-vegan food in your diet can be replaced by a vegan food.

-prepared by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Monica Dogra chooses to go vegan, Read to know why

Monica Dogra hopes to add more yoga to her fitness regimen

Monica Dogra chooses to go vegan
Monica Dogra chooses to go vegan. Wikimedia

Mumbai, September 9, 2017: Singer-actress Monica Dogra has chosen to go vegan to be “more ethical and clean in our bodies”.

“I’ve been vegetarian for a few years, but after a bunch of friends watched ‘What the Health’, we had some conversations about just wanting to be more ethical and clean in our bodies, and so we decided to go vegan together,” Monica Dogra said in a statement.

“CrossFit (a fitness regimen) has been really challenging as it’s high intensity and focuses on building strength. I hope to add more yoga to my regimen and then I think I’ll have created the perfect road map for my body’s health and fitness,” Monica added.

On the work front, Monica Dogra, who made her acting debut in Bollywood with the 2011 film “Dhobi Ghat”, is set to release a single soon. (IANS)



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Exclusive: Knowing about Animal Rights may help you to fight against Animal Abuse: Here is a List!

The number of cases of animal abuse is higher in the urban areas because the density of population is higher in the urban areas compared to the rural areas NewsGram correspondent visited a Kolkata-based NGO "Love N Care for Animals" to understand the perspective first hand

Animal Cruelty, Photo by NGO 'Love N Care for animals'

September 22, 2016: Cruelty towards animals and abuse cases are increasing every day in number. It seems being educated doesn’t make one a sensible person. Reporter Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of NewsGram got in touch with an NGO based in Kolkata- ‘Love N Care for animals,’ that provides shelter to homeless animals. They are doing their bit to save animals from abuse and cruelty inflicted on them by humans, especially in the name of religion and culture and at times out of sheer fun.


Head of NGO ‘Love N Care for animals’ Sushmita Roy says, “Religion, which includes almost all the religions except few, practice animal sacrifice, for example in Kali Puja, Bakr-id, etc. This practice must be banned. To counter these practices the NGO does awareness camps in schools, temples and roads.”

On Sunday, 18th September 2016, when the citizens of Hyderabad were caught up by the passionate pleas of the animal lovers and activists to be more sensitive and humane towards animals. People on foot and motorists slowed down to apprehend what the demonstrators spread across the stretch from KBR Park till the Jubilee Hills check post, were asking for.

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The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and livestock. India has been seeing few gruesome cases of animal abuse online in the past few months here are a few of those:
  • A dog was thrown off the roof of a five-story building in Chennai by two college students, the dog’s cries was heard after it hit the ground. The video of this act had become viral through social media. Later, the dog was found alive with a broken hind limb, and the two students surrendered themselves for the act.
  • Wife of an ex-honorary flight lieutenant killed 8, 15-day-old puppies to teach their mother a lesson, the lady was sent to jail for committing this crime.
  • When the forest department was not responding to the complaints of the people of Bhandup, who were demanding the relocation of a group of monkeys who were disturbing them. One day, a man lost his temper and threw acid on one of the monkeys.
  • The practice of animal sacrifice for religious reasons all over India and across the world. One such incident was also seen on the day of Bakr-id at Dhaka, this year which turned all the roads blood red.

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Love n Care for animals
Protecting animals against abuse and cruelty, Photo by NGO Love n Care for animals

15 Animal Rights in India that every citizens should know:

(i) It is the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for all living creatures. Article 51A(g).

(ii) To kill or maim any animal, including stray animals, is a punishable offence. IPC Sections 428 and 429.

(iii) Abandoning any animal for any reason can land you in prison for up to three months. Section 11(1)(i) and Section 11(1)(j), PCA Act, 1960.

(iv) No animal (including chickens) can be slaughtered in any place other than a slaughterhouse. Sick or pregnant animals shall not be slaughtered. Rule 3, of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (Slaughterhouse) Rules, 2001 and Chapter 4, Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011.

Love n care For animals
Animal protection. Photo by NGO Love n care For animals

(v) Stray dogs that have been operated for birth control cannot be captured or relocated by anybody including any authority. ABC Rules, 2001.

(vi) Neglecting an animal by denying her sufficient food, water, shelter and exercise or by keeping him chained/confined for long hours is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to 3 months or both. Section 11(1)(h), PCA Act, 1960.

(vii) Monkeys are protected under the Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972 and cannot be displayed or owned.

(viii) Bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls are prohibited from being trained and used for entertainment purposes, either in circuses or streets. Section 22(ii), PCA Act, 1960.

(ix) Animal sacrifice is illegal in every part of the country. Rule 3, Slaughterhouse Rules, 2001.

(x) Organizing of or participating in or inciting any animal fight is a cognizable offence. Section 11(1)(m)(ii) and Section 11(1)(n), PCA Act, 1960.

(xi) Cosmetics tested on animals and the import of cosmetics tested on animals is banned. Rules 148-C and 135-B of Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

(xii) Teasing, feeding or disturbing the animals in a zoo and littering the zoo premises is an offence punishable by a fine of Rs. 25000 or imprisonment of up to three years or both. Section 38J, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

(xiii) Capturing, trapping, poisoning or baiting of any wild animal or even attempting to do so is punishable by law, with a fine of up to Rs. 25000 or imprisonment of up to seven years or both. Section 9, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

(ix) Disturbing or destroying eggs or nests of birds and reptiles or chopping a tree having nests of such birds and reptiles or even attempting to do so constitutes to hunting and attracts a punishment of a fine of up to Rs. 25000, or imprisonment of up to seven years or both. Section 9, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

(x) Conveying or carrying animals whether in or upon any vehicle, in any manner or position which causes discomfort, pain or suffering is a punishable offence under two Central Acts. Section 11(1)(d) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (Transport of Animal) Rules, 2001 and Motor Vehicles Act 1978.

Love and Care For Animals
Photo by Love and Care For Animals

“There are several laws in the constitution against animal abuse, but they are not strong enough, there are not severe punishments. When cases are filed in courts, the person has to pay just Rs. 50 for bail, so if it is so easy for a person to get a bail after severe animal abuse, it is obvious that there will be a rise in number of such cases”, says Sushmita Ray.

She adds, ” the number of cases of animal abuse is higher in the urban areas because the density of population is higher in the urban areas compared to the rural areas.”

-by Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of Newsgram. Twitter: @enakshirc58