According to new research led by The Vegan Society and Vegan Life Magazine, Britain's vegan population has increased by 360% compared to 2006.
The study found that there were at least 542,000 plant-based eaters in Britain, with the estimate at only 150,000 about ten years ago. According to The Vegan Society, this makes veganism "one of Britain's fastest growing lifestyle movements."
The study also predicts an even more promising future, as nearly half of the vegetarians of the country are leaning towards limiting their overall dairy and animal product intake. The study also found that almost half of all the vegans (42%) are in the 15-24 age bracket, which could lead to an even higher overall amount in the future. CEO of The Vegan Society, Jasmijn de Boo, stated:
"To have over half a million vegans in Britain is fantastic. More people than ever before are acting upon the health and environmental benefits of veganism, and finding out what really goes on in the meat and dairy industries and deciding they do not want to contribute to the pain and suffering of animals."
Keith Coomber, Vegan Life Magazine publishing director, attributed the rise of veganism to various reasons, such as positive portrayals in the media, documentaries, recipes and food, as well as to the vegan athletes making incredible strides.
Considering that 2016 saw the demand for vegan beer rise in Britain as well as a vegan chocolate company being presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise, the news that the vegan population is steadily increasing should come as no surprise!
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