A third of shoppers are cutting down or ditching animal products in response to the cost of living. Source
Meat alternatives have a fifth to less than a tenth of the environmental impact of meat products. Source
48% of British adults say they consume plant-based milk alternatives. Source
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The Vegan Society statistics
- The first ever newsletter by The Vegan Society records that there were just 25 members.
- The Vegan Trademark was introduced in 1990 to help businesses showcase their products meeting the authentic international vegan standard set by The Vegan Society. Today, over 65000 products from more than 2500 companies are registered globally, including 30000 cosmetics and toiletries, and 18000 food and drink items.
- In 2021 alone The Vegan Society registered an impressive 16,439 products with The Vegan Trademark. Over 82% of our product registrations have come in the last five years.
- The Vegan Trademark is present in 87 countries around the world, with over 50% of products registered coming from companies based outside of the UK.
- Products made by companies such as Flora, Alpro, Asda, Aldi, LUSH, Mars, Costa Coffee, Nestle, New Look and Burger King carry the Vegan Trademark.
- In 2016, a study from the University of Oxford found that if the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by two-thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoid climate damages of $1.5 trillion. Source
- In 2020, research from YouGov found that most Brits don’t know that common practices like beak trimming, separation of calves from their mothers, and use of carbon dioxide in slaughter are in the UK. Source
- In 2020, research by The Vegan Society found that almost half of Brits who eat meat feel hypocritical for loving animals while eating others. Source
- Over 10 million pigs, 13 million sheep, 12 million turkeys, 10 million ducks and geese, 1 billion chickens, 2.7 million cattle, 1.5 - 2.7 billion wild fish, 28 - 77 billion farmed fish and 4.4 billion shellfish are killed in the UK each year. Source
- Since 1970, the collective weight of free-living animals has declined 82%. Instead, a small number of farmed animal species (mainly cows and pigs) dominate the global biomass. They account for 60% of mammal species by mass, 36% goes to humans, and just 4% are free-living animals. Sources: ,