It's International Vegetarian Week — celebrating a compassionate choice for a kinder world. To get into the spirit of things, we’re challenging you to go veg for the week!
So why go meat-free for seven days?
For your health
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Did you know that vegetarians and vegans often have a greater life expectancy than meat eaters?

Animal products have been linked to heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes and cancer. After needing urgent heart surgery, former US President, Bill Clinton tried a plant-based diet and sang its praises.

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Adopting a plant based diet is one of the simplest, cheapest and most effective ways to reduce your eco footprint.

According to the UN, livestock production is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all of the world's transport combined. It is also one of the leading contributors to all of the most pressing environmental problems including species extinction, deforestation, land degradation, pollution of soil and waterways, and scarcity of fresh water.

If all Australians went meat-free for just the one week, we'd save the GHG emissions equivalent to 31,500 road trips from Sydney to Melbourne in a Prius. And that's the savings from cows alone!

Next: The Animals »

Going veg is the most powerful way to oppose animal cruelty. If all Australians went meat-free for just one week, we could spare almost 10 million animals from life in a factory farm!

Few could look through the doors of a factory farm and not cringe at the grim reality that pigs and chickens face every day. While they may endure the worst cruelty, sadly other animals raised for food are not guaranteed a life free from suffering either. Sheep and cattle routinely endure surgical procedures without pain relief, such as castration, tail amputations, and dehorning. Ultimately all animals raised for food face the stress and cramped conditions of transport and fear in their last moments at the slaughterhouse.

All Aussies can be lifesavers for the 41,000 adult sheep, 56,000 cows, 123,000 pigs, 211,000 lambs, and 9,000,000 chickens who are typically killed for human consumption each week.

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