LAST UPDATED: 6 February 2017
A massive 1 in 4 Australians are swapping out meat-centric meals for plant-based ones. Every meat-free meal makes a difference, for your health, for the environment and for animals. Here's 10 ways picking the veg option can help make the world a kinder, brighter place ... starting with the humble burger. (Why burgers? Because they're delicious! But more on that later ... )
Being born just to be killed is hardly a life at all. Yet this is a reality for millions of animals every year. Every time you eat vegetarian food, you help spare animals from being born into this life of suffering.
Choosing plant-based meals can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. That veggie burger is sounding pretty good now, right?
What's more, nearly 80% of the land cleared in the Amazon is used for cattle grazing. 'Meat' is literally eating up the planet. You can help combat this with every bite of a delicious meat-free burger and help preserve this planet for future generations.
Scientists believe pigs to be smarter than dogs and even 3 year old children. Yet it's legal in Australia to cut parts off the body of a piglet without pain relief. It would be considered animal cruelty for these painful procedures to be carried out on a puppy. By eating less meat or going meat-free you can help end factory farming.
PHOTO: Gardein chick'n sliders from Veganopoulous. Discover more chicken-friendly 'chicken' here.
On average, every time you eat meat-free, you save more water than you would if you stopped showering for 2 months! Millions of litres of water go into growing crops to feed animals ... (food which could be fed directly to humans). Imagine how much water could be saved by serving up veggie burgers for the whole family.
Vegetarians have an average body weight up to 20% lower than meat eaters, and less than 6% of vegetarians are obese. Every time you choose the meat-free option you're also making a kind choice for your body.
Male chicks can't lay eggs. They are born into the egg industry by the millions and are killed on the same day. Dairy cows are made to give birth once every year to keep them producing milk for human consumption. Male calves can't produce milk so they are trucked to slaughter, along with unwanted female calves, within a few short days of being born. You can help protect these animals by tucking into a delicious burger free from animal products.
Largely due to overfishing, marine life populations have declined by 49% in a single generation. Current fishing rates could see the oceans' fish populations collapse by 2050. You can help by swapping out your fish fillet for a yummy veggie patty.
Just like us, animals feel joy and pain. Eating plant-based food protects animals from cruelty. And ...
Mushroom burgers, lentil patties, 'chick'n' schnitzel burgers ... the possibilities are endless. Check the refrigerated section of your local supermarket for ready to cook veggie burger burger patties, or make your own ...
For more recipes and great tips on cutting back or cutting out animal products, grab your FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit today.
Feature image of mouthwatering plant-based burgers courtesy of our friends at Soul Burger.