Hello and a very warm welcome to VegansUK! This website is intended to be a friendly source of information for vegans and non-vegans alike, where you can catch up on vegan news, learn about vegan principles and discover vegan recipes and restaurants.
I have been a vegetarian since 1988, when, at twelve years old I decided that I simply could not be both an animal lover and a meat eater at the same time. I haven’t eaten meat since then and I’ll be honest when I say I have trouble remembering what it tastes like. I’ve never missed it and avoiding meat has caused me very little trouble over the years – and I’ve travelled extensively throughout the world. I became a vegan in 2012 after a casual conversation with a friend prompted me to look into the milk industry. After extensive research I decided that the cruelty at the heart of that business, along with the horrors of the egg industry, was not something I wanted to be a part of. I admit it was ignorance that kept me from becoming vegan sooner, so I thought that a website giving information in an approachable and non-judgmental way would be a good idea.
I absolutely welcome non-vegan visitors. It is the many questions I am asked as a vegan that has encouraged me to make this website as diverse as possible. It’s important to explain what a vegan is, why one might become vegan and how you can convert to a vegan lifestyle.
My main reason for becoming a vegan is the issue of animal welfare, so articles on animals and conservation should be central.
I am an ethical vegan, and as such am also interested in the positive effect veganism can have on our environment and world hunger.
Although not a vegan for health reasons, I want to include recipes that are nourishing as well as scrumptious, although do expect a few cakes and other treats within these pages!
I want to make veganism as mainstream as possible and I find that a casual, friendly style of communication is a far better driver for people to engage with the issues than a stern, abolitionist approach. I’ve studied a bit of psychology in the past, but my personal experiences also bear this out. I completely understand those vegans who are abolitionists and in a perfect world this would be ideal, but I desperately want to keep people open to veganism, not switched off by ideas that are alien to them.
I enjoy going to restaurants and reviewing them so other vegans can see what establishments cater well for them. I’m based in Edinburgh, but try to review outside of my city whenever I am able. I like to review chain restaurants as often as possible, as their menus remain similar up and down the country and are therefore valid for people all over the UK. I fully acknowledge that going out to eat can be one of the major hurdles for new vegans and experienced vegans alike, as well as their friends, so that’s why I have devoted a main section of the website to vegan friendly restaurants.
VegansUK is something I do in my spare time at the moment, so updates can sometimes be sporadic, although I do my best! I live with my husband and canine rescue fur-baby (he features in my article on Dogs) and adore music, movies, reading and creative writing. I certainly hope you enjoy browsing through the site and that you find something of interest to you. I look forward to hearing from you via the comments section at the bottom of each post, or through social media, and wish you all the very best on your vegan journey.
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VegansUK supports many charities, mostly those concerned with animal welfare.
The Born Free Foundation is a fantastic organisation that helps wild animals all over the world, saving them from exploitation.
Dogs Trust has rehoming centres all over the country and never puts a healthy dog down. Their welfare work with dogs is both diverse and superb.
Viva! work tirelessly to improve the lot of all animals, especially those affected by factory farming. They do great vegan outreach too.
Animal Aid run campaigns dedicated to animal welfare, especially the victims of the horse racing industry. Also their shop is wonderful!
The Vegan Society support vegans from all walks of life and at all stages of life. Their work is very varied.
PETA UK are sometimes controversial, often shocking, but their tactics can get results and they never give up.
The Mossburn Farm Animal Sanctuary in Dumfries and Galloway, is home to pigs, goats, horses, cows, rabbits, sheep and many other animals who have been rescued from sometimes quite shocking circumstances. You can sponsor an animal here.
Humane Society International UK works all over the world on all different animal welfare issues. They go into disaster zones to help human and non-human animals alike.
Fleecehaven in Devon provides a loving home for over a hundred sheep who have been rescued from the most appalling conditions. It’s easy to forget that sheep can suffer so much harshness and good to know these peaceful animals have a haven.
Fauna and Flora International combat wildlife crime across five continents, ensuring a better future for some of our most endangered animals.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been rescuing and rehoming the dogs and cats of Edinburgh since 1883. My previous dog was born here and I’ll always treasure my memories of her.
Four Paws works to help all different animals, from domestic companions to farm animals and those in the wild. There’s almost nothing they don’t do!