A Beginner's Guide to Going Vegan: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Turned to the Dark Side

Kate Menear | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Menear

In this piece I volunteer myself as your plant-based sensei. If you're thinking about going vegan or have done so recently, here are 10 helpful insights I wish I knew before I turned to the dark side...

Will a Vegan Be the Fox in the Defra Henhouse?

Ian Middleton | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Having a vegan as shadow minister for agriculture may well upset the cosy rapport farmers have with government at the moment, but I thought that was the point of electing Corbyn in the first place. To think the unthinkable and do what's right, rather than what's pragmatic and expedient to the wishes and votes of vested interests.

The Pegan Diet May Get Fast Weight Loss Results But Is It Healthy?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The pegan diet, in the tradition of celebrity couple mash-up names, is supposedly a mixture of the paleo and vegan diet. Although this might sound...

Fox-Hunting Ban: What Makes Foxes So Special?

George P. Simmonds | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
George P. Simmonds

Earlier this month the Prime Minister saw his plans to relax the ban on fox-hunting scatter to the four winds as if themselves hounded by a pack of fr...

Yulin Dog Meat Festival: If We Want to Be Heard, We Also Need to Listen

Louise Mead | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Louise Mead

At the same time, this is the argument we should be listening to ourselves. There is no justice in declaring ourselves voices for the voiceless whilst ignoring the plight and cries of the individuals we personally oppress. If we cannot listen to pleas we stop harming animals in our own country, we shouldn't be at all surprised if those in Yulin will not to listen to us.

Beyoncé Criticised For 'Boring' Announcement

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Beyoncé has been mocked by otherwise adoring fans for making a "boring" announcement. Her news? She's going vegan (again). Ahead of an interview w...

A Tight Squeeze: A Fast Food Nation Searches for Meaning

Damien Clarkson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Damien Clarkson

Whilst at the theme park I desperately searched for some healthy food and the best my vegan arse could muster was a very sad looking jacket potato and a spoonful of beans. Everywhere you turned burgers, chicken, pizzas, chips were available.

Forget the Labels - It's Time to Eat Kind

Lliana Bird | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lliana Bird

I've decided to do my best to "eat kind". Like sexuality believe there is no black and white and that labels aren't really helpful any more. Fluidity is. So I'm dispensing with "vegan"/ "vegetarian"/ "pescetarian" etc. If I want to eat some cheese or yoghurt I will.

On Rebecca Francis, Hunting, and Being an Animal Lover

Louise Mead | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Louise Mead

Hunters huh? What must have happened to them in their lives to make them want to kill a beautiful animal then photograph themselves next to him, smiling? This is the question being repeated by animal lovers across the world this week.

The Vegan Outliers Step Into the Mainstream

Damien Clarkson | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Damien Clarkson

You have probably heard this joke. Question: 'How do you know if someone is a vegan? Answer: They will tell you in five seconds. And it is true from my experience once you go vegan you have an energy rising up inside of you wanting to scream; "I am vegan and it's really great!".

Chin Up Vegans, You Can Now Eat The Meatballs At Ikea

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Vegans around the world (or at least those that shop in Ikea) have had a victory after the furniture retailer announced they would be serving vegan m...

Veganism: Why Fake It?

Harvey Wilks | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

So as each and every one of you will know, this month has been Veganuary - a 31 day long promise to the birds and bees and cows and pigs and sheep and prawns and former racehorses that for the duration of January 2015 I will comply with a more compassionate lifestyle that diminishes their need to suffer.

Veganuary: an Omnivore Faces Facts and the Ethical Hangover

Harvey Wilks | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Hang on, veganism is not solely about the health benefits bestowed on the individual, is it now, dear commenter? What about the benefits enjoyed by the animals that don't get ingested, or X-ed out as collateral damage in some intensive food manufacturing process?

Veganuary: An Omnivore's Attempt at Going Vegan for January

Harvey Wilks | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

The cause is, unquestionably, a worthy one, and more than a hollow New Year's resolution this would be a real challenge - one that might produce benefits I couldn't foresee, both in terms of my wellbeing and vis-a-vis the expansion of my limited culinary repertoire.

Wu Tang's RZA Has Some Choice Words About Going Vegan

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Perhaps it's our own ignorance around hip hop, but we didn't fancy its stars to be passionate advocates of veganism. Shows how much we know. Wu Ta...

Vegan: The New Status Quo?

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmijn de Boo

The risk of early death is 40% lower in people consuming more than seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Vegetables are especially important, and some studies show that raw vegetables (salads) are particularly protective. The lower risk of early death is primarily due to a lower risk in heart disease. Vegans typically also have lower body weights, lower risk of developing Type II diabetes, and they experience other health benefits.

Why World Vegan Day Matters

Damien Clarkson | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Damien Clarkson

If we look at the whole premise of veganism, one of the key aspects behind it is treading lightly on the earth. By adopting a vegan diet you not only doing something meaningful and life enhancing for your mind and body, you instantly decrease your carbon footprint and join a movement of change for the animals.

Vegan Times Are Coming

Damien Clarkson | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Damien Clarkson

The Vegan Society estimates that there are 150,000 full time vegans in the UK, and a meat free diet is firmly on the map in the UK. Mintel recently revealed that 12% of adults in in the UK follow a vegetarian or vegan diet with this figure rising to 20% of 16 to 24s.

Is Being Vegan Sexist?

Tom Fielder | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Fielder

Animals of both sexes suffer under institutionalized exploitation. However, the female of the species often experiences more prolonged abuse, including an ongoing cycle of forceful artificial insemination (mechanical or manual rape), physical abuse of her mammary glands, and invariably being separated from her young; all of these are emotionally brutal experiences for the female members of any species.

As Happy as a Pig in Lit? The Dangers of Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

If humanised portrayals increase a child's empathy for animals - and such portrayals are ubiquitous across children's books, cartoons, films and toys - why do those with a positive attitude towards animals occupy such a marginalised position in society?

Manchester Dogs' Home Fire: What Does It Say About How We See Animals?

Louise Mead | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Mead

We have seen this last week that a great many people strongly believe strongly it is wrong to kill animals unnecessarily. We know it is not necessary to use animals to live and thrive. So is it not time that we asked ourselves, why do we love some but kill others?

This Monkey Business Is Serious

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmijn de Boo

Apparently, US copyright law means that "non-human authors" do not have the right to automatic copyright of any photographs that they take. In the weird world of copyright, both an underlying image and subsequent alterations resulting in a final image are needed to have copyright bestowed on a person.

Looking Beyond Medicine: How I'm Fighting Chronic Illness With Diet

Natasha Lipman | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

I'm now on a plant based, gluten free, sugar free, high nutrient, anti-inflammatory, juice infused, smoothie obsessed, rotation diet. I very rarely eat anything out of a packet (even if it fulfils my diet criteria), and I spend most of my daily energy on preparing my food. I have slip ups (it's normal when you make such dramatic changes), but I know that what I'm doing is right for my body.

Why Everyone Is Falling in Love with Veganism

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmijn de Boo

Everyone is now free to embrace veganism, not only those who are already vegan, but those who are thinking about it and want to start bringing more plant-based dishes into their diet, or replace their leather shoes with vegan versions. Vegans can choose from a wide range of different food and products in supermarkets and online.

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day: Go Vegan

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mimi Bekhechi

Earth Day has to be about more than just turning off lights. We need to reflect seriously on the impact that our individual choices are having on the planet and its inhabitants and start to make better ones.