Go Vegan is a charitable trust funded by donations and a small-but-growing catering project called Hungry for Raw. We are a community-based organisation that informs New Zealand families about the benefits a plant-based lifestyle can offer to family health, the environment and to animals – and the benefits are significant – read more on this here.
Our longest-running campaign is the provision of free vegan starter kits to New Zealanders. We distribute kits through our website (either through download or free post order). We also supply kits to advocates for no charge and have our kits distributed across shop locations throughout New Zealand. We bake in solidarity with other community groups and charities, we organise events and we curate a library of printable materials for animal advocates to share. Our long term goal is the establishment of New Zealand-based grants system to support people in their work for animals, along with the development of a sustainable, farm-based education facility.
Demand for our kits is increasing along with the rapid growth of veganism in New Zealand. Your donations help keep this project free and help us meet that demand. Donations can be made here and a monthly subscription of $10 is one of the most powerful ways you can help this work. Our charities services registration number is CC51186 and we have donee status and your donation is tax deductible.
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Make use of this site by learning about the issues and sharing that information with others. You can also become an advocate for animals; we are seeking pro-active people in all areas and will supply banners, flyers and booklets free to successful applicants.
It is estimated that there are about 193 million vegans around the world.
A further 407 million are meat-free.
Now, more than ever before, we aware of our impact on the world around us. We have an urgent need to protect the environment and animals that suffer as products of industry. The public also have a growing interest in health and longevity. As science educates us on the human body, we’ve discovered eating animal products can inhibit wellness. Studies show veganism can satisfy the nutritional requirements of the whole family (including high-performance athletes, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers). Studies also reveal that veganism can confer health benefits, particularly to diabetics and those with heart conditions. Plant-based eaters have less heart disease, less diabetes, less cancer and less stroke than those who consume animal products.
There is a pragmatic solution to feeding our booming human population. Plant-based food can be produced in more sustainable, resource-efficient ways, while protecting the water, soil and air, and providing optimum nutrition to all. New technology is on the way – that will provide us with lab milks and meats – products that support the protection of the planet and eliminate the interest in animal use. The human species can have all of their nutritional needs met, keep the environment safe and honour that like us animals can thrive here; they have just as much right to be free as we do. Unfortunately the ethical problems with farming are inherent. Animals have no rights, and are traded and treated as property. Just as humans are harmed when they traded and treated as property, the same follows for animals.
To find out more about the environment, click here.
To learn more about animal protection, click here.
To read more about human health, click here.
So what is a vegan?
A vegan is a person who does not consume animal products and animal by-products – this includes meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, silk and more. Vegans also avoid products tested on animals. Instead vegans enjoy a plant-based lifestyle.