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Organisations advocating Veganism and Plant-based Diets

We have created a list of some of the more high-profile organizations worldwide which advocate either for Veganism or for a Plant-based Diet. The list includes vegan organizations, vegan political parties, plant-based health websites and climate change organizations advocating a plant-based diet.

The Vegan Society: (UK)

Runs many campaigns, including:

  • Catering for Everyone:  campaign for vegan options in hospitals, schools, prisons and other public institutions.
  • Vegan on the Go:  increasing vegan food options for busy people.
  • Play Fair with Plant Milk:  wants to see plant milk alternatives offered wherever dairy milk is supported or promoted in public health initiatives (such as school meals and health initiatives).
  • Vegan and Thriving:  offers a host of nutritionally balanced recipes and support on all aspects of plant-based nutrition.
  • Make More Medicines Vegan:  calling for animal-free alternatives to prescription medicines to be made more widely available.
  • Grow Green:  promotes a shift away from animal farming and towards plant-based agriculture and other sustainable forms of land management.
  • Climate Emergency:  asks politicians to recognise the role of veganism in tackling the climate crisis.

Viva!: (UK)

UK-based vegan charity.  Promotes veganism for animals, human health and the environment.  Viva! has run numerous campaigns as well as television ads.

Go Vegan World: (Ireland)

Campaign run by Sandra Higgins, the director of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary.  Has run numerous campaigns  over the past 6 years encouraging people to go vegan. These include billboard ads and ads on public transport.  There is a strong animal-rights-based ethos in the campaigns, which have been running regularly throughout the UK and Ireland.

PETA: (US and worldwide)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  Based in the US, with branches in many countries including the UK, US, France, Germany, India , Australia, etc.

Their campaigns include:

  • Campaigns to end the use of animals in experiments.
  • Ads on billboards and television.
  • Campaigns for a ban on fur, glue traps, animals in circuses, etc.

Surge: (UK)

UK-based vegan organization, linked with Earthling Ed.  They have run a number of campaigns, including:

As well as investigations into UK pig, chicken, turkey, duck and dairy farming.

Veganuary:

Campaign which promotes veganism by encouraging people to go vegan for the month of January.  The campaign has also had ads on TV.  Veganuary gets hundreds of thousands of sign-ups from people worldwide each year and the number is growing.

Animal Aid: (UK)

British animal rights organization campaigning against the consumption of animals as food and against animal cruelty such as their use for medical research.  Promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. It also investigates and exposes animal abuse.  Campaigns have included:

  • Highlighting the cruelty involved in horse racing, and horse deaths
  • Campaign to ban cruel snares
  • Slaughterhouse filming
  • Vegan campaigns
  • Campaigns to ban animal experiments

Animal Save Movement: (Worldwide)

“Animal Save Movement’s mission is to spread the idea that we all have a moral duty to bear witness, end animal agriculture and reforest the Earth. Our vision is an equitable, eco-friendly vegan world, for the animals, the planet and health.”  Chapters in many countries around the world.  Their campaigns include:

  • Plant Based Treaty
  • Climate Save Movement
  • Stop Animal Gifting
  • Ban Live Exports
  • Fish and Oceans – stop octopus farming, save dolphins, etc.
  • Numerous petition-based campaigns

Anonymous for the Voiceless: (Worldwide)

Has chapters in countries and cities worldwide.  Volunteers hold demonstrations in public – the ‘Cube of Truth’ – showing videos of slaughterhouses and encouraging people to go vegan.

Be fair be vegan: (US)

US-based animal justice campaign that seeks to educate the public about veganism.  The campaign has had billboards in Times Square, New York and other locations.

Food empowerment project: (US)

This is a vegan food justice organization that wants to see a food system free from the exploitation of humans, with equitable access to healthy, sustaining food for all communities, where non-human animals are not seen as food but as individuals with lives, personalities, friendships, and family and are free from harm and exploitation.  F.E.P. works to promote ethical veganism through education, outreach, and by providing tools.

Kindness Project: (Australia)

“Kindness Project is an animal rights organisation that has been born out of the belief that in order to dismantle the animal industrial complex (AIC) it is imperative that our advocacy is inclusive of all those who are harmed by it.”

Animal Rebellion: (Worldwide)

Chapters in countries worldwide.  Campaigns for a plant-based food system.  Emphasis on global warming and destructive effect of animal agriculture.   Originally started as an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion.

Animal Think Tank: (UK)

Helped launch Animal Rebellion.  Their aim is complete liberation of all animals and an end to speciesism.

FARM Animal Rights Movement:

“FARM Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is the world’s first and longest-operating organization dedicated to advocacy for animals raised, abused, and killed for food.  FARM conducts massive public awareness campaigns and international programs (including MeatOut, Vegan Earth Day, and World Day for Farmed Animals). Our Animal Rights National Conference has inspired hundreds of animal rights activists and motivated movement newcomers for over 40 years.”

Plant Based Treaty:

Treaty to redirect subsidies from animal to plant-based agriculture.  Anyone can sign the treaty – individuals, groups or organizations.  The treaty has been signed by many organizations, high profile individuals, politicians, etc.

Proveg International (UK, US, Spain, Germany, many other countries).  

“ProVeg works with international decision-making bodies, governments, food producers, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that is less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet.  ProVeg has permanent-observer status with the UNFCCC.”

Liberation 360: (US)

 Promotes veganism and aims to educate people about our current food system.  Founder went on to establish the Agriculture Fairness Alliance (see below).

Humane Society International : (US and worldwide)

Animal protection organization, anti-animal testing and animal cruelty,  advocates for plant-based diet.  “Advancing the welfare of animals in more than 50 countries, Humane Society International works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters and confront cruelty to animals in all of its forms.”

EuroGroup for Animals:

Eurogroup for Animals believes that the EU should end the funding for animal products in order to enable the crucial shift to more sustainable, plant-based diets in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.

Vegan Australia:

Promotes veganism in Australia.  Lobbies for pro-vegan policies, engages with the media, runs public education campaigns.  Has run numerous campaigns which can be viewed here.

American Vegan Society:

Provides information about veganism, attends events and festivals, provides vegan trademark for businesses, membership and a magazine.

The Humane League:

“We exist to end the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world’s biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action and leave animals off their plates.”

Farm Sanctuary:

”Farm Sanctuary is committed to ending cruelty to farm animals and promoting compassionate vegan living through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts.”

Animal Outlook (US):

“Animal Outlook is a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, Animal Outlook exposes cruelty to farmed animals and promotes vegan eating. Our mission is to change the world for animals.”

In Defense of Animals (US):

Highlights animal abuse in both wild and farmed animals.  Has a Vegan Starter Kit and a Dairy Free Challenge.

Mercy for Animals (US):

“We envision a world in which eating is an act of compassion, in which no one is exploited or forced to exploit another.”

Vegan political parties:

Party for the Animals (The Netherlands):

“As the Dutch Party for the Animals, we are also fighting to end subsidies for the polluting livestock industry. Our MEP Anja Hazekamp has been working on the issue within the European Parliament.”

Djurens parti (Sweden):

The party has signed up to a manifesto, along with a number of other animal advocacy parties, which commits to the phasing out of “farming practices which are harmful to animals, and to re-directing EU subsidies away from the intensive livestock industry into sustainable, plant-based and organic agriculture.”

V-Partei (Germany):

“As part of our Agricultural Agenda, we are doing everything in our power to have changed food production by 2030 in such a way that animal slaughter will no longer be necessary for food production and that this will be appreciated by the majority of consumers.”

Veganerpartiet (Denmark):

“Our first ideology is veganism, understood in the sense that decisions must not be taken that directly or indirectly harm others if it can be avoided in any way. Profit must never outweigh ethics and compassion. It is obvious to the Vegan Party that it should apply to both humans and animals.”

EOP Finland:

“The Animal Justice Party of Finland, EOP, is a political organization, whose aim is to make Finland a society that accepts the rights of all animals, seeking justice, freedom from speciesism and an end to the use of animals in the machinery of production.”

DierAnimal (Belgium):

“DierAnimal wishes to lay down animal rights in the Belgium constitution and to put a stop to intensive livestock farming and animal experiments.”

Animal Justice Party (Australia):

“The AJP understands that widespread dietary change will be a lengthy process and that animal production methods must be improved urgently as an interim measure; so we will prioritise the phase out of factory farming. As the uptake of plant based diets increases, we will work towards laws that abolish breeding and rearing for slaughter or other exploitation.”

Transition from Animal Agriculture to Plant-based:

Dairy Farm Transition Program (US):

Run by Miyoko Schinner, founder of Miyoko’s Creamery.  “Dairy Farm Transition (DFT) provides new opportunities to dairy producers who want to explore alternative farming enterprises. Our goal is to decrease the barriers to farm-level innovation by paving an independent path forward for your farm in regenerative specialty crop agriculture.”

Jeeva Bhavana (India):

“Jeeva Bhavana’s primary objective is to educate the Indian public of the true environmental costs of animal-based agriculture, and to provide farmers with viable and sustainable plant-based alternatives. Concurrently, organic, and better yet veganic farming must replace conventional chemical farming to ensure human and environmental health.”

Farm Transformers (US):

A micro-lending programme handing out grants and advice to farmers to transform their land into plant-based farms.  Founded by Jannabai Owens.

Transfarmation (US):

Run by Mercy for Animals.  “Our mission is to help farmers transition their industrial animal-agriculture operations to plant-focused farms raising crops for human consumption.”

Refarm’d:

Helps animal farmers transition to plant-based farming by helping them make a living by producing plant-based milk.

Farmers for Stock Free Farming:

Founded by Rebecca Knowles of Vegan Outreach Scotland, this website provides a wealth of information about alternatives for farmers who want to divest from animal agriculture.

Rancher Advocacy Program (US):

Farmers can apply for help in transitioning from animal farming to plant-based and other business models such as solar, wind, sanctuary or rewilding.

Nation Rising (US):

“Nation Rising is a non-partisan political advocacy group lobbying to shift multi-billion dollar government subsidies away from animal agriculture and towards the creation of a plant-based food system.”

Agriculture Fairness Alliance (US):

“A nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate policy changes that make plant based food accessible to everyone at a price they can afford, and to help farmers align with this mission.”

Vegan Land Movement:

Part of the Global Vegan Crowdfunder campaign.  Raises funds to purchase land formerly used for animal agriculture.  Land is rewilded and is held in the stewardship of the members, as part of a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Reimagine Agriculture (US):

“Our mission is to educate, influence, and collaborate to create a compassionate, sustainable and resilient agricultural system.” 

Vegan Organic Network (UK and worldwide):

Provides the Stockfree Veganic Standards and Certification, Farm Walks, Seminars and advice on veganic plant-based agriculture.

Vegan funding and grants:

Vegfund:

Vegfund is a vegan advocacy organization which supports vegan outreach organizations worldwide by providing them with funding and other supports.

A Well Fed World:

“Since 2009, we have provided 2,600+ grants totalling $11+ million dollars in 92 countries.  Our Global Grants empower groups and individuals in the U.S. and around the world by strengthening plant-based food and farming through direct service and advocacy.

Climate Change and Animal Agriculture:

Truth or Drought:

Informative website shows the many reasons why we need to shift to a plant based diet, namely, climate change, species extinction, water pollution, drought, oceans, etc.

Climate Healers:

Organisation run by well-known environmentalist and author Sailesh Rao.  Large following on social media.  “Climate Healers is focused on promoting a new story of human belonging in nature and a new phase of humanity as we evolve to a Vegan World by 2026.”

Climate Save Movement:

Part of the Animal Save movement.  “Our global Climate Save groups have been active organizers and participants of the international climate strikes and running advocacy campaigns that are changing local public policies in favor of animals and people.”

Sea Shepherd:

Pro-vegan nature conservation group. “Animal agriculture and the industrial fishing complex are killing the ocean. Our growing demand for inexpensive fish means corporations are overfishing, sourcing fish from illegal operations, destroying habitats, and threatening the existence of many marine species who are killed as bycatch. On land, factory farm runoff pollutes waterways and causes dead zones, while farm animals such as pigs, chickens, and even farmed salmon are being fed “fishmeal” made from wild fish. One of the most impactful things you can do is to switch to a plant-based diet. That’s why our ships are 100% vegan.”

Animal Agriculture and Climate Change:

Their petition has gained almost 200,000 signatures to date.  The petition heading reads: “Tell influential environmentalists that Animal Agriculture is the biggest destroyer of our planet!”

Green Rev Institute:

“We believe that changing the world requires an ethical, fair-to-all animals transformation of the food and agriculture system. We act in a systemic way by leading advocacy efforts to support human and animals rights.”

Developing Countries:

Food for Life Global:

“Food for Life Global has 260 affiliate projects currently in over 60 countries that provide up to 2 million pure vegan meals each day.”

A Well Fed World:

Plants-4-Hunger is our hunger relief program that maximizes the well-being of people, animals, and the environment. Instead of using animal-based foods or ‘gifting’ live animals, your donation supports plant-based hunger relief projects serving some of the world’s most impoverished children.”

Vegans Against World Hunger:

“Our mission is to help feed hungry people, wherever in the world they are, without causing harm to non-human animals, by raising money for, and raising awareness of, vegan hunger relief projects.  To share information on how veganism can help global food security, protect the environment, alleviate animal suffering and improve human health.”

Vegan Compassion Group:

“We are a registered charity that in 2019 took over responsibility for some of the projects previously supported by The Living Without Cruelty Trust. Our mission is to fund specific projects that demonstrate vegan compassion in action. These include school feeding programmes in poorer countries, support for refugees and homeless people in the UK and, currently under development, an educational project to encourage greater respect and care for wildlife.”

Health:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM):

Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Reverse Diabetes, is PCRM’s president.  The organization advocates for a whole food plant-based diet, organising many events and public demonstrations.  Their website has a wealth of information on the benefits of a plant-based diet, as well as recipes, etc.

T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition Studies:

Dr. T. Colin Campbell was the lead author on the best-selling book ‘The China Study’.  He advocates for a whole food plant-based diet, and offers courses and certification in plant-based nutrition.

Forks over Knives:

Website came about as a result of the Forks over Knives documentary.  Hundreds of whole food plant-based recipes.   

NutritionFacts.org

Website by well known vegan speaker and plant-based diet expert, Dr. Michael Greger.  Contains a wealth of information on the benefits of vegan vs. non-vegan foods.

Food Revolution Network:

“The Food Revolution Network is committed to healthy, ethical, and sustainable food for all. Guided by John and Ocean Robbins, with more than 700,000 members and with the collaboration of many of the top food revolutionary leaders of our times, Food Revolution Network aims to empower individuals, build community, and transform food systems to support healthy people and a healthy planet.”

Plant-based Canada:

“We aim to educate the public and health professionals on the evidence-based benefits of plant-based whole food nutrition for individual and planetary health.”

Plant-based Docs: (US)

A directory of GPs who advocate a whole food plant based diet.  “We created the plant-based docs directory to help people find the growing number of plant-based health professionals who understand the power of plant-based nutrition and healthy lifestyle to enable a happier and healthier world for all.”

Plant-based Doctors Ireland:

Lists GPs in Ireland who support and understand plant-based diets.

Plant-based Health Professionals UK:

“Plant-based health professionals UK is a Community Interest Company dedicated to providing education and advocacy on whole food plant-based nutrition for prevention and treatment of chronic disease. We hope to provide a valuable resource for the education of healthcare professionals and the general public alike and aim to empower individuals to take control of their own health and share this information with patients, friends and their families.”

Vegan information Websites:

Evolve Campaigns

Egg truth.com

Mothers against dairy

Million Dollar Vegan

Planetary vegan

Plant-based Briefing

Unchained TV

The Irish Vegan

Vegan Business:

Vegconomist:

Excellent vegan business magazine covering new vegan food and other products coming on to the global market.

Plant-Based World Expo:

“Now in its third year, Plant Based World Expo is where you’ll discover innovative plant-based products, hear from industry leaders and pioneers, and connect with the right people from the trade including retailers, investors, buyers, distributors, and brokers. And you’ll be the first to sample mouthwatering plant-based food from ground-breaking U.S. based and international companies.”

European Alliance for Plant-based Foods (EAPF):

“The European Alliance for Plant-based Foods (EAPF) brings together like-minded organisations in the plant-based value chain around a unique mission: To put plant-based foods at the heart of the transition towards more sustainable and healthy food systems.”

European Plant-based Food Association (ENSA):

“Represents the interests of plant-based food manufacturers in Europe.  ENSA is an association of internationally operating companies, ranging from large corporations to small, family-owned businesses with an annual turnover of over €1.8 billion. ENSA members produce high-quality plant-based alternatives to dairy and meat products.  Since its establishment in 2003, ENSA has been raising awareness about the role of plant-based diet in moving towards more sustainable and healthier food consumption patterns.”

Smart Protein:

EU-based project: “The Smart Protein project is aiming to develop alternative protein ingredients and products for humans which have a positive impact on bio-economy, environment, biodiversity, nutrition, food security and consumer trust and acceptance.”

A2PX:

“Connects plant-based food producers with a diverse and distributed food supply network enabling everyone to bypass international or monolithic supply companies and support local growers while getting the highest quality food to consumers.”

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