Vegan & Vegetarian: What's the difference?

Although veganism and vegetarianism certainly have similarities, there are also some important differences.

The biggest difference, at least in my opinion, is that a vegetarian diet often does little to reduce the overall amount of suffering and death inflicted on animals. This may sound counter intuitive, but it's often true. Here's why.

Vegetarians don't eat meat, but they do consume eggs and dairy, and what often happens when people switch from being an omnivore to being a vegetarian is that they increase the amount of eggs, and especially dairy, they consume. For many vegetarians, cheese replaces meat as one of their primary sources of protein. In that way, most vegetarians are simply transferring the problem from one animal to another.

Here's a short 2 minute video on the abusive nature of the dairy industry. For me, there's no better reason to make the switch from vegetarian to vegan.

Emily Deschanel: Behind the Scenes in the Dairy Industry

Number of animals killed in the world by the meat, dairy and egg industries, since you opened this webpage. This does not include the billions of fish and other aquatic animals killed annually.

Based on 2007 statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Global Livestock Production and Health Atlas.

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