Published by Melinda McKee.

It’s 2021. You’ve been thinking about going vegan, and we’re here to help. If you need inspiration, look no further than this guide, which offers reasons to go vegan, the easiest ways to make the transition, and how to make it last a lifetime.

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Order PETA’s Vegan Starter Kit

Order a free copy of our vegan starter kit. It’ll guide you through the transition to a healthier, happier, and longer-lasting life. It has everything from recipes and tips on eating out to health information.

Check Out Our ‘How to Go Vegan’ Guide

Going vegan is easier than ever before, but we’re here to make it even easier. Check out this guide to going vegan in three steps: what to buy, what to make, and where to eat.

Two-Week Vegan Meal Plan

Not sure what to eat? Our two-week sample vegan meal plan is designed for new vegans who aren’t sure what to eat as well as longtime vegans looking to try something new.

Meal Delivery Services

These services come in all sizes and cater to all budgets and cooking skill levels—whether you still want to get your hands dirty in the kitchen with DIY recipes or want all the guesswork removed with prepared meals. They also offer a great way for people curious about vegan foods to transition to plant-based eating.

Why go vegan?

For Animals

The meat industry’s rampant abuse of animals is the number one reason to go vegan. Whether it’s chickens, pigs, cows, fish, or any other animal, no one wants to die to end up on your plate. By going vegan, you won’t contribute to the suffering that’s inherent when animals are bred and killed to be eaten. You’ll also no longer support the mass culling of male chicks in the egg industry or the removal of baby cows from their mothers for dairy milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.

For Your Health

There’s no nutritional need for humans to eat anything derived from an animal—in fact, all of our dietary needs are best supplied by a meat-free diet. Eating vegan can reduce the risk of suffering from many chronic degenerative diseases and other conditions, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Check out our guide to getting all your essential nutrients and vitamins from plant sources:

For the Environment

Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water. By some estimates, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all of the world’s transportation systems combined. The absolute best way to combat the worst effects of climate change is to go vegan.

Use #NewYearNewVegan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let us know about your progress. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and vegan 2021!

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind

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