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On Saturday, 4th July, 2015, NEIL ROBINSON, DEAN HOWELL & TRIS WEST, the 2015 team of VEGAN ATHLETES FOR PEACE, completed their 9 day, 975 mile Land's End to John O'Groats cycling challenge to help to:

  • Raise funds for a variety of charities linked to helping animal & human plight, poverty, hunger, education, & environmental issues

  • Raise awareness of how we can all help to promote world peace by adopting the vegan lifestyle and embracing its core values of non-violence, non-exploitation, non-abuse, compassion, empathy, tolerance, kindness, & love to all sentient Earthlings on the planet – both human & non-human animals


For more information, visit: Vegan Athletes for Peace
To make a donation, visit: Vegan Athletes for Peace Charities

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elcome to my website. I am a former professional footballer from the UK. I was also the very first known VEGAN professional footballer anywhere in the world!

I have set up the site to help promote my passion and ideas about veganism, plant-exclusive diet, health & fitness, environmental issues, and world peace!


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It's countdown to our 'Vegan Athletes for Peace' charity cycling challenge which commences on Friday the 26th June 2015. Myself, another former vegan footballer Dean Howell and vegan Rock Climber Tris West will be cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats - 950 miles in 9 days, an average of 100 miles a day!
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Why Veganism?

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"Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is - whether its victim is human or animal - we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.” ― Rachel Carson, Scientist & Conservationist (1907 - 1964)


Plant Food Medicine


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ― Hippocrates, Greek Physician (c 460 BC - c 370 BC)

Global Statistics


Animal Kill Counter
Facts About Hunger & Poverty

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ESTIMATE OF ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED SINCE YOU VISITED THIS WEBSITE - A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 150 BILLION LAND & MARINE ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED EVERY YEAR.

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These are the numbers of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and dairy industries since you opened this webpage. These numbers do NOT include the many millions of animals killed each year in vivisection laboratories. They do NOT include the millions of dogs and cats killed in animal shelters every year. They do NOT include the animals who died while held captive in the animal-slavery enterprises of circuses, rodeos, zoos, and marine parks. They do NOT include the animals killed while pressed into such blood sports as bullfighting, cockfighting, dogfighting, and bear-baiting, nor do they include horses and greyhounds who were exterminated after they were no longer deemed suitable for racing.

Data for the Kill Counter are based on worldwide animal slaughter statistics culled from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the year 2003. According to these statistics, about 53 billion land animals are slaughtered annually worldwide. (It should be noted that at the time the numbers were compiled, they were the minimum numbers of animals killed each year. The actual numbers may be significantly greater insofar as some countries or territories either did not report, or deliberately excluded, some statistics.) Of the more than 200 countries researched, the top three—the United States, China, and Brazil—consume a staggering 46 percent of these animals as food. The United States alone consumes roughly 20 percent of all animals slaughtered for food even though it contains less than five percent of the world's population.

It's important to note that, since most of the available data are now eight years old as of 2011, these estimates are extremely conservative. It is now quite likely that in many of the categories noted, the current kill rates are as much as 10 percent higher than what is indicated here.

Estimating Slaughter of Marine Animals
Most animal-rights organizations will shun entirely the matter of quantifying marine-animal slaughter. That's because, in truth, it's impossible to predict with much precision how many marine animals are killed annually for food. To begin with, the world's fisheries record their catches in terms of metric tons, not the numbers of individuals that animal-rights groups are concerned about. Therefore, numbers of individuals must be projected from gross catch weights (and, where fish are farmed instead, gross production weights) divided by what are estimated to be average weights of the various species of marine animal called into question. But these are all moving targets at best.

Even the world's gross production and capture, measured in millions of metric tons, varies from year to year with changes in oceanic and environmental circumstances, and changes in local and global economies. These factors affect not only gross weights, but also the composition of catches, which also varies as one moves from country to country. When we add to the equation the staggering variety of marine animals fished and farmed for food, from the largest whales to the tiniest shrimp, we find that one cannot hope to calculate worldwide marine animal slaughter beyond a single significant digit of accuracy—an "order-of-magnitude" calculation which in this case amounts to the nearest tens of billions of individuals.

ADAPPT have settled on a rough estimate of 90 billion marine animals killed worldwide each year. (Many thanks to Gary Yourofsky at www.adaptt.org for the text and source code.

WORLD POPULATION
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WORLD HUNGER

  • 925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined.
  • 98% of the world's undernourished people live in developing countries.
  • Two-thirds of the world's hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.


WHERE IS HUNGER THE WORST?

  • Asia and the Pacific: 578 million
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 239 million
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: 53 million
  • Near East and North Africa: 37 million
  • Developed countries: 19 million

60 percent of the world's hungry are women.

50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in over 300,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.

1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries.

Malnutrition is the key factor contributing to more than one-third of all global child deaths resulting in 2.6 million deaths per year.

A third of all childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by hunger.

Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.

HIV/AIDS & OTHER DISEASES

  • 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.
  • 65 percent of young people living with HIV/AIDS are women.
  • 90 percent of all children and 60 percent of all women living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • More than 11 million children die each year from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.


POVERTY

  • 1.4 billion people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less.
  • Rural areas account for three out of every four people living on less than $1.25 a day.
  • 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.


AGRICULTURE

  • 75 percent of the world's poorest people — 1.4 billion women, children, and men — live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
  • 50 percent of hungry people are farming families.


WATER

  • 1.7 billion people lack access to clean water.
  • 2.3 billion people suffer from water-borne diseases each year.
  • 12 percent of the world's population uses 85 percent of its water, and none of the 12 percent lives in developing countries.

Source: The Hunger Project

Deforestation Statistics (as of 05.09.2012)


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DEFORESTATION STATISTICS
 
HECTARES LOST PER YEAR
SQUARE MILES OF MATURE FOREST THAT ORIGINALLY COVERED THE PLANET (PRE 1947)5.9 million
SQUARE MILES OF MATURE FOREST THAT HAVE BEEN CUT DOWN3 million
TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED FORESTSREGIONREMAINING HABITAT
1Indo-BurmaAsia-Pacific5%
2New CaledoniaAsia-Pacific5%
3SundalandAsia-Pacific7%
4PhilippinesAsia-Pacific7%
5Atlantic ForestSouth America8%
6Mountains of Southwest ChinaAsia-Pacific8%
7California Floristic ProvinceNorth America10%
8Coastal Forests of Eastern AfricaAfrica10%
9Madagascar & Indian Ocean IslandsAfrica10%
10Eastern AfromontaneAfrica11%
COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST DEFORESTATION OF NATURAL FORESTS 2000-2005HECTARES LOST PER YEAR
1Brazil-3,466,000
2Indonesia-1,447,800
3Russian Federation-532,200
4Mexico-395,000
5Papua New Guinea-250,200
6Peru-224,600
7United States of America-215,200
8Bolivia-135,200
9Sudan-117,807
10Nigeria-82,000
COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST FOREST COVERHECTARES OF FOREST
1Russian Federation808,790,000
2Brazil477,698,000
3Canada310,134,000
4United States of America303,089,000
5China197,290,000
6Australia163,678,000
7Democratic Republic of the Congo133,610,000
8Indonesia88,495,000
9Peru68,742,000
10India67,701,000
11Sudan67,546,000
12Mexico64,238,000
13Colombia60,728,000
14Angola59,104,000
15Bolivia58,740,000
16Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)47,713,000
17Zambia42,452,000
18United Republic of Tanzania35,257,000
19Argentina33,021,000
20Myanmar32,222,000

Source: Statistic Brain


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In 1944, Donald Watson and a few like-minded pioneers invented the word ‘vegan’ and founded The Vegan Society.

To commemorate their 70th anniversary, The Vegan Society has invited 70 people to be a ‘friend’ of the society who they feel has been influential within the vegan movement.

I am very proud and privileged to be invited to be one of the 70 ‘Friends’ of The Vegan Society, and to share in this momentous anniversary year the wonderful opportunity to help advance the society even further forward in trying to create a compassionate, harmonious, and cruelty-free planet.
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