From Niche to Mainstream: Key Veganism Statistics You Need to See

Veganism

“You are what you eat” is truer than you might think. Not only health-wise, but it can also make a statement or shout out your beliefs. And veganism is a perfect example.

The number of vegans who are getting on the plant-based train is steadily increasing. Yes, it’s a wonderful decision for your health, but it’s also a way to protest or stand behind the animals and the planet. 

It’s time we talked about veganism statistics. The number of people who have noble agendas and want to prove them by what they eat might shock you. The realization that one person can make a noticeable difference by what they eat is sinking in.

Who’s becoming vegan? Where in the world are they? Are vegans healthier? Follow me…

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Why Choose Veganism

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Europe has long been progressive, and with this topic, it’s no different. Israel, India, and the Caribbean are also on board to put their morals where their mouth is and become vegan.

Although the US is one of the most well-respected countries, it has fallen short in the captivating vegan race. I believe we’ve become too pampered with the meat industry and too settled in our ways.

Veganism is more than a diet. It’s multi-layered. Many vegans don’t eat things like gelatin and won’t eat honey either (like me) to help animals and the planet.

I’m a pescatarian, meaning I eat fish but no other meat, a form of vegetarianism. I also wear no animal coverings like fur or feathers. I do it all due to the rampant animal abuse that agricultural farming brings into the world. 

Bottom line?… I’m a “vegetarianist” with a vegan lifestyle. It’s been a real thrill to see others want to get involved with this supposedly radical way of life. The more we do, the less the animals need to suffer.

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Whatever you believe about animal abuse in agricultural farming, climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions, these facts about how veganism affects the body remain:

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Lowers blood sugar levels, which benefits those with diabetes. Also lowers the risk of diabetes.
  • Improves kidney function
  • “According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third of all cancers can be prevented by factors within your control, including diet.” Healthline
  • Veganism may protect against various types of cancer.
  • Lowers risk of heart disease (reduces LDL cholesterol)
  • Can reduce pain from arthritis

So let’s get into it – veganism statistics – to see just who does what and what that means for our world.

Vegan Statistics

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Given below are some vegan stats for you.

The Data From Different Surveys Suggest 2–6% of the US Population Is Vegan. (Plant Protein Sources)

Even though that seems like a small percentage, the wave of going vegan is growing. People realize that plant-based options help our bodies and minds and can do so much more.

In the US, Three-Quarters of the Vegan Population Is Covered by Females. (The Health Journal)

From 2013-2016, 56.4% of women tried to lose weight, and 41.7% of men tried. Women are more likely to diet and try new ways to lower their weight. They’re also more likely to put their morals where their mouth is and “protest” for the planet or fight animal abuse in the meat industry… Going vegan to help a societal problem.  

In January 2023, 700,000 People From 228 Countries Signed Up for the Veganuary Campaign. (Veganuary)

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Say what?! Veganuary is a movement with the end goal of getting as many people as possible to go vegan. It’s for the month of January, but as they say on their website, “Try vegan this month,” so you can jump in any time.  

The Vegan Society Registered 16,439 Products With the Vegan Trademark in 2021. (The Vegan Society)

Created in 1990, the Vegan Trademark helps businesses show which products meet the international standard set by The Vegan Society. There are over 65,000 products from more than 2,500 companies that claim the trademark, including: 

  1. 30,000 toiletries and cosmetics
  2. 18,000 food and drink

Over 82% of their product registrations have been in the last five years.

Vegan Trademark Is Present in 87 Countries Globally. (The Vegan Society)

It’s a worldwide movement to go vegan. Due to religion, nutrition, or other reasons, other countries have led the charge for decades. The US appears to be onboard finally, and the number of vegans is growing exponentially as 87 countries now have a vegan trademark.

A Study Conducted by the University of Oxford in 2016 Suggests That 8 Million Human Lives Could Be Saved by 2050 if the World Went Vegan. (Oxford Martin)

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And not only for health benefits. Climate change – which creates catastrophic weather occurrences and greenhouse gas emissions – kills people as well. So do viruses and illnesses brought on by shoddy agricultural farming practices. (Outbreaks of salmonella poisoning is a good example.) 

Every Month, a Vegan Saves the Life of 30 Animals, i.e., Approximately One Animal per Day. (The Humane League UK)

Saving one animal per day equals to saving thousands of animals in a human’s lifetime, and not counting saving animals from the abuse they face when they enter a slaughterhouse for the reason of obtaining textiles.

Veganism serves as a powerful way to promote compassion, sustainability, and a more harmonious relationship with the animal kingdom.

Animal Welfare Motivated Almost 70% of Adults To Choose a Vegan Lifestyle. (Yougov.UK)

The UK is known for being vegan-friendly; this statistic is one result of a survey given in the country. YouGov asked 1,000 vegan and vegetarian individuals (two different ways of life) questions about living a meat-free life. Various reasons were given, and this was one of the seven reasons why. 

How Many Vegans in the World: Vegan Global Population

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Keep reading to find out how many vegans are there in the world.

As Per Stats of 2023, There Are Almost 88 Million Vegans in the World. (The VOU)

Although that breaks down to almost 1.1%, the momentum for veganism is very real in almost every country in the world. Health concerns and moral reasons are the top reasons why so many want to make the switch. 

9% of the People in India Are Vegan. (The Hartman Group, Statista)

The data from Hartman supports the notion that a substantial portion of the Indian population is embracing a vegan lifestyle, indicating a shift towards more sustainable and compassionate dietary choices.

Eight out of 10 Indians eat little to no meat in their diets. Four in 10 call themselves “vegetarian.” Religion and food culture are the top reasons why.

‘Plant-Based Diet’ Was Among the Top Search Trends in 2017 in Canada. (Google Trends Report)

Manitoba, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan are the top three areas interested in plant-based alternatives. Percentages rose and fell, but Canadians are still on the same track as the rest of the world in wanting to eat meat-free. 

In the Last Decade, the Number of Vegans in Portugal Has Increased by 400%. (The Portugal News)

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A. 120,000 people follow a vegetarian diet 

B. 60,000 people practice a vegan diet – Via the Portuguese Vegetarian Association

In 2023, 2.4 Percent of the People (Respondents) in Italy Claimed to be Vegan (Rapporto, Statista)

In 2022, the percentage of Italians adhering to a vegan lifestyle was 1.3%; however, by 2023, this figure had risen to 2.4%.

In 2014, only 0.6% of the respondents claimed to be vegan, and the number has more than quadrupled now. And pasta fits right in. In 2016, the global market for vegan/vegetarian products was over $51 billion.

Stats Show the Vegan Population Has Doubled in Germany in the Last Decade. (Livekindly)

The main reasons why? Concerns about health, ethics, and the environment. “…changing lifestyles” and “…influence from abroad” are also listed as motivating factors.

Chinese Government’s New Dietary Guidelines Suggest People Decrease Their Meat Consumption by 50%. (Food Revolution)

Chinese government and society have been a bit slow on the uptake of veganism/vegetarianism, but they’re gaining ground as the government has suggested people cut down their meat consumption by 50%. China’s population is over one billion people, and the suggested goal is to be reached by 2030.

What Percent of Americans Are Vegans

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Here are some US vegan statistics for you.

Almost 6% of Americans Are Vegans (The Guardian, Plant Protein Sources)

In 2014, the statistic was 1%. This 500% increase speaks to the fact that people in the US are doing more than just talking about veganism.

39% of Americans Actively Try Incorporating Plant-Based Food (Vegan Options) Into Their Diet. (Nielsen)

Doing something and wanting to do something are two different things, but in this instance, it shows how Americans want to eat. If almost 39% of people in the US actually made the change, there would be a certain positive shift in life expectancy, animal abuse, and climate change. 

According to Stats From 2018, 38% of Millennials Identify As Vegans in the US. (Winsight Grocery Business, Statista)

Younger generations in America have grown up with the topic of climate change and details about what it’s doing to our world. Since veganism can stop further damage and possibly reverse parts of it, millennials have taken a stand, as 38% of millennials are vegans.

The Plant-Based Food Sales Market in the US is Worth $11.3 Billion in 2023. (Future Market Insights)

The market was worth $4.5 billion in 2019 and now $11.3 billion in 2023. It’s easy to see the acceleration in the interest in vegan foods.

UK Vegan Population Statistics

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UK residents are right there with the US vegans. Here are some statistics to back that claim.

According to the Latest Stats, 4.7% of the UK Population Is Vegan. (Finder)

As of 2024, approximately 2.5 million individuals in the UK have adopted veganism, constituting 4.7% of the population and 48% of their population say they consume plant-based milk products (like soy milk). If more Brits knew about the common practices of beak trimming, the separation of calves from their mothers, and the use of carbon dioxide in slaughter, this statistic would probably be much higher.

Note: These horrific practices also occur in America, along with other inhumane actions.

  • Over the past decade, veganism has increased by approximately 360% in the UK. (Food Revolution Network)
  • In 2019, the number of vegans: 600,000 or 1.21%
  • In 2016, the number of vegans: 276,000 or 0.46%
  • In 2014, the number of vegans: 150,000 or 0.25%

This shows that the numbers have more than doubled between 2014 and 2019.

A Report Conducted by IPSOS in 2016 Revealed 3.25% of British Aged 15 and Above Never Eat Meat of Any Form. (IPSOS)

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IPSOS reported in 2016 that 3.25% of Brits aged 15 and above have never consumed meat. Flexitarian (sometimes eating plant-based) and vegetarian diets are favored by low-income British households (8%) vs. high-income ones (6%).

Half of the British Eating Meat Feel Hypocritical About Loving Animals. (The Vegan Society)

That pull, moral ethics vs. what I’m eating, was the war in my head that made me a vegan in 1995. (I’ve since become a pescatarian due to health concerns.)

Annually, More Than 1.2 Billion Animals Are Killed in the UK. (Viva)

This figure encompasses a wide range of animals raised and slaughtered for various purposes, including livestock farming, poultry production, and fishing.

In the US, there are 10 billion animals killed in slaughterhouses annually. Marine life killed in the US is around 47 billion.

What Percentage of World Population is Vegan

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Now, let’s talk about the percentage of vegans worldwide.

Roughly 1–2 Percent of the World’s Population Is Vegan. (The Vegan Society, The VOU)

So what products have we tried before? A survey by Rakuten Insight showed the following percentages of people who have tried:

  1. Plant-based milk – 81%
  2. Dairy product substitutes – 48%
  3. Plant-based meat alternatives – 44%
  4. Vegan egg substitutes – 25%
  5. Plant-based condiments – 24%
  6. Other – 5% 

Cultured Meat’s 41% Annual Growth is Expected to Outpace Novel Plant-Based Meat Replacements From 2025 to 2040 (Kearney)

This statistic takes the current projection of veganism into account, which will hopefully continue. I like to think the world has taken notice that what we put in our stomachs can do more than just be a form of diet.

The Share of Vegans in Select Countries in 2022 Was Highest in India, i.e., 13%. (Statista Global Consumer Survey)

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According to Truly, 574 million Indians follow a meat-free/plant-based diet. Around 13% of those in India follow a vegan diet.

China Had a Share of 6%. (Statista Global Consumer Survey)

As you learned above, China is becoming a player in the world’s race to be meat-free and follow a vegan diet. They weren’t even on the radar initially, but societal and climate change pressures have become too great.

The US Share of Vegans Was 4% in 2022. (Statista Global Consumer Survey)

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Since the population of the US is over 336 million, we have quite a distance to go. Still, I don’t think it’s pie in the sky to hope for that figure to expand in the next decade greatly.

Veganism Trend

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Here are more statistics about veganism and vegan trends.

It is Expected that Global Vegan Food Market will Cross $61.35 Billion in 2028 (Fortune Business Insights)

There’s a tremendous amount of money being invested and made in the plant-based market. As it is expected that the global vegan food market will grow at a CAGR of 12.9% between 2021 and 2028. Products with environmental claims are growing three times the total food and beverage activity rate.

By 2030, the Global Plant Based Meat Market Will Reach $11.2 Billion. (Allied Market Research)

As per a new report from Allied Market Research, by 2030, the meat substitute market will be valued at $11.2 billion. As I did my research for this article, I never discovered even one reputable source declaring a decrease or even that the plant-based movement would stay the same regarding production in the coming years.

By 2024, the Global Plant Milk Market Is Expected To Exceed $21 Billion. (Global Newswire)

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Types of plant milk listed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information are:

Oat, Rice, Corn, Spelt, Soy, Peanut, Lupin, Cowpea, Almond, Coconut, Hazelnut, Pistachio, Walnut, Sesame, Flax, Hemp, Sunflower, Quinoa, Teff, Amaranth.

The Founders of Plant Power Fast Food Told a High Growth Surge of 63% in Their San Diego Branch. (Forbes)

They wanted to produce a tasty but healthier version of McDonald’s and the like and have been extremely successful at doing just that, with a growth of 63%.

In 2016, a 1500% Increase Was Observed in Plant-Based Sales in the UK. (Vegan Food & Living)

Brits are way ahead of the curve when it comes to vegan living. In 2016, plant-based food alternatives sales increased by 1500%, showing people’s interest in vegan diets.

From 2014 to 2016, Australian Edible Vegan Products Increased by 92%. (Mintel)

In 2016, 12% of food products launched in Australia had a vegetarian claim. Six percent announced they were vegan. 

Veganism on the Rise

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Keep going to find out more about the growing trend of plant-based products.

A Report by Grand View Research Depicted That Vegan Fashion Is Increasing Steadily. (Grand View Research)

Over the last several decades, I’ve seen animal rights groups going up against the fur industry. I’ve protested it myself. It’s not so much of a frenzy now since many companies produce vegan products, including fur.

Note: I highly recommend Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs company. Impeccable work and ethical staff. 

By 2030, It Is Expected That the Synthetic (Vegan) Leather Industry Will Reach $66.84 Billion (Grand View Research)

In the ’80s, ’90s, and early ’00s, I could rarely find vegan leather, no matter how hard I tried. It was limited to specialty companies and animal advocacy organizations.

The vegan cosmetic market is forecasted to reach $25.61 billion by 2028 and $28.5 billion by 2031(Business Research and Allied Market Research)

The media has done a brilliant job in the last few years educating consumers on the senseless use of animal testing to test cosmetics ingredients.

According to BusinessResearch, the vegan cosmetic market is expected to witness substantial growth, reaching a valuation of $25.61 billion by the year 2028. Similarly, projections from Allied Market Research suggest that by 2031, this market is anticipated to expand even further to a value of $28.5 billion.

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Between 2020 to 2027, the Vegan Cheese Market Is Projected To Grow at a CAGR of 7.1%. (The Insight Partners)

This particular vegan market has nowhere to go but up. Since 1985, I’ve been sniffing out vegan cheeses to find that perfect “Wow, this is delicious” one. They’re out there now, revealing the inclination towards consuming a vegan diet.

In 2022, The plant-based foods market in U.S. retail is valued at $8 billion. (GFI)

In 2022, in the US alone, the plant-based food market was valued at $8 billion. In 2020, the US Plant-Based Food Market Expanded by 27%. Vegan diet offerings have vastly grown, three times as fast as overall food sales.

Regarding Access to Vegan Foods, the Top 5 Cities in the World Are London, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Toronto (Happy Cow)

The vegan diet trend continues to gain momentum all over the world. And what do these places have in common? All of them are progressive in their thinking, cultures, and reactions to problematic worldwide issues.

Vegan Demographics

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Here are more vegan demographics facts and figures.

Most Vegans Are Females Aged 35 or Less. (Calendar UK.co)

It has been and is going to be the younger generations and females that lead our world into a plant-based life.

Overall, 33% of Vegans Are Males. (Calendar UK.co)

Males are less likely than females to stop eating meat. Diet programs have courted females since the beginning of time and find it easier to win this statistic.

Globally, 67% of vegans are females. (Calendar UK.co)

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This makes sense whether you’re male or female. Both sexes enjoy meat, but it’s mostly females who decide to incorporate a vegan diet for their own reasons.

Almost 78% of People in the US Adopted a Plant-Based Lifestyle Between Ages 16 to 24. (Calendar UK.co)

Young people are passionate about social issues, especially when something as big as climate change and animal welfare is concerned.

In Terms of Political Orientation in the US, 52% of Vegans Identify As Liberals, Whereas 34% and 15% Are Neutral and Conservative, respectively. (Vegan Bits)

Political Orientation

A touchy subject but interesting nonetheless… Climate change has long been a bedrock for those in the Progressive/Liberal party, translating into doing whatever it takes to stop it. If that’s veganism, so be it.

Note: There are those who chose veganism to save the Earth.

Veganism and Environmental Sustainability Statistics

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Below are more stats about how veganism can promote a sustainable environment.

Livestock Industry Contributes 15%–18% to Global Anthropogenic GHG Emissions.(MPRA)

Animal agricultural farming is not only betraying and abusing our farm animals but also one of the largest greenhouse gas emissions contributors raising environmental concerns.

In 2022, Agriculture Contributed 9.4% of Total US Greenhouse Gas Emissions.(EPA)

Agriculture sector of the United States accounted for the release of approximately 593.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, representing about 9.4 percent of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

80–90% of the US Water Consumption Is Attributed to Agriculture, From Which More Than Half Is Consumed by Farmed Animals Raised for Human Food. (USDA)

According to a USDA report, almost 80-90% of consumptive water is utilized by agriculture. Irrigation by agriculture farming accounted for 42% of the country’s total freshwater withdrawals in 2015. We’re not promised an unlimited supply of freshwater. 

In the US, Almost 477 and 900 Gallons of Water Are Required To Produce 1 Pound of Dairy Eggs and Cheese, Respectively. (PETA)

This is such a jaw-dropping statistic, and every American should be shocked into action because of this alone. Factory farming has become entrenched in our culture to the point where its practices often go overlooked. 

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Livestock, a Major Cause of Global Warming (Due to Human Beings), Covers 45% of the Earth’s Total Land. (Cgspace.cgiar)

Since they’re raised at such ridiculous rates, to only be slaughtered, there are consistently this many livestock among us. They deserve so much better than this.

According to a 2018 Study by Oxford University, Avoiding Animal Products Is the Best Way To Reduce Environmental Impact. (University of Oxford)

For meat eaters, omitting meat, dairy, and animal products is the most significant method to lessen their environmental footprint.

Recycling is wonderful, but replacing animal products from your diet can produce positive changes for the Earth more quickly, along with numerous health benefits. 

A UNO Report of 2010 Says a Plant-Based Diet Is Necessary To Save the World From Starvation. (UNO)

According to the World Health Organization, there were 828 million people in 2021 who were affected by hunger. This was 46 million people more than a year earlier and 150 million more in 2019. It has to change, and we must do our part.

Benefits of Eating Vegan Diet

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Mentioned below are some more plant-based diet statistics.

Vegan and Plant-Based Diets Decrease the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes by 23%. (Harvard)

Vegan and plant-based foods improve insulin sensitivity and blood pressure as well as alleviate systemic inflammation. Both can contribute to having a risk for diabetes.

The Chances of Hypertension in Meat Eaters Are Higher Than in Vegans. (NCBI)

Meat and cholesterol go hand in hand, which can lead to high blood pressure. This statistic shows that almost two out of ten people who eat meat could develop hypertension. Vegan diets reduce that.

Vegan Egg Has 0 mg of Cholesterol. (Utah Farm Bureau)

Vegan diets are extremely beneficial. JUST Egg (vegan egg) is a plant-based egg with no meat…This means no industrial chicken farms (where appalling and consistent abuse happens regularly) and no artificial flavors—just… egg.

A 25 G Slice of Vegan Cheese Has Almost 3g of Protein. (Nutritionix)

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There is a range of plant-based alternatives. With zero cholesterol plus protein – what’s not to like? If you have the choice, going vegan for health reasons is better for your mind and body.

A Vegan and Plant-Based Diet Lowers LDL Levels by 15 to 30%. (PCRM)

If someone were to hand you a bill of health that said your LDL levels would be fine when it previously wasn’t, but you’ll need to eat vegan and plant-based foods, would you? We have remedies. We just need to use them.

Plant-Based Diet Can Assist in Preventing Cancers. (OAE Publish)

Can you count the health benefits of vegan food choices? Most of us know someone who has died from cancer. Could some have been saved? According to a WHO report on meat, incorporating plant foods into your diet could be the life-saving choice that makes all the difference.

A Study in 2019 Revealed that Consuming Vegan Diets Decreases the Chance of Suffering From Heart Disease by 18-25%. (JAHA)

Research showed that plant-based foods lower the risk of heart disease by 18-25%. Almost 700,000 died from heart disease in 2020. That was one in every five deaths.

FAQ’s

What Percentage of the World’s Population Is Vegetarian?

Roughly 10% of the world’s population is vegetarian.

How Many People Are Vegan in the US?

Almost 17 million people (6%) in America are vegan. Note: Total US population used – 336,000,000 recorded by the Congressional Budget Office for 2023.

How Many People Are Vegan in the World?

There are between 75-85 million vegans in the world in 2023. It’s difficult to pin down since there are so many words used for a plant-based diet, but this is the best calculation.

Do Vegans Age Faster?

It is one of the myths that veganism ages a person faster. Even if it did, would you rather look older and be alive or look younger and die early? (That’s a joke. Mostly.)

On Average, Are Vegans Healthier?

There are no large, controlled studies of the health concerns of vegans vs. non-vegans. If you are eating a by-the-book vegan diet, which very few people do, chances are you’ll be healthier than the average person.

But you also may need to be taking B-12 supplements. There are many variables, such as age, genes, etc., but if you’re eating what you need in nutritional guidelines as a vegan, you have a great shot at being the healthiest person in the room.  You will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Just saying!

What Country Has the Most Vegans?

India, the UK, and Israel are all at the head of the class of vegan populations. An exact number would depend on ratios of people, areas, and places as well as definitions of vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based diets.   

Conclusion

You’ve seen the statistics. The numbers are real. People are practically running to the table to grab some pineapple and mushrooms all across the world.

Veganism has gone from being a fad to possibly being the finale. People’s lives, the safety of our animals, and our world are all at stake. In response, there appears to be a plant-based revolution going on across the globe. Don’t get left out.

Can you see yourself living a vegan lifestyle or eating a plant-based diet? Are the serious issues of animal abuse and climate change important to you? If you answered yes to both of these questions, congratulations… Here’s your ticket as a passenger on the vegan train.

Jen Flatt Osborn
Born with a pen in her hand and a deadline (and probably a tail), Jen considers writing a vocation, an art, and a release. She’s a freelance copy/content writer who specializes in the pet industry. Previously, she was the founder/director of an animal sanctuary for 12 years, taught classes to middle school students about dog behavior, and has lived a life full of devotion to animals and their welfare. As a vegetarian, Jen advocates for the humane treatment of every living creature. She currently lives with one delightful canine who encourages her to put her head out the car window more often.

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