Going Vegan for 1 Day will:

John Merryfield and Phoenix at Farm Sanctuary, Orland, CA. Larger.
  • Save 2 BILLION animals globally (land and ocean)

  • 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months

  • 70 million gallons of gas, enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined

  • 3 million acres, an area twice the size of Delaware

  • 4.5 million tons of animal excrement

  • 33 tons of antibiotics

  • Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2—as much as is produced by all of France in a single day.

Words of encouragement

Food is culture, family, enjoyment, tradition, love, history, etc. Making changes to what we eat can be difficult but as we transition to a plant based diet, we begin to learn more about our health, the lives of animals and the world around us.

Begin by setting an intention. For example, "I will become more mindful of what I eat" Or, "I will live my true value of kindness and compassion."


One of the best ways to then make a switch to a plant based diet is by pushing out cruel and unhealthy foods with healthier more compassionate ones. If we just try to eliminate animal foods, without introducing new, healthier ones, we may feel deprived.

Keep introducing, new, healthier, nutrient dense, fiber-rich, plant based whole foods, which will satisfy your body and its your cravings, and your spirit.

Don't go back to sleep. Stay awake!

Read books about the sentient lives of animals, watch videos online of animals being slaughtered.

Remember, compassion is a muscle that grows with use. Use it in the world around you AND for yourself. Be curious and open minded about the vast array of plant based foods and remain optimistic- rather than focusing on the animals foods you are omitting, look instead at how you are improving your health, the environment and the lives of animals. Remember, every meal matters.

Resources For Your Vegan Lifestyle

A new-born calf is removed from his mother to be placed in a veal cage.

Photo: © Jo-Anne McArthur, 2012 - —All Rights Reserved—

Please visit We Animals.

Our food choices play a significant role, helping to solve some of our societies most urgent problems, like marine ecosystem collapse, climate change, poor human health and global violence.

Eating animal foods is the elephant in our living room that we all pretend not to see when discussing how we can change the world for the better.
John Merryfield