Vegan Research Hub

Introduction

The sharp rise in public uptake of veganism, together with serious environmental, legal, and neuro-ethical academic work in animal advocacy, runs in tension with projected increases to 2050 in meat production/consumption by both established and developing industrial economies.

The Killing Industries––meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, fishing, leather, fur––cause the deaths in agony and terror of 3 trillion sentient animals every year: 95,000 every second. By any rational metric this is the greatest crime in history, without parallel in scale and effect yet these industries still enjoy political subsidy, lobbying power, and the public’s normalised view of their activity. They also correctly perceive the threat to their profits as the truth becomes more widely publicised, known, and taught to children––as evidenced by the billions they now spend on green-washing and ethic-washing their publicity campaigns.

This resource hub of interdisciplinary scholarly papers supports the vegan movement with peer-reviewed science. Papers are ordered by topic area and linked with both v.ht short URLs to aid transmission, and also archived locally in PDF in case source URLs change.

  • The neuroscience is clear: these animals feel everything.
  • The environmental science is clear: it is the leading driver of the 4 main non-warfare existential threats to organised human survival.
    • Climate Change (via CO2/methane emissions, deforestation, water-table pollution etc.)
    • Antibiotic Resistance (AMR)
    • Pandemic Zoonoses (like COVID19)
    • Pandemic Obesity
  • The medical science is clear: animal products increase the risks of
    • heart disease
    • cancer
    • diabetes
    • infection
    • obesity
  • The dietary science is clear: vegans thrive and enjoy significant health gains from birth.
  • The economics are clear: growth in veganism and vegan options is sky-rocketing.
  • The biotechnology is clear: we have the means to convert to majority western veganism within 10 years. Public uptake and governmental subsidy are the only obstacles.

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use. It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights, or buying an electric car. Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy” Joseph Poore, University of Oxford, Dept. of Biology/Oxford Martin Programme on Food Sustainability Analytics (see Poore & Nemecek, 2018)

“There are two kinds of Cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data.” Dr. Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC, FASNC, FAHA, President: American College of Cardiology, Chief of Cardiology: Rush University

“If you really care about animals, stop trying to figure out how to exploit them ‘compassionately’ and just stop exploiting them. Being vegan is easy: Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia and ableism. At some point you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan.” Gary L Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law: Rutgers University, Visiting Professor of Philosophy: University of Lincoln, Honorary Professor of Philosophy: University of East Anglia

What happens now is up to you. Please, go vegan and advocate and share this resource hub: v.ht/vegan


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Ethics

Neuro Ethics

v.ht/vfeel | LOCAL | Do Animals Think or Feel? (Bekoff, 2020)
v.ht/camdec | LOCAL | The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (2012)
v.ht/vminds | LOCAL | Animal Sentience: The Other Minds Problem (Harnad, 2018)
v.ht/vansent | Animal Sentience Journal

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Comparative Cognition

v.ht/vcows | LOCAL | Cow Sensation, Cognition & Emotion (Marino & Allen, 2017)
v.ht/vfish | LOCAL | Fish Pain: An Inconvenient Truth (Brown, 2016)
v.ht/vfish2 | LOCAL | Estimating Fish Deaths (Mood & Brooke, 2010)

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Effective Advocacy

v.ht/vethics | LOCAL | A Moral Case for Veganism (Hooley & Nobis, 2016)
v.ht/vchange | LOCAL | Reversing Meat-Eating Culture (Taylor, 2012)
v.ht/vadvocate | LOCAL | Effective Advocacy
v.ht/vpolicy | LOCAL | Policy Change

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Affective Engagement

v.ht/vtruth | LOCAL | The Extent of Suffering: Abattoir Reports
v.ht/vcount| The Kill Counter
v.ht/vvirtual | Abattoir VR

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Economics and Change

Science | LOCAL | (Godfray et al, 2018)
Forbes | LOCAL | Is Your Business Vegan? (Forbes: Fox, 2017)
VegFAQ | LOCAL | Vegan Finance (VegFAQ: Dale, 2018)
Forbes | LOCAL | Vegan Stock Market Index (Forbes: Fox, 2018)
US Securities & Exchange Commission | LOCAL | Vegan ETFs (US SEC: Barolsky, 2018)
Vegconomist | LOCAL | Vegan Markets (Vegconomist: Mileva, 2019)
VeganLaunch | Vegan Investment (Vegan Launch: Winstein, 2019)

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Media, Arts & Sport

v.ht/vnames | Famous Vegans

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Organisations

thehumaneleague.org | The Humane League
ciwf.org.uk | Compassion in World Farming
fishcount.org.uk | Fish Count
mercyforanimals.org | Mercy for Animals
farmsanctuary.org | Farm Sanctuary
vegansustainability.com | Vegan Sustainability


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Environmental Science

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Climate Change

v.ht/venvironment | Climate Change (Guardian, 2014)
chathamhouse.org | LOCAL | Climate Change Impact (Chatham House: Bailey et al, 2014)
v.ht/vagriculture | LOCAL | Co-benefits on Health & Climate (PNAS: Springmanna et al, 2016)
v.ht/vco2 | LOCAL | CO2 BioSequestration (FCRN: Garnett, 2017)
v.ht/vco2full | LOCAL | Grazed & Confused (FCRN, 2017)
v.ht/vmetapress | Reducing Impacts Meta-analysis (Guardian Precis)
v.ht/vmeta | LOCAL | Reducing Impacts Meta-analysis (Poore & Nemecek, 2018)
Overview | LOCAL | Vegan Sustainability Overview (O’Donnovan, 2018)
GEAS | LOCAL | (UNEP/GEAS: Schwarzera et al, 2012)
GRAIN/IATP | LOCAL | Summary GHG Report (GRAIN/IATP: 2018)
GRAIN/IATP | LOCAL | Full GHG Report (GRAIN/IATP: 2018)

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Food Security

unep.fr | LOCAL | Environmental Impacts of Consumption (UNEP: Hertwich et al, 2010)
unep.net | LOCAL | Growing Emissions Due to Meat (UNEP: Schwarzera et al, 2012)
(thanks to Noam Chomsky for this link)
fao.org | LOCAL | State of Food Security (UN/FAO: Sundaram et al, 2015)
APJCN | LOCAL | Ethical management of food systems (Chiu & Lin, 2009)
PNAS | LOCAL | Opportunity Cost (Shepon et al, 2018)
APJCN | LOCAL | Asia-Pacific Food Security (Butler, 2009)
Advances in Nutrition | LOCAL | Diet & Environment (Nelson et al, 2016)
Nature | LOCAL | Deforestation Projections (Erb et al, 2016)

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Antibiotic Resistance / AMR / Zoonoses

Wiebers, D.O. & Feigin, V.L. (2020) | LOCAL | COVID19 overview
Deckers (2016) Animal (De)Liberation | LOCAL | Zoonoses overview
EMA Q&A | LOCAL | AMR Review (EMA: various, 2014)
EMA Comments | LOCAL | Comments on AMR Review (EMA: various, 2014)
v.ht/vantibac | Antibiotic Resistance (NHS)
v.ht/vantibacpdf | LOCAL | Antimicrobials in Agriculture (RAR: O’Neill, 2015)
UNEP Fronteers | LOCAL | Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern (UN/EP: Gaze et al, 2017)
Lancet | LOCAL | Antibiotic resistance meta-analysis (Teng et al, 2017)
Microbiology | LOCAL | Antimicrobial resistance (Singer et al, 2016)
OECD | LOCAL | AMR Review (OECD: Simkin et al, 2016)
PNAS | LOCAL | Global trends (van Boeckel et al, 2015)
CIWF | LOCAL | Efficiency and Necessity (Stevenson, 2016)


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Nutritional Science

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Human Health

v.ht/vdiet1 | LOCAL | Health effects of vegan diets (Craig, 2009)
v.ht/vdiet2 | LOCAL | Vegan Benefits (PCRM)
v.ht/vdiet3 | LOCAL | Vegan Diet Myths (FFH)
WHO | LOCAL | IARC Monographs (WHO, 2015)
Lancet | LOCAL | Meat Predicts Colorectal Cancer (Bouvard et al, 2015)
ADA | LOCAL | Position Paper (ADA: Craig et al, 2009)
v.ht/vdiet6 | LOCAL | 57 Dietary Advantages to Veganism (Nursing Degree)

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Biotechnology / ‘LabAg’

v.ht/vinvitro | LOCAL | In Vitro Meat (Rushe & Post, 2016)
v.ht/vcellular | Cellular Agriculture (New Harvest)
v.ht/vinvitroted1 | Mark Post (TED)
v.ht/vinvitroted2 | Andras Forgacs (TED)


If you know a paper which provides evidence supporting veganism, please email me on vegan@phinland.net and I will add it to the list. The only criterion for inclusion is that it must have been published in a respectable peer reviewed scholarly journal, or from an established and respected independent body (e.g. the United Nations).


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