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Main reasons for being vegan in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

As of July 2018, 51 percent of polled UK consumers stated that they were vegan due to an ethical motivation. Furthermore, approximately 47 percent responded that they followed such a diet, because it contributed to a healthier lifestyle. Other surveys on the same topic have found similar results. Among those who have forgone meat consumption animal welfare concerns are the most common.

Barriers for becoming vegan

During a survey in February 2019, 2.6 percent of survey respondents in the UK stated that they were vegans. Women had more health concerns over a vegan lifestyle than their male counterparts. Furthermore, about ten percent of respondents in the UK have a broadly negative image of vegans.

Quitting veganism

In 2018, the most common reason to no longer be vegan was inconvenience. Consumers found the diet to be too time consuming, lacking choice and lacking availability of food products. A variety of health reasons and lacking resolve were other big reasons to quit the diet.

Leading reasons for being vegan in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

July 2018

Number of respondents

2,000 respondents

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

UK consumers.

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