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About Us

Our Mission Statement

To increase vegetarianism (including veganism) to reduce cruelty to animals, improve human health, protect the environment and preserve world resources.

We do this by encouraging plant-based choices through education, information, support, campaigns and research.

The NZ Vegetarian Society was formed in 1943, and we’ve been working hard since then!

We’re all on the same Vegetarian Path!

The NZ Vegetarian Society is for everybody. We are inclusive of everyone on the vegetarian path, from those reducing their use of animal products through to vegans.

Though there is a difference between vegetarian and vegan diets, and veganism includes other lifestyle factors, we are all on the same path. Vegans are vegetarians too! Many vegetarians also avoid some other animal products such as leather, fur, eggs or dairy. There is a range of vegetarianism within the broad term “vegetarian”.

The NZ Vegetarian Society is for all vegetarians. We support all types of vegetarians and anyone considering it. We help people to make the change to vegetarianism and/or veganism. Our members, staff and committees include vegans and vegetarians. You can still be a member if you support what we stand for, even if you’re not yet vegetarian yourself.

The NZ Vegetarian Society believes every action that reduces animal deaths is a good one. The fact that we include all vegetarians is one of the things that makes the NZ Vegetarian Society unique and special. And effective.