Story: Animal welfare and rights

Advocating vegetarianism

Advocating vegetarianism

Animal rights activists usually advocate a 'cruelty-free' diet – vegetarian (no flesh) or vegan (no flesh, eggs, honey or dairy products) – on the grounds that diets that contain these foods cause actual or potential suffering to animals. This group of vegetarians made their views clear during a protest outside the New Zealand Meat Industry conference at Te Papa in Wellington in 2007.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dylan Owen Collection
Reference: PADL-000171-9
Photograph by Dylan Owen

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Animal welfare and rights - Animal liberation and animal rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 1 Jul 2017