A rise in the number of vegetarians in Britain

A new study has found that one in eight British adults are now vegetarian. If the statistics include all age groups, 12 percent of the population follow a completely meat-free diet. When only young people were investigated the results showed that one in five are vegetarian.

The main reasons given for being vegetarian were health and environmental concerns. A vegetarian, of course, eats no meat. That includes fish and other forms of seafood. They are usually opposed to killing animals for food and also against the poor treatment of animals on farms and in slaughterhouses.

Some vegetarians recently celebrated World Vegetarian Day, which encourages everyone to try eating just fruit and vegetables.

Notes:

a slaughterhouse              a place where animals are killed to supply meat

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