Today in amazing news: according to a new Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, the number of vegans in the United States has DOUBLED since 2009 to 2.5% of the population. An amazing 7.5 million U.S. citizens now eat vegan diets that do not include any animal products – no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Close to 16 million, or 5%, identify as vegetarian, never eating meat, poultry or fish.
If this rate continues, vegans will be 10% of the U.S. population in 2015, 40% in 2019, and in 80 % in 2050!
This would mean an end to the exploitation and suffering of billions of farmed animals. The study also revealed that 33% of U.S. citizens are eating vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time and ordering vegetarian meals at restaurants, though they are not vegetarians. That is over 100 million people, one third of the country!
Any animal charities out there looking to fund a project? LoveAnimals.org is for you! LoveAnimals.org is the new crowdfunding website (like Kickstarter.com and Kiva.org) for nonprofit animal groups, and they are looking for more projects their network of donors can fund. During the last few months the site has been in beta, they successfully fundraised for orphaned bald eaglets, sea turtles, the pets of military veterans, and a tiger with a toothache.
Microfunding/crowdfunding works, and LoveAnimals.org is open to any animal charity serving any animals in need. All donations go directly to the group itself – LoveAnimals.org takes no percentage of funds raised – which means more money directly benefits the cause. AWESOME.
Unfortunately, animal and wildlife charities have been slow to adopt online philanthropy. There are an estimated 26,000 animal welfare and wildlife conservation nonprofits in the U.S., which combined receive less than two percent of all charitable contributions. LoveAnimals.org hopes to change that.
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