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Today is ‘World Plant Milk Day’ meaning animal protection organisations from across the globe will be celebrating the rising popularity of dairy-free products.
Joining forces with ProVeg International and Plant Based News, New Zealand animal rights organisation SAFE is supporting the growing number of Kiwis who want to milk the benefits that dairy-free products have to offer.
SAFE Eat Kind Programme Officer Kylie Dale says plant-based products are allowing Kiwis to make ethical, healthier choices.
“Opting for plant-based varieties empowers Kiwis to make healthier choices that are better for the environment and animals,” says Kylie.
“Every dairy cow is a mother. To keep continuously producing milk, her calf is taken away at just a few days old. Around two million calves are killed each year in this country and regarded as unwanted by-products.”
“Dairy is also high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and its production contributes significantly to environmental degradation.”
Plant-based lifestyles have also had the seal of approval from the UN. The 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report recommended a transition from diets high in meat and dairy, to a more balanced diet rich with plant-based food.
“A growing number of conscious Kiwis are seeking out products that don’t contribute to the suffering of animals. A recent Horizon Research poll found that one in five New Zealanders are consuming less dairy compared with a year ago.”
“A simple swap can have a significant impact, and it’s never been easier for people to opt for plant-based products. Kiwis can join the millions of people around the globe by taking SAFE’s Dairy-Free Pledge to learn about the huge variety of dairy-free options available for World Plant Milk Day.” 
SAFE is New Zealand’s leading animal rights organisation.
We’re working towards a world where animals are understood and respected in such a way that they are no longer exploited, abused or made to suffer.
Key figures from the Horizon Research Poll:
– 21% of New Zealanders said they were eating less dairy compared with 12 months ago.
– Most New Zealanders (81%) ate some meals without animal products (meat, fish, dairy and eggs) over the last 12 months.
– Compared with a year ago, there were substantial net declines in eating meat, dairy and fish products: Net declines (defined as the percent saying they are eating more minus the percent saying they are eating less than a year ago) were in eating meat (- 26% points), dairy products (- 17% points) and fish (- 12% points). On the other hand, there was a very small net increase in eating eggs (+ 1% point) and a larger net increase in eating meals without meat, fish, dairy products or eggs than 12 months ago (+15% points). 8% said this was to help prevent cruelty to animals.