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Report on a national survey run in 2009 to determine how many Australians are vegetarian or vegan and what their attitudes to animals are. Released February 2010.

This 9th and final revision comes 3 years after the one prior. The lateness of this final version is partly due to a delay in obtaining information from DEFRA.

The report hasn't generally been updated apart from a couple of items:

1) information about a May 2007 survey conducted by DEFRA mentioned on page 39. That survey reported 2% of the people surveyed were vegan - a highly unlikely figure. DEFRA confirmed it was wrong: not because they reported it incorrectly, but because, unsurprisingly, people had the wrong idea of what being vegan means.

2) an estimate of the number of water animals killed each year on page 42. Previous versions of the report used a figure of less than 100 billion animals, but according to more detailed estimates by fishcount.org.uk, the number of fish alone killed for food - not including other water animals - is likely over a trillion. As this number is several times larger than the original estimate, the original figure was revised.

Other changes were either minor - eg correcting spelling - or cosmetic: rounding the corners on photos. As the report in general hasn't been updated, by now there may be numerous outdated website links and references.
Report on a national survey run in 2009 to determine how many Australians are vegetarian or vegan and what their attitudes to animals are. Released February 2010.

This 9th and final revision comes 3 years after the one prior. The lateness of this final version is partly due to a delay in obtaining information from DEFRA.

The report hasn't generally been updated apart from a couple of items:

1) information about a May 2007 survey conducted by DEFRA mentioned on page 39. That survey reported 2% of the people surveyed were vegan - a highly unlikely figure. DEFRA confirmed it was wrong: not because they reported it incorrectly, but because, unsurprisingly, people had the wrong idea of what being vegan means.

2) an estimate of the number of water animals killed each year on page 42. Previous versions of the report used a figure of less than 100 billion animals, but according to more detailed estimates by fishcount.org.uk, the number of fish alone killed for food - not including other water animals - is likely over a trillion. As this number is several times larger than the original estimate, the original figure was revised.

Other changes were either minor - eg correcting spelling - or cosmetic: rounding the corners on photos. As the report in general hasn't been updated, by now there may be numerous outdated website links and references.

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Published by: The Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland on Feb 15, 2010
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 A Pound of Flesh
A survey of 1202 Australians about whether they’re vegetarian or vegan and what their attitudes to animals are.
 The Vegetarian/Vegan Society of ueensland !ncor"orated #VVS$htt"%//vegsoc.org.auinfo&vegsoc.org.au'ebruary 2010
 
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1Preliminary
ac!"round
 The survey was conducted by "hone from 21 to 2+ August 200=.!ts goal was to Fnd out%1$ how many vegetarians and vegans there are in Australia2$ "eo"le’s attitudes to animals. The survey was run by Gews"oll Sydney with a random) re"resentative sam"le of 1202 "eo"le across Australia. 'urther details about how it was conducted are "rovided in section
. The survey was run for the Vegetarian/Vegan Society of ueensland. uestions were formulated by the Society in conBunction with Gews"oll.Voiceless) the animal "rotection institute) funded the survey with a generous contribution from 5ioCistributors in Tasmania.
De$nitions
%e"etarian 
C Someone who doesnHt eat animal Iesh of any *ind C including Fsh and other water animals C but eats mil* "roducts and/or eggs. ore loosely) a vegetarian is sim"ly someone who doesnHt eat animal Iesh E that is) s/he may or may not eat mil* "roducts/eggs.
%e"an diet
 E A diet free of animal Iesh of any *ind C including Fsh or other water animals C as well as mil* "roducts or eggs.
%e"an
 C Someone who) out of concern for animals) avoids using animal "roducts for food) clothing or other "ur"oses.
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 5eing vegetarian out of concern for animals "oses a conIict) since animals used to obtain mil* and eggs often suJer considerably and are normally *illed at the end of their "roductive lives. ale chic*s are also ty"ically *illed as "art of the egg "roduction "rocess.
5 Main (a)ital (ities
 C Sydney) elbourne) 5risbane) Adelaide) 7erth.
Introductory &otes
 Totals may not add to 100K due to rounding. The language in the survey uses terms that are in common use) some of which mas* their relation to animals. Gews"oll recommended using these terms) as theyHre clearly understandable for most "eo"le. The Society acce"ts this) but not what they im"ly% that animals are "ro"erty to be used for whatever "ur"oses are legal. The terms donHt reIect that animals are creatures with their own lives. !nstead they obscure animals) reducing them to commodities.'or eLam"le) the Iesh of animals) ty"ically land animals) used as food) is referred to as Hmeat.H otherHs mil* meant for very young animals) usually calves) but used as human food instead is often called Hdairy.H 9ive animals intended for use as food are Hlivestoc*.H ater animals used as food are Hseafood.H The treated s*in of animals) usually cows) used for a range of "ur"oses such as shoes and clothing) is Hleather.H The fur of shee" is Mwool’) also used for a variety of "ur"oses such as clothes. The survey <uestions also use the eL"ression Hvegan lifestyle.H An ethical commitment is at the core of being vegan) however a lifestyle doesnHt necessarily have an ethical com"onent eg H"arty lifestyleH) Houtdoor lifestyle.H!n this sense it may have been clearer to Bust refer to being vegan) or "erha"s a vegan "hiloso"hy or a""roach.?iven our sam"le siNe of 1202 adults and an estimated adult "o"ulation of 13)+3)000) we can be =K certain that the results for the full sam"le #of 1202 "eo"le$ are within O or C+K. The error range is higher for the various subCgrou"s such as men) women and age ranges) and varies u" to 6K.hen com"aring two grou"s) however) such as men and women) only statistically signiFcant results have been re"orted E that is) results outside error ranges.
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This is the last and final version of the report. Changes are minor - eg punctuation - apart from two items: one relating to the 2% of vegans reported in a May 2007 survey by DEFRA (page 39), another to an estimate of the number of water animals killed for food each year (page 42).
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