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The U.K.’s National Vegetarian Week 2016 runs from 16th to 24th May. This annual celebration of all things veggie is now in its 24th year.

Vegetarianism is certainly gaining in popularity, along with veganism – with the number of vegans in Britain having risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade. A vegan diet is plant-based and completely cruelty-free. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat animal flesh or fish, but they also cut out other animal products; such as dairy, eggs and honey.

Being vegan has many benefits; for your health as well as having a far less negative impact on the environment. Of course being vegan also means you are truly taking a stand against animal cruelty. There is arguably more cruelty involved in the dairy and egg industries than in the meat industry, once vegetarians realise this many take the final step to becoming vegan.

I personally spent 23 years as a vegetarian, completely oblivious to the cruelty I was still supporting. Once I realised, I became vegan and have never looked back; my only regret is that I did not take the step sooner.

“My motto has always been “If you love animals, don’t eat them … The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.” – Bryan Adams

Hear from more vegan and veggie celebrities on why they became veggie or vegan.