Sentient animals value their own life and body and have an interest in continuing their existence and avoiding suffering.
Animals have the right to be treated with respect and justice and not to be treated as property.
Production of animal products necessarily results in suffering or death of animals.
Humans have no need for any animal products and in particular are able to live healthily on a vegan diet.
Many people who adopt a nutritious vegan diet will enjoy significant health improvements by reducing the risk of the leading causes of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Raising and processing of animals for food is a major cause of environmental damage, including land degradation, water shortage, deforestation, ocean degradation, air pollution and climate change.
Veganism is an ethical response to many urgent social justice issues. The negative consequences of animal production impact heavily on the poor, the disempowered and the hungry.
Issues of race, culture, gender and class are important factors to consider in the promotion of veganism.
Humans should reduce the harm caused indirectly to animals due to the extraction of natural resources, transportation, development and other human activities as much as possible including harm resulting from agriculture.
To implement its mission, Vegan Australia will
Vegan Australia is a peaceful, inclusive organisation and is opposed to all forms of oppression and discrimination. Vegan Australia acknowledges and respects the rights of the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We also recognise the violent dispossession of the land and its ongoing effects on First Nations peoples today.
See our Code of conduct for guidelines regarding the kind of behaviour that Vegan Australia expects of staff, volunteers and others who work with us.