Skeptical vegan resources

For addressing the idea that animals are not sentient

A summary of the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which was signed by a group of prominent neuroscientists, stating their position on consciousness in non-human animals.

Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

For spotting common errors in anti-vegan arguments

A growing catalogue of logical fallacies often confronted by vegans, explained and rebutted.

Your Vegan Fallacy Is

For researching potentially harmful pseudoscience

A starting place for researching some of the dangers of not thinking critically

What's the Harm

For nutritional information

Ginny Messina’s (The Vegan RD) list of recommended nutritional texts.

The Vegan RD

For foundational vegan philosophy

We recommend Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation as a good starting place.

Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation

For secular, rational ethical philosophy

There is much to recommend in this vein; key texts include Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape, Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of our Nature and Michael Shermer’s The Moral Arc. Vegan authors writing on this topic include Kim Socha and Robert Johnson.

Animal Liberation and Atheism by Kim Socha Rational Morality: a science of right and wrong by Robert Johnson

For an introduction to skepticism

An overview of skepticism for the newcomer

Skepticism: What it is and why it matters.

For skeptical audio content

Skeptics love podcasting! Luckily they are also skilled at data management. Skeptunes is a comprehensive searchable database of skeptical podcasts.


Positions of major international health organisations

American Dietetic Association

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.

Position of the ADA: Vegetarian diets on Pub Med

Dieticians of Canada

A healthy vegan diet can meet all your nutrient needs at any stage of life including when you are pregnant, breastfeeding or for older adults.

Dieticians of Canada: Healthy Eating Guide For Vegans

The British National Health Service

With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs

NHS chocies: The Vegan Diet

The British Nutrition Foundation

A well-planned, balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate ... Studies of UK vegetarian and vegan children have revealed that their growth and development are within the normal range.

A summary of the British Nutritional Foundation's position on vegetarianism

The Dieticians Association of Australia

Vegan diets are a type of vegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten. They differ to other vegetarian diets in that no animal products are usually consumed or used. Despite these restrictions, with good planning it is still possible to obtain all the nutrients required for good health on a vegan diet.

Smart eating for you: Vegan Diets

The United States Department of Agriculture

Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs. Follow the food group recommendations for your age, sex, and activity level to get the right amount of food and the variety of foods needed for nutrient adequacy. Nutrients that vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.

Healthy Eating Tips for Vegetarians

The National Health and Medical research Council of Australia

Alternatives to animal foods include nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and tofu. For all Australians, these foods increase dietary variety and can provide a valuable, affordable source of protein and other nutrients found in meats. These foods are also particularly important for those who follow vegetarian or vegan dietary patterns. Australians following a vegetarian diet can still meet nutrient requirements if energy needs are met and the appropriate number and variety of serves from the Five Food Groups are eaten throughout the day. For those eating a vegan diet, supplementation of B12 is recommended.

Australian dietary guidelines summary

The Mayo Clinic

A well-planned vegetarian diet can meet the needs of people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. The key is to be aware of your nutritional needs so that you plan a diet that meets them.

Vegetarian diet: how to get the best nutrition

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Vegetarian diets can provide all the nutrients you need at any age, as well as some additional health benefits.

Healthy Living: Vegetarian Diets

Skeptical Vegan media

Counting Animals

An amazing resource for statistical enquiry into animal use.

Counting Animals

Pythagorean Crank

Offers a critical perspective on the vegan movement, exploring and illuminating issues surrounding veganism and the use of animals.

Pythagorean Crank

Reasonable Vegan

A multi author magazine style blog that promotes skepticism in vegan spaces and confronts irrationality everywhere.

Reasonable Vegan

Skeptical Vegan

A blog featuring detailed skeptical analysis of topics pertinent to veganism which explores the intersections between science, animal rights, and social justice.

Skeptical Vegan

The Abolitionist

An online magazine promoting abolitionism and reason within animal rights.

The Abolitionist

The Vegan RD

Ginny Messina’s blog takes an evidence-based approach to vegan nutrition.

The Vegan RD

The Vegan Option

A radio show and blog featuring stories, science, and analysis from vegan perspectives

The Vegan Option

Vegan Logic

A Resource for the Logic of Veganism

Vegan Logic

Skeptical Vegan community

Vegans for Reason and Science

facebook group

Vegans for Reason and Science

Science Based Vegans UK and Ireland

UK-based Facebook group

Science Based Vegans UK and Ireland


List of science-based vegans particularly active are: @rvgn_org @theveganRD and @pythacrank tweet them!

Vegan Twitter list


Check out r/vegan and find a friendly bunch of (mostly) reasonable, well informed science loving vegans



Email one of the people who manages this site and say Hi!

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Skeptical Vegan activism

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Push back against pseudoscience

If, in the UK, you see someone using selling potentially harmful pseudoscience using dubious claims in the vegan community (or anywhere else) you can make a ASA complaint. For more information and assistance with ASA complaints please consult The Nightingale Collaboration.

Push back against pseudoscience


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