Veganism is a path that is devoted to a deep respect for animals, their needs and their lives. This journey will lead you to compassion. You will find the courage to take some responsibility for what happens around you.
This is not an easy or pleasant journey, because you will see animal suffering at every step: in everyday food, cruel tests on animals in the cosmetics and consumer goods, in clothing, and in some entertainment that animals are forced into by people.
If you find the courage to see all this, you will slowly find out that there are many humane alternatives to all those products, many of which can be found in your neighborhood store. The rewards that you will find on this journey are worth it. You will find clean conscience, healthier and better lifestyle, you will feel so much better and you will be more compassionate towards the world around you.


There are some differences between vegetarians and vegans. Unlike vegetarians who don't eat meat, vegans also abstain from eating eggs, dairy, and the use of fur and leather. Vegans also prefer to use cruelty-free cosmetics and other goods that weren't tested on animals. There are many reasons to go vegan-the ethics, the environment, and the health.


Most animals spend their whole lives in factory farms. Their basic needs (in many cases even the most essential needs such as exercise and suitable place to live) cannot be fulfilled due to a small space and minimum stimuli. Animals have a strong desire to fulfill their basic needs the same way people do. Recent research has found that animals suffer dramatically in factory farms. (visit for more info)

There are many myths and misinformation when it comes to animal products processing and production. One example is the dairy industry. A lot of people don't know much about the origin of cows’ milk. Cows don't naturally produce milk. Cows, like humans, only give milk after they have had a baby and for only the time that is necessary to nourish their young offspring.
 Therefore, the cows’ offspring are simply a byproduct of this milk-production cycle and are generally taken from their mothers within a day of being born. Male calves are sent to veal crates or barren where they are kept for a short period of time before they are slaughtered. Female calves are going to be used in the dairy industry just like their mothers. In our society cows are milked for people. Based on numerous studies, cattle is known to protect and fight for their offspring when their calves are being taken away from them right after birth, which is is very traumatic to these extremely maternal animals. Therefore vegetarianism isn't enough. However, it is a great first step towards veganism.

Also, the egg industry, the leather production and the fur production are connected with a lot of cruelty and suffering. The idea that meat and animal products from sustainable (organic) farms
come from "happy" animals is another common myth. Their living conditions are better than the conditions on factory farms, but they still cannot fulfill all of their basic needs. Sadly, they cannot escape painful castration and dehorning. Even these animals are being transported to the slaughterhouses. The transport can take many hours.

It is scientifically proven that all animals can feel pain and that they can physically suffer (scientific magazines are a great source of information on this subject).  Despite what some people think, fish can suffer and feel pain just like mammals and other animals. The empathy that we feel towards animals that are in pain and suffer is very similar to the empathy that we feel towards humans who are in pain and suffer.
That is why some people don't want to cause animal suffering and choose to live a cruelty-free lifestyle.


Another reason that leads people to veganism is the negative impacts that meat and animal product consumption has on the environment.
According to FAO from 2006, factory farming accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all transport combined. Major sources of greenhouse gases are methane emission caused by livestock, carbon dioxide and
dangerous nitrogen oxide. The greenhouse effect is the main cause of global warming.

Our food has a huge impact on the environment. According to ÖkoInstitute (2005), we can dramatically lower our negative impact on the environment and natural resources just by eliminating meat from our diet. It takes thousands of liters of water to produce 1 kg of beef. Livestock contaminates ground and surface waters. It is interesting that the dairy industry has a worse impact on the environment than the meat industry.


Another reason to switch to a plant-based diet are the great health benefits. This was even suggested by the ADA (American Dietetic Association in 2003; 2009). There are many studies that show that we can avoid some illnesses and diseases of modern civilization if we follow a well-balanced vegetarian or vegan diet. For more information visit (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) or (American Journal of Clinical Nutriton).

Fortunately, today we have the information as well as the testimonies of many athletes to substantiate the benefits of plant-based diets. A plant-based diet is suitable even for professional athletes, including fighters  

For more information and pictures of vegan fighters visit our section Vegan Fighters, for pictures of other vegan sportsman and sportswomen see the Vegan Gallery or go to Organic Athlete , Vegan Bodybuilding , or Vegan Muscle and Fitness

To find vegan and cruelty-free sporting goods in Czech please go to the English web of the Czech Vegan Society


ADA: Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2009;109: 1266-1282
FAO: Livestock’s long shadow: Environmental issues and options. Livestock, Environment and Development (LEAD) Initiative. Rome, 2006.
FAO: Climate change and food security: A framework document. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome, 2008.
Öko-Institut Freiburg/BMBF-Forschungsprojekt „Ernährungswende”, Diskussionspapier Nr. 7: Umweltauswirkungen von Ernährung - Stoffstromanalysen und Szenarien. (2005)