THERE ARE plenty of reasons to switch to vegetarianism, whether it is for the love of the animals or to improve your health.
So says information on the Rockhampton Vegetarian Group's website, rockhamptonvegetariangroup.com
The site says there has already been a massive change towards a meat-free diet in the US and Britain.
Some half a million people are adopting a vegetarian lifestyle each year in the US while the number of British vegetarians is now more than five million.
It says scientific studies show vegetarians suffer much less from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other common health problems.
A major study reported in the British Medical Journal found that, of 5000 meat eaters and 6000 non-meat eaters, vegetarians have 40% less risk of cancer and 30% less risk of heart disease than the meat eaters and were 20% less likely to die of those.
It has been estimated that by following a low-fat vegetarian diet, the risk of food poisoning is decreased by 80%.
More than 50 billion animals are systematically killed in slaughterhouses around the world each year (more than seven times the human population).