A study found that 52% of vegans and 39% of vegetarians would not consider a relationship with a meat-eater. In addition, 12% of vegans would not consider dating a vegetarian either. Vegetarians were also found to be reluctant when it comes to meat-eaters, as 39% would not consider them as partners. This study, conducted by Veggly, a global vegan and vegetarian dating app used in 181 countries, used a 2021 sample of 7,400 vegans and vegetarians from around the world. 

Alex Felipelli, the Veggly founder, said: “For many vegans, their ‘veganism’ is a way of life, so it’s understandable they wouldn’t want to be with a partner that consumes animals or animal products. Many vegans want to be with someone who shares their values and love of animals. We believe that if the question was ‘Would you prefer to date a vegan?’ the result would be close to 100%. But still, 52% is very high for vegans who would not date a meat-eater at all!”

Another survey, conducted by the German Online-Dating-Agency gleichklang.de in 2018, which included 5,000 vegans between the age of 18 and 83, found that 60% of vegans dream of a vegan partner. Of those vegans looking for partners, 79% did not want a relationship with a meat-eating person who wants to continue eating meat in the future. This is not surprising, because despite 60.5% of respondents previously having been or currently in a relationship with a meat-eater, 45% of vegans stated that they have experienced suffering due to their pardner’s meat consumption. Dr Guido F. Gebauer, who carried out the investigation for Gleichklang, said to Vegan Economist that it is psychologically understandable that vegans and vegetarians have a strong preference for a vegan or vegetarian partner. You don’t need a doctorate to figure that one out.

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.