A survey by the environmental organisation Treedom has shown that one-fifth of surveyed people in Britain were willing to have a meat-free Christmas dinner in 2022.

Of the 2,000 polled, 25% thought the world’s animal population deserve a safe place to live, 29% said they would eat a meat-free Christmas dinner because they felt it is better for the environment, and 28% said they felt the old-hat turkey Christmas dinner may go out of fashion soon. Additionally, 21% of people said they will not be eating meat this year at Christmas out of guilt, 24% of families said they will have Quorn (meat alternative made of fungi) or other meat substitutes this year in place of turkey, and 23% said will be making a nut roast or pasta dish for Christmas dinner in 2022. One in six said they were opting for a plant-based meal because the ingredients are more readily available. It is not sure how many of those who said all this actually did it in the end, but due to the proximity of Christmas when the survey was conducted, many likely did.

Treedom, founded in 2010, is an environmental organisation that aims to raise awareness of ecological issues. They also aim to plant as many trees as possible (they have planted over 3.5 million trees worldwide so far). Anna Weston, head of development in the UK & Ireland for Treedom, said, “Christmas is a key moment for us to remember the importance and impact our choices have on the planet and communities around the world, and it’s great to see that so many Brits want to do their bit for the environment during the festive period from reducing meat consumption to crafting their own presents.”

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’.