The vegan and vegetarian dating app Veggly recently surveyed 8,000 of its users and found that 38% of single vegans would still date meat-eaters who would never consider removing animal products from their diet, and 85% said they would date an omnivore who is “willing to transition to a plant-based diet but may need some help at the start”. The results also found that only one in eight single vegans (12%) wouldn’t even date a vegetarian.

The app has used these results to launch a new category called “Looking for help” which, according to them, “aims to empower and encourage those wanting to transition to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle whilst helping them find love or companionship.” 

Alex Felipell, Veggly founder, said in a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, “Some people aren’t far away from going vegan. They just need some help and companionship along the way. That’s why we’ve launched this new category. It’s part of our mission to introduce more people to a plant-based lifestyle and recipes; a new partner or friend can often be the perfect person to make that introduction. If you’re a vegan who is willing to help someone make the transition, we say bravo, and thank you! Together, we can help create more vegans and save more animals.”

It seems that, with this change, those deceptive meat-eaters who want to date a vegan could now join the service and claim that they are interested in veganism, even if this is not true, making it more difficult for vegans to detect dishonest users who may claim to be vegan or vegetarian but checking their social media profile would expose them as liars.

Veggly was launched in 2018 and it has more than one million vegetarians and vegans using its services, but from now on meat eaters looking for dating them may join as well.  

“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’.