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Animal advocates came together for World Vegan Day

People around the world who choose not to eat foods that come from animals came together to celebrate World Vegan Day on November 1, The Huffington Post reports.

In honor of the event, veganism advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau visited the Arizona State University campus in Tempe to discuss the lifestyle, The State Press reports.

Vegans avoid all meat, eggs, dairy and other foods that come from animals, and also stay away from textiles such as silk, wool and leather that have been made from animals, the news source reports. Many do this as a way to show respect for animals or to prevent animal cruelty or abuse.

"I think people are actually quite desperate to make a change to their diet, but we live in a culture where it is difficult to make compassionate choices and it is difficult for us to make the most healthy choices," Patrick-Goudreau told the crowd, according to the publication.

Other people do it to live sustainably. Lynn Peeples, a writer for the news source, reports that if every American avoided meat and cheese one day each week, it would have the same environmental benefit as removing 7.6 million cars from the road, because the production of these products requires the use of thousands of environmentally un-friendly processes involving pesticides, fertilizers, fuel, feed and water.  
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