WELCOME The Vegetarian
Society of Hawaii is a not-for-profit volunteer organization founded in
1990 to promote human health, animal rights, and protection of the
environment by means of vegetarian education. It's among the largest
vegetarian/vegan societies in the nation. Join us!
Once a month we present a lecture or cooking
demonstration. All lectures
are free and open to the public.
Your membership and donations help us continue bringing extraordinary and inspiring speakers to you every month. Members also receive a monthly event calendar and discounts at many veg-friendly
restaurants and health food
have the lowest rate of atherosclerotic heart disease of any group in the
United States. The process of atherosclerosis doesn't
just cause heart attacks, it also causes impotence. Meat eaters have a ten
times greater risk of breast and colon cancer than do pure
On a low fat vegetarian diet 90% of adult-onset
diabetics can reduce or entirely eliminate their insulin injections. Tens
of millions of Americans suffer from osteoporosis and kidney failure due
to excess animal protein consumption. Meat-eating women have levels of
chemical pollution in their breast milk 35 times higher than in the breast
milk of pure vegetarians.
75% of our food-growing topsoil in the United States
has eroded, almost all of it off farmland and grazing land used for animal
agriculture. One acre of land growing broccoli will supply ten times as
much protein as an acre of land producing beef. If acreage now being used
for grazing cattle and raising feed grains were growing trees or fiber
plants to burn for energy, we would have no need to import foreign oil.
More than half of the water used for all purposes in the United States is
used for livestock production. Water pollution from feedlots and feed
grain field runoff (manure, topsoil, pesticides, fertilizer, etc.)
contaminates more streams and rivers than do all the wastes from all U.S.
cities and industries combined.
In the United States ten billion animals are
killed for food every year. Veal calves are chained in crates to prevent
movement and fed iron-deficient food to make them anemic in order to keep
their flesh pale. Egg-laying hens are painfully de-beaked, then raised in
cages so small that they are unable to stretch their wings. Fishing
depletes fish populations, disrupting vital food chains and forcing marine
mammals and sea birds to extinction through starvation. Vegans do not eat
animal products and therefore do not contribute to the suffering and
needless death of animals raised for food.