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  1. Diana (reply)

    December 5, 2011 at 14:01

    on facebook someone said “I’d like to see the data broken down by the pie chart stats. that is, which group (health, animal rights, etc) are most like to stick it out under adverse social support.”

    unfortunately the largest data pool we have is for 2011 and we didn’t design the questionnaire. Pledgers rated how important health, ethics and environment were in their decision to go vegan for the month and there wasn’t much variance so when I ran a spearman’s correlation on how important they rated each of those reasons and the difficulty they had with others’ attitudes nothing emerged as significant (although the health correlation was positive and the ethics correlation was negative indicating that perhaps those that did it for health reasons had more trouble with others’ attitudes)

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  4. Che Green (reply)

    December 20, 2011 at 04:39

    Thank you for alerting us to this research (and to Vegan Soapbox for alerting us to your post). I believe the finding is due to the more committed vegans being more likely to extoll their values to others and therefore face more conflict than others. Wishy-washy vegans are unlikely to proselytize, it would seem.

    For more on vegan/vegetarian, please see

    Che Green
    Humane Research Council

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