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According to a survey by Veggly, a global dating app for vegans and vegetarians, over half of vegan daters the company surveyed refuse to date meat-eaters. The poll, which surveyed over 7,400 people from across the globe, also revealed that one in eight vegan daters would refuse to date a vegetarian.
In a recent poll by Veggly, 7400 people were asked about their dating preferences. More than half (52%) said they would not enter into a relationship with a meat-eater. Another 12% revealed that they would not even date a vegetarian given that the latter consume animal products like dairy and cheese in some capacity.
Vegetarians were also fairly strict about their dating choices: 39% of vegetarians (four in 10 vegetarians) revealed that they would not date someone that consumes animal flesh.
These findings help us understand why Veggly has become so popular. Many vegans want to be with someone who shares their values and love of animals. For many vegans, their ‘veganism’ is a way of life, so it’s understandable they wouldn’t want to be with a partner that consumes animals or animal productsAlex Felipelli, Founder of Veggly
Available to download for both Android and iOS users, Veggly claims it is the only vegan and vegetarian dating app created for people to match with other-like minded vegans and vegetarians near them.
We are here to help herbivores find the best and most compatible partners, and we are 100% dedicated to helping this community grow as much as possibleAlex Felipelli, Founder of Veggly
The app allows users to create a profile and ‘like’ the people they see on the main page with filters like age and distance. When the person likes you back, users receive a ‘Veg Match’, which allows the two to start a conversation.
Earlier this month, Veggly founder Alex Felipelli told Plant Based News that vegans and vegetarians prefer to date like-minded individuals. “These findings help us understand why Veggly has become so popular. Many vegans want to be with someone who shares their values and love of animals. For many vegans, their ‘veganism’ is a way of life, so it’s understandable they wouldn’t want to be with a partner that consumes animals or animal products.”
In a press release, Veggly shared a few user stats: 53% of users are female and 47% are male. More than half of its base is 100% animal-free: 58% of its users identify as vegan, while 28% are vegetarian and 14% say they are ‘in transition.’ Similar to more mainstream dating apps, the most active age group on the platform is between 25-34 years old.
Felipelli explained that he started the app to solve his own dating challenges. “I had difficulty finding a partner who shared the same values. For vegans and vegetarians, just deciding where to have dinner can be awkward and stressful when you’re out with someone you don’t know very well. More importantly, the decision to eliminate or significantly reduce the consumption of animal-derived products is often a matter of commitment. Even if a partner respects that choice, if they don’t share it, it can be a major barrier.”
Since July 2019, Veggly, has grown rapidly with more than 250,000 global users. According to the company, the U.S. boasts the highest number of Veggly users in one country, with 46,552. Next comes Brazil, with 39,215 users, followed by the U.K. with 34,420 users and Germany, with 33,890 users.
Felipelli added: “Veggly was created to help herbivores find the best and most compatible partners, and we are 100% dedicated to helping this community grow as much as possible. We always reinvest in the platform every month and make improvements to the platform every week to improve the experience and cope with rising demand.”
According to Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led a 2018 study into the damage farming does to the environment, there is no better way to lower your own personal carbon emissions than by decreasing your consumption of animal foods: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use. Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy.”
The Veggly app is available in 181 countries and supports languages like English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish, and Polish.
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