During the month of February, vegans from across New Zealand were invited to partake in a survey about their attitudes, behaviours and demographics. Some of the results that were found include:
- There is a large skew in the gender ratio of New Zealand vegans, with 73.7% of respondents identifying as female.
- Most vegans are between 21 and 50 years of age.
- NZ Europeans are over represented in the vegan community, while Maori are underrepresented.
- 83.7% of vegans were vegetarian before adopting a vegan lifestyle.
- Most vegans quote animal rights (93.3%), environmental (62.5%) and health (55.5%) reasons for becoming vegan.
- Almost a quarter of vegans don’t know any other vegans living in their area.
- Over half of vegans with children are raising their children vegan.
- 67.6% of vegans would vote for an animal rights based party in the 2014 national election.
- The most quoted difficulty with being vegan is having limited options when eating in public.