What Does Vegan Mean?

What Does Veganism Mean
So What Does Vegan Mean?

The word vegan was introduced in 1944 by Donald Watson, the co-founder of the Vegan Society, as a new word which enabled people to differentiate themselves from those who followed a vegetarian lifestyle.

Watson thought it was important to convey the difference between the two because he felt that vegetarianism, which stipulated the avoidance of eating any meat, did not fully cover the commitment of those who wished to abstain from any type of animal products.

Vegans not only exclude all meat from their diet… they do not use or consume any products that have come from animals or have been tested on animals. This means no milk, cheese, yoghurt, eggs or honey and also no leather, wool, silk or fur. It also means only using toiletries, cosmetics and any other consumer goods that do not contain any animal ingredients and have not been tested on animals.

In short it means abstaining from consuming or using any product that has come from an animal or which has caused harm to an animal.

Although the word vegan was only coined in 1944, veganism has been practiced for hundreds of years for many reasons including religious, cultural and ethical reasons.

Environmental factors also pay a large role in why many people choose a vegan lifestyle. Modern animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world, causing more damage than all the earth’s motor vehicles combined.

Improving health and better weight management are also considerations for some people.

Most people choose to go vegan for a combination of reasons.

Veganism is more than just a diet, it is a philosophy and a lifestyle.

Going vegan means making a commitment to a lifestyle that practices compassion and kindness towards all animals, including humans.

Posted By Debbie


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