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What is Veganism?



 

A lot of people who have never truly been exposed to veganism may have a long held belief that vegan is a diet based on the food you do and/or don’t eat.

Some people believe that vegans are those who illegally enter animals farms and concentrated animal feeding organisations (cafo’s) to visually document animal welfare, rescue animals and/or lock themselves to the facility or stage a sit in.

There are also those that think vegans hold up traffic in highly populated areas to disseminate information about animal welfare documentaries.

Basket full of fruit and Vegetables.



So..

WHAT IS VEGANISM?

 

Veganism is the ethical stance against the use, abuse and killing of animals as far as is practicable.


The Vegan Society go as far as to define veganism as the following:

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

“There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey - as well as avoiding animal-derived materials, products tested on animals and places that use animals for entertainment.”

The definition of veganism



WHAT IS NOT VEGAN?

 

As part of the vegan lifestyle, vegans do not eat any animal protein foods, which includes; meat (including; fish, shellfish and insects), dairy (including dairy derivatives, such as; cheese, yoghurt, ice cream, lactose free dairy products), eggs (all chicken welfare systems included) and honey. Any food products containing any of these items (or any other animal derived) ingredient/s are not considered vegan.


Vegans do no eat sheep. Vegans do not eat pigs. Vegans do not eat chickens.




The dietary aspect of veganism is a follow-through of the ethical stance, and because it is most people’s initial exposure to vegans, that they tend to think veganism is a diet.

Vegans seek to avoid, as much as is practicable, the use, abuse and killing of animals, and therefore do not buy items containing animal derivatives, or by-products, such as; leather, wool, silk and feathers (including down).

Today there are more and more alternatives to many of these products, such as; vegan meats (burgers, sausages, mince, chicken, bacon and more), vegan plant-based milks, vegan ice cream, vegan desserts, vegan seafood alternatives, vegan leather-like materials, used for fashion, such as jackets, shoes and gloves, veganic potting soil/garden fertilisers, and many other items.


Plant based milks in Australia. Vegan ice creams in Australia.




Another aspect to consider is activism, or ARA (animal rights activism), whilst this isn't a part of being vegan, it can be a logical extension for some vegans. The longer you are vegan, and the more you discover about the non-vegan world, may encourage you to be more proactive in spreading the word.

Veganism is about love and compassion for all living creatures.

Veganism is about doing your best to save as many animals as possible through lifestyle and your day to day living.

 
 


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