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What is Veganism? A Philosophy Based on Compassion and Kindness to Animals

Linda McCartney's Vegan Burger

A vegan diet is defined by the absence of animal products in the food you eat. One thing that vegans have in common is 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. Veganism itself is more than that. It is a philosophy.

"Veganism is a philosophy and 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; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals." - The Vegan Society

Some people choose to go vegan. They do not want to support animal agriculture and exploitation. Others are concerned about the environment, or both. Whatever the reason, committing to eating Vegan is an investment in your health, peace of mind, and joy.

In short, by giving up eating meat and dairy, you are withdrawing your support from the industries that abuse animals and the environment. Your act of kindness reduces needless suffering on so many levels. Sustaining from animal products is profound. For some, it is spiritual.

If you are ready to take this magical leap forward, try visiting Veganuary! Or visit our Resources page for more suggestions.



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