What is Veganism?
Hello! And, welcome to Thunder Bay Vegan . Since you are here, I assume that either you are a vegan or you wish to find out more about the vegan lifestyle. You’ve come to the right place. Let’s start off with a simple definition: what is veganism?
Veganism is not a diet. A common misconception about veganism is that it is a diet wherein the individuals do not eat animals. On the contrary, vegans are individuals who eliminate animal products from all aspects of their life. For example, vegans do not buy clothing that has come from animals (such as leather or wool). In addition, vegans avoid beauty products that are tested on animals (Lush, a store in Intercity Mall, for instance, promotes the fact that all of their soaps and makeups are animal-friendly). So, even though cutting out animal products from the food that vegans eat (such as milk, meat, eggs, etc.) is a part of this lifestyle, and even though some vegans boast about the healthiness of this diet, veganism is a more overarching lifestyle geared towards the protest against using animals as if they are inanimate commodities for consumption (to see the need to save animals, visit my other blog post: “Wake up! Save the Animals”). The formal definition from the number one vegan website, Vegan Society, reaffirms my above definition: “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” (“Key Facts” par. 2). Therefore, if you are a vegan or looking to join “the fastest growing lifestyle movement” of vegans who wish to live an animal-friendly lifestyle, diet and clothing and beauty products must be considered (“Find out” par. 1). Although this may sound challenging, it is not, and with my help in the form of this blog, you will be set on your compassionate way.
Formal Works Cited
“Find out how many vegans are in Great Britain.” The Vegan Society, 17 May 2016. Web. 24 Nov. 2016.
“Key Facts.” The Vegan Society, 17 May 2016. Web. 24 Nov. 2016.