What is Veganism?

 

Most people nowadays have heard of veganism or the concept behind it.

However, there is a big difference between vaguely knowing what it is, and what it stands for to, understanding it and the reasons people choose this lifestyle.

Just to clear up any doubts or confusion, veganism isn’t just about diet, it is a lifestyle and incorporates every element of your life, from clothing to household products, cosmetics and entertainment.

OK so now we know that, let’s go a bit deeper.

Choosing a vegan lifestyle means, in a nutshell, that you will do all you can to abstain from using animals or animal products, for any reason.

Vegans believe that animals have a right to live their lives without the pain, suffering and exploitation that humans expose them to.

Now there is an exception to the rule, vegans will use medication when they have to. At the present moment all medications are tested on animals, there is no vegan alternative. There are charities working on this though, for more info click here.

Veganism isn’t a new concept either, the term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson in November 1944, thus the Vegan Society came to fruition. Veganism itself dates back much longer than that though, evidence of people choosing to avoid animal products can be traced back over 2,000 years.

As early as 500 BCE, Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras promoted benevolence among all species and followed, what could be described as a vegetarian diet. Around the same time, Siddhārtha Gautama (better known as the Buddha) was discussing vegetarian diets with his followers.

So it’s been around for a long time, yet it is still widely misunderstood and stereotyped, but that is another topic.

For a more in depth look at Veganism please click here to see my How to be Vegan blog.

 

I hope you found this little blog helpful!

 

Have a great day!

 

Love Lainey xx

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