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 products like leather and any tested on animals.
In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.
What do vegans eat?
A vegan diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, and pulses – all of which can be prepared in endless combinations that will ensure you’re never bored. From curry to the cake, pastries to pizzas, all your favorite things can be suitable for a vegan diet if they’re made with plant-based ingredients.
It’s not just about diet
Vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason many choose a vegan lifestyle. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately, nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.
Other aspects of vegan living
Currently, medicine must be tested on animals before it is deemed safe for human use, but please note: We DO NOT recommend you avoid medication prescribed to you by your doctor– a dead vegan is no good to anyone!
What you can do is ask your GP or pharmacist to provide you, if possible, with medication that does not contain animal products such as gelatine or lactose.
Vegans choose not to support animal exploitation in any form and so avoid visiting zoos or aquariums, or taking part in dog or horse racing. A great alternative is visiting and supporting animal sanctuaries that provide safe and loving homes for rescued animals.
There are hundreds of thousands of vegans across the globe.