What is Vegan?

Who are vegans? How are they different from vegetarians?

These are common questions for anyone unfamiliar with plant based diet and lifestyle preferences.

(Vegan is pronounced vee-gan. You may often hear it pronounced incorrectly. The meaning is the same regardless of pronunciation)

The question "What is vegan?" is best answered by saying that veganism is more than just the foods these strict or pure form of vegetarians eat.

While food is one consideration in the definition, life choices round out the picture.

Veganism is a way of life.

The basic vegan philosophy is to do no harm.

Animals are not killed for food or leather, nor shorn for wool.

Vegans don't wear leather, wool, or silk and many don't eat honey.

They don't pollute the earth with products harmful to the environment.

They value all living creatures including two legged ones.

What vegans are not.

They are not just a more strict form of vegetarian.

Nor are vegans more pure, more spiritual, more perfect, more difficult to feed or more respectful, concerned or caring than compassionate vegetarians, flexitarians, or omnivores.

Values are in line with behaviors.

This is a life style for people who walk their talk and make authentic choices about food, clothing, and the environment according to what they believe.

Vegans are examples of persons living in accordance with their conscious choices often against inappropriate and even angry behavior of those who believe differently than they do about the purpose of animals and pollution of the planet.

And yes, there are vegan activists, but that's another article.

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