Vegans argue that animal farming is not only cruel but also bad for the environment. World Vegan Day, on 1 November, puts the focus on the vegan way of life.

‘All life deserves respect, dignity and compassion. All life.’ – Anthony Douglas Williams

What is veganism and what do vegans do?

Vegans try to live, as much as possible, in a way that avoids exploiting and being cruel to animals. This means following a plant-based diet. Vegans do not eat animals or animal-based products like meat, fish, seafood, eggs, honey and dairy products such as cheese. For many vegans, living a committed vegan lifestyle means not wearing clothes made from animal skins and avoiding any products which have been tested on animals.

How are vegans different from vegetarians?

Vegetarians don’t eat meat or fish but they can eat eggs, honey and dairy products, but vegans don’t eat any animal-based food products. Vegans argue that suffering is caused in the production of these foods, for example they say that, on some dairy farms, male calves are killed because they are too expensive to keep, and on some farms, cows are killed when they get older and produce less milk. Similarly, on some egg farms, male chicks are killed because they do not produce eggs. As for honey, vegans say that bees make honey for bees, not for humans, and that bees’ health can suffer when humans take the honey from them. Vegans believe that the products they use and consume should be free from not just cruelty but any exploitation of animals.

When did veganism start?

The Vegan Society was founded in 1944, but there is evidence of people deciding not to consume animal products over 2,000 years ago. The sixth-century BC Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras was in favour of kindness to all species, and his diet could be described as vegetarian. There was a tradition of vegetarianism in the Indus Valley, Babylonian and ancient Egyptian civilisations even earlier. The Vegan Society points out that in 1806, the famous romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the first people to publicly object to eating eggs and dairy products on moral grounds.

Why do many people decide to become vegan?

For many people, the main reason for going vegan is probably that they believe that animals and all other sentient beings should have the right to life and freedom. However, there are other reasons. Vegans argue that the production of meat and other animal products is very bad for the environment. They point out that a huge quantity of water is needed to grow grain to feed animals in the meat industry. The enormous amount of grain which the meat industry needs often leads to forests being cut down and habitats being lost. In contrast, much lower quantities of grain and water are needed to sustain a vegan diet. In addition, many vegans say that all the nutrients our bodies need are contained in a carefully planned vegan diet and that this type of diet helps prevent some diseases.

What is World Vegan Day?

On 1 November every year, vegans all over the world celebrate their way of life. There are workshops, exhibitions and public debates on World Vegan Day, and it is a wonderful opportunity for anybody thinking of becoming a vegan to learn more about the subject.

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what about the price for the final consumer?

I appreciate so much vegan's way to life. It is indeed a very moral way.
But, I should not consider becoming a vegan, because I think I cannot live without animal-based foods like meat, fish, egg, milk, honey and others. In my country, almost all dishes contain an animal product. I should die by hunger if I refuse to eat animal.
By the way, I think, based on my knowledge as physician, we cannot get all the nutrients from vegetables only. for example, vitamin B12 can be found only from animal. So how would a vegan get it?

I am a vegetarian . I do not eat meat, fish and eggs for more than five years.
My health has become much better.

Actually,I've never considered beccoming a vegan.My opinion is that every creature has their own needs.For example dogs or cats used to eat everything except of plants.Cows acustumed to eating grass etc. God created animals to consume them.It's a certain circulation of life.Sometimes,it's a good idea to object to meat or eggs but only for a cosiderable time,just to distill our organism.Meat and fish include protein which is really needed for people.So,to my mind we shouldn't refuse animal-based products just to save the environment becuse it's their destination.

I had never consider becoming a vegan and I hardly will.

I tryed to become vegan one time, but I dind’t. To me The more difficult is stay without eat fish. But I Will try it again.

Hi
In my opinion, the lack of fish is not good for the health. If you want to avoid wrinkles, anf if you want your body to run well, it's better to eat fishes whom contain oméga 3, iodine, potassium. And furthermore, the pleasure To eat it.

Hi,
I have been being vegetarian for forty years. I eat vegetables, fruits, Rice, fish and eggs over and then , dairy milk and honey enough often. Never I will get vegan even though I reconize it's a great philosophy. That for two very reasons. First, There are not enough proteins into vegan foods or those are not so efficace. Second.it's very expensive To be vegan. I avoid To buy clothes made in China and I always buy clothes made in Europe ( I am French). But vegan clothes cost a lot of Money because they are made up materials very expensive.

I appreciate Vegans`s way to live it is really great to have this concerning to protect the environment.
But I don`t consider becoming vegan, although I am trying to adjust my diet in order to eat less animal-based food.

Hello , YLane !
Fine ! If you think about it, this is the first step. Later, I recommend doing one day a week without the meat of animals.
Good luck for you !

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