Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.
Pretty cut and dry right? I thought so too.
The definition has been under some scrutiny in forums around the vegan community and I'm working on figuring out why.
As more and more people become vegan for different reasons this definition seems to be bent and molded to conform to others lifestyles, rather than them working to meet the definition. We all have our personal reasons for choosing this lifestyle, but I feel that for us to most effectively convey the powerful message behind veganism we should all be speaking the same language and play by the same set of rules.
What if you aren't an activist or a vegan preacher? What if you're vegan solely for health reasons, not for animals? Why would any of this matter in your corner of the universe? If all of us are consistently saying the same things and asking the same questions about the goods and services that we use and consume everyday, corporations will have no choice but to listen to us and make more things vegan friendly. In turn, making all of our lives easier and the planet a little bit better place to live.
I don't intend for this to become an issue of "I'm more vegan than you," or a call to arms. It's my way of clarifying my thoughts on this issue so the readers of this blog can have a better understanding of where I come from and my thoughts on this issue.
If you feel that I'm out of line, wrong, or have something to add please post in the comment section. I would love to hear what you have to say.
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