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Veganism Overview

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Veganism is at the very least a diet and at most a lifestyle that excludes the consumption and use of products that involve animals. In terms of diet, vegans exclude the consumption of meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, honey, gelatin, whey and other animal products. The Vegan Society defines veganism as "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.” They state that veganism is actually a principle and not a set of rules or guidelines. The specific practices are drawn from the principle mentioned above.1 [T]he word "veganism" denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.2

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  1. http://www.ivu.org/history/world-forum/1951vegan.html
  2. "Memorandum of Association of the Vegan Society" (PDF). About Us. Vegan Society. 1979-11-20. pp. 1. Retrieved 2009-11-28. "In this Memorandum the word "veganism" denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment."
 
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