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What does it mean to be Vegan?

Vegan

“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”.

The Vegan Society

Being Vegan means you want to tread as lightly as possible on our earth and not deliberately harm any animal.


This means that Vegans don’t eat meat, eggs, dairy or honey. They don’t use products tested on animals and don’t wear any leather, wool, silk or fur. They don’t go to zoos or animal circuses because they believe animals deserve to be free.

This does not mean that animals aren’t harmed, Vegans still drive cars, accidentally tread on snails and even though it breaks our hearts, we know that sometimes wild animals are harmed in the farming of vegetables. Vegan’s don’t think they are perfect, they are just doing their best.


Veganism has grown in popularity over the past few years, because of this, the true meaning of Veganism has been watered down. Many people eat a vegan diet, but still wear leather or go to animal circuses. These people are plant-based eaters, but the message has been diluted tremendously over the years so most people will consider them to be Vegans.


Because of this huge increase in the numbers of Vegans, it means the types of foods available have also grown. Vegans now eat cheesy bacon burgers just like everyone else, it’s just made of plants 🙂