Definition of "vegan"

The term "vegan" is, on principle, used to describe the people who do not approve of animals being exploited by humans and do not contribute to that exploitation, directly or indirectly (as much as possible). It is definitely a moral choice, and not a nutritional one, which is often, and not always innocently, misconceived.

As the term spreads, it is also used to describe options compatible with this mindset. For example, we use expressions such as "vegan food", "vegan shoes", "vegan restaurant". As in, products, services, and choices in general, which do not involve the exploitation of animals in any way.

The vegan way of life

Vegans are against the exploitation of other animals by humans

What is VEGAN

Vegans, consciously, make choices based on the respect for the rest of the animals.

They choose to live in a way that, intentionally, does not support or fund, directly or indirectly, the exploitation, torture, and slaughter of animals as much as possible. For example, regarding their nutrition, they do not buy or consume any animal products, such as meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and honey.

Also, vegans do not choose products derived from the exploitation of animals, such as leather and shoes, furs, ivory jewelry and trinkets, animal hair fiber paintbrushes, animal-tested cosmetics, and feather pillows.

In addition, they are against services, that contradict with their beliefs. Such as visits to zoos and aquariums, circus involving animals, taking pictures with wild animals (who are sedated), riding donkeys, horses, elephants, and camels.

Whether or not a product is a plant, is not the only determinant factor of a vegan choice

For example, coconuts are a plant product, but the way they are collected often includes monkey-slaves in chains. Palm oil is produced in a similar way, since a lot of animals, mainly orangutans, but also tigers, elephants, bears, and rhinos are being abused and killed during the process. From these indicative examples, it is clear that vegan choices have a purely ethical basis, not a nutritional one. The nutritional choices just follow the moral choices.

What is VEGAN

Vegan means love, respect, empathy, and compassion.

To be exact, the vegan way of life (veganism) is about the peoples' conscious choices that, as much as possible, do not have a negative impact on animals. The reason we say "as much as possible", is that, obviously, it is statistically impossible, for example, never to step on an ant or consume tiny insects from our vegetables.

The vegan way of life and consciousness go hand-in-hand

Being conscious, it is nearly impossible to buy meat, knowing that we are financing the slavery, torture, and killing of animals. It also goes the other way around. For example, if we stop consuming animal products for health reasons, sooner or later we realize their macabre origin.

Vegans, consciously, make choices based on the respect for the rest of the animals.

Some vegans go one step further by encouraging the vegan way of life. So, they fight to defend animals' rights, enhance or enact relevant laws, and raise awareness.

Because vegan means love, respect, empathy, and compassion.