What is veganism?
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.
A vegan lifestyle is filled with variety and countless choices of delicious food. It only excludes the use of animal products. In terms of diet this means no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey or other animal derived ingredients. Other items avoided by vegans include fur, leather and wool as well as cosmetics personal care or household products that have been tested on animals, or that contain animal ingredients.
Why choose veganism?
There are many reasons to choose veganism, such as:
- The prevention of exploitation and harm to animals is a key reason many make the change and continue it through their life.
- Although the majority of people are not born into a vegan lifestyle, many find it is a choice that allows them to live their core values of kindness and compassion through everyday actions.
- There are many proven health benefits to eating a vegan plant based diet, and most describe themselves as experiencing increased energy and wellness.
- The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment. For instance, a plant-based diet requires just one third of the land needed to support a diet inclusive of meat and dairy.
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