Sociology Index

Veganism

Veganism Books and Reviews

"I am not a vegetarian (Vegan) because I love animals; I am a vegetarian (Vegan) because I hate plants." - A. Whitney Brown. Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.

Vegans do not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The reasons for becoming a vegan are an ethical commitment or moral conviction and spiritual or religious concerns. Vegans object the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing.

Vegans are a small population. A 2006 poll conducted by Harris Interactive in the US found that of the 1,000 adults polled, 1.4% never eat meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy products, or eggs and were therefore essentially vegan in their eating habits. The Times estimates suggests around 0.4% of the UK population is vegan.

Poorly planned vegan diets can be low in levels of calcium, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Vegans are therefore encouraged to plan their diet and take dietary supplements as appropriate.

Vegan Society was founded in 1944 by Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson. They combined the first three and last two letters of vegetarian to form "vegan," which they saw as "the beginning and end of vegetarian."

Though honey and silk are by definition animal products, some vegans wrongly consider their use and the use of other insect products to be acceptable.