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Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or for 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.

"I am not a vegetarian (Veganism) because I love animals; I am a vegetarian (Veganism) because I hate plants." - A. Whitney Brown.

Veganism Books and Reviews

This Crazy Vegan Life: A Prescription for an Endangered Species by Christina Pirello. Being vegan is not only having a plant-based diet. The first section of the book grounds readers in vegan principles. A reliable guide to going vegan.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

The Real Forbidden Fruit: How Meat Destroys Paradise And How Veganism Can Get It Back by Jeff Popick. Veganism overcomes society's problems according to Jeff Popick, also known as The Vegan Sage.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano. 50 sensational recipes, tips for vegan living, the lowdown on vegan myths.

Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres
Curious about veganism? Want to be a vegan? Just wondering how to be vegan without going insane?

The Vegan Sourcebook by Joanne Stepaniak and Carol J. Adams
Number of people are embracing veganism. In The Vegan Sourcebook, long-time activist Joanne Stepaniak explores and illuminates the principles of compassionate living.

Being Vegan: Living With Conscience, Conviction, and Compassion by Joanne Stepaniak and Stanley Sapon.
Vegan philosophy and ethic, discovering hidden animal products and ingredients, and more.

Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus

Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Compassion the Ultimate Ethic: An Exploration of Veganism by Victoria Moran
Fascinating, inspiring account veganism in real life, Review By A Customer:
Victoria Moran investigates the history and modern day practice of ethical veganism.