17 Jan 08
Sometimes (as with most things in life) it's open to interpretation, but the most generally accepted view, I believe, is that strict vegetarians and vegans have a very similar diet (in terms of exclusions), but that veganism is more of a complete lifestyle choice, rather than just a diet. For instance, a strict vegetarian might still wear clothes made from wool, but a vegan definitely wouldn't. From what I understand, a vegan is not necessarily an animal rights activist, but is more likely to be one than other non-vegan vegetarians are. Personally, I'm somewhere between a lacto-vegetarian (in terms of diet) and a vegan (in terms of not using animal-derived soaps, not wearing leather, fur, suede, sheepskin, etc.). I'm not perfect, never will be, but I do try my best to restrict the size of my footprint.
6 Aug 07
The word vegan, usually pronounced was originally derived from "vegetarian" in 1944 when Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson, frustrated that the term "vegetarianism" had come to include the eating of dairy products, founded the UK Vegan Society. They combined the first three and last two letters of vegetarian to form "vegan," which they saw as "the beginning and end of vegetarian."
4 Aug 07
Veganism is a philosophy and a lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. Vegans don't use animal products of any kind.the most popular reasons to become a vegan are concerns for animal rights, environment, or spiritul and religious concerns.
• United States
13 Feb 07
being vegan is so great!! it means that you search for creative ways to avoid anything with animal products in it. you don't eat anything that is a product of animals. enjoy using your imagination to create alternatives to meat and animail products in every day life.
10 Feb 07
I use the word to denote, vegetarian. I think that is what you also meant. I love being one. But I am not sure I am the real vegetarian, because I have milk and milk products. Some people have separate classifications, like vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian ( who have milk products) and egetarian (who haves eggs) and non- vegetarian. I only believe in the first and last classification.
• United States
7 Feb 07
A vegan, from a dietary standpoint, is someone who doesn't eat any animal products (including beef, chicken, fish, pork, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.). Many people who call themselves vegans are also ethical vegans and do not wear any animal products (wool, silk, or leather).