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What is Ahimsa?                                                                           

Ahimsa(Non Violence) is a Sanskrit term meaning non harming or non injuring and can be interpreted as “dynamic harmlessness”. The practice of Ahimsa includes specific foods and products being considerate of the lives of humans and animals, and actively participating in beneficial action.

From the above definition, it is very clear that, Ahimsa is in the nucleus of Veganism. Ahimsa is more broader term, covers all kinds of living creatures on this earth including so called most intelligent and most populated animal on the earth.( Click here to read  more)

What is Vegan?

Before knowing, what is Vegan? First, you should know about the Vegetarianism: -

Where Did the Term "Vegetarian" Come From?

The term "Vegetarian" was coined in 1847. Joseph Brotherton and others first formally used it on September 30th of that year, at Northwood Villa in Kent, England. The occasion being the inaugural meeting of the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom.

The word was derived from the Latin "vegetus," meaning whole, sound, fresh, lively; (it should not be confused with "vegetable-arian" - a mythical human whom some imagine subsisting entirely on vegetables but no nuts, fruits, grains etc!)

Prior to 1847, non-meat eaters were generally known as "Pythagoreans" or adherents of the "Pythagorean System," after the ancient Greek "vegetarian" Pythagoras.

The original definition of "vegetarian" was "with or without eggs or dairy products" and that definition is still used by the Vegetarian Society today. However, most vegetarians in India exclude eggs from their diet, as did those in the classical Mediterranean lands, such as Pythagoras.

Type of Vegetarians: -

bullet Vegan or strict vegetarian: eats no animal foods of any kind
bullet Ovo-vegetarian: eats eggs, but no dairy foods or other animal foods
bullet Lacto-vegetarian: eats dairy foods but no other animal foods or eggs
bullet Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: eats dairy foods and eggs, but no other animal foods
bullet Pesco-vegetarian: eats dairy foods, eggs, and fish, but no other animal foods

semi-vegetarian: mostly follows a vegetarian diet but eats meat, poultry and fish occasionally

Vegan -

The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson in 1944 and was defined as follows:

Veganism is a way of living, which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.

Veganism is not about personal purity or removing oneself from today’s society, but rather about applying a sense of compassion and justice to our (often unseen) relationships with animals.

Vegan: Strict vegetarian diet eliminates animal flesh, such as meat, poultry, fish and seafood, and animal byproducts, such as eggs and dairy. Many tend to not even eat honey. Against animal exploitation, most vegans do not wear animal products, such as leather, silk or wool. The word vegan “pronounced as VEE-gun”. Watson established The Vegan Society because he wanted to differentiate non-dairy vegetarians from other vegetarians. (www.vegansociety.com)

 

Alice Walker said, "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." (I would also add that plants and the earth were not made for  humans either.)

One who doesn't use animals for food purposes and especially for clothing and any other purpose?  Hence, a vegan could commonly be defined as one who doesn't use animals.


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