Introduction

The term ‘vegan’ was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson, the founder of the Vegan Society, to mean that “man should live without exploiting animals”.

Dietary Vegans do not eat meat, fish, dairy products, eggs or honey.

Ethical Vegans are dietary vegans and in addition they do not wear clothing produced from animals such as leather, wool, fur or silk.  They avoid products which have been tested on animals and they are opposed to the use of animals in sport or entertainment.

Environmental Vegans avoid animal products because they see that intensive, animal-based farming is unsustainable and is the cause of environmental pollution and destruction.

Raw Vegans eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.  They avoid processed foods and do not heat food above a temperature of 118° F.