what milestone day is sandwiched between the ghouls and goblins running through
the pumpkin patch and the unrestrained gluttony that celebrates the Pilgrims
landing at Plymouth Rock and partying with the Indians before the white man took
all their stuff?
No, its not Fantasy Fest in Key West; nor is it the
running of the bulls. Its a kinder, gentler day that celebrates the lives of
all things great and small by the devotees who decline to eat them.
Thats right, were talking vegans: passionate, considerate, selfless,
eco-conscious and proud defenders of the ethical treatment of animals and the
sacred preservation of this spinning ball of dirt known as
November 1 is World Vegan Day, but were not stopping there. World
Vegan Day kicks off Vegan Awareness Month, so whether you are an established
member of the vegan tribe itching to show off your vegan bona fides online, with
your friends or in the aisle at your local Whole Foods Market; or youre vegan
curious, wanting to know what veganism is all about, November is going to be
enlightening and enriching! Advertisement
Vegans come in all shapes
and sizes: generally, people choose to be vegan by declining to consume or use
any and all products derived from animals or other exploited living creatures
Specifically, veganism is a more restrictive form of
vegetarianism: they choose not to eat meat, chicken, fish, eggs, honey or dairy
products; and, many refrain from using products derived from animal exploitation
and slaughter like leather for shoes and purses and belts, furs and pelts or
boot-linings from animals; and a variety of skins and teeth that exploit
creatures in the name of tourist souvenirs.
Historically, the earliest
form of veganism recorded is attributed to Pythagoras (c. 570-490 BCE). The
Greek philosopher is believed to have thought that eating animals was akin to
eating a human soul; a possible interpretation of which might be that eating
another living thing could mean hellfire and damnation to the person doing the
The term vegan was coined in 1944 by two members of the
Leicester Vegetarian Society in England. Donald Watson and Elsie Sally
Shrigley had grown concerned that several members of the society still ate dairy
products. They sought to form a sub-group that would eschew consuming animals or
their by-products in any form. Thus was born vegan, which Watson adapted using
the first three and last two letters of the word vegetarian.
afterward, on November 1, 1944, The Vegan Society was born with 25 original
members including Watson and Shrigley. And that, as they say is that.
date, vegans are everywhere and growing in number and influence. In the United
Kingdom and the U.S. better than 4% of the populations consider themselves
vegan; and as the environmental and physical benefits of the lifestyle have
proved positive for virtually all concerned, those numbers are certain to
So what are you waiting for? Open up your windows and your doors,
proudly stand there in the altogether holding a vegan cupcake in one hand and
your favorite pet in the other and shout at the top of your lungs to all who
will listen about the highest sacrifice one can make in the name of Mother
Veganism. It does a planet good.
Live Simply So
That Others May Simply Live
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