Get This Party Started; World Vegan Days is November 1st! TODAY!!!!
Get This Party Started; World Vegan Days is November 1st!
by Glenn Osrin
Miami Vegan Examiner
October 29, 2011
http://www.examiner .com/vegan- in-miami/ get-this- party-started- world-vegan- days-is-november -1st
Quick, 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 Earth.
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!
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 like bees.
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 chowing.
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.
Shortly 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.
To 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 grow.
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 Earth.
Veganism. It does a planet good.
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