World Vegan Day

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World Vegan Day was first held on November 1, 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and the term ‘Vegan’. The Vegan Society was created in November 1944; although the exact date is unknown. Of course, even though the term “vegan” and the Vegan Society were coined at this point, the idea of ​​only eating foods that avoid the use of animal products has been around for a lot longer.

In fact, it’s estimated that veganism has probably been around for at least 2,000 years, and the idea of ​​vegetarianism (not eating meat) may have even existed 500 years before that! It was at this point that the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos made the promotion of benevolent and caring behavior towards all species part of his life’s work. Many followers of Buddhism are also promoters of vegetarianism, and they do not believe in harming other animals.

It wasn’t until 1806, however, that the concept of veganism as a way of life really began to take shape. It was around this time that objection to the consumption of dairy products and eggs for ethical reasons was first presented to Europeans by Dr William Lambe and Percy Bysshe Shelley. It took over 100 years or so, but eventually the vegans bonded and created the UK Vegan Society. It was that same year that the term “vegan” was coined by Donald Watson, obviously derived from the word vegetarian. Back then, the differentiation was that vegans didn’t consume dairy products. Being kind to animals is one of the reasons to celebrate World Vegan Day. Less animal products means less greenhouse gases, which means a better land for everyone. And it is also better for the human body.

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