World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day

Everybody knows about vegetarianism – the exclusion of meat from the diet for reasons of an ethical or medical nature. Veganism is a little less well known, and a little more hardcore.
Vegans avoid animal products altogether, even milk and eggs. It is an amazingly difficult diet to follow unless you are passionate and organised. But recently, thousands of people gathered together in cities all over the world to celebrate this way of life. And that is exactly what it is. Veganism is not just a diet. It’s a lifestyle choice. World Vegan Day attracted happy healthy vegans from all walks of life. And they had a ball.
Vegans are passionate about animal rights. No bunny will be tested on and no chicken cooped in a crowded cage if the vegans have their way. So many products involve animals, whether we are aware of it or not. Not many people know, for example, that alcoholic beverages use fish organs for filters, and meat leftovers in yeast production.
But this doesn’t mean you have to be a teetotaller if you take up the vegan challenge. Guilt-free, organic wineries are popping up in wine regions all over the world. Cheers.
And don’t worry, there are loads of tasty treats to indulge in that are completely animal-free. The guys from Crumbs bakery won’t let you go without your daily muffins. And hey, vegans can enjoy take-out too. Vegie burgers are in.
But the vegan lifestyle is not all about food. The clothes you wear have to be animal-free as well. Many people choose hemp garments. And since vegans don’t like to wear their friends on their feet, the hemp and natural fibre shoes are trendy in the eyes of many. Check out these ‘vegan-leather’ handbags. Fake, of course, but they look like the real deal.
The cosmetics industry has often been accused of being unfriendly to animals, from testing chemicals on rabbits and cats to the senseless slaughtering of whales for ambergris and stearic acid. But don’t worry, you can have a complexion as clear as your conscience with the 100 per cent animal-free cosmetics being designed all over the world by people who really care.
To many vegans, it’s important to be kind to the environment in general as this impacts on nature and wildlife. So you can make your whole house vegan-friendly, right down to the paint on the walls. Biopaint has no toxic chemicals in it and derives its pigments from natural sources. Apparently it’s just as good, if not better, than conventional brands. Being vegan is definitely not beige.

The vegan lifestyle is growing dramatically. Organisers of this year’s World Vegan Day said numbers had more than doubled over recent years. Every man and his dog were there,& eating tasty treats and trying out yoga.
A while ago you couldn’t even buy a soy latte at many cafes, but now there is a wide range of animal-free food, home cleaning products, cosmetics, fashion, you name it. Cruelty-free is gaining in popularity and the market is trying to catch up fast. That makes this little rabbit one happy bunny.

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For more Information on World Vegan Day activities near you, check out
www.worldveganday.org/