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"Animals" refers to all nonhuman sentient beings:
​animals, fowl, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, etc.

Donald  and Dorothy Watson from Great Britain created the term ‘vegan’ in 1944. They founded The Vegan Society, which became
​a registered charity in 1979. The Society's Memorandum and Articles

of Association updated the definition of veganism as: 

"A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practicable — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and
​by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."

Definition of Vegan. (2015). The Vegan Society.

Meaning of Vegan


A vegan diet consists of only plants and plant-sourced foods: Vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds.
This excludes animal, fowl, or fish flesh, animal dairy, or eggs, 
or anything made using their bodies or using substances
produced by their bodies.


Products made from plants, metals, plastics, etc. Leather, fur, wool, silk, and down feathers are examples of nonvegan products.


Any form of entertainment or sport that uses or exploits nonhumans, for any reason. Examples include, but are not limited to: trophy hunting, horse- or dog-racing, captive animal exhibits, zoos, circuses, wildlife tourism, and aquariums.