“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 for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” – The Vegan Society
A ‘vegan’ is a person who does not eat, use or exploit any animal. Living by a veganism lifestyle means they don’t consume animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs and cheese; use ingredients sourced from animals, such as lanolin and beeswax; nor exploit animals for any purpose such as animal testing for cosmetic products and attending animal circuses. Their goal is to leave animals to live without interference from humans where possible.
Vegans get all the dietary protein they need from nuts, seeds, and cereals. For beauty products they use alternative ingredients to the commonly used animal-sourced ingredients. Such products are commonly termed “vegan-friendly”, “vegan-suitable” or “vegan”.Back to Glossary