What does one do when practicing a full vegan lifestyle? What do true vegans think of simple vegatarians claiming to vegan? Where did this lifestyle originate. What I found out was – Vegans endeavour not consume or use animal products and by-products of any kind, for any purpose. A “full” vegan lifestyle is hard to describe as animal exploitation is so entrenched in our culture that it is almost impossible to avoid out all animal products /by-products. Beyond the standard: not consuming meat, dairy, eggs, honey, and animal by-products (such as whey, albumin etc). . It is up to each vegan how far they take their commitment – there is no “vegan rule book” which you have to obey or you are kicked out of the club I consider myself to be a fairly “hardcore” vegan: All my toiletries and household cleaners are not tested on animals and contain no animal ingredients. I don’t drink wine, beer, or cider which has been processed using animal products. I don’t buy sugar which has been processed using bone char. When I finally get a tattoo it will be using vegan ink. I don’t wear: leather, wool, silk. I don’t support charities which fund animal testing. Etc etc the list goes on and I don’t want to bore you That said. . I ‘m sure there are others out there who manage to avoid more animal products than I do. But thats fine. Veganism is about trying to live a compassionate lifestyle, it’s about giving a damn. . Not being perfect. I don’t mostly use the term “simple” vegetarian but I do get a little annoyed when someone goes around telling people they are vegan when they aren’t. Not because I think veganism is an exclusive club and they aren’t allowed but because it makes life more difficult for other vegans when we try to explain our lifestyle to others. A comparison is pescatarians calling themselves vegetarian resulting in the typical “sure we have vegetarian options: you do eat fish right?”. I don’t know where the lifestyle originated but the word vegan has been used since ~1944 when Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson, frustrated that the term “vegetarianism” had come to include the eating of dairy products, founded the UK Vegan Society. They combined the first three and last two letters of vegetarian to form “vegan,” which they saw as “the beginning and end of vegetarian. (according to wikipedia: ) Hope this answers your question, sorry I’ve rambled for so long
Oprah & 378 Staffers Go Vegan for a week. (2011 episode). Some positive aspects, despite all the meat industry propaganda.