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What is Veganism?

Veganism is not simply a definition of a diet, but a way of living.

"The word 'veganism' denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practical—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." – Vegan Society of the UK definition of veganism. 

The South African Vegan Society is a volunteer organisation focusing on public outreach, distribution of resources, product endorsement as well as providing support for those who choose the vegan lifestyle.

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Health

Well planned vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of life, and in some cases can be much healthier than animal-based diets. Find out more about vegan health.

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Environment

Vegan diets use far less resources than animal-based diets. The UN has encouraged a shift towards plant-based diets in order to combat environmental destruction and climate change.

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Ethics

The ethics of exploiting animals has been debated throughout the course of human history. In an increasingly commodified world, non-human animals suffer now more than ever.

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Nutrition

When transitioning to a plant-based diet it’s important to familiarize yourself with what your body needs so all your nutritional needs are met. Find out more about vegan nutrition.

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Vegan Living

Being a vegan is more of a lifestyle than simply a diet. Living vegan means to try and reduce the amount of suffering wherever possible. Find out more about living vegan.

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