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 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." – 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.

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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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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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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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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