Top 10 facts about veganism

TODAY is World Vegan Day, which has been celebrated annually on November 1 since 1994.

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November 1 is World Vegan Day, which has been celebrated since 1994

1. The term “vegan”, for someone refraining from eating or using any animal products, was coined in 1994 by Vegan Society founder Donald Watson.2. He explained the word by saying he suggested it “because veganism starts with vegetarianism and carries it through to its logical conclusion.”

3. Actually the word Vegan already existed among science fiction writers for an inhabitant from the star Vega or its solar system.4. In 1940, Thrilling Wonder Stories included a tale called A Novel Of A Vegan Visitor.

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Vegan originally meant non-dairy vegetarian but later the term included all animal products

5. In the mid-1940s a vegan was simply a non-dairy vegetarian. Later the term included abstinence from animal products such as leather and honey.6. Veganism is protected under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. “Veganism” is an anagram of “saving me”.

7. A survey this year reported that there are over half a million vegans in the UK.
3. Actually the word Vegan already existed among science fiction writers for an inhabitant from the star Vega or its solar system.4. In 1940, Thrilling Wonder Stories included a tale called A Novel Of A Vegan Visitor.

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Vegan originally meant non-dairy vegetarian but later the term included all animal products

5. In the mid-1940s a vegan was simply a non-dairy vegetarian. Later the term included abstinence from animal products such as leather and honey.6. Veganism is protected under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. “Veganism” is an anagram of “saving me”.

7. A survey this year reported that there are over half a million vegans in the UK.