Veganism is the practice of not contributing to animal cruelty, abuse, slavery and slaughter whenever and wherever possible.
A vegan chooses not to eat meat, dairy, honey and other animal products. He/she also chooses not to wear leather, fur, wool and other dead animal skins and coats.
Although the term vegan was coined about sixty five years ago, veganism itself wasn't an unapplied belief before that. History provides us with great examples of people who had been vegan. Many more had been just vegetarian because they hadn't known what happened behind the sugar coated walls of the dairy industry. Fortunately, in today's world of mass media and social networking, we have the ability to be better informed. The following are few of the famous historical vegetarians/vegans:
Charles Darwin, Leonardo Da Vinci (vegan and the first known animal activist), Plutarch, Plato, Socrates, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi (almost vegan - he used to drink milk obtained from relatively well-treated goats. He always regretted his addiction to goat's milk), Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Romain Rolland, J.C.Bose, George Bernard Shaw, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Disney, Thomas Alva Edison, C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Aryabhatta, Tesla, Henry Ford, Rosa Parks, The Beatles, Bob Marley and so on...
Reasons To Go Vegan
Just a few weeks ago, the president of the United States, Barack Obama 'pardoned' a couple of turkeys which will spend the rest of their lives in a farm sanctuary. The rest of the turkeys which were shown to him were murdered for thanksgiving dinner at the White House. The word which struck me as interesting here is 'pardon'. What did the turkeys do wrong that they had to be pardoned? is being born as turkeys such a heinous crime that they have to be given death sentences? But wait, that is what most people believe to be right.