CategoryVeganism

How Many Vegans Are There in Canada? [2020 Survey]

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We all live in information bubbles. For vegans, it seems like veganism is really catching on, with stories and news articles leading us to believe that more and more people are going vegan. But are they really, and is it making an impact on things like the meat industry? It’s a difficult thing to measure for many reasons, but surveys can give us decent data to form opinions on. There’s data on...

The Complete Guide to Vegan Wall Paint

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When I first went vegan, I never would have imagined that some wall paint would not be vegan. But here we are… There’s 3 main reasons that paint may not be vegan: It can contain dairy products, usually milk protein as a binder. Many use beeswax as a binder. They test the paint on animals – This can include testing putting the paint on animals skin, but also forcing ingestion. Here’s...

Accidently Ate Animal Product (Dairy, Meat) As a Vegan: What Now?

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Sometimes you’ll be assured that a food is vegan and it turns out that it’s not. Other times you may buy something and somehow missed a non-vegan ingredient. And other times, you may learn about some obscure ingredient that apparently isn’t vegan. Almost every vegan has accidentally eaten an animal product at some point. Don’t Beat Yourself Up About It This is an imperfect world that we live in...

Is Penicillin Vegan?

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Penicillin itself is completely synthetic. The reason that some might think it’s not vegan is because it’s tested on animals. Even though most of the animal testing is long done, there are still researchers testing it in niche situations. For example, here’s a study from 2019 where researchers induced epileptiform activity in rats. Does Animal Testing Make Medicine Not Vegan? This is not a...

How to Be Vegan With a Wheat Allergy

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Being vegan is a lot easier if you can eat wheat. But, if you have a wheat allergy, it’s still possible. I’ve summarized the most important things to keep in mind when planning a vegan wheat-free diet. Most Vegan Food Groups Are Still An Option It’s easy to picture a vegan diet mainly containing wheat products like bread and pasta, but in reality, that’s only a small part of many vegan diets...

7 Possible Side Effects of Going Vegan Cold Turkey

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I know that some people transition to a vegan diet slowly, but for me it was hard to see how I could keep eating animal products once I realized how wrong it was. So I went cold turkey, and I imagine you’re in the same boat. For some, going vegan overnight has huge side effects, and for others there are none. What’s clear to me now is that it depends on how much of a change your new diet is...

What is a Strict Vegan Diet? [Definition]

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All vegans have their own personal definition of veganism, it’s not like there’s one person who invented it. The Vegan Society is the group that’s been around the longest, and here’s how they define veganism in general: Veganism is a 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...

8 Gifts that Vegan Athletes Will Love

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Buying gifts for vegans can be pretty difficult. But if you know they’re an athlete, that can give you a few extra ideas of what to give them. I’ve come up with a list of gifts that I believe most vegan athletes would enjoy. I’m not going to list general gifts for athletes (e.g. blender, foam roller, wireless headphones, gym bag, etc.), but instead I’ll focus on things where being vegan...

Is Cologne Tested on Animals?

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Just like women’s perfume is often tested on animals, so is cologne. Animal testing isn’t required for selling cologne in most countries, it is for some – China is the biggest one. So if a cologne brand sells products in China, then they typically test on animals at least for certain products. Sites like Ethical Elephant are good places to check if a company is “cruelty-free”...

How Do Vegans Feel About Horseback Riding?

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Racing horses have very short lifespans and are treated terribly, but that’s pretty obvious to everyone. But what about non-racing horses, is it okay to ride them? That’s what I’ll go over in this post. While there’s not a full consensus on the topic among vegans, most vegans do not consider it to be an ethical activity. Ultimately, there’s no need to ride horses other than for...