CategoryVeganism

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...

How Do Vegans Feel About Hunting for Meat?

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When I’ve talked to others about whether it’s right to kill and eat animals, one of the questions I often ask is: If there was a pig (for example) in your backyard that you had to kill if you wanted to have ham for dinner, would you be able to? Most people in that situation would say “no, unless my life depended on it.” But, there are some people who would “sure” – hunters. I’ve...

Should Vegans Date Non-Vegans?

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If you only want to date other vegans, you limit your options a lot. Ideally, you’d still be comfortable with dating omnivores. This is a topic I’ve been thinking and reading about a lot about lately. I’m going to lay out the conclusions that I’ve drawn, and hopefully these help you decide on what’s best for you. Dating an Omnivore Only Works if They Later Turn Vegan That’s a...

How Do Vegans Feel About Carnivorous Animals?

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Some animals are obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat other animals to survive. As a vegan with 2 cats, this is a subject I’ve thought a lot about. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but perhaps I can shed some light on this topic. No Carnivores Have Moral Agency As far as i know, no obligate carnivore is quite intelligent enough to have moral agency. This is one of the most...

How Do You Explain Veganism to Others?

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I don’t go around telling people I’m vegan, but it still comes up. Inevitably, I’m asked, “why did you go vegan?” The first few times I was asked this, it was hard to come up with a clear, concise answer. After all, there were hundreds of reasons swirling around in my head. That led me to sitting down to figure out a way to explain veganism to others that was short and clear. The answer for...

Is Glue Vegan? (Is Glue Made From Horses?)

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I never learned how glue was made as a child, but I always had the notion that it came from animals like horses, which I must have heard somewhere. Fast forward to now, and I really wanted to know the answer. So, I looked up how glue is made to find out if it’s vegan. Good News: Most Glues Are Vegan It turns out that most glues used to be mainly made of animal products (mainly from...