Every day is a great day to advocate for animals, but today is extra special. November is World Vegan Month and November 1st (today) is World Vegan Day! Two excellent reasons to celebrate!
The word vegan was coined in November 1944 in Great Britain by Donald Watson. Watson and his wife, along with four friends, founded the Vegan Society out of a desire to describe a life free from animal products. He suggested the term ‘vegan’ – the beginning and end of ‘vegetarian’ – because, “veganism starts with vegetarianism and carries it through to its logical conclusion.” Watson, in the first issue of The Vegan News, talked about veganism as the basis of a new social movement, and then later defined veganism in this way:
Veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude – as far as is possible and practical – 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.
Everyone here at Your Daily Vegan are Donald Watson vegans.
World Vegan Day was established in 1994 by Louise Walis, who was then President & Chair of The Vegan Society, to kick off World Vegan Month and commemorate The Vegan Society’s 50th anniversary. Taking the time to celebrate in a movement that is inherently filled with tragedy and sadness is so important for our mental well-being. After all, we can’t be good advocates if we don’t take care of ourselves. As a vegan living in a small town with zero dedicated vegan restaurants and a small vegan community, I know what it’s like to feel isolated and alone. But not today! Today you’ll find vegan celebrations all around and it’s the perfect time to join in!
In honor of World Vegan Day I’m doing a top three list of the reasons to celebrate veganism. Maybe you know some of these reasons, maybe you don’t. Maybe I didn’t list a reason that you feel is super important. If that’s the case, let me know in the comments! We all benefit when we come together as a team!
The Top Three Reasons to Celebrate Living Vegan
1. You will save the lives of animals.