By KD Angle-Traegner | Updated Feb. 21, 2018
Living vegan has many advantages. First, it’s a direct action you can take right now that has an immediate, real-world impact on animals. Secondly, living vegan is better for the environment. Finally, a properly planned vegan diet can be incredibly healthy.
So perhaps a better question might be, why not live vegan?
FAQ: What is a vegan anyway? Is it the same thing as a Vegetarian?
With so much misinformation on the internet today, it’s easy to see how people can become confused about what being a vegan means. In short, vegans avoid animal and animal by-products in their food, including not only meat and fish, but dairy and honey as well. Vegans will also avoid animal products in household goods like bedding and cleaners, and clothing and beauty products too. In contrast, a vegetarian still consumes animals in one way or another.
So, where did veganism get its start? Let’s take a look.
For the Animals
First and foremost, it’s about the animals.
For the Environment
Can veganism save the planet? The short answer is yes.
For our Health
Is a vegan diet healthy? Absolutely.
Because veganism already has a definition.
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All of the photos of animals in this guide were obtained from We Animals.
Chances are you’ve seen the award-winning photography of Jo-Anne McArthur. Her documentary project, We Animals, is a project that documents animals in the human environment using photography. The objective, “to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse, and sharing of spaces.” To view more of this project or to support its mission, visit weanimals.org.