“Veganism is a philosophy and 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 other purpose.”
I’ve been vegan nearly 30 years. I went vegetarian first when I was about 16 years old, but as soon as I found out how milk and eggs were produced, I became vegan soon after. When I went vegan there were very few meat or dairy alternatives, or other ready made vegan foods. It was hard to eat out and only vegan option was usually chips and salad! But I just did without and didn’t really miss anything. I have always cooked and worked as a chef in vegetarian restaurants, so I have always eaten a wide variety of foods and experimented with different recipes from around the world. Most of my diet was, and still is, based mainly on wholefoods. Whilst some people may go vegan or follow a plant-based diet for health or environmental reasons, veganism is fundamentally about animal rights. I am vegan because I think it is wrong to kill or harm animals if we don’t need to, to survive.