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What is the difference between veganism and vegetarianism? We’ll talk about both and ask you to contribute your thoughts on the two…
This post is based on my current knowledge of veganism and vegetarianism. There are very different variations and opinions that are individual to the person practicing them. Here I cover generalities for the purpose of educating those who know little of either lifestyles and their ethics. Please feel free to correct, add to what is said here, and add your individual take for others to learn from.
Are you a Vegetarian? A Vegan?
What is your personal code of ethics driving your choices and why have you chosen this lifestyle?
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Veganism and Vegetarianism take different forms.
First, lets talk about vegetarianism…
The most commonly known form of vegetarianism involves not eating red meat. The people who practice this form typically eat fish and chicken. This can be looked at as a more health conscious lifestyle choice rather than a choice based on animal welfare. Then again, some people who practice this form won’t eat chicken, but do eat fish as they believe that they are not as capable of the broader range of feelings that are seen in larger mammals are.
Another form of vegetarianism is referred to as lacto-ovo vegetarianism. People who practice this form of vegetarianism do not eat any meat. They do, however consume dairy (lacto) and eggs (ovo). This can be looked at as a personal choice that is based more on animal welfare. Those practicing lacto-ovo vegetarianism believe less harm is created to produce milk products and eggs than the slaughter of the animal for meat. Others, know the truth about how animals are treated as a whole on massive farms. but simply can’t give up cheese, milk, eggs, cream, etc.
Veganism can be seen a more broad reaching form of vegetarianism. It’s focus is not simply on the health benefits of veganism, though there are many, but largely on the welfare of animals. Some vegans eat no meat, eggs, or dairy, but will use materials derived from animals. Others do not use any material derived from animals (leather for example). Many vegans also take a stance of the environment and their effect on sustainability. They are considered Eco-Vegans. They see their role in this world as all-inclusive, not just the prevention of animal suffering, but the prevention of needless abuse to our ecosystem as a whole. Another form of veganism involves insects. People who practice this form will not use honey from bees or silk from spiders as an example. Overall, vegans are concerned about how we use animals and insects for our own profit and gain. They believe that these creatures should be able to live their lives as they naturally would without human intervention.