What defines a vegan

A vegan is a person whose “way of living seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose”.
It means a vegan is a person who:
Chooses cosmetics, body care and personal use items not tested on animals and not containing any animal derived ingredients
Says NO to the use of animals for work and entertainment, and as pets
Opts for cruelty free alternatives to leather, wool, silk, honey and other animal based products
Switches to plant based substitutes for flesh, eggs and animal milk, and continues to enjoy what is already vegan (100% plant based) in diet
While in the first instance, being vegan looks tough, but once you make this ethical choice, you realise that it is not really so. That is because:
There are a growing number of companies offering cosmetics, body care and personal use items that are vegan,
In this age of mechanisation, it is a shame that we are still using animals for work. With so many ways to amuse ourselves, it is silly that we use animals for entertainment. And as far as pets are concerned, not only is breeding animals unnecessary and cruel, but physical proximity to animals is a major cause of zoonotic diseases
With the availability of faux leather, polyester fleece, cotton, dates and other products, it is very convenient and economical for us to go animal-free
While fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds are vegan by default, it is not difficult to find plant based foods and beverages that can replace the appearance, texture and taste of animal based products and yet be healthier
So please stop looking for excuses to not go vegan. It is really high time nonhuman animals are freed from all forms of human exploitation.
Malvika Kalra
Founder REHAI
freedom@rehai.org