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What is Veganism?Vegans do not consume any animal products. Vegans avoid products which have been tested on animals and are opposed to the use of animals in sport or entertainment. In practice, this means that we do not eat meat, fish, dairy products, eggs or honey, and we do not wear shoes or clothes made of leather, wool or silk.
The term "vegan" was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson, co-founder of the British Vegan Society, to mean "non-dairy vegetarian". It extended its definition in 1951 to mean "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals", and in 1960 H. Jay Dinshah started the American Vegan Society, linking the movement to the Jainist concept of ahimsa, the avoidance of violence against living things. A vegan diet is often refered to as a 'plant-based diet'.
Many vegans are former vegetarians who have decided to dispense with animal products altogether. Some people have chosen a plant-based diet for health reasons.