Vegans Don't Eat Eggs

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 0:44 AM

I perceive that I've to address the topic of 'vegganism' that's been mentioned in various media outlets over the past few weeks. I'm a regular Guardian reader (presently I bet that doesn't arrive as much of a surprise, does it?) and I've been very impressed with the vegan-centric articles that they've been publishing.

Vegans Don't Eat Eggs

Vegans don't eat eggs. I perceive that I've to address the topic of 'vegganism' that's been mentioned in various media outlets over the past few weeks. I'm a regular Guardian reader (presently I bet that doesn't arrive as much of a surprise, does it?) and I've been very impressed with the vegan-centric articles that they've been publishing. I recently read the article 'Can you be a vegan and eat eggs?' (no) by Katy Slater, and then enjoyed Jill Wooster'south comments in 'Being a small bit vegan is totally oxymoronic' (my thoughts exactly).

Let'south see at this in a tiny more detail. For many vegans, their driving force is ethical - we don't wish to eat animals or their by-products. Why? Because the industries that produce meat, dairy and eggs are cruel and there is number way to avert this. Number animal wants to suffer to finish up on a plate; a lifetime of pain for a few minutes of (human) pleasure. By going vegan we opt out of this cycle, our taste buds and cravings aren't more necessary that our ethics and the life of an animal, and let'south face it, when you remind your omnivorous companion that the steak they're eating once had a face, they don't wish to think about it. The majority of people don't wish to know that their lifestyle choices cause suffering to animals, because humans, as a whole, are animal lovers - yet don't connect what'south in a field with what'south on their plate, and what happened in between.

So, 'vegganism'. Is this even a thing? It appears so. A 'veggan' is someone who follows a plant-based diet yet eats ethical eggs. So in real fact, a vegetarian. I'm not what you'd call a Vegan Dictator, and the more compassionate choices there are in the world, the better, but the reason why vegans don't believe in eating eggs (even if they're from pleased hens that have been saved from a terrible fate) is that they're not ours to take. Ditto honey. The ethics of veganism isn't just about avoiding cruelty to animals, it'south also about not exploiting them or taking something that's theirs, for human gain.

However, one of the articles I read mentioned the brand Excellent Food Nation, so I decided to have a see at their website. Whilst I'm most definitely vegan and not vegetarian, I've to declare that the idea of looking after these tiny hens is fantastic, and I've number doubt that the animals they see after are pleased and enjoying their lives. I also should add that if someone is struggling to delete eggs or dairy from their diet, this could be a grand stepping stone to a vegan lifestyle.

The problem with people identifying as vegans when they still eat eggs, is that they add to the already profound confusion as to what a vegan actually eats. Similar to the whole fish-eating 'vegetarian' issue (argh!). In a time where not sufficient places a) proposal anything vegan and b) don't even know what a vegan eats, we really don't necessity more issues than we already face when explaining our food choices.

In essence, what I hope this article has cleared up is this: you can't be an egg-eating vegan (you're a vegetarian) in the same way a fish-eating vegetarian is actually a pescatarian. Maybe you don't wish to perceive unable to eat what you like, but don't create it harder for the rest of us; I for one don't wish to discover egg in my vegan snack following time I dine out.

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