Today we celebrate World Vegan Day. Not only do vegans not consume any products of animal origin, they also do not use any such in their day-to-day life.
Vegans are much stricter than vegetarians in their beliefs and even refuse to use any products that have any indirect link to animals.
World Vegan Day was first observed on November 1, 1994. The founder of the holiday is the Vegan Society, which marked its 50th anniversary at the time.
The world "vegan" was popularized by Donald Watson, who chose to become a vegetarian when he was just 14 years old and by age 30 he had become a vegan. Watson lived to be 95.
So why do people choose to become vegans? One of the reasons these individuals turn down milk, eggs, products of animal origin (leather, silk, wool and others), products with animal components (glycerin, gelatin), certain kinds of sugar and cosmetics that have been tested on animals, is because they do not wish to cause harm of any kind to the animals.
Others resort to this extreme measure because they are chiefly concerned about their health and refuse to consume food that is unhealthy. No small number of people resort to veganism for purely egotistical reasons as well - the fact is that this way of eating provides sufficient weight loss because it cleanses the body of toxins.
Various initiatives related to veganism are organized on this day. Vegans around the world try to show the rest of humanity how important it is for humans to drink clean water, to feed themselves from fertile lands and not kill animals, since every animal has its own place under the Sun.