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ASK The Village Vegan | ''What is the exact definition of veganism?''

QUESTION: What is the exact definition of veganism? T his isn't the first question people usually ask when I tell someone that I am a vegan, but it should be. They usually ask, ''Are you healthy'' or ''Where do you get your protein?'' That sometimes gets us off on the wrong foot. It's much better if we can define something first, then it's much easier to discuss it, and explain it. Let's start with the standard definition. Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and with it, an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals . An individual who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan. Sometimes, a vegan may further explain that they are an 'ethical vegan', also known as a "moral vegetarian". This is someone who not only follows a vegan diet, but extends their philosophy to other areas of their life, and opposes the use of animals for any