I think I should have made this post before I wrote about Vegans. However, as they say better late than never. So here it goes.
Vegetarianism is not a religion, but a way of life. However, like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam or other religions of the world, Vegetarianism too has many shades. They come in as many flavors as there are cuisines.
The word Vegan was coined by “The Vegan Society” in its Memorandum of Association when it was founded in United Kingdom by Donald Watson on November 1, 1944. In the Memorandum the definition of “veganism” denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.
That’s right. I am a VEGETARIAN.
The kind of vegetarian that you have in India – a Lacto Vegetarian – one who does not eat meat and eggs in any form but also one who has no qualms about consuming dairy products.
I became a vegetarian because I fell in love with a vegetarian lady! That was 16 years ago. And I continue to be a vegetarian even now because:
1. I still love and live with the same lady, and
2. More importantly, I am convinced that we humans should be vegetarians.