LESSON 101- Basic Definitions

Unfortunately, there is a plethora of misinformation, misunderstandings, and even deliberate disinformation about veganism and about animals. So here are a few basic definitions to clear things up.

VEGANISM

The doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.


THE VEGAN MOVEMENT

A social justice movement seeking to:

  1. end all animal exploitation
  2. end all animal agriculture
  3. end the legal status of animals as property
  4. switch all of humanity to a plants-only diet

PLANT-BASED

“Plant-Based” refers to a fad diet one tries to follow by reducing intake of animal foods and increasing plant foods to improve one’s health. Unless a person has made a lifetime commitment to live without exploiting animals, they are not vegan… especially those who go on and off a plant-based diet.


VEGAN

A vegan person has made a lifetime commitment to live without exploiting animals, which includes a “Plants-ONLY” diet.


NON-VEGAN

A person who exploits animals.


SENTIENT

Just like humans, all animals are sentient, meaning they are conscious, they have thoughts, feelings, personalities, loved ones, friends, a desire to be free, and a profound will to live.


HUMANE

A deliberately misleading term used by the animal agriculture industries to hide the cruelty they inflict, and to deceive consumers into thinking there is nothing wrong with their products. Other lies they use are cage-free, grass-fed, organic, animal welfare, family farm, happy animals, etc……..


PROPERTY

Humans have decided that animals are their legal property. Humans view animals as objects to be owned and used instead of recognizing and respecting them as the sentient, living beings they actually are. Living beings should never be treated as property that people own.… that’s called slavery.


EXPLOITATION

… treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from them. When humans are the victims of exploitation, everyone is outraged. Let’s stop this hypocritical double standard and realize once and for all that exploitation is wrong no matter who the victim is.


ANIMAL LOVER

If you say you are an “animal lover”, but you are not vegan… then you are a “pet lover”, not an animal lover. All true animal lovers are vegan.


OMNIVORE

Biologically, humans are herbivores, not omnivores or carnivores. We have absolutely no physical need to eat animals, their eggs, or drink their mother’s milk in order to survive or to be healthy. In fact, eating animals is extremely detrimental to our health.


PROTEIN

The animal agriculture industries have deliberately deceived us into believing that we require meat, dairy, and eggs to get protein. Stop believing that lie and realize that fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and grains (in fact, ALL plant foods) contain more than enough high quality protein to meet everyone’s protein needs.


MEAT IS NECESSARY?

Eating animals, and their eggs and milk is not at all necessary for human health. There are mountains of incontrovertible evidence that eating meat, dairy, and eggs causes all sorts of diseases, and that even small amounts of animal products have adverse effects on human health.


HEALTH

The “Whole Plants” diet provides all the nutrients necessary for human health. A whole plants diet consists of fruits, vegetables, beans, intact grains, nuts, and seeds. It excludes these processed foods- oil, flour, salt, and refined sugar.


Speciesism

Speciesism is a form of prejudice and bigotry like racism and sexism. A speciesist believes their species to be superior to all other species. This self-proclaimed superiority makes speciesists feel entitled to commit all sorts of atrocities against those they deem inferior.