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Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.

Definition of the term 'vegan' coined by Donald Watson, 1944, co-founder of the Vegan Society, UK

AACT strongly encourages it's members to make a vegan lifestyle choice as it is only through veganism that we stop contributing to the suffering of non-human animals.

The links from this page will provide you with information about the dairy, egg, honey, and wool industries so that you may make an informed decision. There are also links to organisations that can support you in adapting to a vegan lifestyle, which include links to some recipies to get you started.

Below is an article by an AACT member that will introduce you to the lifestyle concept of veganism.

VEGANISM
by AACT member Ben Payne

Veganism is a diet and lifestyle which involves not eating, wearing, or using any products or by-products produced by animals. This means vegans eat a plant-based diet free from any animal products including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. Vegans also do not wear fur, wool, leather, or any other animal fabric and choose products that have not been tested on animals. Veganism is vegetarianism taken to its logical conclusion, and the most practical and beneficial way to implement the theory of animal rights in your life.

Veganism recognises the need for the abolition of our use and exploitation of non-human animals, and is the most significant and effective method for bringing about social change regarding their moral status. More than simply a diet and a lifestyle, veganism is the most powerful method of activism for the animal rights movement and serves as a consistent application of the animal rights ideology.

Veganism is not concerned with making the exploitation of non-human animals more ‘humane’, but instead leads the way in a revolution of our attitudes towards them. Veganism does not ask that we have bigger cages or greener pastures but that we revaluate our use of non-human animals and understand our role in creating a better society through the rejection of that use.

Many people concerned with our use of animals quickly give up eating meat, but few immediately realise the connection between the institutionalised exploitation of animals and other animal products such as dairy and eggs. Animals raised for milk or egg production are exploited longer than their meat counterparts and all end up in the same slaughterhouse when their production capacity wanes, after which we consume their flesh. There is no logical difference between supporting animal agribusiness though eating meat or through eating dairy or eggs. Buying ‘free range’ eggs or ‘humanely produced’ pork will not change the moral status of non-human animals either, but simply serves to further entrench our use of them.

Taking a principled stand against animal exploitation involves refusing to support it by buying and consuming animal products, and carrying this into every aspect of our lives. By becoming a vegan and educating others about veganism we can begin to make a difference for nonhuman animals and our planet.

 

Letter from a Vegan World

The Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary website Letter from a Vegan World is compelling reading for aspiring vegans and long-term vegans alike. Read this and you'll have no doubt about the misery and suffering that meat, dairy and egg consumption causes to millions of animals every day. On this website they dispel the myths of "free-range" farming including the belief that it is better for the animals.

Vegan Links

Vegan Society UK

Vegan Outreach

Vegan Health

Vegan Voice (Australian Magazine)

Vegetarian Tasmania

Milk Sucks

Why Honey Is Not Vegan

Save the Sheep

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Abolitionist Approach

AACT Newsletter Article: Raising Vegan Children

 


Links to other sites will be added regularly. Please visit again to see new links. If you have a site you think we should link to, please email AACT at the address listed below.

 

Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania

Email: info@aact.org.au Tel: 0408 970 359

 
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