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Vegetarianism has been around for centuries but recently we have seen the eruption of a more militant vegetarianism that is inspired by the animal rights movement Today vegetarian activists are throwing pies at Ronald McDonald and the Pork Queen scrawling meat is murder in prominent locations committing terrorist acts of arson and waging media campaigns equating meat consumption with cannibalism These activists have coined the term Vegans to name their unity Although the group advocates a totally plant-based diet excluding flesh fish fowl eggs honey and animals milk butter and cheese vegans also encourage the manufacture and use of alternatives to animal commodities including clothing shoes and other apparel In addition the group acknowledges that the elimination of exploitation of any kind is necessary in order to bring about a more reasonable and humane society and to emancipate both humans and animals The American Vegan Society promotes the philosophy of Ahimsa a Sanskrit word interpreted as dynamic harmlessness along with advocating service to humanity nature and creation In other words in order to practice veganism it is not sufficient to simply avoid specific foods and products it is necessary to actively participate in beneficial selfless action as well Omitting animal products from ones life is a passive action it does not necessitate asserting oneself it merely involves avoidance In order to actually implement and realize Ahimsa we must engage the dynamic part of dynamic harmlessness Therefore to fully apply the vegan ethic not only are vegans compelled to do the least harm they are obliged to do the most good Marcus pars 1-2 Observing people who attempt to convert to a vegan lifestyle has brought a keen sense of how difficult it is to know and follow every rule within the culture Becoming vegan is a process rarely does someone convert to total veganism overnight More typically people transition to a vegan lifestyle generally altering their diet first It is a very complicated
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