What is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

crossstitcher Asked: What is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

a vegan swears off all meat as well as animal bi-products such as milk and eggs, where as a vegetarian will often just not eat meat


Baal Answered:
From Wikipedia:

Vegetarianism encompasses the practice of following plant-based diets (fruits, vegetables, etc.), with or without the inclusion of dairy products or eggs, and with the exclusion of meat (red meat, poultry, and seafood). Abstention from by-products of animal slaughter, such as animal-derived rennet and gelatin, may also be practiced.

Veganism is the personal practice of eliminating the use of non-human animal products. Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans or strict vegetarians eliminate them from their diet only

circa94 Answered:
Vegetarians can/may eat animal products like cheese or milk, but not an actual animal (beef, chicken, fish). Vegans on the other hand will not eat any animal products.

Steven S Answered:
A vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat meat where as a vegan is someone that avoids using or consuming any animal products. Vegans avoid any dairy and eggs, and sometimes even clothing from animals or cosmetics tested on animals.

Lem Answered:
As far as I know, a vegan eats nothing that comes from animals. ( e.g. eggs, milk, cheese)
Vegetarians exclude only meat from their diets.

Ol wise1 Answered:
Vegetarian don't eat meat but eat animal product.

Vegans don't eat meat and they don't eat animal product.

Ashley Answered:
This is at least the second time within 24 hours this has been asked and it has been asked probably 100s of times (usually with poor answers). However I will answer again:

Vegetarians start not eating any meat (including fish and poultry) and slaughter by-products (gelatin, rennet, lard, bone char are some good examples) whatsoever and can go all the way up too not eating any animal products whatsoever (aka strict/pure vegetarian or what some people falsely consider veganism)
Some vegetarians will eat eggs or dairy or both. Also some might not wear leather or fur or use products made from animals but have not made the full step towards veganism.

"The word 'veganism' denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to end the idea of animals as property and exclude all forms of intentional exploitation of, use of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, research or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, including humans and the environment.
In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."

Veganism is not a diet or just avoiding leather or stuff tested on animals but an entire idea and philosophy that animals don't exist for our use and are not our property and we must eliminate our intentional use of them. It is also the process of unlearning speciesist thought and not using words like "it" and "thing" to describe animals. Veganism is a constant learning process rather than a destination.

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