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#1 Old 07-22-2003, 10:22 PM
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I am a newbie in China. I only know vegetarian before, but never heard vegan. Can some one tell me the definition of these two words and the difference between them.

I suppose a vegan is more strict in diet, maybe no milk.

I don't drink milk, however I sometimes still eat some products containing milk, such as icecream.

I drank milk before, until I felt uncomfortable one day.
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#2 Old 07-22-2003, 10:27 PM
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Vegans, like other vegetarians, do not eat the bodies of animals. In addition, vegans do not consume milk, eggs or honey. More broadly, veganism is a way of life which seeks to avoid exploitation of or cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. Most vegans do not wear leather, wool or silk.



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#3 Old 07-22-2003, 10:34 PM
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I don't eat eggs, however I sometimes eat some milk or honey.

I will try to reduce the milk products and honey afterwards.
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#4 Old 07-22-2003, 10:52 PM
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Hehe, I saw "veban" and thought "what? Another type!?"



Side note, did you know NW was calling Avril Lavigne a vegan (in the same sentence with demanding diva) but went on to say that she demands fruit and CHEESE! Um, hello....
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I was wondering what veban was myself, lol.



Shewolf - I read an article that said Avril was a vegetarian but sometimes ate hamburgers. I'm like, WTF?

(And btw, love the puppies in your av, especially the rottie...<3 rotties)
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#6 Old 07-23-2003, 12:44 AM
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I have read before that people with Asian decent have higher rates of lactose intolerance because it hasn't been a part of the dietary history as much as other people.



As anyone else heard or read this?
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#7 Old 07-23-2003, 01:11 AM
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Yes that´s true, but it´s below 100% and there are regional differences. Mongolians drink mare-milk. Tibetans eat yak-cheese.

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#8 Old 07-23-2003, 12:22 PM
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Welcome to the VB, Ganlu!



Vegetarians have more letters than Vegans. (just kidding)



Yes, vegans don't consume any animal products at all, and vegetarians eat dairy--as far as the eating is concerned. But everyone here has answered your question quite well.



Here are a couple links for you to check out:

http://www.vegsoc.org/

http://www.worldveganday.org/html/index.php

http://www.vegan-food.net/ (this has a lot of recipes to look at)
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Cissy, thanks, she's my baby... I adore rotties...



Sorry, what were we talking about?
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Quote:
Originally posted by jwnyc

Yes, vegans don't consume any animal products at all, and vegetarians eat dairy--as far as the eating is concerned. But everyone here has answered your question quite well.




Some Vegetarians don't consume dairy.



No vegetarians eat meat or animal parts



Lacto Vegetarians may consume dairy

Ovo Vegetarians may consume eggs

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians may consume both dairy and eggs



Vegetarians (or Strict Vegetarians) consume no dairy or eggs)





The difference between Vegetarian and Vegan to me:



Vegetarians are mostly concerned with diet (though they may limit use of animal related consumer products)



Vegans are concerned with diet AND consumer products (non-food items made with or tested on animals)



I've probably just confused the issue (sorry if I did)
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Quote:
Originally posted by kpickell

Veganism is more of a religion, wherein being perfect is all that matters and all others are shunned.



That's not true.



In general vegetarians don't eat things animals are killed for, vegans try to avoid things that are made with the use of animals.
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#12 Old 07-24-2003, 02:46 AM
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"Veganism is more of a religion, wherein being perfect is all that matters and all others are shunned. Whereas vegetarianism is about doing your personal best to reduce suffering."

i couldn't disagree anymore! if vegetarians wanted to do their best they'd be vegans. and vegans come of all relgions and aren't perfect. BULL****! BULL**** BUAS;HFLGHFG
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Er.....were not gonna make this a veg*ns bashing veg*ns thread please?
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#14 Old 07-24-2003, 05:57 AM
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Thank all of you.
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#15 Old 07-24-2003, 07:07 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by ren

if vegetarians wanted to do their best they'd be vegans.



Holier than thou, eh? Watch it, your superiority is shining through...
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Everybody, stop, breathe.
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#17 Old 07-24-2003, 02:44 PM
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i'm sorry.. the post really pissed me off
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#18 Old 07-24-2003, 06:44 PM
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Hehe, no problem.
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#19 Old 07-25-2003, 12:43 AM
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what happened to the 'veganism is a religion' post anyway?
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