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I know that the word vegan originates with the formation of The Vegan Society in forties, but surely there are examples of people being "vegan" before this. How long ago and in what settings can we find evidence of the vegan diet and/or cruelty-free lifestyle?
 

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I know that the word vegan originates with the formation of The Vegan Society in forties, but surely there are examples of people being "vegan" before this. How long ago and in what settings can we find evidence of the vegan diet and/or cruelty-free lifestyle?
in a nutshell: Pythagoras in the west and Asoka the Great in the east then Cathari heretics and plenty of other more isolated developments.
 
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