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Jul. 26th, 2010 | 03:00 pm
posted by: blueheron in very_vegetarian

One of the points that everyone seems to agree that we should work on for the community guidelines are definitions of the different types of vegetarianism, as well as a definition for vegan.

I have included my own in the comments. Other comments, clarifications or definitions are welcome. :)

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virtualannette

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from: virtualannette
date: Jul. 30th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
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And as a side-point, I don't particularly feel that it's anyone's business why I make the choices I do unless I choose to tell them. People have complex reasons for doing what they do, whatever their choices may be. So it is kind of rude that a blanket monolithic claims about vegan motivations are is being made here all of the time. I make choices by myself for my own reasons, just as we all do. I am capable of free thought. This isn't hive-mind here. I just wanted to clarify that I think it's largely an issue of principle on that count, for me, more than it is anything else.

vegan= eating vegan, living vegan. who cares why??

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virtualannette

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from: virtualannette
date: Jul. 30th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
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also by "here" i meant in vegan communities generally (online and off).

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Blue

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from: blueheron
date: Jul. 30th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Ok, let me put it this way: A lot of these people consider themselves "Health Vegans".

Motivation does matter because if your only concern is health or environment, there are going to be times when it will be more healthy or more environmentally friendly to not be vegan.

I don't think that animal rights necessarily has to be a primary motivation, but I think that it is still an important component to remain a consistent vegan. Without it, what is to stop a vegan from supporting zoos and circuses? Vivsection? Pet ownership? etc?

BUT, I don't think that it will be necessary for us to get into motivation in the definition that we post in the community profile. I think that we can, essentially, just leave it at the UK Vegan Societies definition, while pointing out that it is a lifestyle that extends beyond diet.

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