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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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Blue

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from: blueheron
date: Jul. 30th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
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This thread most certainly isn't the place to get into the argument, and I really do appreciate you voicing your opinion. :)

So my question is: do you have a problem with simply using the UK Vegan Society's definition? They are clear that the point of vegetarianism is to not exploit animals, and that the benefits are for non-human animals, human health and the environment. I think that sums up the various positions quite nicely, and so long as someone seeks to avoid exploiting animals in all aspects, I don't see why they wouldn't be considered vegan.

What I don't agree with is breaking it down into things like "health vegan", "ethical vegan" or "dietary vegan". IMHO, there is only "vegan".

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virtualannette

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from: virtualannette
date: Jul. 30th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I have no problem with their definition. I guess I just don't like vegan groups always making it this huge "we are speaking for your reasons and motivations, and there can be no other reasons or motivations" thing all the time. That and I was due to go on a rant... it's been too long ;) haha

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Blue

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from: blueheron
date: Jul. 31st, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
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I certainly don't mind ranting, and I am a firm believer that debate (in the sense of honest dialogue) is one of the best ways to learn things.

So I really do appreciate you writing that above. :)

Regardless weather I agree fully with your position or not, one thing that it really illustrates is that we will have to be careful how we define it in the profile because it has potential to be a sticking point.

That alone is the single biggest reason why I am pushing for the Vegan Society definition, and not necessarily say, Gary Francione's interpretation of it.

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