The Case for Veganism

We have a vegan staff network, but why should you go vegan in the first place?

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What is veganism?

There’s a common misconception that veganism is a diet. However, it’s actually a philosophy. It’s not what you eat, it’s what you believe.

So what do vegans believe?

Luckily, there’s a definition, courtesy of The Vegan Society:

“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

This definition has evolved a bit over the years, but the core idea at the heart of it is still the same: we shouldn’t exploit animals or treat them cruelly if we don’t have to.

That’s it. It’s actually pretty simple. Veganism is about seeing animals as sentient individuals, and treating them with respect, empathy and compassion rather than seeing them as a resource or commodity for us to use.

There are also environmental and health reasons to follow a vegan lifestyle, all of which are based on scientific evidence.

Why go vegan?

Rather than re-creating what already exists – we are a local government staff network after all, not a national resource – here are some links to great information and tools to learn more about what it means to go vegan and why we should do it.

And here’s a great video that breaks down every argument against going vegan!

Get in touch

Find out how to get involved with the SCC Vegan Staff Network.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to use our contact form or email vegannetwork@suffolk.gov.uk.