Animal Rights got a big leg up last night at the Academy Awards as Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her role in Black Swan.
Natalie not only looks beautiful, acts fabulously, and eats no meat – she also produces a line of shoes made without leather or other animal products. Natalie is a vegan.
The term vegan was coined by Donald Watson in 1944 and was defined as follows: Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.
A vegan diet includes all grains, beans, legumes, vegetables and fruits and the nearly infinite number of foods made by combining them.
Veganism is more of a political statement as it excludes any anything that is of animal origin. Vegans will not use animal based products for clothing, or any other purpose. A person can become a vegan because of ethical reasons involving animal rights, for environmental factors, or for better health.