Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

What is a vegan, anyway?

What is a vegan, anyway?
  • Someone who eats a huge range of delicious food!
  • Someone who doesn’t eat, wear or use anything that comes from any animal, dead or alive.
That means ‘no thanks’ to:
  • meat (beef, lamb, pork, goat etc) – or anything from them (pâté, bacon, brawn etc)
  • poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, goose, pheasant etc) – or anything from them (chicken liver; foie gras etc)
  • fish or fish roe (caviar etc)
  • water creatures, sea or fresh-water (prawns, oysters, crabs, lobsters, mussels etc)
  • by-products from animals such as gelatine, animal fat (lard), isinglass (fish bladders), lanolin (sheep’s wool – often from slaughtered sheep)
  • dairy (milk, cheese, cream, yoghurt, crème fraiche etc)
  • eggs
  • by-products from dairy or eggs such as whey, skimmed milk, casein, albumen
  • honey – because bees are frequently killed during its production. And it’s their food, not ours!
  • leather, wool or silk – a lot of wool comes from slaughtered sheep. Leather and silk always involve death for creatures
  • cosmetics or toiletries that contain animal substances
... and see Hidden Nasties for a more comprehensive list!