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Veganism is the personal practice of eliminating the use of non-human animal products. "Ethical Vegans" reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while "Dietary Vegans" or strict vegetarians eliminate them from their diet only. Another form, "Environmental Veganism", rejects the use of animal products on the premise that the industrial practice is environmentally damaging and unsustainable. The term "vegan" was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson, co-founder of the British Vegan Society, to mean "non-dairy vegetarian"; the society also opposed the use of eggs as food. It extended its definition in 1951 to mean "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals," and in 1960 H. Jay Dinshah started the American Vegan Society, linking veganism to the Jainist concept of Ahimsa, the avoidance of violence against living things. It is a small but growing movement. In 1997 three percent in the U.S. said they had not used animals for any purpose in the previous two years, and in 2007 two percent in the UK called themselves vegans. The number of vegan restaurants is increasing, and according to the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink (2007) the top athletes in certain endurance sports - for instance, the Ironman triathlon and Ultramarathon - practise Raw Veganism. Well-planned vegan diets have been found to offer protection against many degenerative conditions, including heart disease.



    2008  Vegetarian Times Study Shows    



  7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians  


  0.5 % or 1 million, of those are Vegans  


  22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet  



“Vegetarianism in America”  study, published by Vegetarian Times, shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet. The 2008 study indicates that of the non-vegetarians surveyed 5.2 percent, or 11.9 million people, are “definitely interested” in following a vegetarian-based diet in the future.


The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors.

Of the vegetarians surveyed :



  59 % are female ;  


  41 % are male.  


  42.0 % are age 18 to 34 years old ;  


  40.7 % are 35 to 54 ;  


  17.4 % are over 55.  


  57.1 % followed a vegetarian diet for more than 10 years ;  


  18 Percent for 5 to 10 years ;  


  10.8 Percent for 2 to 5 years ;  


  14.1 Percent for less than 2 years.  



The 2008 study also indicated that over half (53 percent) of current vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance.



   USA & UK World Vegan Statistics   



   Vegan Research Survey Findings & Statistics   


                                  *  Vegan profile - a summary of the panel findings  *   


                                     Survey 1 - The vegans are out there ( June 00 ) 


                                     Survey 2 - All present and correct? ( Nov 00 ) 


                                     Survey 3 - Government fiddles while cattle burn ( May 01 ) 


                                     Survey 4 - How to make a vegan happy ( Oct 01 ) 


                                     Survey 5 - What's in it for vegans? ( May 02 ) 


                                     Survey 6 - Cooking up a storm ( Oct 02 ) 


                                     Survey 7 - Tuning into vegans ( Jun 03 ) 













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