Gallery: Vegans celebrate ‘birth’ of world movement

November 1 is dedicated as World Vegan Day, to kick off awareness month; events be held around the world.

November 1, 2011 15:01
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 Vegans around the world will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the "birth" of their movement on Tuesday, by attending a local gathering or simply refraining from using or eating anything from animals.

Veganism as it is known today was established as a movement in 1944, by people who wanted to differentiate themselves from vegetarians by abstaining not only from the consumption of meat, but also from both the consumption and use of all animal products.

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While there are various reasons for vegan diets, most are guided by ethical, dietary and environmental concerns. Estimates put the number of vegans in the US at around 2 million and the UK at 250,000.

Critics of veganism point to a lack of protein in a poorly-planned vegan diet, but the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada regard a vegan diet as appropriate for all ages if planned well.

The Vegan Day celebration in Los Angeles will include a DJ, street vendors and a silent auction, a brunch will be held in Paris, and Lincoln, UK will have a street fair.

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