To me, being vegan is about finding the best way to live that is both healthful and humane. I often feel greater kinship with near vegetarians who are striving to live more ethically than with those who eat a strictly vegan diet for reasons of personal health.
Here, and in my examiner column, I choose to focus on diet—practical, health and philosophical aspects—because this is the area in which I have expertise. And diet has a huge impact on animal suffering. But being vegan is not about “what should I have for dinner?” It’s about “what choices can I make today to minimize animal suffering?”
Do we need some new terminology to describe that difference? How can the word vegan mean someone who chooses a particular diet to protect their health and also mean someone who avoids all animal products—dietary and otherwise—to protect animals?
Would you comment on the following article (or tell me where you have)? It says vegans don’t live as long as vegetarians or occasional meat eaters: