The founder of the Vegan Society, Donald Watson originally coined the term veganism.
When the society became a registered charity in 1979, the Memorandum and Articles of Association updated this definition of “veganism” as:
‘Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.’
For more information on how to live vegan please visit The Vegan Starter Kit.