Veganism and Vegetarianism Difference and brief explanation

Vegan was originally derived from vegetarian in 1944 when Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson had frustrated when the term used to include eating of dairy products ( Lacto vegetarianism), founded the UK vegan society. They combined the first three and last two letters of vegetarian to form Vegan which they saw as the beginning and end of vegetarian. Veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude as far as possible and practical all form or exploitation or cruelty for animals as for food, clothing or any of animal sources. Most vegans also do not use products that require for their production the death or suffering of animals, such as leather, fur, wool, and certain cosmetics.

vegetarianism is a practice of which exclude all animal flesh, including poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea and slaughtering by-products, there are some variation that they admit dairy products like milk, eggs and products from animal labor such as honey, etc. Origin of the Word “Vegetarian” The word vegetarian, coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842, comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning “whole, sound, fresh, or lively,” as in homo vegetus-a mentally and physically vigorous person. The original meaning of the word implies a balanced philosophical and moral sense of life, a lot more than just a diet of vegetables and fruits.

  • Buddhists practice also vegetarianism, but not most of them.The argument for Buddhists following a vegetarian diet stems from two basic principles. The first is a belief in reincarnation.The second argument for vegetarianism comes from the prohibition against harming any living thing which is at the core of the Buddhist philosophy. This principle is expressed by Buddha in the Udana:
  • Veganism and Vegetarianism were  similar in one way for they both have a plant-based diet, and beyond simple personal choice, may be related to moral, religious, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, environmental, social, economic, political conviction as well as with health concern.