I learned only recently that the term ‘vegan’ was first coined by a Yorkshire teacher in November 1944 – a year before the end of the second world war. This was the most deadly and among the most barbaric episodes in human history. The full horror of the holocaust was as yet unknown. Every human life is intrinsically valuable. At the moment when this idea seemed utterly lost in Western Europe, the idea that animal life is valuable too was found, or rediscovered.

The decision to adopt a vegan diet has always been about celebrating life: the choice of the consumer not to support an industry ...


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