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International Animal Rights ConferenceInternational Animal Rights Conference

Friday, 14.09.2012   17:30-18:20   Room A
Vegan generations
The importance of veganism as the animal rights movement`s moral baseline
Roger Yates

Is there a generation gap emerging in the vegan movement in the 21st century? While the 1940s vegans, including Vegan Society co-founder Donald Watson, were the real pioneers of veganism, we are arguably still in the "pioneer stage" of the movement. As with the case with vegetarianism, there have been definitional disputes about what veganism should mean since the 1940s. How should the modern movement, which has recently succeeded in establishing veganism as the moral baseline of the animal advocacy movement, react to recent ideas such as "lacto-veganism", and suggestions that the flesh of deers and other animals killed on roads, eggs, and honey may be eaten under certain circumstances by people who can legitimately call themselves vegan?













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