vegan history

A section of the very first edition of The Vegan News from 1944

Excerpts from The Vegan News (1944)

The following is an abridged version of vegan pioneer Donald Watson’s writing in the very first newsletter of the UK Vegan Society in 1944, long before factory farming became commonplace. 

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A black and white image of Jay Dinshah at his printing press

Out of the Jungle

One of the first of its kind in the United States, H. Jay Dinshah’s revolutionary 1967 book invites readers to consider Ahimsa (nonviolence) as the way out of “a jungle worse than any devised by nature.”

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A double portrait of Gentle World's founders, then and now

50 Years of Veganism!

Back in 1970, Gentle World was not even a dream in the minds of its founders. But these two individuals were beginning to lay its foundation.

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High angle letters composing the word vegan

What’s in a Word?

Instead of a philosophy and way of life that seeks to avoid the exploitation of nonhuman animals, veganism is viewed by many as a fad diet now – and often as one that allows the occasional consumption of products derived from other animals.

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