Veganism is a way of life in which a person refrains from animal products to the extent possible and practical, as well as an interconnected philosophy that rejects the view that animals are commodities to own. A vegan will, therefore, refrain from all food-related animal products such as meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, eggs, honey and wax products, and various additives of animal origin.

Vegans also refrain from using other products in addition to food of animal origin, such as fur clothing, fur products, woollen clothes and pillows. Products developed using animal experiments refrains most vegans from the greatest possible degree. Likewise, some vegans abstain from consumption of services using animals, such as visits to zoos, circuses dealing with animals, rodeos and bullfights.

Aside from ethical vegans, there are others who only hold a vegan, fully vegetarian, diet. The difference from the common word “vegetarian” is that a vegan diet opts out of all animal foods and eat a completely vegetarian diet, while the word “vegetarian” usually refers to lacto-ovo-vegetarians.

There are a variety of reasons why people choose to live as vegans; the most common are animals for ethical reasons, religious reasons, environmental reasons and health reasons.

Animals in food are mainly replaced with legumes, nuts and seeds in raw and processed forms.

More recently, it has become easier to live as a vegan. A lot of grocery stores have options for vegans. Examples include for example vegetable milk and cream, soy yoghurt, vegetable cream and vegetable margarine, and also a majority of different substitute for meats such as tempeh, tzay, seitan and tofu. Several of the larger supermarkets also offer various vegan hard cheeses, vegan cream cheese, vegetable sour cream, vegetable cream and vegetable custard. Many restaurants have vegan options.