World Vegan Day

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World Vegan Day is an international observance that aims to promote the benefits of a vegan lifestyle on health, the environment, and animal welfare. This annual event seeks to raise awareness about the numerous advantages of a plant-based diet and inspire individuals to make conscientious choices regarding the food they consume. Key aspects of the observance include highlighting the ethical, environmental, and health advantages of veganism, and demonstrating how easy and satisfying it can be to embrace a plant-based lifestyle.

The celebration of World Vegan Day traces back to 1994 when the UK-based Vegan Society marked its 50th anniversary by introducing the event. The initiative has since become global, with Australia being one of the countries that actively participate every year. The Australian vegan community uses this occasion as an opportunity to showcase the country's thriving plant-based scene which includes numerous vegan-friendly establishments, product availability, and innovative and delicious cuisine offerings that cater to a diverse range of dietary preferences.

In Australia, World Vegan Day is observed with various events and activities that bring together vegans and non-vegans alike. These may include plant-based food festivals, informative seminars, workshops, and cooking demonstrations that aim to educate and inspire individuals to consider adopting a vegan lifestyle. Participants can also engage with various environmental and animal welfare organizations to learn more about the positive impact of a plant-based diet. World Vegan Day is celebrated on the 1st of November annually, with Australian events typically occurring on or around this date.

World Vegan Day facts & quotes

  • The Vegan Society was founded in 1944 by animal rights activist Donald Watson. Watson coined the term vegan as a way to, be ethical to sentient animals.
  • The vegan society defines veganism as, a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.
  • Australians are now drinking 7% less cow's milk than they were 10 years ago and consumption of milk alternatives, such as almond, soy, and rice milk, has risen by 60%, according to Dairy Australia.
  • Vegans in Australia are protected under anti-discrimination laws. In 2019, a landmark ruling by the Fair Work Commission found that ethical veganism (a belief system that seeks to avoid all forms of animal exploitation, including consumption, clothing, entertainment, or any other purpose) is a philosophical belief and should be protected by law.

Top things to do in Australia for World Vegan Day

  • Explore vegan food options. You might find something you like. Check out Vegan Essentials to explore everything vegan.
  • Challenge yourself to prepare a delicious vegan meal for yourself or your family. Experiment with vegan recipes, try making vegan versions of your favorite dishes, or explore a new cuisine altogether.
  • Dedicate the day to exploring and supporting local vegan businesses. Order takeout from your favorite vegan restaurant, purchase vegan products from local stores, or explore online vegan marketplaces to discover new and exciting options.

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