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Learn about the history of veganism and the society.

The Vegan Society was established in November 1944, but the ideals of veganism date back over 2,000 years to philosophers like Pythagoras and Siddhārtha Gautama.

In 1944, Donald Watson and five others founded the society to promote non-dairy vegetarian diets, eventually coining the term "vegan."

The society defined veganism as ending animal exploitation.

Over the years, the definition has evolved to encompass all forms of animal cruelty.

The society became a charity in 1964 and later a limited company in 1979.

The current definition of veganism seeks to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and promote animal-free alternatives for the benefit of all.

The Vegan Society continues to advocate for vegan lifestyles to create a world without animal exploitation.