May 02, 2018 - Buzzworthy
As veganism goes more mainstream, factors other than animal rights are driving trend
The concept of living without the dependency on animal flesh and byproducts has been around for centuries, particularly in Indian and Mediterranean cultures. It has even been mentioned by famous figures like the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, around 500 BC, and is sometimes interpreted in ancient Buddhist and Hindu scriptures.
During the late 20th century, the veganism movement was most driven by animal rights concerns, and was closely related to protests against using products like leather or fur in clothing, or testing cosmetics on animals. Many vegans are still passionate about these topics today, but it wasn’t until veganism began to be touted as a healthy, environmentally friendly lifestyle that it really began to gain traction.
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