Terra Environment Dictionary — V

Terra Environment Dictionary is a resource of words, terms and phrases related to environmentalism, as defined by society.

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vegan

noun/adjective
Relating to the practice or lifestyle of abstaining, as much as practically possible, from all forms of use and exploitation of other animals. This includes but is not restricted to a purely plant-based diet, as vegans also reject the use of animal hide (leather, wool, fur, skin, feather), animal fat (commonly found in soap and lubricants), silk, shells, pearls, products that involve animal testing and entertainment involving animals (recreational fishing, hunting, circus with animal performances, bullfighting, horse racing). There are areas of ambiguity that are debated by different groups of vegans, however, such as whether having pets or companion animals are at odds with veganism.

Read: What is a vegan?

vegetarian

noun/adjective
A plant-based diet that abstains from the consumption of meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstinence from by-products of animal slaughter, such as eggs and dairy. The technical term for a vegetarian that has eggs and dairy as part of their diet is an ovo-lacto-vegetarian. Vegetarian diets are often motivated by environmental (extensive carbon emissions and land use by animal agriculture), ethical (animal welfare and rights issues), religious or health concerns.

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