The Vegetarian Spectrum
The first thought that comes to your mind might be about what they eat. Yes, this is a large part of what makes them different. However, you'll soon learn that what distinguishes vegans apart from vegetarians involve a long history, and much more than simply dietary factors.
In most cases, when someone expresses that they are 'vegetarian,' you can assume that this means they are lacto-ovo vegetarians, who do not consume meat, but do consume eggs, dairy, and other animal products. More recently, a new, unofficial term has been thrown around, and that is 'flexitarian', a person who mostly eats plant-based foods and occasionally eats meat. Though it is literally a flexible term, it is a good start, especially if one is using this as a transitional period from a standard diet to a vegan diet. Wether you consider yourself a flexitarian, a pescatarian, or someone far from this list, I commend you for your effort and lovingly advise you to continue to get educated, as you are doing right now!
Diet vs. Lifestyle
The official definition of "veganism" from the Vegan Society:
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 humans, animals and the environment.
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