Is Veganism A Religion?
Veganism is a diet and a lifestyle for some, but is it also a religion? (Hint: No).
What is veganism?
Veganism is the omission of animal products and byproducts from one’s diet, though this can be extended to everything from the clothes we wear to the beauty and even cleaning products we use day-to-day. People can turn to veganism for a variety of reasons, from managing health to animal welfare and environmental concerns. In any case, veganism is a lifestyle that grows year on year as more people embark on eating more and more plants.
Is veganism a religion?
No, veganism is not a religion, but rather a lifestyle choice. Reasons for becoming vegan are more likely to be ethical or rooted in health concerns above anything, and the ethos is eating more plants. Vegans don’t worship anything in the name of veganism, but that’s not to say you can’t be both vegan and believe in a religion — these can and are indeed identities of many people around the world. But, veganism is not a type of religion, but more an approach to life, whether you go vegan all the way, or whether you’re vegan-ish.
A plant-based diet is part of the ital philosophy, which comes from Rastafarianism. To find out more about this, check out our article on Rastafarianism, veganism and the ital diet.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.