Did you know that the 1st November is World Vegan Day? And November is World Vegan Month. Here is the official definition of veganism, coined by Donald Watson in 1944:
Veganism is a 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.
So, on this day, every year, we commemorate the foundation of the vegan movement. Yesterday, 1st November, Sven and I celebrated with a group of passionate vegans and activists from Durban. We had a pot luck with delicious and varied food, which was clearly prepared with love.
The 1st November is also the anniversary of the start of a new life for Sven and me. One year ago we began a cycle trip that will eventually take us to Ethiopia. We have cycled 0ver 2,000 kilometres together so far, from Cape Town up to Port St Johns on the East Coast. Next Friday, we will put our luggage on the train to Johannesburg where we will begin the second leg, cycling up to Zimbabwe.
Our goal for this trip is to spread the message that peace begins on our plates. We cannot have peace in our lives while continuing to support a meat-and-dairy-based diet and lifestyle. Our audience is threefold: our followers on social media; the vegans we encounter along the way; and the people we meet who are not yet vegan but are inspired by our message.
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