News outlets are aflame today with the topic of “veggans” who are described by Metro UK as a person who “largely eats vegan but still has eggs”.
This is a new trend and it’s riling up strong opinions from vegans, vegetarians, and even omnivores. It depends on who you listen to, and what their motivation is, but those speaking out range from dietitians recommending eggs for their protein content to animal rights activists pointing out disturbing egg industry practices.
As a vegan myself, I believe most news outlets reporting on and promoting vegganism are missing the point. For those (like me) choosing this lifestyle for animal-conscious reasons, following the suggestion of many articles and buying eggs from a grocery store (and therefore a factory farm) directly contradicts the whole point of the diet.
Even Merriam-Webster’s definition of a vegan is “a person who does not eat any food that comes from animals” If a vegan chooses to partake in eggs, which is their right and I won’t give them any flak for it, then they automatically become a vegetarian.
I believe it’s a respectable practice to consume eggs made by pet chickens who are obtained by ethical means and lead happy lives pecking around back yards. Even famous “vegan” Ellen DeGeneres admitted on her talk show that she eats eggs from her neighbor’s “happy” backyard chickens.
And while my future home plans on Pinterest do indeed include plans for a little chicken house, I’ll cease to call myself a vegan the day I begin having chickens for housemates and consuming their eggs. I won’t call myself some fancy trendy name, like veggan, but will instead be just a happy vegetarian.