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As Far as is Possible and Practicable

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.

One aspect of veganism that hasn’t been talked about much in the vegan circle is the “as far as is possible and practicable” part of the definition. The what if questions and scenarios that you would never even think of coming true.

Went to a gastroenterologist appointment today (fancy word for a digestive doctor) for unexplained stomach pains, nauseousness, lack of appetite. And she ordered a gastric emptying scan. If you don’t know what that is (most people wouldn’t) it’s when you eat radioactive eggs. Yes. That’s right they coat eggs with radioactive materials (which doesn’t sound good at all) to see how well someone’s stomach empties stuff.

Had a choice to make. Not go with the test (I asked there wasn’t a vegan way to do it) or do the test. After much thought I decided to go ahead with the test. And I know I will be eating a small amount of eggs. But if this is the only way to see if my stomach is working properly then I was going through with it.

Funny. My mom who is really against me being vegan asked me in the car about me eating it. My response was simple veganism is avoiding as much as possible all forms of exploration of animals. It’s not like I would have eaten the eggs if this scenario hadn’t come up. I wouldn’t.

There’s a reason that the definition of veganism isn’t a way of living that excludes all and every form of animal exploitation no exceptions no questions asked. It’s because sometimes there are weird and unforeseen circumstances that come up.

I guess what I’m getting at is don’t beat yourself up if something like this (or any other unforeseen circumstances that I haven’t accounted for) comes up.


Passionate vegan. Catholic.

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