About VeKind – A Future Vegan Reality
Ask me about VeKind or about VeKind.org and my first reaction is about Being VeKind.
“Being VeKind goes way beyond Veganism or compassion.”
When I talk about Being VeKind I must keep in mind how VeKind is defined – the VeKind Basics!
Being VeKind is what we can personally do
to save our world
and save the future of Sentient Beings
from human destruction.
Being VeKind sprang forth without any knowledge of Donald Watson or Veganism as a whole. Nevertheless, Being VeKind is a return to the basic beliefs Donald Watson had put forth. It is especially relevant that Donald Watson was the First Vegan (and the true father of all Vegan movements!). Any discussion about Being VeKind is as much about Donald Watson as it is about…
Being VeKind in the 23rd Century and beyond!
“The Non-Dairy Vegetarians!”
Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005) was a committed pacifist throughout his life, Moreover, Watson believed in Non-Violence (true peace) and registered as a conscientious objector in World War II. Watson was apprenticed to a family joinery firm, and from the age of twenty became a joinery teacher. He taught in Leicester, where he also played a large part in the Leicester Vegetarian Society.
The life of a VeKind is a Non-Violent life.
As Watson grew up, he did not smoke, consume alcohol, or make contact with foods or substances which he regarded as toxins. In the 1940s, after learning about milk production, he became a “Non-Dairy Vegetarian.” vegan. He explained his motivation as an ethical concern for sentient animals:
“We can see quite plainly that our present civilization is built on the exploitation of animals,
just as past civilizations were built on the exploitation of slaves,
and we believe the spiritual destiny of man is such that in time
he will view with abhorrence the idea that men once fed on the products of animals’ bodies.”
A VeKind finds abhorrent the idea of the bodies of Sentient Beings being either property or a resource for humans.
Vegan Society of the UK
Critics claimed that Watson could not survive on his proposed diet (people make the same claim/error today. Watson lived a long and healthy life to 95 years old, and died peacefully in his sleep). In November 1944 in Leicester, he and his future wife, Dorothy, plus four friends, founded the Vegan Society. Someone in the group would have to come up with a word to describe their diet and their way of life. Watson suggested ‘vegan’—”the beginning and end of ‘vegetarian'”—”because veganism starts with vegetarianism and carries it through to its logical conclusion.” Watson and the group launched the first edition of the Society’s quarterly newsletter, The Vegan News, in the same year.
A veKind knows (not believes) the fact that a Plant-Only plan for eating is the healthiest in the world.
Uncle George’s Farm
As a child, Watson spent time on his Uncle George’s farm. The slaughtering of a pig on the farm horrified Watson; he said his view of farm life changed from idyllic to a Death Row for animals. Watson began to reassess his practice of eating meat. He became a vegetarian in 1924 at the age of fourteen, making a New Year’s resolution to never again eat meat. Watson expanded his philosophy to object to any harm to living sentient creatures.
The VeKind philosophy objects to harming Sentient Beings or harming the home (Earth) we share.
Watson defined Vegan as a person who ate a “non-dairy vegetarian diet.” If you ate a Vegan Diet, then you were a Vegan! His writings in the Vegan News indicated Watson was also against eating eggs.
Note: In the 1940s and 50s the word “Dairy” usually referred to a business that sold milk products and refrigerated items like eggs and ice cream. A “Dairy Farm” referred to the place milk was produced. In the 1960 and 70s Dairys were replaced by the “Dairy Case” in Supermarkets, where people could pick up milk products and eggs. Therefore “Non-Dairy Vegetarians” were Vegetarians who also exclude milk and eggs from their diet.
Watson, his future wife Dorothy, and four other members of the Vegetarian Society then founding the Vegan Society of the UK beginning April 8, 1945. Two years later, Watson and his new bride were photographed at their wedding, wearing new leather shoes and a belt. This was consistent with their belief that Veganism was simply a diet for humans to follow to attain better health and to be kind to sentient animals.
Being VeKind is a moral philosophy about being kind and healthy
Leading to an ethical lifestyle of being healthy and kind!
Leslie J. Cross
For four years under Watson’s leadership, the Vegan Society continued to grow and spread to other cities, countries, and continents. Watson’s Veganism thrived and spread rapidly around the world.
It also attracted the attention of “animal rights activists.” One such person, a man named Leslie J. Cross, was described by vegan historian Leah Leneman, PhD of Edinburgh University, as a “purist” with extremist animal rights views and a strident style.
Animal Rights vs. Veganism
Cross believed Watson should change the UK Vegan Society into an animal rights organization. Cross urged changing the definition of “vegan” from meaning a vegan diet and encouraging members to avoid animal-derived products, to instead mean animal rights. Cross wanted vegan to mean opposing circuses, dog fighting, hunting, whaling, sealing, trapping, bullfighting, vivisection, fur farming, circuses, zoos, bullfighting, rodeos, horse racing, fishing, etc. — in addition to a diet. And Cross wanted to make it a requirement of membership and of being vegan that animal rights were fully embraced, and not simply “encouraged,” or else an individual could not be a member. Cross stated that “only animal rights activists are real Vegans.”
The Vegan Coup
In 1950, Cross engineered a takeover of the Society at the Annual General Meeting. By bringing in many fellow animal rights activists to the very small number of members present, Cross was able to control voting outcomes. Cross assumed leadership of the Society and put through a new Constitution. He also revoked and canceled Watson’s honorary lifetime title as well as the honorary titles of the rest of the founders. It was a symbolic gesture comparable today to when some extremist vegans tell other vegans “You aren’t actually vegan!” Cross replaced nearly all the original committee members with new people, and — six years after Watson had invented the word — Cross formally changed the Society’s definition of “vegan” and “veganism.” The Society’s new definition accomplished Cross’s aim of making the word “vegan” equivalent to animal rights. (Other dietary vegan groups which had sprung up in other countries did not change their definitions.)
Animal Liberation vs Animal Rights
It was World War Two, the fight against Hitler’s oppression was in full swing. The thoughts of towns and people being liberated by the allied forces were on everyone’s’ mind. Animal Liberation, by force, or violance if necessary, had planted itself into the minds of some of the new Vegans who did not understand Watson’s Non-Violent ways.
Animal Rights and the non-violent Animal Abolition (the freedom from animal slavery and exploitation), had always been a part of Watson’s beliefs, but veganism had grown beyond Watson and the original founders. Under the guise of Animal Rights, the Cross faction took control of the Vegan Society and forced out the founders, including Watson.
VeKinds accept that humans have no right to own or use as a resource any Sentient Being.
VeKinds are Non-Violent and accept peaceful
as our method to effecting change.
Under the new Cross leadership, Vegan, or Veganism was redefined for the members of the Vegan Society of the UK. In fact, there are at least 15 ways Cross Vegan’s redefined the word Vegan, all by the Vegan Society of the UK. More than half of these the eating of honey was permitted.
Watson defined Vegan and Veganism without either Animal Liberation or Animal Rights. To Watson Vegan and Veganism was about diet.
“VeKind” is defined and copyrighted on the website VeKind.org
The authority to define VeKind is held by the
International VeKind Society,
and requires a three-fourths majority to change.
A “Donald Watson Vegan”
A Vegan is a “Non-Dairy Vegetarian.”
— Donald Watson, Vegan News 1944 —
“Veganism is the practice of living upon fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains and other wholesome non-animal foods.”
— Donald Watson, Vegan News 1945 —
Take note that wholesome has the meaning “conducive to or suggestive of good health and physical well-being.”
VeKinds follow a Plant-Only plan for eating. Plant-Only could informally be defined as the healthy “practice of living upon fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, and other wholesome non-animal foods.”
The Vegan Society Today is a website devoted to the history of Veganism and the history of the Vegan Society of the UK. Near the bottom of their opening page are the seven ways that Vegan is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. All Seven are diet related using words like eat and food. None contain the word “honey”. On another Vegan Society Today page about Honey, is listed 14 ways the Vegan Society of the UK has defined the word Vegan. There are 15 if you include the first issue of The Vegan “Non-Dairy Vegetarian” More than half do not exclude honey as being Vegan.
Remember that Vegan was coined in the Vegetarian Society of the UK and at the time there was no Vegan Society (only the diet). Vegan is not owned or defined officially by the Vegan Society of the UK, nor any other Vegan group. Within a month of the first Vegan news, there were Vegans in dozens of countries. None of which were under the Vegan Society of the UK (which did not yet exist at that time). Therefore, Today, the word “Vegan” can be used in any way a person chooses.
Search Google for “paleo vegan” and you will get 11 Million references for people who believe they are vegan and still eat meat. There is no real official worldwide meaning of Vegan. Vegan Organizations, Vegan Clubs, Vegan Societies and Vegan Groups all over the world exist and each one decides for itself what Vegan means. For example, the American Vegan Society says Vegans follow the beliefs of ahimsa (a belief in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religions). To quote from their website:
“Vegan is the pillars of ahimsa
integrated into your daily life.”
The dozens, or perhaps hundres of ways to define Vegan (from terrorist to arrsonist, to members of the Buddhist, or Hindu religions) account for the disagreement and infighting Vegans usually display while defending their way to define Vegan.
Worldwide, VeKind is only defined at VeKinf.org
Any conflict with VeKind.org is automatically a copyright violation.
Veganism on Youtube
On Youtube, there are Watson Vegans who say Vegan is ONLY a diet. Youtube has Cross Vegans who say eating no animal products is not the same as being Vegan. Here are a few other YouTube Vegans we found.
- Anti Vegans
- At Home Vegans
- Dietary Vegans
- Don’t Eat Honey Vegans
- Eat Honey Vegans
- Ecological Vegans
- Economical Vegan
- Egg Eating Vegans (Veggans)
- Emotional Vegans
- Environmental Vegans
- Ethical Vegans
- Ethical Ex Vegans
- Ethical Omnivore Vegans
- Ex Vegans
- Flexi Vegans
- For the Animals Vegans (Cross Vegans)
- Healthy Vegans (Watson Vegans)
- High Carb Low Fat Vegans
- High Carb Low Fat Raw Vegans
- Meat Catfood Vegans
- Meatless Monday Vegans
- Ovo Vegans
- Paleo Vegans (Pegan)
- Raw Vegans
- Reducetarian Vegans
- Religious Vegans (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain)
- Semi Vegans
- Unethical Vegans
- Unhealthy Vegans
- Weekday Vegans
- Weekend Vegans
- Welfarist Vegans
- Veggans (Ovo Vegans)
Above are literally dozens of ways to define “Vegan”. PeTA murders thousands of healthy dogs and cats who want to live and says that is Vegan! Did these healthy, living, Sentient Beings cease to be sentient?
There are only two types of VeKinds:
TransVeKind – Transitioning to VeKind – Accepts the VeKind Philosophy but not yet fully Plant-Only
NeKind – Living a moral and ethical life with a Plant-Only Plan for eating.
VeKind is Born
Adding yet another definition to the hundreds of ways to define Vegan has no value. Calling ourselves Donald Watson Vegans would never be understood. Trying to fight Vegan people into accepting Donald Watson’s definition seemed just as foolish. We decided it was wiser to coin a new word, VeKind, which was owned and defined by the VeKind Society (of the World).
is a moral philosophy
about being kind and healthy…
leading to an ethical lifestyle
of being healthy and kind!
Being VeKind Includes
1) Being VeKind includes… being Kind and Healthy toward those persons we encounter within our own “Circle of Life” (both human and non-human persons). These include persons in our home, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, market sellers, and equally important, oneself!
2) Being VeKind includes… being Kind and Healthy toward the “Circle of the Earth” which sustains us, and sustains all known sentient beings. We need to take care of the earth because the earth takes care of us.
3) Being VeKind includes… being Kind and Healthy (obviously Non-Violent) toward all other sentient beings. Being VeKind is being Non-
“Do to sentient beings
what you want others to do to you!”
The above are inclusive of the philosophy and lifestyle a VeKind has. They are not a priority list but are aspects of a whole life, and lifestyle, and philosophy, of health and being kind.
Being VeKind is about saving the Earth,
and saving the Sentient Beings who live here.
Being VeKind is not a religion, nor an “ism.”
“Vekindism” does not exist, and the term should never be used by anyone.
Types of VeKinds
Unlike the hundreds (or thousands) of types of Vegans, there are only two types of VeKinds.
TransVekinds are people who are
Transitioning to Being VeKind.
TransVeKinds agree with the VeKind Philosophy and are working toward (transitioning to) following a fully Plant-Only Plan for Eating.
Being VeKind in the 23rd Century
Being VeKind in the 23rd Century (coming). Don’t wait till everyone else is VeKind, Be VeKind Today!
Be VeKind – Seek Peace!
Peace Begins On Your Plate!
VeKind.org is the official voice of the VeKind Revolution.
- VeKind Whyforce
- VeKind Healthforce
- VeKind Kindforce
- VeKind Peaceforce
- VeKind Thankforce
- VeKind Truthforce
- VeKind Force
- May the Force be with You!
About the Humans
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