No Animal Food: The Road to Veganism in Britain, 1909-1944
An Animal Rights Article from


Leah Leneman on Animals and Society Institute (ASI) submitted by Humane Research Council (HRC)
January 2011

There were individuals in the vegetarian movement in Britain who believed that to refrain from eating flesh, fowl, and fish while continuing to partake of dairy products and eggs was not going far enough. Between 1909 and 1912, The Vegetarian Society's journal published a vigorous correspondence on this subject.

In 1910, a publisher brought out a cookery book entitled, No Animal Food.

After World War I, the debate continued within the Vegetarian Society about the acceptability of animal by-products. It centered on issues of cruelty and health as well as on consistency versus expediency.

The Society saw its function as one of persuading as many people as possible to give up slaughterhouse products and also refused journal space to those who abjured dairy products.

The year 1944 saw the word "vegan" coined and the breakaway Vegan Society formed.

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