Vegan Society is a registered charity and the oldest vegan society in the world, founded in November 1944 in the UK by Donald Watson Elsie “Sally” Shrigley, and 23 others. 
Watson coined the word “vegan” stand “non-dairy vegetarians” who also ate some eggs.  The founding of the community is celebrated annually on World Vegan Day, which was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, CEO and chairman. 
The association now defines veganism as “… a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and other purposes.” 
- Information – website, brochures, books, movies
- Support – network of local contacts
- Licenses its brand sunflower symbol of the company – for the labeling of vegan products
- Publishes Vegan – a quarterly magazine sent free to members
Movement for Compassionate Living
A breakout from The Vegan Society, the Movement for Compassionate Living, founded in 1984 by former Vegan Society secretary Kathleen Jannaway.  
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- ^ Jump up to: ab “Vegetarians in Paradise / Donald Watson / Vegan Society / 24 Carrot Vegetarian Award”. Vegparadise.com. 08.11.2004. Pulled 01/07/2016.
- Jump up ^ “A Cruelty Free Vegan Friendly Rock N ‘Roll website”. Save a scream. Pulled 01/07/2016.
- Jump up ^  Arkiverat23 July 2010, vidWayback Machine.
- Jump up ^ “Vegan Views 96 – Kathleen Jannaway 1915-2003: A good life”. Veganviews.org.uk. 26.01.2003. Pulled 01/07/2016.
- Jump up ^  Arkiv5 March, 2012, iWayback Machine.