Vegan Society

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. [3]

Watson coined the word “vegan” stand “non-dairy vegetarians” who also ate some eggs. [3] The founding of the community is celebrated annually on World Vegan Day, which was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, CEO and chairman. [4]

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.” [5]


  • 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. [6] [7]


  1. Jump up ^ Debra Blake Weisenthal, Powers in the West. How they meet one another? . Vegetarian Times, December 1988 PP25. Seen on March 10, 2015
  2. Jump up ^ “Health | Obituary: Donald Watson. ” BBC News. 18.11.2005. Pulled 01/07/2016.
  3. ^ Jump up to: ab “Vegetarians in Paradise / Donald Watson / Vegan Society / 24 Carrot Vegetarian Award”. 08.11.2004. Pulled 01/07/2016.
  4. Jump up ^ “A Cruelty Free Vegan Friendly Rock N ‘Roll website”. Save a scream. Pulled 01/07/2016.
  5. Jump up ^ [1] Arkiverat23 July 2010, vidWayback Machine.
  6. Jump up ^ “Vegan Views 96 – Kathleen Jannaway 1915-2003: A good life”. 26.01.2003. Pulled 01/07/2016.
  7. Jump up ^ [2] Arkiv5 March, 2012, iWayback Machine.