Published on June 27th, 2013 | by UntoXicated2
Vegan Edge – a part of Straight Edge history
In the mid-1980s, the band Youth of Today became associated with the Straight Edge movement.
Vegetarianism became an important theme in Straight Edge during this era, starting with Youth of Today’s 1988 song “No More”, which contained the lyrics: “Meat-eating, flesh-eating, think about it. So callous this crime we commit”. This began a trend towards animal rights and veganism within the Straight Edge movement that would reach its peak in the 1990s
Veganism is a small but growing movement around the world. In many countries the number of vegan restaurants is increasing, and some of the top athletes in certain endurance sports – for instance, the Ironman triathlon and the ultramarathon – practise veganism, including raw veganism. Well-planned vegan diets have been found to offer protection against certain degenerative conditions, including heart disease, and are regarded by the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada as appropriate for all stages of the life-cycle.
Although veganism may represent a matter of diet or lifestyle for some, ethical veganism is a profound moral and political commitment to abolition on the individual level and extends not only to matters of food but also to the wearing or using of animal products. Ethical veganism is the personal rejection of the using animals as a commodity.
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