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Published on June 27th, 2013 | by UntoXicated


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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2 Responses to Vegan Edge – a part of Straight Edge history

  1. There’s also a discussion about this in our “Discuss” section.


  2. PxZ says:

    Veganism is as close to me as Straight Edge. I’ve been vegan for over 2 and prior that I was lacto-ovo vegetraian for 17 years or so. At some point I felt that I could do a lot more to contribute to animal liberation. The idea of going vegan grew in me over the years and finally I realized that I’m just making an excuses to not take that step and it’s never really the right time for this transition. So one day I just did it and never looked back since then. Now I live the way should’ve lived a long time ago. I’m proud of being vegan straight edge.

    The importance of plant-based diet is enormous. As Straight Edge impacts mostly our personal lives, the veganism covers a lot more aspects of our lives. What we buy and then put on our plate has an impact not only on our wellbeing, but also on the world economy, ecology and lives of those who can’t defend themselves – animals.

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