BEGINNERS ADVICE ON A VENGAN LIFESTYLE .
By Amy-Lee Winfield
Veganism has become a fast growing movement, with restaurants and shops opening up across the globe. The original idea behind the term Vegan was a way of life that encompassed the doctrine that as a species, man could and should live without the need to exploit other forms of sentient life.
Sentience describes the ability to perceive and feel the environment around you in a subjective manner. In the Eighteenth century, philosophers described sentience as the ability to reason, they used the ability to reason as opposed to the ability to feel. The Eastern philosophy however describes something that can feel pain or have the ability to suffer, thus requiring respect and care.
Sentience is also the subject of many eastern religions including, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. Jainism describes sentience by degrees of levels. Water is seen to be sentient and is of the first order as it only has the ability to feel, and man is of the fifth order.