What is an industrial vegan?

In this brief blog we will answer the query,” What is an industrial vegan?” We will also discuss the 4 main types of vegans.

What is an industrial vegan?

An industrial vegan is a person that doesn’t consume animals that were industrially raised, farmed or processed. For instance an industrial vegan does not consume vegan meat because it is industrially processed.

An industrial vegan can however consume animal products that are not raised industrially such as animal products that they raise or are raised on local farms.

The term ‘industrial vegan’ was coined by Syd Crouch who was a contestant on the Hustler’s Tv game show in June 2021 and a lot of show fans have been searching the meaning of the term.

What is veganism?

According to the Vegan society, veganism is defined as, “a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practicable — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purposes.”

A lot of people use the term “vegan” to refer to diet but looking at the definition given by the Vegan society veganism is not just about diet it encompasses other aspects that go beyond consumption of a plant-based diet.

People who strictly identify as vegans try to avoid and fight any form of animal cruelty and exploitation in their lives and this includes things such as the clothing they wear, the cosmetics used and even the recreational activities they partake in.

What are the types of vegans?

From the definition of veganism, it is clear that it extends beyond diet and as such there are 4 main types of vegans which are Ethical vegans, Environmental vegans, Health vegans and Religious vegans. 

Let’s take an indepth look at what the different types of vegans follow:

Ethical vegans

An ethical vegan is someone who not only stricts to a plant-based diet but goes far beyond this. Ethical vegans extend veganism in other aspects of their lives and are forefront in fighting the use of animals for any purpose.

They oppose any form of animal cruelty and exploitation. Ethical vegans have established that there is no link between different animals and as such a dog and a pig are all animals that need to be cared for in equal measure.

Ethical vegans view all kinds of animals as conscious beings that should not be subjected to pain and suffering and they are opposed to the killing of animals for reasons such as its flesh or clothing such as its skin or fur.

They are as well opposed to any form of psychological and physical stress that animals go through because of modern practices of farming such as being caged in small pens and rarely leaving cages before being slaughtered.

Environmental vegans

Environmental vegans avoid consumption of animals in order to limit the environmental impact.  Animal farming is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) which result in climate change.

People that consume meat are said to be responsible for 2 to 2 ½ times more GHGEs than those who follow a plant based diet.

Animal agriculture contributes to more greenhouse gasses emission than all the global transportation systems.

Health vegans

Health vegans are people who follow a plant-based diet because of its potential health benefits. Diets that are high in meat and especially red meat have been linked with an increased rate of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Plant based diets have been touted to have a lower risk of premature death. Lowering consumption of animal products for more plant-based sources can also assist to improve digestion and lower the risk of Alzheimer disease.

Vegan diets have also proved to be effective at helping people lose weight and have also been associated with low risk if being obese.

Religious vegans

These are vegans that consume a vegan diet because of their religious beliefs. Some examples of these religions are Jainism which is an ancient Indian religion. Its followers follow a strict vegan diet.

Some Buddhists are also vegans with some Buddhists schools encouraging a vegan diet and forbidding their monks from consuming any type of flesh. Also data shows that about 33 percent of Hindus are vegetarians.


In this brief blog we have answered the query,” What is an industrial vegan?” We have also discussed the 4 main types of vegans.


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