In 1944, Donald Watson, one of the first modern-day vegans, coined the
term ‘vegan’ 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 purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of
animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the
environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing
with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”