How does the Vegan Society define "practicable"?
(You know, from the definition: "Veganism is a 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.")
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Our meaning of practicable is demonstrated when referring to
Imagine, for instance, that a committed vegan has a condition that can
be managed via medication but without the medication they would be
very ill or die. All medication will have been tested on animals at
some point in history so is not vegan and this particular medication
contains an animal ingredient. The Vegan’s GP and pharmacist have been
contacted and they are unable to suggest an alternative medication
that is vegan. We would say that there is no practicable alternative
and that the vegan should take the medication even though it is not
vegan. This inconsistency does not mean that they cease to be vegan as
they have explored alternatives and there are none.
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practicable insinuations/implications - not too demanding or putting someone at too much at a disadvantage monetarily, if in dire straits or physically:
- This may seem to insinuate a vegan diet is more expensive. I do not necessarily mean that. Instead, any restrictive diet may be more expensive merely because sale items. Excluding sale items is the true apples to apples calculation. What I mean more practically, is that certain people own nothing, not even the clothes on their back. If they do not have access to fortified foods, and obviously can't buy supplements, they can't really be vegan.
If in dire straits
- Basically in an unplanned survival situation... [this is the weakest of the three]
- Example1, treatment such as anti-venom. Example2, having Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and being fed though an IV, where the liquid has some animal product in it.
In another sense, practicable refers to "within ones ability". It is not practicable for me to fly over LA traffic in a helicopter. While it is possible for me to blow all my savings on a helicopter ride to skip rush hour traffic
it is not practicable. However, it could be practicable for a very wealthy person to do so.