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Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005) was an English animal rights advocate who coined the word vegan and founded the Vegan Society.wikipedia
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The Vegan Society

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Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005) was an English animal rights advocate who coined the word vegan and founded the Vegan Society.
The Vegan Society is a registered charity and the oldest vegan society in the world, founded in the UK in November 1944 by Donald Watson, Elsie "Sally" Shrigley, and 23 others.

Animal rights

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Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005) was an English animal rights advocate who coined the word vegan and founded the Vegan Society.
In 1944, several members, led by Donald Watson (1910–2016), decided to break from the Vegetarian Society over the issue of egg and milk use.

Veganism

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Donald Watson (2 September 1910 – 16 November 2005) was an English animal rights advocate who coined the word vegan and founded the Vegan Society. Watson was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of a headmaster in a mining community, an environment in which vegetarianism, let alone veganism, was unknown.
Donald Watson coined the term vegan in 1944 when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England.

Keswick, Cumbria

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He moved on to Keswick, where he taught for 23 years.
Later residents of the area have included the classical scholar, essayist, poet and founder of the Society for Psychical Research, Frederic Myers, who was born in Keswick, and the campaigner for animal welfare Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society, who lived in Keswick after retiring from teaching.

Mexborough

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Watson was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of a headmaster in a mining community, an environment in which vegetarianism, let alone veganism, was unknown.
Donald Watson – founder of the Vegan Society

Yorkshire

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Watson was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of a headmaster in a mining community, an environment in which vegetarianism, let alone veganism, was unknown.

Head teacher

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Watson was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of a headmaster in a mining community, an environment in which vegetarianism, let alone veganism, was unknown.

Vegetarianism

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Watson was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of a headmaster in a mining community, an environment in which vegetarianism, let alone veganism, was unknown.

Woodworking joints

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Upon leaving school at fifteen, Watson was apprenticed to a family joinery firm, and from became a joinery teacher when he was twenty.

Leicester

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He taught in Leicester, where he also played a large part in the Leicester Vegetarian Society.

Lake District

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He stayed in the Lake District for the rest of his life.

Walking in the United Kingdom

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For several years, he devoted much time to working as a guided fell-walking leader, as well as to organic vegetable gardening, until very shortly before his death in 2005.

Organic farming

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For several years, he devoted much time to working as a guided fell-walking leader, as well as to organic vegetable gardening, until very shortly before his death in 2005.

Toxin

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As Watson grew up, he did not smoke, consume alcohol, or make contact with foods or substances which he regarded as toxins.

Pacifism

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A committed pacifist throughout his life, Watson registered as a conscientious objector in World War II.

Conscientious objector

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A committed pacifist throughout his life, Watson registered as a conscientious objector in World War II.

Agnosticism

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Watson was an agnostic.

World War II

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All three Watson siblings registered as conscientious objectors during World War II.

Donald Watson (disambiguation)

Donald Watson (1910–2005) was an English animal rights advocate and founder of the Vegan Society.

Vegan Ireland: The Vegan Society of Ireland

Inspired by the original Vegan Society (UK), which was started in 1944 by Donald Watson, Vegan Ireland have published a mission statement which aims to offer support and information to people interested in veganism; to promote and increase awareness of veganism as a just, healthy and environmentally beneficial lifestyle choice; raise awareness of the rights violations and exploitation involved with the production of animal based products; research information relevant to a vegan lifestyle and where appropriate to publish this information, lobby for manufacturers to use non-animal based materials in their products; support and promote real science and reject vivisection on moral and scientific grounds; promote respect towards all animals, human or nonhuman, and the environment by appropriate means; and develop and maintain positive relationships with organisations with compatible aims and objectives to Vegan Ireland.

Yorkshire and the Humber

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Donald Watson from Mexborough invented the term vegan in 1944.

Vegan studies

Donald Watson, secretary of the British Vegetarian Society's Leicester branch, coined the term vegan in 1944, when he created the Vegan News for strict vegetarians who would not eat any animal products.

Dugald Semple

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He is sometimes credited with cofounding the vegan movement in 1944 (with Dorothy and Donald Watson and other friends) without using the term 'vegan'.