Vegan products are free from animal products and no animals have been used in the production process.
Vegan products do not contain animal ingredients or by-products. No animal ingredients or by-products are being used in the manufacturing process, and the products are not tested on animals by any company or independent contractor.
The CSU vegan label is included on foods that meet the following criteria: Contain no animal flesh including pork, poultry, seafood, beef, gelatin and insects or animal foods including those that contain any dairy, eggs and honey (https://vegan.org).
Why vegan? Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a true cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives (1), to the environment (2), and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle (3).
Animal agriculture is an inefficient way of producing food, since feed for farm animals requires land, water, fertilizer, and other resources that could otherwise have been used directly for producing human food.
The same factory farm methods that are used to produce most meats are also used to produce most milk and eggs. These cows and chickens live their short lives caged, drugged, mutilated, and deprived of their freedom.
The consumption of animal fats and animal proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon and lung cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and obesity.