Were These World War II British Vegans the First Hippies – The Awl

Wheredidthewholeveganthingcomefrom?

Ialwaysfigureditwasa1970sthing,ormaybeitwentbacktoBerkeleyintheearly1960s。

AccordingtotheVeganSociety,thenon-dairy/egg-freevegetariancrazebeganinLondonbackin1944。

ThatwasnotafunyeartobeinLondon,whatwiththeaerialbombingsandrocketattacks。

Here’swhattheysaidintheveryfirstissueoftheirnewsletter:

Thatfreedomhasnowcometous。

Havingfollowedadietfreefromallanimalfoodforperiodsvaryingfromafewweeksinsomecases,tomanyyearsinothers,webelieveourideasandexperiencesaresufficientlymaturetoberecorded。

Theunquestionablecrueltyassociatedwiththeproductionofdairyproducehasmadeitclearthatlacto-vegetarianismisbutahalf-wayhousebetweenflesh-eatingandatrulyhumane,civiliseddiet,andwethink,therefore,thatduringourlifeonearthweshouldtrytoevolvesufficientlytomakethe“fulljourney。



The“fulljourney”is,ofcourse,WorldWarII-eraBritishslangforsodomy。

Ornot,wedon’tknow!

Buthereitis,theoriginalBrooklyn?


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