The Vegan Society is a registered charity and the oldest vegan society in the world, founded on November 1, 1944, in England by Donald Watson, Elsie "Sally" Shrigley, and 23 others.
Watson coined the word "vegan" to stand for "non-dairy vegetarians" who also ate no eggs. The date of the society's founding is celebrated annually as World Vegan Day. The society now defines veganism as "...a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose."
- Information – e.g. the website, leaflets, books, videos
- Support – network of local contacts
- Licenses its trademarked Sunflower symbol to companies – for the labeling of vegan products
- Publishes The Vegan – a quarterly magazine sent free to members of the society
- Publishes the Animal-Free Shopper – a list of vegan items available in the UK (updated every two years or so)
Movement for Compassionate Living 
A 'breakaway' group from the Vegan Society, The Movement for Compassionate Living was founded in 1984 by former Vegan Society secretary Kathleen Jannaway.
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