Veganism is defined by the Vegan Society as being “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 and other purposes”. Veganism also “by extension, promotes the development and use of animal free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment" (Healthline).
For me being vegan means doing the best that I can for the animals such as not eating any foods containing animal products such as meat, dairy and egg, not buying cosmetics, toiletries or household products that have been tested on animals and that contain animal derived ingredients such as honey, beeswax, lanolin and carmine, not wearing products such as leather, fur or wool and not supporting industries that exploit animals such as horse racing, greyhound racing, going to animal circuses and so on.
I try as best as I can to purchase cruelty free and vegan products but I do make an allowance for things such as medication. Medication is tested on animals and often contains animal ingredients such as lactose and gelatin but at the end of the day we need to look after our own health and sometimes we need more than just alternative methods. The way I see it is that if we’re unwell we can’t do anything for the animals so by taking necessary medication we are not only looking after our own health but we are also in a position to better help the animals through spreading awareness and supporting cruelty free and vegan brands/industries.