I am a believer in animal rights and an ethical vegan, and I don't have anything against animal rights extremism or groups like A.L.F. I don't think you using the Vegan Society's definition even remotely makes you an animal rights extremist.One essentially involves pointing fingers and saying "you're not one of us".
I'd rather leave it up to individuals to interpret a definition and use the detailed insight they have on their own lifestyles to determine if the definition fits them, or if they'd like to change their lifestyle to fit. The current definition's "possible and practicable" leaves room for the different challenges and circumstances different people may face in eliminating animal products from their consumption.
Sure, some people will straight up interpret the definition wrong (or use a different definition entirely). But I think if we could end the infighting over who's vegan enough it would help our cause more than ostracizing some well-meaning people who perhaps don't fully get what veganism is about.
It sounds like we disagree on how veganism should be defined. But I think there's more to be gained from seeing ourselves as allies than in me accusing you of not being a real vegan and you accusing me of being an animal rights extremist.
The Vegan Society's definition defines ethical veganism, even though they just call it "veganism". Vegans who do not believe in animal rights can completely disregard the V.S. definition, and the "possible and practicable" part is irrelevant.
You are against vegans saying other vegans are not real vegans. People who require the "dietary" qualifier for dietary vegans are saying just that. The only people who I am saying are not real vegans are people who do not follow the diet.
If vegans disagree with eachother, it ostricizes would-be vegans and animals suffer, right? So why do people who feel that way chime in on these dangerous, divisive topics? Why not just stick to the threads about Tofurky where everyone agrees with each other? Aren't you afraid the omnivores will see all this infighting and go running? Why add to it?