The following is likely the largest and most complete set of animal welfare/animal rights terms found anywhere in the world. This includes creative terms from the Carnarian Community as well. It is edited in agreement by both the Carnarian staff and the Vegarian staff as a joint venture, with suggestions by the Carnarian Friends and the Vegarian Friends!
The goal here is to establish an actual meaning and usage of various terms that are thrown out, or used, by different groups, but are not well defined within the common English language.
We invite feedback from ALL groups, to improve this list and their definitions. However, is our goal to establish a common meaning, words that are often no more than buzz words within one community or another, should not be used within definitions. Arguments to the contrary will be ignored.
Note: This page is about 5 years old and very badly out of date.
However, it is now being updated.
Politically Correct Terms
The following terms have been adopted by the users, these terms themselves are the preferred terms.
In other words, these terms are what people are calling themselves!
- Being VeKind (VeKindism is always incorrect.)
- Flexi: Socially or Situationally Flexible
- Lacto: Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
- Ovo: Eggs
- Pesce: Fish (not accepted as vegetarian)
- Semi: Mostly Vegetarian (see Flexi also)
- Strict: No Animal Foods
- Anti: In Anticarnivorist – “Against” – to be opposed to
- Carn: In Carnarian, Carnarianism
– Latin Carne – “of the flesh” – associated with animal use
- Carn: In Carnism, Carnist, (Anti)Carnivorist, Carnivore, Carnivorism, Carnivorous
– Carne + quiddity – “meat eater” – one who consumes flesh
- Ve: In VeKind – from the Latin Vegetus meaning “vigorous, energetic, lively, or healthy” – also of the English Vigorous + Energetic + Kind
- Veg: InVegan – from the word Vegetable
- Veget: In Vegetarian – from the word Vegetable
- -arian: to promote or advocate
“US” as opposed to “THEM”
- -ism: the practice of, a group of
- -ist: related to vegan use, meaning an oppressive person (racist, rapist, sexist, carnist, carnivorist, anticarnivorist, speciesist)
“THEM” as opposed to “US”
- -ist: in VeGenesist – one that adheres to or advocates a (specified) doctrine or system or code of behavior <bicyclist> <cardiologist> <ecologist> – a VeGenesist adheres to the VeGenesis Design – the eating plan or design in Genesis chapter one.
Full List of Terms
- Anticarnivorist: oppressively against most humans
( anti + carnivore + ist ), a human who uses the offensive and derogatory terms carnist or carnism – hatefully coined by Melody Joy
- Being VeKind: the philosophy of being kind and being healthy and the practice of following a Plant-Only plan for eating. (NOTE: VeKindism is always incorrect and offensive.)
- Carnarian: Carnarians promote and advocate the use of animal flesh to benefit humans.
(Carn + arian: “Carn” (carne) refers to “of the flesh” and -arian means “to promote or advocate”)noun | carn·ar·i·an | \ˈkärn-a-rē-ən\
- Carnarianism: see Carnarian (Carnarian -ism)
- Carnism: offensive and derogatory – see Anticarnivorist
- Carnist: offensive and derogatory – see Anticarnivorist
- Carnivore: an animal that eats only meat
- Carnivorism: a group of people who eat only meat
- Carnivorist: 1) people who eat only meat; 2) cannibals, 3) oppressive people (Carnivore -ist)
- Carnivorous: an animal, parasite or bacteria that eats only meat – “flesh-eating“
- Flexitarian: a Carnarian/semi-vegetarian who usually eats as a vegetarian, but is flexible depending on circumstances such as social engagements, or perceived nutritional needs. (See also semi-vegetarian and semi-carnarians)
- Lacto-Vegetarian: a Carnarian/vegetarian who eats dairy (including milk products like cheese or yogurt). (see also semi-carnarians)
- Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian: a Carnarian/vegetarian who eats eggs and dairy.
- Meat Eater: see Carnivore
- Ovo-Vegetarian: a Carnarian/vegetarian who eats eggs.
- Pesce-Vegetarian: see Pescetarian
- Pescetarian: a Carnarian/vegetarian which eat fish or other seafood, but not poultry or red meat from mammals. The Macrobiotic diet is plant-based which may or may not include the occasional fish or other seafood. (See also semi-vegetarian and semi-carnarians)
- Pesce-pollotarian: a Carnarian that eats fish and poultry, but not red meat from mammals. The Mediterranean diet may be considered one example of this, as typically it is a diet supplemented with fish and poultry but with little to no red meat. (See also semi-vegetarian and semi-carnarians)
- Plant-Based: a diet that is mostly plants (at least 50% plus one gram by weight) – also a diet that is centered on plants like Pescetarian, Vegetarian, Pollotarian, Pegan, Primal, Veggan and some Paleo or Vegan variations.
- Plant-Only: The Plant-Only Plan for Eating Yourself to Health! This lifetime eating plan is low processed (whole foods), low fat, low protein, low cost, and of course, Plant-Only! This has the most benefits for those who have health or weight challenges. Nonetheless, it does not use any animal flesh and therefore is NOT Carnarian! Plant-Only is the default eating plan for VeKinds. Plant-Only is also followed by some Vegans.
- Pollotarian: a Carnarian that eats chicken or other poultry, but not meat from mammals, often for environmental, health or food justice reasons. (See also semi-vegetarian and semi-carnarians)
- Rawite: Eats mostly raw Veggies.
- Semi-Carnarian: There are no Semi-Carnarians. There are no Carnarian sub-types at all! If you eat anything that comes from an animal, you are simply a Carnarian! Carnarian includes the types, Flexitarian, Lacto-Vegetarian, Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, Meat Eater, Ovo-Vegetarian, Pesce-Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Pesce-pollotarian, Pollotarian, and Semi-Vegetarian! They are all simply Carnarians!
- Semi-Vegan: a Carnarian diet that is largely Plant-Based with the inclusion of animal products depending on the circumstances of location (Vegan at Home), date (Meatless Mondays, Fish on Fridays, Vegan on Weekdays, Vegan on Weekends) or time/meals (Vegan Before 6, VB6 Diet, Meat Free Mornings, Meatless Mornings, Vegan Before Dinnertime), and often due to a perceived nutritional need.
- Semi-Vegetarian: a Carnarian diet that is largely Vegetarian with the occasional inclusion of meat products depending on the circumstances of location (Vegetarian at Home), date (Meatless Mondays) or time/meals (Meatless Mornings, Meat Free Mornings), and often due to a perceived nutritional needs.
- Speciesism: see Speciesist – a prejudice or discrimination based on species; especially: discrimination against animals.
- Speciesist: see Speciesism – the assumption of human superiority on which speciesism is based – used by followers of Gary L. Francione, and his book “The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights” (Species -ist)
- Strict-Vegetarian: a diet that does not eat animal products in their diet. Some strict-vegetarians may otherwise use or wear animal products.
- TransVeKind: Transitioning to VeKind – a human that accepts the VeKind philosophy in principle and is in transition (education) to their best health on a Plant-Only Plan for eating.
As a minimum starting point, a TransVeKind does not eat Dairy, Eggs, or Bacon (representing processed meats).
– See VeKind
- Vegan: Originally a Vegan was a Carnarian diet defined as a “Non-Dairy Vegetarian”, or as a person who follows said diet. Strictly interpreted, this could allow Vegans to eat eggs (as Veggans do). Two of the original founders of the Vegan Society of the UK, one of which coined the term “Vegan”, were photographed two years later at their wedding (to each other) both wearing new leather shoes and leather belts. Thus, Veganism in its early years was centered upon diet only. Likewise, Vegan was coined by a Vegetarian Society Officer within the Vegetarian Society (the Vegan Society did not exist), therefore no one, or no group, has the authority to change the original meaning. Lacking a copyright, dozens, perhaps hundreds of ways to define Vegan exist today. All are equally valid and may, or may not, exclude such things as eggs, dairy, honey, some food coloring, some food flavorings, some vitamins, some medications, and some white cane sugar. Some Vegans may exclude the use of wool, leather, and silk. Likewise, some Vegans do not work animals (riding horses, pulling wagons or sleds, or even using service dogs for the blind, or police K-9 units), or use animals for entertainment (zoos, circuses, marine aquariums, animals in shows, in parades, on TV or in movies). Vegan is actually a contraction of vegetarian using the first three and last two letters. Veg
etarian = Vegan!
- Vegan Diet: “Non-Dairy Vegetarian” – used by some to indicate a diet “like a vegan would eat.” (See Vegan)
- Veganism: see Vegan (Vegan -ism)
- VeGenesis Design: the designed eating plan in Genesis chapter one, adjusted for modern conditions. (Vegetable + Genesis)
- VeGenesism: following or adhering to the VeGenesis Design. (VeGenesis + ism)
- VeGenesist: a person who studies and follows the VeGenesis Design (VeGenesis + ist)
- Vegetarian: does not kill animals directly for food (no animal flesh)
noun | veg·e·tar·i·an | \ˌve-jə-ˈter-ē-ən\
- Vegetarianism: see Vegetarian (Vegetarian -ism)
- VeKind: “Being VeKind is a moral philosophy about being kind and healthy, leading to an ethical lifestyle of being healthy and kind!” VeKind is a portmanteau of the Latin Vegetus meaning “vigorous, energetic, lively, or healthy” + Kind – also said to be a portmanteau of the English Vigorous + Energetic + Kind.
\ˈvē-kīnd\ (pronounced VEE-kīnd or VEE-kahynd)
- VeKindism: DO NOT USE! The term VeKindism is always incorrect and offensive. Use “Being VeKind” instead. – see Being VeKind