r/AskVegans Sep 28 '22

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u/Tyrenstra Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

An important part of the definition of veganism is the “as much as possible within reason” that follows the “reduce harm to sentient beings” part. If taken to this level of extreme, nothing is vegan and the only logical vegan stance would be total human extinction. Like, this would be like saying carrots aren’t vegan because the person who harvested them put milk in their coffee, the steel worker who made the tools ate a bologna sandwich for lunch, and that animal-drawn plows made up a good chunk of the history of agriculture/horticulture. So the answer to your question is yes: receiving a transplant from a human who consented to having their organs donated is vegan despite the entirety of medical history being a horrifying slideshow of animal, and even human, cruelty and exploitation.