This is my attempt to share some thoughts I’ve shared with my housemate and friend, R.
Veganism is the refusal to consume animals, or their byproducts. It is a simplified definition, and veganism is far more complex than just one simple sentence. But when I, and most people, explain what veganism is we generally use some variation of that sentence. Veganism is usually seen as an absolute— you either are a vegan or you are not.
Anthrocentrism is the belief that humans are, and/or should be, the center (of the world, the cosmos, culture, society, etc). This definition is also simplified.
As an ethical vegan I refuse to consume animal products to diminish the number of animals that suffer and die. My focus is on ending the suffering of animals.
And perhaps you were expecting an “and” at the end of that sentence.
“…and to end their use by human beings,” I should say.
But I’ll return to use in a moment.