PETA – Animal-Derived Ingredients List

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PETA provides a long list of animal-derived ingredients for everyone to try and memorize (or at least bookmark for future reference!)

As most vegans know, animal cruelty is deliberately hidden behind bizarre names, such as:

Ambergris.
From whale intestines. Used as a fixative in making perfumes and as a flavoring in foods and beverages. Alternatives: synthetic or vegetable fixatives.

Cystine.
An amino acid found in urine and horsehair. Used as a nutritional supplement and in emollients.

Keratin.
Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. In hair rinses, shampoos, permanent wave solutions.

Lipase.
Enzyme from the stomachs and tongue glands of calves, kids, and lambs. Used in cheesemaking and in digestive aids.

As PETA explains:

Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive. There are thousands of technical and patented names for ingredient variations. Many ingredients known by one name can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. However, don’t let all this overwhelm you—this list is a resource and is here to help!

 

Woman Sees ‘Walking’ Trash Bag In The Road, Stops To Find A Puppy Inside

I post this story with the reminder for everyone to please keep your eyes open for things like this:

When Malissa Sargent Lewis took the back route to work one day through a rural Kentucky neighborhood, she didn’t expect to see a black trash bag moving around on the side of the road. She also didn’t expect to find a perfectly healthy, 8-week-old puppy inside of it.

Thank you to Malissa for saving poor Hefty!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day? Ireland’s Fur Trade

NARA (National Animal Rights Association) is a voluntary, vegan, animal rights group based in Dublin, Ireland:

We have many ongoing campaigns, and are constantly out spreading awareness through our protests, demonstrations and information tables. Whether it’s a fur shop, a circus or a pharmaceutical company that funds vivisection – anywhere we find to be violating the rights of animals – we will be there.

NARA recently release the fantastic documentary, ‘Ireland’s Fur Trade’, for free on YouTube:

This is a documentary exploring the fur industry and trade in Ireland. Currently, there are three fur farms in the Republic housing roughly between 100,000-150,000 mink and there are at least dozens of shops selling real fur across the country. In 2010, the Irish gov’t pledged to ban fur farming but after the collapse of a Fianna Fáil-led coalition in 2011, Fine Gael scrapped the proposal and it’s back to square one. However, active efforts demanding both a ban on fur farming and to convince shops to remove the sale of fur continue.

NARAcampaigns.org is a highly-recommended reading, with highly detailed information on their various campaigns, global animal rights issues and local Irish vegan businesses.

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Vegan and Animal-Positive Jewelry

Christy Robinson is a talented Dallas-based jewelry artist who specializes in vegan and animal-positive products:

I am a native Texan and currently reside in Dallas where I work as a full time studio jewelry artist. I have worked with two local contemporary jewelers and have taken jewelry intensives at The Craft Guild of Dallas in casting and etching techniques.

My work features jewelry designs that often deal with human, animal, and environmental issues. Inspired by meditation,metaphysical practices, yoga, astrology, animal rights, human rights,feminism and the environment. I use earth friendly recycled metals such as aluminum, sterling silver, PMC (precious metal clay),copper, Lab-Grown stones and ethically sourced beads and fair trade findings.

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You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

 

Meet the woman who quit her job to take care of baby goats!

Goats of Anarchy may be the coolest sanctuary name I’ve ever heard!

Mashable has an article on Leanne Lauricella, a woman who quit the daily grind of NYC to open a sanctuary for baby goats with special needs:

“I was a new vegan and wanted to learn more about farm animals. I was so surprised to find that goats are very similar to dogs. They are so intelligent, funny and affectionate. They are each very different and have unique personalities. They are curious and extremely entertaining. The more time that I spent outside with my goats, the more I hated the thought of going to work,” she said.

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Keep up the good work Leanne!