So it's occurring to me that there are currently no guidelines or requirements of labeling food which is vegetarian, vegan, or other (at least in the US [note, given the .com TLD of this site, I'm going to falsely assume that these forums are American based and ignore the other countries for the purposes of this thread]).
Anyway, there are all sorts of guidelines in place for noting other ingredients such as soy, milk, and egg products in a food item for the purposes of allergies, and there are (admittedly non-governmental) agencies that add logos to food prepared in a Kosher manner.
And I think that we, as veg*ns, deserve to have our food labeled in a uniform and correct manner. I'm tired of having people learn the hard way that random food x actually contains some gelatin, which is animal derived, or that ceasar dressing has anchovies in it. I'm tired of having to take back or throw out things that I thought were safe, but then realize at the last minute that they changed the recipe and added dehydrated chicken powder to the mix. And I'm tired of having to play 20,000 questions with the waitstaff at restaurants, and still not being confident in what they sell.
So I want to start a movement, one in which we make it known that we are tired of having to scour ingredient lists for items that are animal derived, and even then may not be successful due to how they are hidden (ie "enzymes"). I want us to write to our representatives requesting and simple legislation be passed requiring foods containing animal derived ingredients to be clearly marked as such. I want us to write the Department of Agriculture as well. It's time that we make our veg*nism as important as someone's religious and/or allergy status.