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Jessikah 01-14-2006 01:14 AM

Hi all

I have been a vegetarian for about a year now - but not what I would call a 'good enough vegetarian'. I cut out red meat, chicken and fish, but was completely oblivious to the amount of animal products in everyday foods...

I went away a few days ago and visited a yummy lolly-store. I was about to buy a packet of gummy bears when I noticed in the ingredients it said 'gelatine (from pork)'. I had never given a second thought to this before... I didn't buy the lollies (needless to say...)

I did some research this morning on-line and was *shocked* at the amount of animal products actually used!!! I had NO idea!!!

Why oh why do we exploit animals like this? I am ashamed to now know that Australia has one of the worse conditions for pigs - 95% of pigs live in small metal cages, bred to be eaten/kept pregnant....

Oh I could go on!!!

That's right... I'm meant to introduce myself!

My name is Jess, I'm 22, live in Sydney, and have a Diploma in Children's Services.

Amy SF 01-14-2006 02:52 AM

Welcome to VB!

Yup, you gotta watch out for that gelatin, it's in practically everything.

Trueveggie14 01-14-2006 09:02 AM

Hi Jess!!

Don't beat yourself up. You were Vegetarian. I didn't know until last year that beer and wine have (isinglass) fish air bladder in them. Good thing there are some vegan beers, but Guiness is not one of them.

There are also lists circulating with the hidden animal ingredients -- like Carmine is crushed bugs. It is used to color some juices red.

Welcome to VB!!

VeganForHealth 01-14-2006 10:24 AM

Gummy Bears = Pain, Suffering, and Death.

Michael 01-14-2006 10:54 AM

Welcome! It's a learning process and that's the way you need to look at it, don't beat yourself up over it.

GhostUser 01-14-2006 11:53 AM

hello! and welcome.

rainbow_clouds 01-14-2006 12:35 PM

Originally Posted by VeganForHealth View Post

Gummy Bears = Pain, Suffering, and Death.

....Unless they are vegan gummy bears!

It's just a learning process. We all make mistakes! Don't beat yourself up over it!

And welcome!

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