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#1 Old 01-14-2006, 01:14 AM
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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!!!

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My name is Jess, I'm 22, live in Sydney, and have a Diploma in Children's Services.
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#2 Old 01-14-2006, 02:52 AM
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Welcome to VB!

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

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#3 Old 01-14-2006, 09:02 AM
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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. http://www.btinternet.com/~p.g.h/vegan_beer_list.htm

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


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#4 Old 01-14-2006, 10:24 AM
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Gummy Bears = Pain, Suffering, and Death.
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#5 Old 01-14-2006, 10:54 AM
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Welcome! It's a learning process and that's the way you need to look at it, don't beat yourself up over it.

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#6 Old 01-14-2006, 11:53 AM
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hello! and welcome.
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#7 Old 01-14-2006, 12:35 PM
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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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