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#1 Old 08-13-2011, 12:28 AM
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I used to love pearls, and I was just considering wearing an old necklace I found today while going through my wardrobe looking for things to give away. I have faux pearls but this necklace was real, I got it for graduation a few years ago. This may seem silly but I really never thought of them as animal products. Like I knew they were far in the back of my head but consciously I just thought "oh, pearls..." But yup, they even have pearl farms for those not found in the wild. O.o

Why does everything have to come from an animal. Seriously humans, damn.

So anyway I assume others here don't wear them and aren't for them...no? Any information on how the animals are treated to get the pearls? I've honestly never heard any animal rights or veg organization talking about peArls

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I have one pearl necklace; a single pear set in a charm on a chain. I got it when I was seven, but picking an oyster out of a tank and having it cup open in front of me. Didn't think twice about it back then.

Don't know much about how they're treated, and I keep that one necklace because it reminds me of the nice family holiday (and getting rid of it wouldn't do much good). But I wouldn't get any more.


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I'm inheriting a set of pearl earrings and a matching pearl strand, because they've been in the family for a while and are really special. Other than that and a small strand of Tahitian pearls that I bought about five years ago, I don't really intend on buying any more real pearls. (I'll wear fake pearl studs, though, because I love the way they look.)

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I used to love pearls, and I was just considering wearing an old necklace I found today while going through my wardrobe looking for things to give away. I have faux pearls but this necklace was real, I got it for graduation a few years ago. This may seem silly but I really never thought of them as animal products. Like I knew they were far in the back of my head but consciously I just thought "oh, pearls..." But yup, they even have pearl farms for those not found in the wild. O.o

Why does everything have to come from an animal. Seriously humans, damn.

So anyway I assume others here don't wear them and aren't for them...no? Any information on how the animals are treated to get the pearls? I've honestly never heard any animal rights or veg organization talking about peArls

When my great-great-grandmother passed away a few years ago, she gave me her pearl collection, I keep and wear those. I would never buy new ones, however.

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My general rule is anything you have that isnt vegan before going vegan doesn't really matter. For example my winter boots from high school are leather but I still wear them, it seems silly to buy a new pair when I have a perfectly good one. If it makes you uncomfortable don't wear it, but don't sweat it if you like it.

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I agree with sarawr. If you already have it don't worry about it, but go faux if you get new ones.
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The pearl industry is one of suffering just like ALL the other industries involving animals. They are farmed just like all the rest. They even X-ray the oysters.


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. For example my winter boots from high school are leather but I still wear them, it seems silly to buy a new pair when I have a perfectly good one. If it makes you uncomfortable don't wear it, but don't sweat it if you like it.

How any person who calls themself a vegan can feel comfortable walking around in a product which symbolises such huge animal suffering "because they like it", is beyond my comprehension.

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I have no problem buying pearls second hand, but wouldn't buy new.

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How any person who calls themself a vegan can feel comfortable walking around in a product which symbolises such huge animal suffering "because they like it", is beyond my comprehension.

Woah, judgmental much? If they were bought before the switch, there is NO reason to throw away/donate something you like, its the buying of new things that's the problem...

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How any person who calls themself a vegan can feel comfortable walking around in a product which symbolises such huge animal suffering "because they like it", is beyond my comprehension.

Easy I'm broke and boots that don't leak and are warm are expensive.
Also quite often pearls have sentimental value to a person, I have a set from my grandmother - while I never wear them I still like them because they are special to me.

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Woah, judgmental much?

Yeh, I WILL make a judgment about vegans wearing animal products, (especially leather) every time they admit to doing it. You can count on it.

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When my great-great-grandmother passed away a few years ago, she gave me her pearl collection, I keep and wear those. I would never buy new ones, however.

Yes, mine were handed down to me and I wear them but I will never by new ones.

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Yeh, I WILL make a judgment about vegans wearing animal products, (especially leather) every time they admit to doing it. You can count on it.


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I had a mother of pearl necklace when I turned vegan and I gave it to one of my friends to keep.

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Vegans don't wear animal products, roll your eyes about that all you want, but you will always be wrong.

Would it be wrong to keep a family heirloom in a safe deposit box? Im not being snide, I am curious.

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Easy I'm broke and boots that don't leak and are warm are expensive.
Also quite often pearls have sentimental value to a person, I have a set from my grandmother - while I never wear them I still like them because they are special to me.

I don't think Nishani can comprehend that you don't live in a warm climate, i'm assuming you don't because it's canada and you need winter boots lol. I wouldn't be throwing or giving them away either i'm not going to let my feet freeze off because of that.
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I don't think Nishani can comprehend that you don't live in a warm climate, i'm assuming you don't because it's canada and you need winter boots lol. I wouldn't be throwing or giving them away either i'm not going to let my feet freeze off because of that.


What are you trying to pretend that warm boots made from synthetic materials (which serve the same purpose as boots made from animal skin) are not available in stores or on the internet? That is just plain ****ing weird.

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What are you trying to pretend that warm boots made from synthetic materials (which serve the same purpose as boots made from animal skin) are not available in stores or on the internet? That is just plain ****ing weird.

And are you trying to show that you can't read? Do you seem to think that everyone has money to spend on new things whenever they want or need them? The point is people who are poor cannot afford to buy new crap all the time, i don't own any animal stuff from before but i would keep them if i needed them for something, because guess what i'm broke and in poverty.
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Vegans don't wear animal products, roll your eyes about that all you want, but you will always be wrong.

I've personally gotten ride of all my animal products and I certainly have no plans to buy any more. But like others have said, I see no issue with a vegan wearing leather boots for awhile, until they can replace them.

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And are you trying to show that you can't read? Do you seem to think that everyone has money to spend on new things whenever they want or need them? The point is people who are poor cannot afford to buy new crap all the time, i don't own any animal stuff from before but i would keep them if i needed them for something, because guess what i'm broke and in poverty.

Sorry to hear you're broke, but poverty is not and never will be, a logical reason to defend the wearing of animal products if you identify as a vegan.

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Sorry to hear you're broke, but poverty is not and never will be, a logical reason to defend the wearing of animal products if you identify as a vegan.

In your opinion.

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In your opinion.

Do we have to write that every time we post now do we?

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Sorry to hear you're broke, but poverty is not and never will be, a logical reason to defend the wearing of animal products if you identify as a vegan.

I guess you'd condemn a person starving to death with no other options who eats meat to stay alive also.
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Do we have to write that every time we post now do we?

It would help, since your opinions are not universally accepted as being the ultimate authority.

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No. As a vegan, I don't buy pearls. I don't have any from prior to being vegan. I suppose if I did, I think I'd keep them but not wear them. I wouldn't feel right wearing them personally.
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Oysters are killed for pearls. Although pearls obviously aren't vegan because they are animal products, there is some debate about the sentience of oysters. Regardless, I wouldn't buy new pearls.

I do have some older pearls that I would continue to wear, although I haven't worn them for some time because the necklaces aren't in the best shape and I haven't taken the time to repair them. I do wear faux pearls. There are some lovely faux pearls available that are much less expensive and available in a larger range of colors than real pearls. To me, they are prettier as well.

In a separate vein, it seems that perhaps pearls are a bit out of fashion these days? I have seen several people commenting that they can't trust a woman who wears pearls! Perhaps they are perceived as conservative or old fashioned.
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It would help, since your opinions are not universally accepted as being the ultimate authority.

I've never once said that my opinions are the ultimate authority, but my opinions are certainly in line with fundamental vegan ideology about NOT wearing animal products. Are you trying to suggest that they are not?

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Sorry to hear you're broke, but poverty is not and never will be, a logical reason to defend the wearing of animal products if you identify as a vegan.

Its actually defending the practice of keeping heirlooms and inability to afford new products

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I guess you'd condemn a person starving to death with no other options who eats meat to stay alive also.


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I've never once said that my opinions are the ultimate authority, but my opinions are certainly in line with fundamental vegan ideology about NOT wearing animal products. Are you trying to suggest that they are not?

Actually, Nishani, the majority opinion here is that it's alright to keep them. You seem to be the only one condemning this practice. Also, the fundamental vegan ideology is not contributing to animal suffering, no longer purchasing animal products does not contribute to animal suffering, neither does having cold feet in the middle of winter, or getting rid of family heirlooms.

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Actually, Nishani, the majority opinion here is that it's alright to keep them.

Keeping them maybe ok, but wearing them as a vegan, not ok. And just because something is the majority opinion on VB doesn't mean it makes ANY ****ing sense in the rest of the vegan world whatsoever.

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