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Are Shells Vegan?

  • No, They're technically an animal bi-product.

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  • Yes, the animal is done with it, and it's discarded and only going to get crunched up by feet.

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Herbivorous Urchin
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So today I was down at the beach during really low tide and snagged an intact oyster shell with lovely colouring, I was pleased as punch!

Anyhow, it got me wondering, do vegans find that empty shells found on the beach, are unvegan?
 

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I would say that if you sold them somewhere, you couldn't label them vegan, but I certainly wouldn't call someone unvegan for collecting them. It's like, is a feather dropped by a bird vegan? In the same sense yes: if you put such feather in clothing, I don't think you can market it as vegan, but it doesn't bother me if someone collects those abandoned feathers, as I think there's no cultural practice of seeing birds as resources involved with that.

Anyway, I don't know anything about oysters and shells, so maybe some animals still benefit from the shells or something, I don't know.
 

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Really good point
 

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I won't pick up snail shells, in case the hermit crabs need them. They need to upgrade as they grow. I can't resist picking up scallop and jingle shells though, and those sunrise clam shells. Or abalone shells. I have a few feathers here and there. Once I was camping in White Wolf, and there was a raven hanging around a lot. He flew over my table and a feather fell from him. I think of him whenever I look at the feather.
 
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