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Hi all I just wanted to introduce myself.
My meat eating has been playing on my mind for the past few months and yesterday I asked myself "If I don't need meat to live, what right do I have to take life?" When I couldn't answer that question I realised I can't eat meat anymore.
I have a desire to eventually go vegan but I think at the moment that would probably kill me
I'm completely changing my diet as is.
I do have a couple of questions:
1. I read somewhere that some beers contain a fish extract? Is this most beers or is it quite rare?
2. I have a leather coat and shoes, obviously I won't be buying leather from now on but ethically speaking is there any reason I should stop wearing the leather stuff I already own?

Thanks and hello!

Snoopy
 

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1. I read somewhere that some beers contain a fish extract? Is this most beers or is it quite rare?
2. I have a leather coat and shoes, obviously I won't be buying leather from now on but ethically speaking is there any reason I should stop wearing the leather stuff I already own?

Thanks and hello!

Snoopy
Hi!

I'm also new to this forum, but I'm not new as a vegetarian, so I'll try to answer your questions...

1. Actually I hadn't heard about this before, but then I'm sXe, so that isn't much of a problem to me. Apparently some beers do contain Isinglass, which is "a substance obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish. It is a form of collagen used mainly for the clarification of wine and beer." (wikipedia.)

What you need to be aware of is that animal additions to foods is quite common. I'm sure you're aware of gelatine that you find in lots of products, ranging from candy to yoghurt, to bread, etc... "Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the boiled crushed bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, and pigs." (wikipedia again).

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you'll find animal products in many places where you wouldn't really expect them. I suggest you just get used to pay more attention to your food than before...

2. There are several opinions about leather, and I doubt that there is any established consensus among vegetarians about this matter. Do what seems most natural to you, and don't worry too much about this!

Good luck and welcome!
 

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Originally Posted by SnoopyChicken View Post

Hi all I just wanted to introduce myself.
My meat eating has been playing on my mind for the past few months and yesterday I asked myself "If I don't need meat to live, what right do I have to take life?" When I couldn't answer that question I realised I can't eat meat anymore.
I have a desire to eventually go vegan but I think at the moment that would probably kill me
I'm completely changing my diet as is.
I do have a couple of questions:
1. I read somewhere that some beers contain a fish extract? Is this most beers or is it quite rare?
2. I have a leather coat and shoes, obviously I won't be buying leather from now on but ethically speaking is there any reason I should stop wearing the leather stuff I already own?

Thanks and hello!

Snoopy
Welcome! I'd answer your questions but I think Tangle summed them up quite nicely.
 

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Hello again!
I haven't really been back to the site, but haven't eaten meat since.
In fact I now think I'm ready to move on to veganism! I've been saying I will go vegan for the past month but haven't really done anything about it. Today I had a pizza for dinner and I just felt it was time to move on.
I'm researching it now, I think it's going to be a lot harder going vegetarian > vegan than it was going omni > vegetarian because I pretty much just swapped all the meat in my meals for vegetarian alternatives(which use egg as a binder).
Still I have to follow my conscience. I just hope Marmite is vegan!
 

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Hello again!
I haven't really been back to the site, but haven't eaten meat since.
In fact I now think I'm ready to move on to veganism! I've been saying I will go vegan for the past month but haven't really done anything about it. Today I had a pizza for dinner and I just felt it was time to move on.
I'm researching it now, I think it's going to be a lot harder going vegetarian > vegan than it was going omni > vegetarian because I pretty much just swapped all the meat in my meals for vegetarian alternatives(which use egg as a binder).
Still I have to follow my conscience. I just hope Marmite is vegan!
Ingredients of Marmite
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t
  • Yeast Extract
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Extract
  • Niacin
  • Thiamin
  • Spice Extracts
  • Riboflavin
  • Folic Acid
  • Celery Extract
  • Vitamin B12
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t
http://www.marmite.com/love/nutrition/ingredients.html

I think you're good!
 
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