Hi there and welcome to VB
-VBites do a range of vegan products, which can be found in the fridge section of Holland and Barrett:
Cheatin' beef style slices
Cheatin' chicken style slices
Cheatin' ham style slices
Cheatin' turkey style slices
Cheezly Hard Italian style
Cheezly White Cheddar style
Making Waves Fish Style Fingers
Thai Fish-Style Cakes
-Cauldron do vegan foods. Tesco/ Sainsbury's sell their stuff. From their website:
Cauldron Original Tofu Block, Smoked Tofu, Italian Herb Tofu - are all Vegan Friendly.
Cauldron Falafels don't contain any ingredients that wouldn't be appropriate for the Vegan diet.*
Indian Koftas - don't contain any ingredients that wouldn't be appropriate for the Vegan diet.
*To clarify, it is the plain falafels that are vegan and they weigh 200g. Cauldron also make Moroccan Falafel Bites with honey (not vegan) which weigh 180g.
-Alpro do soya milk and rice milk. Provamel do soya milk. Ricedream do, well, rice milk lol. They can be bought in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Holland and Barrett. In the superstores they will be in the long life milk section (a few will be in the fridge too).
-Holland and Barrett do their own brand of vegan multivitamin. They also sell vegan protein powder. They also sell dried soya mince. Vegan protein powder can also be found on amazon.co.uk more cheaply. Sci-MX do a non-animal protein powder which is vegan and not processed with bone char (I assure you as I personally emailed them repeatedly with Qs). Reflex do a vegan powder too.
-Lotus biscoff original biscuits are labelled vegan. They can be bought in any supermarket.
-Lazy Day Foods do vegan millionaire's shortbread, vegan chocolate orange slice, vegan Belgian dark chocolate tiffin. These can be found in Sainsbury's and Tesco in the free from aisle.
-Sainsbury's label their own brand products as vegan if they are. They have a falafel and a piri piri falafel that they sell, both of which are vegan.
-Lidl labels its own brand products as vegan.
-Tesco will email you a list of all their own brand products that are vegan if you ask them. They sell dried soya mince in their wholefoods section.
...FYI quorn is vegetarian, not vegan as it contains free range eggs (I know, annoying right as they have a very big range!)...
-Vegan cosmetics/ soaps/ shampoos can be bought in Holland and Barrett. These products will specifically say on them that they are vegan and not tested on animals. Or else they will have the Vegan Society logo on them (my avatar) which means that the product is definitely vegan according to the gold standard measure.
-Vegetarian shoes (their products are also vegan) can supply you with shoes/ coats/ belts etc...They have a shop in Brighton. Or you can buy online http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/
The ethics of eggs - Hens are killed for meat when they get old or sick. Chicks are hatched out in huge factories called hatcheries. Male chicks are deemed suboptimal by the meat industry as they are from an egg laying hen's bloodline, and not a meat chicken's bloodline. They are therefore considered to be waste and are killed as babies - either gassed or macerated. Yes that's macerated.
The ethics of dairy - You are correct with your comments about the never-ending state of pregnancy that cows are kept in, having their babies taken from them every time. The cow itself will be killed when old/ sick. The male calves may be killed at birth or used as veal. Veal farming is particularly evil. The calves cannot move around at all and are still killed when they are very young.
The thing about keeping a chicken or goat for eggs/ milk etc is that you cannot be sure that the animal has given permission for you to have its "produce". The animal might prefer to keep these for itself or for its own offspring...Then there is the issue of ownership - a vegan does not "own" animals. They do not use them or exchange money for them as if they are objects to be bartered with. It is perfectly fine to rescue a dog/ cat/ rabbit/ chicken etc and keep them as a part of the family - as a companion animal...If the animal rescued was a chicken, you shouldn't eat its eggs because of the consent issue and because the chicken may want to use the egg for its own purposes. Chickens do eat eggs sometimes, for e.g.
Good luck with your journey and welcome to the club