Animal products in everything

Curious fact: apparently, crayons are non-vegan. “Fatty acids derived from pork bone fat are used as a hardening agent in crayons and also gives them their distinctive smell.” Other products that incorporate material from dead pigs include “ammunition, train brakes, automobile paint, soap and washing powder, bone china, [and] cigarettes.”

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

2 thoughts on “Animal products in everything”

  1. Animals are in everything. It’s really true that there exists a social-value, or even social-truth which says “it’s alright to consume animals”. And yet, that value is one I don’t want to assent to. Even if I don’t assent to it, it remains overwhelmingly true (true meaning one finds evidence for it everywhere). In a sense, it is “objectively” true – in the sense that it is true without my consent, without me, even if that truth might be contingent, at least historically speaking. I’ve recently been thinking about the extent to which we can ever be independent of these values, even if we consciously reject them and rail against them.

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