Animal products in everything

2009-09-19

in Geek stuff, Politics, Science

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.”

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Tristan September 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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.

. October 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Bounty (chocolate bar)

The product is unsuitable for vegetarians as it contains rennet (whey powder) from cow’s stomach (instead of using using whey from dried cow’s milk) but on the other hand, the product contains no vegetable fat.

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