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You can't call yourself a vegetarian if you eat fish and eat cheeses that contain animal derived rennet. And if you're really concerned about animal welfare you won't wear animal skin or buy new leather shoes or sofas either!

There are all kinds of foods and everyday items that aren't suitable for veg*ns ... and they usually catch you out when you least expect it.
Here's just some things to watch out for...

Foods A to Z
Use this table in conjunction with the VeggieGlobal non-vegetarian food additive tables. Remember that some additives with the same name can be either vegetarian or animal derived ...
(Yes, it's a minefield of confusion! ... and all the more reason to vote for the NOVA Key)

These foods... may contain ...
Beers Animal-based fining etc. See wine at Q & A's.
Biscuits Animal fat (and even cochineal and gelatine if filled) - Check ingredients.
Bread L-Cysteine / Cystine (human hair, fur or more commonly duck feathers - synthetic L-Cysteine is becoming more common)
Breakfast Cereals ("fortified") Vitamin D3. Remember that D2 is suitable for veg*ns.
Cakes Animal fat (and even cochineal and gelatine if filled) - Check ingredients.
Candy Colouring such as cochneal - plus gelatine.
Caviar / Roe (fish eggs) Fish are killed to obtain eggs. (see also wine at Q & A's)
Cheese Animal-based rennet and also pepsin (see Q & A's)
Chewing Gum Animal derived glycerine. Wrigley's is OK ... they use vegetable glycerine.
Chips (fries) Animal fat (cooked in).
Chips (fries) Animal derived flavouring (I.e. beef).
Frozen Chips (fries) Animal fat and flavouring.
Ice Creams Non-dairy fats, which may come from pigs or other animals.
Ice lollies Colouring and carrier agents such as gelatine. Avoid orange and deep red coloured drinks.
Jellies Gelatine and cochineal. To be safe, avoid anything which contains jelly type ingredients.
Margarine and butters (particularly easy-spread) Vitamin D3 animal fat, fish oils and gelatine.
Pasta Egg.
Pastry Animal fat (I.e. suet).
Potato Chips (snacks and crisps, etc) Animal rennet in cheese flavoured snacks or animal-based flavours in others. (Some beef and bacon flavours are actually vegetarian because flavours are artificial! ... but always check ingredients first)
Soft Drinks Colouring and carrier agents such as gelatine. Avoid orange and deep red coloured drinks.
Spirits Animal-based fining etc. (see wine at Q & A's)
Stock in sauces and soups Animal Fat and / or animal / fish derived flavouring.
Vitamin and Medicine Capsules Gelatine ... although vegetarian capsules are becoming popular in some countries (check label).
Wines Animal-based fining etc. (see Q & A's)
Worcester Sauce Anchovies.
Yoghurts and chilled dairy desserts - particularly low fat Gelatine.

Use the above table in conjunction with the VeggieGlobal non-vegetarian food additive tables.

To the NOVA Key Campaign for ConsumersTo V or Not To V... That is the Confusion!
The Nova Key ethical labeling system is designed to apply to all foods and products, which shows whether they are natural, organic, vegetarian, tested on animals ... OR NOT.
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Around the House, Cloths and General A to Z

These household, fashion and toiletry items (which may have also been tested on animals)... ... may contain ...
Books Leather binding
Brushes Animal hair
Car interiors, steering wheels made of... Leather
Cases, holders made of... Leather ...
Even if the main material of a case isn't made of leather, check the attachments and other embellishments.
Clothes and scarves made of or containing... Silk...
Silk is made from the soft thread of Silk moth cocoons (killed in the process)
Clothes, hats and bags made of or containing... Fur...
Read more here
Clothes, hats and bags made of or containing... Felt ...
Although often made from wool, can also be made from fur ... so check before buying hats in particular (possibly rabbit fur)
Clothes, hats etc. made of or containing... Wool: cashmere, angora, mohair, pashmina, shatoosh, alpaca. Extreme pain, premature death, suffering during transportation, disease through crowding and neglect are just a few reasons to use alternatives to wool.
For a full rundown on the treatment of animals in the wool industry see this external link to a Peta factsheet (opens separate window):
http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=55
Eco Clothes, hats and bags made of or containing... Leather detail ...
The main material of eco clothes may be made of organic cotton or other non-animal products but even so many manufacturers illogically embelish these clothes with leather tags like labels, zip clasps or edging detail. For example you may think that eco-clothing and bags made of hemp would always be vegan .... wrong!
Cushions Feathers (birds are killed for feathers)
Duvets and sleeping bags Feathers (birds are killed for feathers)
Glue Glue made from animals (connective tissues commonly relating to hooves legs, bones and tendons ... and skin) ...
Although various glues are not now made from slaughtered animals, some will still not be suitable for vegans. Casein based glue is a protein derivative of skimmed milk.
Jewellery containing pearls Both natural and cultivated pearls are harvested from mussels, oysters or scallops. All such clams (bivalve molluscs) are killed to retrieve the pearl. Even some imitation pearls can be made from coral or conch - both which are sea creatures.
Jewellery containing elephant hair Although elephant hair jewellery has traditionally been harvested from the ground around trees where elephants have rubbed their bottoms on the tree-trunks, there is an increasingly potential risk that the hair has also come from poached elephants.
Read more about Elephant Hair here
Read more about veg*n ethics and jewellery here
Jewellery containing porcupine quills

The large amount of commercially available porcupine quill jewellery and trinkets far exceeds a naturally harvested supply of quills dropped in the wild by a live porcupine. Most porcupine quill is sourced from killed animals.
Read more about Porcupine Quill here
Read more about veg*n ethics and jewellery at our Veg*n Q and A's

Jewellery containing amber Although not directly animal related, a lot of amber is extracted from the Baltic sea in a manner that's very harmful to the environment. Apart from the mining process itself, the sea in the locality of amber mining is heavily polluted by millions of tons of waste, destroying sea-life in its wake. As you may know, VeggieGlobal regularly reminds its visitors that detrimental effects to the ocean is a major cause of planetary deterioration. When buying amber products make sure it has come from traditional gathering methods and ethically processed for use as jewellery.
Read more about veg*n ethics and jewellery at our Veg*n Q and A's
Jewellery containing new-mined precious metals and gems ... including Fair-trade gold Mining disrupts and destroys essential life-sustaining, interdependent ecosystems by displacing previously untouched environments containing fragile flora and fauna, right down to the micro-biological level. Mining is detrimental to the ecology of our planet, and there is no form of raw extraction for the jewellery industry that can genuinely claim to the contrary. Mining by nature is not an ethical practice. This also applies to "fair-trade or "fair-mined" gold which should also not be termed as "green" either. Don't assume that all "certified" gold must automatically be ecologically ethical and green. Fair-trade gold is new-mined and not sustainable. The only true ecologically ethical and sustainable source for gold is recycled, which is identical to the quality of new-mined gold when it ends up in jewellery.
Read more about veg*n ethics and jewellery at our Veg*n Q and A's
Old photographic film (not applicable for digital photography) Gelatine
Pillows Feathers (birds are killed for feathers)
Shampoo Lanolin and Glycerine ...
However, lanolin (vitamin D3) obtained from sheep's wool without slaughter is OK for veggies.
Shoes Leather
Shoes, which are synthetic, but the soles could be stuck on with... Glue ...
Glue can be made from animals (connective tissues commonly relating to hooves legs, bones and tendons ... and skin). Although animal glue is now less commonly used industrially, always ask about the glue used in synthetic (leather-free) shoes when buying.
Sofas made of or containing... Leather. Brazil is destroying the globally important Amazon rain forest to raise cattle for cheap leather (i.e. sofas and other furniture).
(Read more here)
Sponges (for bathing) made from... Sea animals. (A real sponge is a marine creature ... not a vegetable)
Toothpaste Animal derived glycerine
Washing Powder Animal Fats
Wood - Furniture, including boarding such as plywood Glue ...
Hide glue (from animal skin) and Hoof Glue is occasionally used in woodworking. Although it it can be impossible to find out which woods in industrialized furniture contain animal-derived glues, it's worth enquiring when buying hand crafted and artisan furniture / wooden objects.

To the NOVA Key Campaign for ConsumersTo V or Not To V... That is the Confusion!
The Nova Key ethical labeling system is designed to apply to all foods and products, which shows whether they are natural, organic, vegetarian, tested on animals ... OR NOT.
Find out more at our NOVA Key Site and vote for the NOVA Key

Whether you are veg*n or not, your everyday demand for these products below is destabalizing our entire planet

The consumption of these items, if sourced from ecologically sensitive areas, ... ... are destroying rain forests, rare wildlife and oceans ...
Palm Oil More than one in ten products you buy from a supermarket contains "ape killing" palm oil. Precious rain forestscand their rare animal habitats, mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia, are destroyed to create palm oil plantations. Act right now before it's too late.
(Read more here)
Organic Soy Brazilians are destroying the globally important Amazon rain forest to grow organic soy beans.
(read more here)
Beef Brazil is destroying the globally important Amazon rain forest to raise cattle for cheap beef (i.e. burgers).
(read more here)
Fur A new generation of fashion followers are buying and wearing real fur clothing again ... brainwashed into believing that real fur is cool, even though it is killing millions of animals and threatened species each year.
(read more here)
Leather Brazil is destroying the globally important Amazon rain forest to raise cattle for cheap leather (i.e. sofas, other furniture and accessories).
(read more here)
Fish - (i.e. cod, plaice, haddock etc.) Many areas of the northern oceans have been completely depleted of cod from over-fishing. Sea-life in general is dwindling rapidly due to over-fishing. If you are just turning veggie, then fish should be one of the very first things you should stop eating.
(More on Veggieglobal's news site)

To the NOVA Key Campaign for ConsumersTo V or Not To V... That is the Confusion!
The Nova Key ethical labeling system is designed to apply to all foods and products, which shows whether they are natural, organic, vegetarian, tested on animals ... OR NOT.
Find out more at our NOVA Key Site and vote for the NOVA Key

 

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