Vaccines In The Animals You Eat

Don’t you think you have the right to know what vaccines they are?

Or maybe that right to know what’s in what you’re buying and eating has been wiped out by some law allowing ranchers to keep you unaware. Then, who wrote and passed those laws unbeknownst to the consumer?

Demand total transparency.

How many different vaccines do animals get and how often from birth to slaughter?

In addition demand a list of all the drugs and foods with ingredient lists, consumed by and/or administered to each animal.

How effective are they and what diseases do the the vaccines prevent?

How about side effects and adverse reactions? How do the animals report side effects and adverse reactions?

How do they affect humans? Somebody must know the science behind it. Or is there any science?

These are valid questions every consumer needs to have answered.

Before consuming any product demand to know it’s history. Being raised in a pasture with loving caretakers is not the answer to the questions needing answering, so don’t try to evade the issue.

Eating animals kills people.



Judge Rules in Favor of Miyoko’s in Vegan Butter Case 


The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled in favor of vegan dairy brand Miyoko’s, allowing the brand to use the terms ‘butter’, ‘cruelty-free’, and ‘lactose-free’ when labeling its products.

The lawsuit stems from a letter sent to Miyoko’s in December 2019 from the California Department of Food & Agriculture, informing the vegan dairy brand that the label for its vegan butter failed to comply with state and federal law. Miyoko’s was told to remove the terms ‘butter’, ‘lactose-free’, ‘hormone-free’, and ‘cruelty-free’ from its plant-based butter packaging. The California Department of Food & Agriculture claimed that due to the butter’s ingredients (coconut oil, sunflower oil, and cashew nuts) “it is not a dairy product.”

Miyoko’s responded in February 2020 with a lawsuit claiming the state and its demands were in violation of Miyoko’s First Amendment rights. The lawsuit also stated that the advertising and packaging for the butter product were neither misleading nor deceptive due to the packaging also including the words ‘plant-based’ and ‘vegan’ in reference to the word ‘butter’.

On August 21, 2020 Judge Richard Seeborg granted Miyokos’ motion for a preliminary injunction, preventing the state from enforcing its claims in regards to the words ‘butter’, ‘lactose-free’, and ‘cruelty-free’. Explaining his ruling, Judge Seeborg stated, “The state’s showing of broad marketplace confusion around plant-based dairy alternatives is empirically underwhelming” and that the state did not “present testimony from a shopper tricked by Miyoko’s vegan butter, or otherwise make a case for why Miyoko’s substitute spread is uniquely threatening to the public weal.”

Judge Seeborg, however, denied Miyoko’s motion in regards to the use of the words ‘hormone-free’ and the phrase ‘revolutionizing dairy with plants’, the first because plants contain naturally-occurring hormones and the second because Judge Seeborg ruled the phrase “plainly misleading”.

The Miyoko’s case is not the only one in which states have aimed to enforce labeling laws against plant-based brands. In December of 2019, a federal court blocked the state of Arkansas from enforcing a meat label censorship law against plant-based meat brand The Tofurky Company. The law would have made use of the words ‘burger’, ‘sausage’, and ‘roast’ on plant-based meat packaging illegal, even with the inclusion of qualifiers such as ‘veggie’, ‘vegan’, and ‘plant-based’.

Upton’s Naturals Co., a vegan meat brand, sued the state of Mississippi’s governor and commissioner of agriculture and commerce in federal court last year, as well, when the state passed a law stipulating that plant-based foods cannot be labeled as meat even if the label also states that the product is ‘100% vegan’, ‘plant-based’, or ‘meatless’. The lawsuit was dropped in November 2019 after Mississippi revised the law, permitting the use of meaty terms on the packaging of plant-based meat products providing that qualifiers such as ‘meat-free’, ‘meatless’, ‘plant-based’, ‘vegetarian’, or ‘vegan’ were used as well.

The outcomes of these cases are huge wins for vegan and plant-based meat and dairy companies. In his ruling for Miyoko’s, Judge Seeborg noted the case between Arkansas and The Tofurkey Company, stating that “an Arkansas district attorney recently rejected that state’s framing of commercial speech as misleading where the label of plant-based ‘meat’ products included ample terminology to indicate [their] vegan or vegetarian nature.” This is promising for any plant-based companies that may come up against similar lawsuits in the future, as they now know that attempts by states to similarly enforce FDA regulations this way will likely be found unlawful under the First Amendment.

Source: Judge Rules in Favor of Miyoko’s in Vegan Butter Case – Veg World Magazine



BIRDSEYE STEAMFRESH VEGETABLES aka my frozen pea adventure

At my local grocery these are the bags usually on sale, so I usually buy them. Although they’re made for microwaving, I’ve never done that, even though I have a microwave. I bring them to boil in water to cover, drain and use.

I’m a big fan of frozen vegetables. Not the ones in sauces, just the plain veggies. Besides, I don’t think anybody even sells veggies in animal-free sauces. Do they? I’ve never seen them. I can make my own sauces.

A lot of people young, old and in between aren’t too keen on using a stove or boiling water in a pot and cooking something in it. There’s a big market for convenience when it comes to home cooked anything. When I first rented an apartment in a senior building, that didn’t turn out to be for only seniors, the leasing agent told me there were two types of people in the building: those who have microwaves and those who have toaster ovens.

So I can see why prepared frozen foods, that are either microwavable or toaster oven friendly, have soared.

Regarding the frozen vegetables, I was hesitant to microwave them, thinking that the veggies would come out all shriveled up, the peas especially. Boiling them for a short time assured they would plump up and stay plumped up.

Today, for some reason, I decided to try the microwave approach when needing peas for a salad I was making.

I take the peas out of the freezer. Look them over, the package, and what to do with them. I see a dotted line that I don’t know what it’s for and frankly I still don’t.

But on the back were the instructions. I wear reading glasses and I had them on and I could not read the print. It was too small and so bold that the boldness made the letters appear to all run together. I’m thinking this is BIRDSEYE company, they’re BIG, why such sloppy labeling? What’s a birds eye view even mean, I start to think? Why did they name their company birdseye? Up close? Can a bird see in multiple directions – like 360 degrees? I don’t know, but this bird can’t read this package.

I left the kitchen to look for Steve’s magnifying glass and I still couldn’t read it. I reached for my iphone that has a magnifier and that magnified it too much. So I positioned it like I was going to take a picture and slowly magnified the print using my fingers to widen the screen and bring it closer, so I could finally read it.

This was not going to be easy. Okay, so I don’t pierce the bag. I lay the frozen bag flat and even on the carousel. I look for the timing and it gets tricky. I have to know the wattage of my microwave. Are you kidding? I go over and start looking on the top, the sides, the inside and find nothing. So if wattage is so important, then why don’t the manufacturers put it where a person can see it?

My microwave is on a shelf and the cord goes through a hole in the back of the shelf to the outlet. I would have to move that entire case, which weighs a ton, unplug the microwave, pull the cord through the hole, so I could lift the microwave from the shelf onto the counter so I could look at the back of the machine for the wattage number.

Not a chance was I going to do that. I am an extraordinarily patient person and will work a problem seemingly endlessly to the finish or any project that requires methodical actions over a period of time, I’m your gal. But not on this, for a bag of peas on sale??

Then I thought maybe it’s not even on the back of the machine. Maybe it’s in the instruction booklet that came with it. I’m thinking I’m not looking for a booklet I put somewhere 4 or 5 years ago. This is ridiculous. I go over to a drawer that holds some booklets of appliances along with a bunch of other stuff and towels. The microwave booklet wasn’t there. It must be older than I thought. I did clean out that drawer though. Put the towels someplace else.

I wasn’t going to go searching though my files looking for it. It takes too long. I’ve already spent way too much time. But if I get it wrong, that’s the only bag of peas I have and I need them for this salad recipe.

Yet, I still wanted to try to microwave them and see for myself how they come out.

All the while I’m costing out the length of time to bring a little water to boil on an electric stove and heat the peas till plump compared to 4-5 minutes on high in a microwave. Five minutes in a microwave compared to five minutes on an electric stove.

I didn’t care. It’s probably close in kilowatts used.

I put them in for 4 minutes, not knowing the wattage and they came out fine. The peas were not shriveled up and they tasted great.

Later I needed another bag of frozen mixed vegetables and decided I would just thaw them on the counter. But then changed my mind and decided to microwave them for 5 minutes.

The bag deflated, and it’s supposed to puff up, so I don’t know what happened. Maybe because they were partially thawed. And the peas shriveled up too. They were still soft and delicious, so the shriveled peas didn’t harden. That’s good.

After my first round of cooking and after I finished my notes and cleaned the kitchen I went looking through the files for that microwave instruction booklet. Found it. 700 watts.

I mean, who remembers these numbers? It’s like passwords, there are so many, how can one mind keep them all front and center in their multiple memory banks? They can’t. So why do manufacturers think they can is my question?

Put the wattage on the front. The same with serial numbers and product numbers – on the front please! Don’t make people go searching for it, unless part of your plan and design is to tick them off. My next question is why would you want to do that if you want them to buy your product again?

So what’s a birdseye view mean?

Definition of bird’seye view. 1 : a view from a high angle as if seen by a bird in flight. 2 : an overall or cursory look at something

I guess only owls can see 360 degrees. Well they can rotate their heads 270 degrees and see 360 degrees.

BIRDSEYE needs a redo on their back label. All that black block with fine white print is not good. Too much bold. Look at other packaging and see for yourself what’s easy to read.

BIRDSEYE isn’t the only problem you know. Some of the print on some labels is so small and so light that no one, even with perfect vision could be expected to read it. So what’s the point? If by law or your own design printed instructions are required, then why not make them readable?

  • Even upon uploading the label to this post, one would think because it is enlarged by the very nature of the size of the screen, that it would be easier to read. But it’s still not easy.


Contains No Animal Products

The word PRODUCT.

There are many definitions and uses for the word ‘product’.

Most manufacturers at this time are not going to put on their labels ‘contains no animals’. But that’s what I’m working toward. Right now the goal is ‘contains no animal products’. It’s straight forward in a language people understand.


Colin Connotations

Colin Kaepernick puts his name on Nike products – big time sellers of footwear

Nike’s worth sourced from The Motley Fool: 

“The simplest measure of Nike’s worth

The stock market gives the most obvious indication of a simple valuation of a company. Nike currently has about 1.35 billion shares of publicly traded stock outstanding. A price of around $56 per share puts the value of Nike’s publicly traded shares at around $75 billion. However, Nike has non-traded Class A shares outstanding as well. When you add those in, Nike’s total market capitalization rises to about $94 billion.”

Sourced from Forbes: as of June 2, 2018

#39 Nike


TICKERNKE  $83.49 $0.02 (0.02%)

INDUSTRY Apparel/Accessories


COUNTRY United States



SALES $35.3B

HEADQUARTERS Beaverton, Oregon

As of Jun 6, 2018


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 05: A billboard featuring former San Francisco 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick is displayed on the roof of the Nike Store on September 5, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Nike launched an ad campaign to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its iconic “Just Do It’ motto that features controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a message that says “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Just do it.

This is Colin Kaepernick’s message to the entire world?

Where’d his hair go? Sacrificed it in the photo for a footwear company to use his face on their feet and the feet of the entire world?

To stay rich, because he doesn’t play football any more? So rather than work for the money at a real job, he hijacks football stadiums and flips his wig to sports fans, the military, law enforcement and white people?

And NIKE just paid him for that service. What is he going to do with all that money? Who is he going to give all that money to?


Just do what, is my question and has always been my question. What pervert from Beaverton, Oregon thought that one up?

Just do what?

Whatever anybody is thinking they’d like to do when they encounter that slogan on another person?

Just do what?
  • kill someone?
  • rape someone?
  • steal someone’s car?
  • push someone into the street?
  • run someone down with your car?
  • spit in somebody’s food?
  • drug somebody’s drink?
  • scream fire in a theatre?
  • scream bomb in an airplane?
  • blow up a school?
  • plan a massacre?
  • put a suicide belt on?
  • blow up a stadium?
  • steal somebody’s shoes?
  • throw a dog off a building
  • set someone on fire?
  • eat somebody’s face?
  • smash a baby against the wall?

What? Just do what?

If it’s to do a good deed, then that needs to be interpreted – those who blow up buildings and people for religious or ideological reasons think they’re doing a good deed.

If it’s to show a kindness, then that doesn’t require sacrificing everything. It requires nothing that resembles a sacrifice.

I’ve been an animal rights activist for decades. I never sacrificed. I went without. There is a world of difference between the two.

NIKE is not responsible for what people do when they read or see that slogan > JUST DO IT.

Did Russia really make US citizens on social media vote for Donald Trump according to the democratic populace fueled by the democratic elite by paying for negative political ads regarding Hillary Clinton and the American democratic system of government? If the answer is yes, then NIKE will be held responsible in a court of law for all of the above.

Did Donald Trump becoming president really cause the entire membership of the democratic party to go off the rails and become hate mongers expressing a desire to destroy the American system of government as we know it, by denying half the populace the right to free speech and by undermining the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government? If the answer is yes, then NIKE will be held responsible in courts of laws all over the world for actions taken against individual people, other species, groups, nations and property based on that powerful slogan > JUST DO IT.

Note: There are a lot of loose ended people in the world with all kinds of hair dos, who will follow instructions when they are concisely communicated, as long as you don’t tell them HOW WHEN WHERE or for what reason to do it. But there’s only one fuzzy haired person hijacking stadiums for the purpose of disrupting a sport, a nation and a world for an extremely narrow agenda. The USA has unions to help workers address issues of unfair treatment in the work place – even for multi-millionaires.

It looks like the American black populace slept through 9-11. Guess they didn’t feel the horror that sticks like skin to the American white populace – to this day.

The American black needs to find it’s own soul, instead of hijacking the souls of their unsuspecting victims.

Ditch the slogan is my recommendation.

Ditch the slogan. JUST DO IT period.


Labels + Current Diet Categories

Hardly anyone knows what vegan is even today nearly 40 years later. They’ve become familiar with the word, but not the meaning. They don’t get why vegans won’t eat a vegetarian burger made with egg whites, or that fish and chicken are animals. And what’s wrong with cheese? That’s not an animal. Well, real vegans don’t understand why vegetarians won’t eat a burger that contains no animal products. And you have to wonder why a person serving food wouldn’t know where what they serve comes from. Then there’s the added confusion of people calling themselves vegans who eat fish or chicken, or who are strictly animal-free sometimes.


The Plant-Based Pitfall

The current trend in labeling a manufactured food, that CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS (CNAP), is to label it PLANT-BASED rather than VEGAN, or ANIMAL-FREE. Some worry about the negativity associated with animal rights groups, so veer from the usage of the word vegan on their product even though it might be vegan.


Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show 

US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show.


Contains No Animal Products (CNAP)




If you’re allergic to fur, then you’re allergic to skin. If you’re allergic to skin, then you’re allergic to flesh. If you’re allergic to flesh, then you’re allergic to blood.

All humans are sensitive to animal products. You have an animal sensitivity. Every human does.

People in the past blamed how badly they felt on anything but the animal. Strange isn’t it? – how we never made that connection, never even inquired, wondered. It was always something else in our mind that took the blame.

Till now.

It’s not the macaroni salad; it’s the steak. It’s not the cake; it’s the eggs in the cake. It’s not the coffee; it’s the cream in the coffee. Get it now?

Okay, then let’s get some labels printed.

Under the allergen category on all labels on all products insert either CAP or CNAP. Contains Animal Products or Contains No Animal Products



Force-Feeding Labels

The reason why food companies and manufacturers won’t tell you what’s under the natural flavoring label is because it’s bad news. They want to trick you into eating animals, even if it’s a rat hair, which by the way, appears in most products along with mites and a lot of other microscopic stuff that even they can’t see.

So absent the hair, what other part of any animal do you add to your product?

Bones, teeth, genitals, eyeballs? Tell us. Hormones, blood? Yeah we know about the hair. That’s not the issue here. We do want to know what you’re force-feeding us by not telling us what’s under the natural flavoring label – even if you think it’s too little for us to care.

Yeah. But it’s not too little for you to hide, is it?

You, the manufacturer and food company, are forcing us to consume something we may or may not want. That’s a decision only we make – we the people make, individually deciding what each one of us wants to eat or not eat.

If it’s for sale in a market, then we have that right to demand and know exactly what we’re paying for. Show me what law, who wrote it and who voted to pass it.

If you’re worried that some other company will be able to replicate your recipe by exposing the ingredients under the natural flavoring label, then simply put under the natural flavoring label: CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS or CONTAINS ANIMAL PRODUCTS.

Actually, no one has the right to hide any ingredient in any recipe/formula made for public consumption.

Even if everybody’s researchers can replicate everybody else’s products, at least there will be transparency, and maybe what will sell one company’s product over another company’s exactly replicated product is customer service, availability and price.



Ingredient LABELING

You think you’re too big to fail. You think you don’t have to tell the customer what’s in the food product they’re buying with your company name on it? Because it’s made far away, you lost control of what goes in or gets left out or gets substituted?

You present a long list of “Maybes”. You don’t know for sure anything. This might be in it, or something else. We just don’t know for sure all the ingredients that anyone contracted to make our product puts in our product. They say they present us with a comprehensive list, but as with all food manufacturers any number of ingredients may not be available when they need them, or at the price we want to pay, or they might just run out sooner than anticipated, so they use something else, or nothing else.

You are not too big to fail. Nobody – no company, no institution, no government. Kingdoms have fallen on a whisper.

If your company does not know what’s in the product they are selling, it’s time to shrink to a point whereby you have quality controls in place at all times guaranteeing the safety for all who consume or use your product. Knowledge means safety. Tell the consumer what’s in it. They don’t trust you with their health and well-being, so stop expecting them to.

But some of it has nothing to do with safety. It has to do with preference – likes and dislikes, or morality or religion.

Further, how does your product make a person feel after they’ve ingested it? Some of it isn’t allergy-based, it’s sensitivity based. They know what makes them feel badly. You don’t. You’re not them.

You can’t fit it all on a label? Contains No Animal Products (CNAP) can fit on any label. Directing someone to your website is all well and good, but after they buy the product? Shoppers aren’t going to be surfing the net for every item they want to buy while in the grocery store. It’s not efficient. It’s not doable.

Well that’s their problem not ours.

No, that’s your problem.


Postscript > Oh, and none of this 1-5% animal product used in your product is okay to still call animal-free. No it isn’t.

Whose law is that?

My Law. That’s whose law.


Honest Labeling

You think you’re too big to fail. You think you don’t have to tell the customer what’s in the food product they’re buying with your company name on it. Because it’s made far away, you lost control of what goes in or gets left out or gets substituted. You present a long list of “Maybes”. You don’t know for sure anything. This might be in it, or something else.

We just don’t know for sure all the ingredients that anyone contracted to make our product puts into our product. They say they present us with a comprehensive list, but as with all food manufacturers any number of ingredients may not be available when they need them, or at the price we want to pay, or they might just run out sooner than anticipated, so they use something else, or nothing else.

You are not too big to fail. Nobody, no company, no institution, no government. Kingdoms have fallen on a whisper.

If your company does not know what’s in the product they are selling, it’s time to shrink to a point whereby you have quality controls in place at all times guaranteeing the safety for all who consume or use your product.

Knowledge means safety. Tell the consumer what’s in it. They don’t trust you with their health and well-being, so stop expecting them to.

We don’t only want to know the allergens in a product, because science doesn’t know yet the extent of food sensitivities and unknown allergies that raise havoc with the human organism. We want to know what is in the product, that we for whatever reason might not want to consume. Stop force-feeding us your politics and ideology and philosophy via your food products. We don’t care what you believe, we the consumer have ‘the right to know’ what we’re purchasing on our side.

Honesty is the only policy that will work. List every ingredient and the source of that ingredient > animal or plant.



The FDA Delays Deadline For New Nutrition Labels 

FFC COMMENT: Since science has proven that eating animals causes a myriad of diseases and disorders all food containers need to state CONTAINS ANIMAL PRODUCTS (what animal) or CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS.

Remember that new nutrition label that was going to help you lose weight and eat healthier? Turns out, we may have to kiss it goodbye.

FDA Proposes Major Delay In Enforcing New Nutrition Labels

There’s another new deadline, but is this one here to stay?

woman reading label

Update, October 2, 2017: After indefinitely extending the July 2018 compliance date to enforce the new and improved nutrition labels, the FDA has finally proposed a deadline. So exactly how much longer must we wait?

On September 29, the FDA announced plans to grant food manufacturers an extra year and a half to start printing the new nutrition labels on packages. This means that big companies, which the agency defines as those that rack up over $10 million in sales annually, will have until January 1, 2020 to implement the changes. Smaller companies are granted a later deadline, January 1, 2021.

So why does the agency wish to enforce the revamped labels into the next decade? Apparently, many food manufacturers claimed that they required more time to implement the changes, which negatively affects us as consumers. The FDA’s “decision to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update their Nutrition Facts labels harms the public’s health, denies consumers vital information, and creates an unfair and confusing marketplace as many companies have gone ahead with the labels anyway,” Dr. Peter G. Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said in a statement. Since the proposed rule is open for public comment beginning on October 2, it will allow 30 days for commentary after which it will be finalized.

Original Post, June 13, 2017: The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would be delaying a major upgrade to the nutrition facts panel that was set to take place in 2018.

Read on: The FDA Delays Deadline For New Nutrition Labels | Eat This Not That



Elmhurst Dairy Switches To Milking Nuts

Elmhurst Website:

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about – milking a nut



After nearly 100 years in business, a dairy company was forced to close its doors. But rather than throw in the towel, they decided to start making plant-based milks instead.

Starting over is never easy – especially if, for most of your life, you’ve been certain that the life path you’ve chosen is right for you. But after 92 years of business, starting over is exactly what the New York City-based company formerly known as Elmhurst Dairy did.

Their story is a realization of the American Dream — what began as a small family business in 1925 in Elmhurst, Queens that provided milk across Brooklyn and Queens, soon grew into one of the largest dairy companies on the East Coast. If you grew up in the New York Metropolitan area, the carton of milk that came with your school lunch was most likely from Elmhurst. But the way that people consume milk has changed.

Since the mid-1970s, milk consumption in the United States has been steadily declining by 25 percent per capita, according to data from the USDA. More people than ever are choosing to grab a glass of non-dairy milk such as soy, coconut, almond, and others over the traditional cow’s milk that the dairy industry has long campaigned for as the key to building strong, healthy bones.

The decline in dairy milk’s sales have had an undeniable effect on the dairy industry. In California, several farmers have given up on dairy in favor of planting almond groves. And this past August, Elmhurst Dairy, an East Coast dairy staple that survived the Great Depression to go on to provide dairy milk to over 8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools, announced that it would be closing its doors — but not for long. Henry Schwarz, son of the company’s co-founder lamented the company’s closing to The New York Times: “Pasteurized fluid milk has sort of gone out of style. There isn’t much room for our kind of a plant. I tried to keep this open because it was my father’s plant and he asked me to do so.”

Elmhurst was out of the dairy business — but they weren’t out of the game. At this year’s Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show, they emerged rebranded as just “Elmhurst” with four varieties of non-dairy milk on display — hazelnut, almond, walnut, and cashew…

Finish reading: 92-Year-Old Dairy Plant That Switched to All-Plant-Based Launches Line of Minimally Processed Milks | One Green Planet





The company, which owns brands like Pepperidge Farm, Plum Organics, V8, and Prego, will begin disclosing the presence of genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) in its products — a first for a major U.S. food manufacturer.

Read More: Campbell Announces Voluntary GMO Labeling





What this means is that for many companies to get up and running they need to use the factories that other companies use to manufacture their goods that do contain animal products. They basically rent out the facilities, thus the common labeling of possible and/or traces of allergens – among them animal products – on their animal-free vegan goods.

There are very few animal-free vegan companies that build their own factories. Most simply can’t afford the cost. So until such time that the demand for animal-free vegan goods increases to the point where they can stand on their own, I accept that there may be traces of animal products in the animal-free vegan products that I purchase. They can clean the equipment between uses, but it’s nearly impossible to wipe out all traces of what was previously manufactured on the same equipment.

My criterion for animal-free is that the recipe itself contain no animal products.

If my French fries that I order at a restaurant are fried in the same oil that chicken is fried, I will eat the fries. The demand isn’t popular enough for restaurants to have essentially two kitchens – one for animal-free, one for animals. For me to refuse to eat out, doesn’t make any sense, since evolution takes time, and my presence at a restaurant ordering an animal-free dish matters. It shows the chefs, the workers, the patrons that I want to eat there, but I don’t want any animals in my food.

There’s not a magic wand we vegans are going to wave, whereby one day we wake up and all manufacturing companies and restaurants suddenly decide to convert their manufacturing plants and eating establishments to animal-free vegan – and then instantly follow through on it.

Veganism is spreading more rapidly than in the past, still, the way restaurants are currently responding to that trend is by focusing more on vegetarian (including eggs and dairy) than on all vegetable/plant-based.

There’s a Chinese restaurant I go to where the chef makes tofu – to date about eight different ways. Delicious! with many different sauces and combinations of vegetables and fruit. He of course has a full animal-based menu. For me not to eat there because he cooks animals would be counterproductive to the movement. Chefs evolve just like everybody else, and often meet resistance from those who want to hold onto their traditional ways of cooking. If there aren’t enough vegan customers to keep them in business (which there aren’t), all the restaurants will go out of business. And then where will we be?

Then there’s the grocery stores. If I won’t shop at a grocery store that sells meat, I won’t eat, because there aren’t enough of them that are totally vegan.

That will all change, but in the meanwhile I’m going to be part of that change, by supporting animal-free vegan companies that may have traces of animal products in their animal-free vegan goods, because they can’t yet afford to build their own factories, and I will eat at animal-based restaurants that care enough about my business to make me a delicious animal-free meal.

Although we’ve come a long way, we are still in the birthing stage of making our dreams of a cruelty-free planet a reality everywhere. Giving up because we’re not yet there is not an option I give myself.

The animals need us at every stage and juncture of the evolutionary process to free them.


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