Insert date: 2005-12-11
Last update: 2006-07-02
Is this still an active website?
(By: Karen Camus)
> Is this still an active website?
> (By: Karen Camus)
Yes, it is still active in 2020.
Are there any exceptions, besides gelatin, of products containing animal ingredients but no cholesterol?
(By: Tamara Pavesi)
Is there a brand that produces vegan pianos?
Felt is used on the hammers and key beds, and also the glue and other parts might not be vegan.
So is there any brand or am i doomed with the digital pianos all of my life :) I don't even know if they are vegan.
> Is there a brand that produces vegan pianos?
> Felt is used on the hammers and key beds, and also the glue and other parts
> might not be vegan.
> So is there any brand or am i doomed with the digital pianos all of my life
> :) I don't even know if they are vegan.
> (By: VeganGains)
No acoustic piano is vegan at all. You're 100% right about the felt, which disqualifies the instrument immediately. Good point also on the glue: some pianos will use a bone- or fish-glue for affixing the hammers to the shanks. There could also be leather bushings or small leather straps in your piano.
To further dim the picture, some new digital pianos are being made with these natural and animal parts in order to feel more authentic.
The piano industry is remarkably resistant to change and those on the design end of pianos tend to be quite skeptical of new technology. This is because the "old" (current) technology works extremely well for the production of sound and artistic expression. Some companies are on the vanguard, however, using carbon fiber and plastics in place of venerable wood. I imagine someday, with the advance of better synthetics, some makers or rebuilders will look to replace leather and felt...but that will take a while.
I am not a vegan, but I understand your concern -- my personal line is at ivory; there will never be a piano with ivory in my home on ethical grounds. If you are somehow thinking of an acoustic piano, purchase a used one; in this way, you won't be contributing to a current market dynamic that can result in the death of now-living animals for manufacture of a piano.
How can I contact the good doctor?
> How can I contact the good doctor?
> (By: mb)
mb my email address is Doc41@Suddenlink.net
Becoming a vegan is a big missed steak
What do vegan zombies eat? GggrrAAAIIInnnss!
I\'m a professional pianist & have been playing since I was five. I recently decided to become a vegan (by way of vegetarianism). *****Since the hammers of a piano are tipped in felt, which comes from wool, I now face a dilemma. Since I\'m late middle-aged, I cannot reasonably consider changing careers. Since the bow-strings for violinists etc. are now usually made of synthetic fibers instead of horse hair or silk, they wouldn\'t face this issue nowadays.
*****MY QUESTION: How can I now philosophically & ethically justify being a [vegan] pianist, using an instrument where some of the material comes from animals? [I recently read that sheep-shearing is not an easy process for a sheep to endure, & can sometimes even be cruel]. I mean, how can I absolve myself of the attendant guilt?
Thank you. Wonderful helpful site! Peace.
Let me answer a question with a question. Which is better for the animals, a vegetarian or person that is vegan except that they use leather shoes, items with wool, or someone that just gives up and goes back to eating flesh? In my opinion it is far better for the animals for a vegan to use items with animal products. If it really bothers you to use anything with animal or animal bi-products than think about buying used. For many years after becoming a vegan I continues using the leather belts that I already had and I bought USED leather shoes. I still buy many things from thrift shops but I stay away from wool, leather, and other things that harm animals.
So what I am trying to get at, it is far better to be an almost pure vegan than to not be a vegan. It is better to be a vegetarian than a flesh eater. Anything that you can do for the animals is a wonder gift to the animals. So please just do your best and do not worry about being a "pure" vegan. I really doubt that there is such a thing as a pure vegan.
Thank you for your decision to become a vegan.
Hello i'm doing a research on Animal Rights and veganism and this is my question, is Veganism important to help end the commercialization of animals?
The answer is simple: if everyone was vegan, there would be no commercialization of animals (at least for the most part).
So if you are vegan and are able to eat something vegan from a restaurant that is not vegan, are you still vegan? In reality by buying something (even though it is vegan)from said restaurant, you are supporting a restaurant that supports the non vegan industry? Thoughts?
This is a great question to ponder! Everyone has a different take on this I'm sure. I personally prefer to not frequent restaurants that are not vegan. However, on the infrequent occasions where I find myself in a non-vegan restaurant, I still consider myself a vegan. I am a vegan doing the best I can in a non-vegan world. As the years have passed it is easier for me to avoid this dilemma!
> So if you are vegan and are able to eat something vegan from a restaurant
> that is not vegan, are you still vegan? In reality by buying something
> (even though it is vegan)from said restaurant, you are supporting a
> restaurant that supports the non vegan industry? Thoughts?
> (By: Tiffany)
My philosophy is a bit different. It's my goal to reduce the suffering of animals as much as possible. Most people in the world aren't vegan yet, but lots of people will occasionally eat a vegetarian or vegan meal, if it's easy. So I want to make it as easy as possible, by making sure every restaurant has vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. If we never eat at regular restaurants, why should they have options available for us? So I gladly go to regular restaurants (and politely fill out comment cards if there are no vegan option on the menu!)
What answer might a vegan give to the question: "What about having to kill "pests" which endanger our crops?"
(By: David Taplin)
"Pesticides" are chemicals that are used to kill any life forms that are considered a "pests", but I assume you are referring to insecticides. The problems caused by insecticide use goes beyond the issue of cruelty to insects.
Firstly, the people that apply pesticides are exposed to much higher doses than anyone consuming the food products. It is especially unfortunate when this happens in poor countries because protective gear is not likely to be worn or used properly. The use of pesticides on crops causes unnecessary exposures to many people, several of which are children.
Pesticides also kill a lot of non-target species, many of which are beneficial and act as instrumental parts of ecosystems. With rain and irrigation, pesticides also get washed into the local water bodies causing toxic effects to various aquatic species.
Regarding the effects on the intended species the pesticides are being used for, every vegan will likely have a different answer. However, most would likely agree that it is unfortunate that humans and several other non-target species on land and in water are being exposed.
> What answer might a vegan give to the question: "What about having to
> kill "pests" which endanger our crops?"
> (By: David Taplin)
I've been a vegan for a little more than 3 years now-
Recently I've been into consuming probiotics to help with overall gut health. For about a year now I've been drinking Good Belly which is at around 20 billion. Today I looked at a product created by Garden of Life called Raw Probiotic which offers 85 billion. Sounds pretty awesome. Problem is, I don't see anywhere that labels it vegan or vegan friendly and I couldn't find any publish fact on this concern. I'm reaching out to this community to see if any other vegan has come across this product and might help shine a little light.
I took a look at their web page for the product "Raw Probiotics Men" http://www.gardenoflife.com/ProductsforLife/RAWDIGESTION/RAWProbioticsMen/tabid/2016/Default.aspx
On the Supplemental Facts, it states that the product contains Bulgarian Yogurt Concentrate. Thus the product is not vegan.
> Hello Friends!
> I've been a vegan for a little more than 3 years now-
> Recently I've been into consuming probiotics to help with overall gut
> health. For about a year now I've been drinking Good Belly which is at
> around 20 billion. Today I looked at a product created by Garden of Life
> called Raw Probiotic which offers 85 billion. Sounds pretty awesome.
> Problem is, I don't see anywhere that labels it vegan or vegan friendly and
> I couldn't find any publish fact on this concern. I'm reaching out to this
> community to see if any other vegan has come across this product and might
> help shine a little light.
> Kind regards
> (By: Clint)
I am thinking of switching to a vegan diet, but I don\'t like the texture of meat substitutes like veggie burgers etc. I also do not like the taste of soy milk etc. I could use almond milk for smoothies and baking. So my question is, is it necessary to eat/drink alternatives to meat and dairy?
The best vegan food is the kind that is not trying to imitate other foods. Usually the problem with those foods is that they can never taste "exactly" like the non-vegan counterpart.
There is no non-dairy milk that will taste like cow milk - just like there is nothing that tastes exactly like lemons. For the non-dairy milks, I just look at each of them as an independent beverage instead of milk substitute.
Just try lots of vegan foods until you find ones you like.
For the milks, there are quite a lot if you live in a big city: soy, almond, rice, hemp, oat, or coconut - or make your own cashew milk.
To replace meat, just eat dishes which never had (or don't need) meat in the dish in the first place. The website www.theppk.com has tons of great vegan recipes. Also two awesome books for the vegan kitchen are Veganomicon and How It All Vegan. If you get recipes from pro vegan chefs, you will find so many delicious dishes that you won't be looking for meat substitutes any more :-)
It's pretty easy once you get started. Keep trying out new vegan recipes and you'll slowly expand your repertoire of recipes you like. Also, join a local vegan club that gets together for potlucks. You can learn a lot of recipes from other vegans.
Enjoy exploring vegan cuisine!
> I am thinking of switching to a vegan diet, but I don't like the texture of meat substitutes like veggie burgers etc. I also do not like the taste of soy milk etc. I could use almond milk for smoothies and baking. So my question is, is it necessary to eat/drink alternatives to meat and dairy?
Lately we have received several troll messages like talking about their teeth falling out since they became a vegan. There have been many other troll messages. First, only a junk vegan diet is harmful to a vegan. A good vegan diet is either the best diet or among the best depending on who you believe. It does not cause teeth falling out nor any of the other thing that some try to post. Eating only one veggie will cause health problems and that would be no different than eating ONLY chicken. Our mentors will be happy answering real questions about veganism but we will not only not answer phony posts but I will not even post those kind of posts. So if you are an immature flesh eater and thinks that you can post these stupid posts and get them posted, you are very mistaken. I will be the only one that reads them and then I will hit delete. You are the one that will be wasting your time.
My husband who is not vegetarian or vegan continues to cook with pasturized milk and eggs. Like right now he is making french toast and recently i have switched to soy milk. He will not use soy milk, if the milk is cooked is that better than just drinking it? Or will it still contain like the pus, debris, and who knows what else.
(By: Jamie Reese)
I am so glad that I found your blog today. About 8 weeks ago I went vegetarian (mostly Vegan with the expicteon of mozzarella cheese which I have no good reason for still wanting and eating) I had been breastfeeding my daughter for the past 8 months and when my milk supply changed and her sleeping habits changed I got worried, called my doctor and asked if it was about the vegetarian shift and I was basically chastised by every one. I became so worried that I was harming my baby I started eating meat and cheese again. The milk supply and the bad sleeping continued and I felt so angry that I had given up something that was making ME feel better. Thank you for re-inspiring me.
As long as the milk is pasteurized it should not contain any dangerous bacteria. It may still contain artificial hormones, and could have cow epithelial (skin) cells or other kinds of cells in it.
Please i need help i have been a vegan for like 6 months or so and last night i messed up and ate a piece of cookie and at first i lied to the guy i mess with which is also a vegan and now he is callin me a fake vegan and making me feel real low about my self so please help me and answer my question am i a fake vegan for one mess up or am i still a vegan thanks please help thanks lisa
Veganism is not a religion and we are not dogmatic. Your boyfriend is wrong. You made a mistake, so what. You are doing very well by being a vegan for six months. I have been a vegan for 16 years and a vegetarian for 29 years before that and very shortly after becoming vegan I saw some fake meats on sale at a very low price. They had egg whites in them. I purchased them and ate them. I have never done that again and have no intention to do it again. I am still a vegan and so are you.
One other thing: Almost every vegan has accidently eaten something that has flesh in it. We only found out later and probably sometime we never even knew that we accidently ate something with flesh, dairy, or eggs in it. Do not beat yourself up. Just keep up the good work. From a fellow vegan.
my niece's day care wants to require pre-schoolers to eat their lunch instead of the healthy,balanced vegan lunch she gives her daughter. What should she do?
It seems to me that they should not be able to enforce such a requirement. One of the easiest ways would be to say that the child has allergies.