Animal Products, By-products, and Ingredients
There are many products which people do not realize come from animals. Check out the list below:
- Gelatin-gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skins, ligaments, tendons, or bones
- Rennet-used in many cheeses, sometimes comes from calves' stomachs
- Wool-wool is often overlooked as an animal product, and sheep are often abused when bred for wool
- Beeswax-this is used in many candles, creams, and cosmetics, and may be humanely collected. However, in
commercial beekeeping facilities, all the bees may be killed at the end of the production season.
- Feathers-used in many pillows, etc.
- Honey-many bees die while producing honey
- Silk-slaughtering silkworms for their silk is done by boiling, baking, or steaming the live worm directly in its cocoon
- Products that are not tested on animals may still contain slaughterhouse by-products. Ingredients such as collagen, placenta, enzymes, hydrolized animal protein, keratin, fatty acids and elastin are derived from the bone, cartilege and connective tissues of slaughtered animals.
- Quanine-used to add a shimmer to cosmetics, comes from fish scales
- Mink Oil-popular lubricating additive in cosmetics
- Cosmetic, hair and paint brushes are often made of animal hair
- Shaving cream may contain hyaluronic acid, a lubricant derived from umbilical cords, rooster combs and joint fluid
- Many perfumes contain castor, civet and musk, ingredients extracted from around the genitalia of wild-caught beavers, civet cats and small Asian deer
- Shoe Polish-many commercial shoe polishes may contain cow blood
- Sugar is often filtered through charred animal bones
- Apple juice and vinegar are typically clarified using gelatin
- Most non-dairy creamers and cheeses, contain casein, derived from cows' milk
- Antifreeze and hydraulic brake fluid contain slaughterhouse by-products
- Car polish has beeswax or mink oil
- Ink contains animal ingredients, and the felt in felt-tip pens may be made from animal hide and hair
- Glue, crayons and chalk contain fatty acids derived from pigs, chewing gum contains oleo stock, derived from beef fat
- Garden fertilizers often contain "all natural" bone meal (macerated cow bones); dried blood; finely shredded chicken feathers; fish guts, heads and tails; and urea
- Urea, also called carbamide, an antiseptic extracted from human or animal urine, is used in deodorants, mouthwash and creams
- Many drugs contain animal ingredients. Cortisone comes from cow livers; vitamin D deficiency drugs are extracted from hog brains—heparin from the thyroid gland and growth drugs from the pituitary. Hog blood enzymes dissolve human blood clots, sheeps' blood is used to diagnose infections and X-ray film contains gelatin. Cows' blood is being developed as a human plasma substitute. Pig skin is used to treat burns, and insulin usually comes from cow or pig pancreas.
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