People can exert their influence just as powerfully
by a few minutes phoning, writing, e-mailing, or talking to
a manager, as by spending hours at demonstrations. Whey, butter,
egg-white, lactose and their derivatives are as much by-products
of the live/deadstock industry as gelatin, rennet, and animal
derived finings. Unobjectionable alternatives exist. (See
Life Without Eggs and Going Dairy-Free).
Assert yourself as a customer. Work on the cutting edge of
competition. Tell Sainsbury that you dont go to their
store for summer pudding, but shop instead at Tesco where
this item is sold without gelatin in the ingredients.
Tell manufacturers that you might buy low-fat humus if whey
were not added and you want biscuits made with vegetable oil,
Increasing supermarket shelf space is being devoted to non-dairy
milk, yoghurt and icecream, supermarket own-brand tofu, beers
which list ingredients and processing aids on the label...
Exploit the competition for customer loyalty and demand products
which do not rely on the exploitation of animals.
Many cafes are now serving soya milk.
You dont have to make do with black tea and coffee.
Ask for an alternative to cow milk. And if one is not
available be sure to mention that there are other cafes that
do cater for your needs.
The more freely available non-animal derived foods become,
the easier it is for people to avoid participation in the
If you write letters, talk to store managers or exert your influence in any other way, we would like to hear about your efforts. Keep VEGA informed
of your progress.
VEGA, 14 Woodland Rise, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 0RD.
Check that food is vegan. Walkers Heinz Tomato Ketchup flavor crisps are not vegan
- they contain lactose. (VEGA has a list of Walkers products
that are vegan - email us for a copy).
You might also like to visit Vegan Consumer
and contribute to their No Whey Campaign.
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