Saturday, April 18, 2009

How Easy Is It To Go Vegan?

Happy Cows Come From California, a current advertising slogan says. If you really want to make a cow happy, tell it "Moo moo moo moo", which roughly translates into "I have decided not to kill you, Ms. Cow."

I don't mind telling you, I am less and less inclined to eat meat. I know humans are omnivorous and nature is full of carnivores, but the longer I live the more disgusted I am at the thought of eating it. But I love cheese and other dairy products, even knowing that "Most cow's milk has measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 200 times the safe levels), up to 52 powerful antibiotics (perhaps 53, with LS-50), blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses" Oh, yum.

I kind of prefer leather shoes over man-made products, too, but I still hate the thought of eating animals.

It's hard to give up killing to make our lives a little better. Still, what are we giving up besides meat (and mad cow disease) when we spare our bovine friends from the slaughterhouse? Dig this staggering list of products made from cattle:


    GENERAL MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS
  • antibodies (immunoglobins)
  • beef insulin
  • bovine collagen - used as injections to fill in scars
  • bovine fibrinolysin (brand name- Elase) ointment for necrotic tissue
  • bovine super oxide - dismutase cream (Orgotein) - cosmetic skin cream to prevent tissue aging.
  • bovine thrombin (brand name- Thrombinar) clotting agent for blood culture medium - diagnosis
  • fetal bovine serum - tissue cultures
  • Hyaluronidase - efficient drug use
  • PTH - control tetany
  • pegademase - bovine derivative (brand name- Adagen) - for patients who are immune-compromised...helps prevent white blood cells from breaking down.
  • pill capsules - GELATIN
  • whole serum - vaccine manufacturing


  • PRODUCTS FROM OVARIES
  • estrogen
  • progesterone - a reproductive hormone

    PRODUCT FROM STOMACHS
  • pepsin - aid in protein digestion
  • rennet - aid in milk digestion


  • PRODUCTS FROM THYROIDS
  • bovine thyroid (Thyrar) a thyroid replacement
  • TSH - thyroid diagnosis
  • thyroid extract - hypothrodism
  • thyroid hormones
  • myxedema
  • cretinism


  • PRODUCTS FROM ADRENALS
  • cortisone - for arthritis, skin allergies, anti-inflammatory medicine
  • epinephrine - aid in raising blood pressure, heart disorders, and allergies


  • PRODUCTS FROM LIVERS
  • heparin - anti-coagulant, prevents gangrene
  • liver extract - treatment of anemia
  • intrinsic factor - pernicious anemia
  • Vitamin B12 - prevention of B-complex deficiencies


  • PRODUCTS FROM LUNGS
  • heparin - anti-coagulant, prevents gangrene


  • PRODUCTS FROM BLOOD
  • plasma protein
  • blood albumin - RH factor typing
  • Fraction I - hemophilia
  • Fraction V - kills viruses
  • iron for anemia
  • thrombin - blood coagulant
  • protein extracts
  • diagnostic microbiology


  • PRODUCTS FROM HOG HEARTS
  • heart valves for human transplant


  • PRODUCTS FROM INTESTINES
  • medical sutures - surgery


  • PRODUCTS FROM BONES
  • bone marrow - blood disorders
  • bone meal - calcium and phosphorous source
  • mineral source in supplements
  • collagen and bone for plastic surgery
  • soft cartilage - plastic surgery
  • xiphisternal cartilage (breastbone) plastic surgery


  • PRODUCTS FROM PANCREAS
  • chymotrypsin - contact surgery
  • diastase - aid in starch digestion
  • glucagon - treat hypoglycemia
  • insulin - diabetes mellitus
  • pancreatin - aid digestion
  • trypsin - for burns, wounds, and infection - promotes healing - aid in protein
  • digestion and in cleaning wounds


  • PRODUCTS FROM PITUITARY GLANDS
  • ACTH - arthritis, allergies, rheumatic fever, skin and eye inflammations
  • pressor hormone - regulates blood pressure
  • prolactin - promotes lactation
  • vasopressin - controls intestinal and renal functions


  • PRODUCTS FROM SPINAL CORDS
  • cholesterol - hormone products


  • OTHER MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS
  • nitroglycerine
  • antibodies (immunoglobins)
  • beef insulin
  • bovine collagen - used as injections to fill in scars
  • bovine fibrinolysin (Elase - brand name) ointment for use on necrotic tissue
  • bovine super oxide - dismutase cream (Orgotein) - cosmetic skin cream to prevent tissue aging
  • bovine thrombin (Thrombinar - brand name) clotting agent for blood
  • culture medium - diagnosis
  • fetal bovine serum - tissue cultures
  • Hyaluronidase - efficient drug use
  • PTH - control tetany
  • pegademase - bovine derivative (Adagen - brand name) -- for patients who are immuno-compromised - helps prevent white blood cells from breaking down.
  • pill capsules - GELATIN
  • whole serum - vaccine manufacturing


  • *** GENERAL FOOD PRODUCTS ***

    PRODUCTS FROM CATTLE, SHEEP, HOG FLESH
  • a huge variety of fresh, frozen, and pre-cooked meats
  • and prepared and processed meat products


  • PRODUCTS FROM MILK/DAIRY
  • butter
  • casein (proteins)
  • cheese and cheese products
  • cream
  • food ethanol
  • ice cream and ice cream mixes
  • lactose (carbohydrates)
  • milk powder
  • sherbet
  • whey (proteins)
  • fats (lipids)
  • yogurt


  • PRODUCTS FROM FATS AND FATTY ACIDS (edible)
  • chewing gum
  • lard
  • oleo margarine
  • oleo shortening
  • oleostearin
  • pharmaceuticals
  • rennet for cheese (sheep)
  • rennet for cheese (sheep)
  • shortening


  • PRODUCTS FROM BLOOD
  • blood sausage
  • bone meal
  • cake mixes
  • deep-fry batters
  • egg substitute
  • gravy mixes
  • imitation seafood
  • pasta
  • whipped toppings and coffee whiteners


  • PRODUCTS FROM BONES
  • whitener in refined sugar


  • PRODUCTS FROM BONE, HORNS, AND HOOVES
  • gelatin capsules
  • gelatin deserts
  • ice cream, malts and shakes
  • marshmallow
  • potted meats


  • PRODUCTS FROM INTESTINES
  • sausage casings


  • PRODUCTS FROM HIDES and SKINS
  • sausage casings
  • gelatin
  • candies and confectionery
  • flavorings
  • foods
  • gelatin desserts
  • ice cream
  • marshmallows
  • mayonnaise
  • yogurt



  • *** INDUSTRIAL AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS ***

    PRODUCTS FROM MILK
  • adhesives
  • animal feed
  • buttons
  • carriers for human medicine
  • cosmetics
  • glue
  • pharmaceuticals
  • sizing
  • specialty plastics
  • veterinary medicines


  • PRODUCTS FROM BLOOD
  • adhesives
  • bone marrow
  • bone meal
  • fabric printing and dyeing
  • leather-treating agents
  • livestock feed
  • minerals
  • plaster retardant
  • plywood adhesive
  • diagnostic microbiology
  • from colloidal proteins - glue for automobile bodies
  • protein source in feeds
  • sticking agent
  • textile sizing


  • PRODUCTS FROM BONES
  • bone charcoal
  • pencils
  • high grade steel
  • bone handles
  • bone jewelry
  • mineral source in feed
  • fertilizer
  • dried bones
  • buttons
  • bone china
  • glass
  • porcelain enamel
  • water filters
  • whitener in refined sugar


  • PRODUCTS FROM BONE, HORNS, AND HOOVES
  • adhesives
  • bandage strips
  • collagen cold cream
  • cellophane wrap and tape
  • crochet needles
  • dice
  • dog biscuits
  • emery boards and cloth
  • fertilizer
  • glycerine
  • laminated wood products
  • neatsfoot oil
  • photographic film
  • plywood and paneling
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • wallpaper and wallpaper paste
  • syringes


  • PRODUCTS FROM BRAINS
  • anti-aging cream
  • cholesterol


  • PRODUCTS FROM FATS AND FATTY ACIDS (edible and inedible)
  • animal foods
  • biodegradable detergents
  • biodiesel
  • cellophane
  • cement
  • ceramics
  • chalk
  • chemicals
  • cosmetics
  • crayons
  • creams and lotions (sheep)
  • deodorants
  • detergents
  • explosives
  • fertilizer
  • fiber softeners
  • floor wax
  • glycerin
  • glycerol
  • antifreeze
  • herbicides
  • horse and livestock feeds
  • industrial oils and lubricants
  • insecticides
  • insulation
  • linoleum
  • livestock feed
  • lubricants
  • makeup
  • matches
  • medicines
  • mink oil
  • nitroglycerine
  • oil polishes
  • ointment bases
  • oleostearin
  • paints
  • paraffin
  • perfumes
  • pet foods
  • pharmaceuticals
  • plasticizers
  • plastics
  • printing rollers
  • protein hair conditioner
  • protein hair shampoo
  • putty
  • rubber products
  • shaving cream
  • shoe cream
  • soaps
  • solvents
  • stearic acid (sheep)
  • tallow for tanning
  • textiles
  • tires
  • water proofing agents
  • weed killers


  • PRODUCTS FROM GALLSTONES
  • ornaments


  • PRODUCTS FROM HAIR
  • air filters
  • artist's paint brush
  • felt and rug padding
  • insulation material
  • non-wovens
  • plastering material
  • textiles
  • upholstering material


  • PRODUCTS FROM HIDES and SKINS
  • belts
  • collagen-based adhesives (from trimmings)
  • bandages
  • emery boards
  • glues -for papermaking, bookbinding, cabinetmaking
  • sheetrock
  • wallpaper
  • drum head (sheep)
  • pharmaceuticals
  • photographic materials
  • leather sporting goods
  • leather wearing apparel
  • luggage
  • pigskin garments, gloves, and shoes
  • porcine burn dressings for burn victims
  • shoes and boots
  • upholstery
  • wallets


  • PRODUCTS FROM HOOVES AND HORNS
  • chessmen
  • combs
  • buttons
  • fertilizer
  • horn handles
  • imitation ivory
  • inedible bone meal
  • livestock feeds
  • ornaments
  • piano keys
  • plant food


  • PRODUCTS FROM INTESTINES
  • instrument strings
  • sausage casings
  • tennis racquet strings


  • PRODUCTS FROM MANURE
  • fertilizer - used in gardens, lawns and farm cropland
  • nitrogen
  • potash
  • phosphorus
  • minor minerals


  • OTHER PRODUCTS FROM CATTLE SOURCES
  • airplane lubricants and runway foam
  • car polishes and waxes
  • hydraulic brake fluid
  • Stearic acid - helps rubber in tires hold shape under steady surface
  • friction
  • steel ball bearings containing bone charcoal
  • textiles for car upholstery
  • various machine oils and viscous fluids


  • PRODUCTS FROM WOOL
  • asphalt binder
  • carpet
  • clothing
  • cosmetics
  • fabrics
  • felt
  • insulation
  • lanolin
  • medical ointments
  • paint and plaster binder
  • pelt products
  • rouge base
  • rug pads
  • upholstery
  • woolen goods
  • worsted fabric
  • yarns

If you made it this far, it's a good time to point out that there are some mighty good uses for soy and hemp.

5 comments:

Grandpa Eddie said...

I never realized just how much animal by-products touch our everyday lives.

It's unbelievable how many things we put into our bodies everyday that if most people knew about it would make them physically sick.

A World Quite Mad said...

Well, the one thing I can't stand is the thought of wasting any of the animal. Native Americans used the entire animal, they didn't let any of it go to waste. So, I guess on the bright side, it's good there's uses for inedible parts?

I eat meat, and I'm not likely to change that any time soon. As an aside though, I don't like all the junk they put in our food, and so I try to buy food from local sources when possible or at least buy organic, and for meat, well I like venison, and I hunt my own. Then I know exactly where it came from and I know good and well there wasn't anyone feeding the deer antibiotics or any of that junk.

I have friends who are vegan, and I say more power to them if that's what they want to do. I couldn't do it. I might could be vegetarian if I wanted to, but I could not give up cheese or butter. Or chocolate for that matter. Yep, there's no way. :D

Watch 'n Wait said...

Damn, Shea! Those are some amazing lists. About boggles the mind. Mine, anyway!

Jeff Smith said...

It's unbelievable how many things we put into our bodies everyday that if most people knew about it would make them physically sick.
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nahidworld said...

Unlike today’s modern Gelatin capsules, in previous decades, pharmaceutical companies that produced medications for oral ingestion were only able to offer their products in tablet form. Essentially, the medication to be used in the tablet would be mixed with binding agents and hardened, producing a solid pill. These medications, although effective, often took long periods of time to digest, meaning the time needed for the medication to be absorbed was longer, and they were often hard to swallow. In 1834, however, the pharmaceutical company Mothes and Dublanc began producing a different type of capsule made using gelatin.