Kayla sent in this chart of all the things made from dead cows with the note, “Overwhelmed!” and I get it, because this shit is crazy overwhelming. Yeah, if something isn’t explicitly marked vegan (and even if it is), you might be consuming or using a food or product that isn’t vegan. It sucks but that’s life. Vegans just try to avoid as much of the shitty stuff as possible.
It’s pretty easy to not consume dairy, eggs, gelatin, and meat, and it’s equally easy to check a package to see if it has whey or casein in it. It’s easy to look for the vitamins that don’t use gelcaps and lotions that aren’t filled with lanolin (having stuff marked as vegan is really helpful for that stuff). It’s harder to not use rubber, walk on cement, and whatever else institutionalized use of animals products exist. Just use your brain. Plus, if you cut off the money to the main evil industries, the smaller benefactors of animal part leftovers—think, wallpaper, linoleum and shiz like that— will eventually have to figure out some alternatives. It’s about hitting animal-exploiting industries in the hardest way possible.
The whole point is, don’t let the fact that there are animal products in rubber make it okay for you to eat a rack of lamb, you know? These are things you can avoid, and things you can’t. Control what you can, and let go of the rest. You’re doing great! You’re the best! Around! And if you get confused and have any questions, ask Sarah! Also, for the record, I assume everything I eat at restaurants is covered with rat feces, and I’m cool with it! Living in the world is messy, and that shit just strengthens your immune system, right? Maybe?
[note: we were unable to learn who created this image]