Animal Ingredients A to Z

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Animal Ingredients A to Z - 18 Mar 2006

When shopping, do you read ingredient lists found on the products you buy? We’ve been trying to learn as much as we can about the composition of the items we put in our shopping cart when we go shopping. Since we avoid purchasing animal products, it makes sense that we would also avoid any additives that may be animal-derived.

Of course, I’m careful about any lotions, detergents, soaps, shampoos, toiletries, or makeup that I use. The publicity surrounding mad cow disease and the prions that are the causative agent made me realize that I was on the right track, since prions are proteins that are not destroyed by heat as microorganisms are. Therefore, it stands to reason that prions survive treatment in rendering plants where waste from farms, restaurants, road kill, dead companion animals, etc. is broken down or “rendered” into usable/saleable ingredients.

And since rendered products are found in makeup, you can understand why I buy only from companies that I can be sure sell cosmetics with “no animal ingredients.” It seems impossible not to eat a little of the lipstick that I apply, and to take the chance of ingesting prions is foolish to say the least!

I have met well meaning, but naïve, women who look at a cosmetic label and say, “Look! Not tested on animals!” Yet they do not realize that they are causing just as much or more harm to animals and potentially to themselves by not buying from companies that sell makeup that has no animal-derived ingredients.

If you are interested in learning about this important subject, I recommend you get hold of a book called Animal Ingredients A to Z, Third Edition, originally compiled by the E.G. Smith Collective.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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