Can a Vegetarian eat lollies?

As a vegetarian, most would assume that I have made the choice just not to eat meat (ie- any physical part of an animal). However, meat is not the only thing limited from a vegetarian diet, as many of the lollies found on our supermarket shelves contain an ingredient made from such parts of pigs or cows including the skin, bones and connective tissue – which you can see labeled as ‘gelatine’.

This ingredient can be found in most lollies, marshmallows, and sometimes even pre-made cakes, some ice-cream, and cosmetics, used as a gelling agent within the products. Yet most people just think that a vegetarian or vegan chooses to just avoid animal products such as meat or dairy – that’s how little we know about what really goes into these foods.

I thought that this meant as a vegetarian, I would either need to cut out lollies, or switch to a vegan alternative, as gelatine was a necessity to make the products. I soon found out that not all lollies contain the collagen of an animal.

I discovered that the lollies, ‘Sour Patch Kids’ contain no gelatine at all, and taste just the same as any other sweet on the market. Meaning that gelatine is not compulsory to make a tasty treat! (I have included a link below from Animals Australia, which contains a great list of all the cruelty free lollies that a sold in Australia) 

So if this particular ingredient isn’t needed in lollies, surely we can stop using it? If one company doesn’t need gelatine to produce confectionery, then other companies have the ability to do the same.
I know it’s a dream to think that we as a future society will live on a plant based diet (a dream I will continue to support), however I wish to see a world where our remaining food or cosmetic items are completely cruelty free!

So the answer is vegetarians need to be mindful of what ingredients they are consuming. Can lollies be made without using gelatine and animal collagen – yes, and it’s up to us as consumers to help make that happen!

Jess xx

 

Related Links:
Animals Australia – A Guide to Cruelty Free Lollies in Australia

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Join the Fight! The Body Shop – #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and are enjoying the summer break 🙂

I wanted to make a small post bringing your attention to a wonderful campaign I came across the other day.

I have known for a while that The Body Shop have created a movement in order to ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics, which has been running for I believe around 6 months now. When visiting my local store a few days back, I was proud to see the promotion towards this campaign. Customers were able to sign their petition to put a ban on cosmetic animal testing, which I did immediately – and I am urging you to do the same.

Whether you’re an animal lover, enjoy the Body Shop’s products, or are a frequent cosmetic user, our everyday choices affect the welfare of animals.
I know that not all the make up or body products I use are vegan, or don’t test on animals, but if more cosmetic companies fight against the use of animal’s in testing procedures, then hopefully more and more products will join, and animal testing will be a thing of the past.

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Something I learnt a while back was that even if a product claims it was not tested on animals, it does not mean that the ingredients used are not as well. Sadly, we as consumers are often kept in the dark about the story behind the products we are using, so I commend these companies for wanting to change this.

It’s always puzzled me why animals are tested on in the first place for human products. They have different bodies, different levels of tolerance, and different reactions.. if a rabbit has a reaction to a body wash, it doesn’t mean that a person will, right?
How about we stop tormenting innocent animals, and test on terrible criminals who commit crimes against other people..

Sadly, 80% of countries still allow animal testing.

 

The company is aiming to have 8 million signatures to present to the UN in 2018, and are already halfway there, at 4 million supporters.
You can visit your local Body Shop to sign the petition, or online here.

 

I hope for a future where I can reach for a foundation or body wash, knowing that no animals were harmed in order for me to look or smell nice.
On behalf of all the animals in labs and cruel conditions, I can’t thank you enough.

#ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting

Jess xx

 

Related Links

Cruelty Free Cosmetics-

Further Information- 

 

*Note* This post is not sponsored. I am simply aiming to raise awareness.

Melbourne Zoo – Photographs

Not that I need an excuse to go, but I recently went to Melbourne Zoo in order to take some photos for a photography competition they are holding in collaboration with their Photo Ark Exhibition. It was really hard to narrow it down on what to enter, but I thought why not share some on here! I am no photography expert, but I always have enjoyed it, and am a fan of animal photography. Here are some of my favourite photographs 🙂 (although all the credit needs to go to the gorgeous subjects!)
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You can also view my entry soon on my here and here

Jess xx