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A Few Words


Universal Declaration of the Rights of Animals


My Visit to A Dairy Farm

  Dairy Cows - Life, Usage, and Sufferings (New York Times)
  Cows� Body Parts � Common Usage � Sale Price
  Recycling of Slaughterhouses Waste (Rendering Plants)
  Milk � Its Impact on Health, Cruelty, and Pollution
  Is Nothing Sacred? - Cruelty towards India�s Holy Animals
  Varakh (Silver Foil)
  Facts about Eggs
  Story of Silk
  Story of Pearls
  The Myth About Milk

Puppy Mills: Breeding Ills

  Alternatives to Animal Abuse

What Our Readers say about


Vegetarian Definition


Recommended Reading Material

  List of Organizations of Animal care and Nonviolent Activities

Excerpts - How our Diet affects the Environment

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Alternatives to Animal Abuse




In baking, use egg replacement. You may leave eggs out of many recipes that call for them with satisfactory results.


Almonds, Sesame seeds, Tahini, dark green leafy vegetables, corn, molasses, seaweed, dried figs, sunflower seeds.


Dried fruits such as raisins and figs, dark green leafy vegetables, molasses, seaweed (kelp) black walnuts, almonds, and cashews.


Soya margarine such as "Willow Run" and "Hains" contain no animal products in health food stores as well as regular super markets.


Tofu, or soybean cheese or curd maybe used in many ways as a cheese replacement.


Maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, date sugar.

Clothing Alternatives:


Acrylic, rayon, Orion (for sweaters, blankets etc.).


Non-leather shoes, belt, purses, wallets etc.


Acetate, nylon, satin.


"Fake Furs" made of acrylics.


Without lanolin, animal glycerin, tallow or any other animal product

Generally, all commercially prepared soaps contain tallow or animal fats. If you can't determine ingredients from labels, AVOID and write the manufacturer for more information.

Household Goods Alternatives:


Use Acrylic non-allergic material.


Use Acrylic, nylon material.

Rugs & Carpets:

Use Acrylic, nylon, cottons.

Mattresses & Furniture:

Avoid horsehair and other animal hairs.


Avoid "natural bristles� - they come from boars. Use nylon only.

Greases and Polishes:

If labels don't have all ingredients, check out your favorite products by writing to the manufacturer.

Medicines, Drugs, Vitamins Alternatives:

Vaccines, Serums, many Drugs and vitamins contain either animal products or were tested on animals. Meditation and yoga along with a good balanced diet, fresh air, enough water and rest diminish the need for frequent drug remedies. Occasional fasting and some herbs are some natural remedies.

Sports, Entertainment Alternatives:

Encourage humane alternatives to hunting, racing, fishing, zoos, rodeos, and circuses, such as educational films of animals in their natural habitats, books and other educational materials.

Animal Based Additives to Avoid

Calcium Stearates:

Stearates most often refer to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. It acts as an emulsifier, also found in the form of sodium sterile lactylate and stearic acid.

Lactic Acid:

Lactic Acid is a byproduct of the slaughter-house.

Red Dye, Cochineal:

70,000 beetles are killed to produce one pound of this red dye.


Rennet is an enzyme taken from the stomachs of very young calves and is used in clotting milk to make most cheeses. Friendship Cottage has none.


Dried protein extracted from the bones, tendons and skins of animals.


Lipase is an enzyme from the stomachs and tongue glands of calves, kids and lambs.

Glycerol Monostearate:

Glycerol Monostearate is used as an emulsifier. It is hydrolyzed protein often of animal origin.


Pepsin is a clotting agent derived from pigs, which is used in some cheese and vitamins.

Sperm Oil:

Hydrogenated whale oil used in much margarine, but mainly for cosmetics and toiletries as well as in the leather industry.

Stearic Acid:

Stearic Acid comes from the slaughterhouse and is a product of pigs used in making soaps.

Vitamin D2 & D3:

Vitamin D2 & D3 may be from fish oil, often in milk.

It is a good idea to write the manufacturer when in doubt of a product. Please share information you may have about animal substances especially in food products with others.