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  Posted: Jun 2, 2012 7:19 AM
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I was so upset 😭 to learn that Pureology was bought by L’Oréal. As far as I know, Pureology is still vegan and cruelty free, but their new parent company is the devil incarnate. 👿 While I do agree that it's good to see vegan companies get out there, there are some companies that far exceed evilness than others. L’Oréal is pure evil (no pun intended). They're also the largest beauty and cosmetics company in the world. 💋 L’Oréal owns ➡ Biotherm, The Body Shop, Cacharel, DIESEL, Garnier Fructis, Giorgio Armani, Inneov, Keratase, Kiehl’s, La Roche – Posay, Lancome, L’Oreal, Matrix, Maybelline, Pureology (😱😭) Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Shu Uemura, SkinCeuticals, Soft Sheen, Vichy, Viktor & Rolf, and Yves Saint Laurent. 💔 Ugh. It's horrendous what they do. ✂ The most common animal tests are the Draize eye 👀 and skin irritancy tests, which are extremely painful and cruel. 💉 During this test, rabbits are often immobilized in full-body restraints while a substance is dripped or smeared into their eyes or onto their shaved skin. Laboratory technicians then record the damage at specific intervals for hours or days. 🐰 Rabbits may suffer swollen eyelids, irritated and cloudy eyes, and inflamed skin, and in the case of irreversible corrosive damage, they may endure ulcers, bleeding, bloody scabs, or blindness. When they're finished with them, they're killed. 🔫 There was news that L’Oréal donated 💰 $1.2 million to the EPA "in collaborative research funding and access to cosmetic ingredient safety data...." That may seem like a lot, but $1.2 million is like toilet paper 💩 money to a multi billion dollar corporation like L’Oréal. That little press release also fails to acknowledge that it is perfectly possible to create cosmetics and associated products without torturing animals. I'm not the type of person to drop my panties👙 like the HSUS every time they strike a deal. Until animal testing officially stops, they won't get a penny from me. In closing, L’Oréal can kiss my vegan ass. #vegansofig
  • Horrific. I refuse to buy from organisations that test on animals.

  • ✳ I will do a vegan cosmetics post. I needed to get that #veganrant out f my system.

  • L'Oreal is disgusting!!!


  • @thevikb I thought I was on top of my game, but I did not know about Pureology. I was pretty angry this afternoon after I found out. So horrible that it still goes on 💔

  • 😱😡 isn't Ellen Degeneres, a "vegan", a loreal spokesperson?!

  • @kjchan88 OMG. Do not get me started on that....

  • I have found a beautiful company here in Oz that offers vegan skin care - and their products are lovely. We have a cruelty free body that lists cruelty free skin care and make up

  • Companies on their site -

  • Pureology 💔

  • @thevikb but now you know!

  • Actually cover girl, but they're all the same anyway.

  • @hollowgoretrip Revlon does not test on animals, but most of their cosmetics have animal ingredients. I'll do a post tomorrow on what to look for when shopping for cosmetics.

  • This is where death row inmates need to be swapped in. I'm sure they could make a deal with them, like test products on them and not put them down. Why not? Cause 'Merica is bass ackwards. Murderers, rapists, terrorists etc. are in prison because they abused their rights, which get taken when they go to prison, but somehow still have those rights? Or it would be "cruel" to test on them instead. Fuck the constitution and fuck the amendments. I think about this every day and it infuriates me.

  • Why are companies still even testing? How can it be justified? Surely we know by now how to produce safe hairspray, eye shadow, fragrances etc for humans. Whhhhyyyyyy 😡

  • It's great that there are sooo many great options out there. And that there are affordable options, too :) its as simple as googling the product. And we can do it on our handy smart phones!!!

  • @bon_bims I totally agree! I much rather see rapists and murders being tested on than poor innocent animals.

  • @crazykrw What's annoying to me is that the top google results for "L'Oreal animal testing" are on how animal friendly they are. They haven't stopped testing. They've gotten a pretty bad rep and it seems like one of those "here's some money, look how great we are, now shut up" kind of deals. Beautifully played PR stunt. When they stop killing rabbits, I'll believe them

  • @kjchan88 Exactly! And the vegan products don't have parabens and other harmful ingredients

  • Now that's just sick. First of all, putting those chemicals on our bodies, but to have another animal be the test subject just to simply see what happens if a human were to endure the same, that's pure experimentation & goes against what being pure is all about

  • @bon_bims I always say the same thing, I totally agree.

  • @hollowgoretrip I'll post in this further, but here's a quick list: * Carmine,cochineal = Red coloring made from crushed beetles. Mostly used in lipsticks.(also referred as Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, CI75470.)
    * Lanolin = wool fat.
    * Beeswax/pollen/propolis/ cera alba/ honey = bee derived products.
    * Lard, tallow = animal fat.
    * Lactose/ lactalbumin/whey = milk products.
    * Silk derivative
    * Elastin (from cows)

  • I used to love the body shop, when it was still an independent company. I have not bought a single product from there since #loreal bought the body shop. They may not test on animals for products under the body shop's name, but I refuse to let any of my dollars go towards such an evil company.

  • Fuck. I use Pureology. I researched it when it first came out and couldn't find any 'parent' co. So many decent cos being bought out by fuckers like L'Oreal, P&G, Unilever et al :(

  • @whoopseydaisy I just found out today. Hell, I recommended them in my last post. It happens to the best of us.

  • What about Paul Mitchell? They don't endorse or conduct animal testing.

  • @whoopseydaisy I'm not sure about their ingredients if they got bought up by one of the big bad corps- but Paul Mitchell does not test on animals

  • The body shop claim to be cruelty free! I was in there yesterday!! They even have signage!!!

  • I'm going in there tomorrow to ask them. This is actual bullshit. I was going to buy some oils from there. So glad I didn't. SO ANGRY!!!

  • @charleysdg They are cruelty free, so is Pureology but they are both owned by L'Oreal 💔 I stopped buying Tom's after I found out they were bought by Colgate Palmolive. Sometimes I feel like I have to be a detective just to buy something compassionate.

  • Thank you so much for posting this. Honestly, I would have felt like the worst person in the world for purchasing from there. How can they say they are cruelty free?

  • @charleysdg Because they're a smaller company owned by a corporation. They're still "the body shop" but where their money goes changes

  • Exactly!! The money is still eventually going to a conglomerate that DO test in animals. Fuck that for a grey area. I'm disgusted & boycotting them. Ugh. I wonder if the staff even know? I'm sticking to Sukin & Aesop.

  • @charleysdg Here's the thing, you can't beat yourself up for not knowing. I didn't know about Pureology until this afternoon. It's what you do once you do know that makes the difference. Taking action, getting the word out, changing what we buy- that's what we should focus on. I will admit, I felt like I made a huge blunder this afternoon. I'm so careful, but everyone makes mistakes.

  • wow that is absolutely shocking!!!! i am appalled!!!! there is no such thing as BEAUTY OVER ANIMAL CRUEL CRUEL CRUEL CRUELTY!!! never. they should be sued, factories should be burnt. why the hell do we test on animals? we dont have the same skin, we dont have fur, we dont have the same biological makeup, we are completely and utterly different. but animals still feel pain as much as we do. why test on them and wait for a reaction? it just disgusts me that these companies rake in billions and billions of money for murdering, testing, cruelling using an absuing animals. @vegansofig

  • Of course. And that will certainly change now. Thanks for the heads up! 🐇☣☢Ⓥ

  • Thank you so so much for posting me this. That's terrible. I love rabbits and all animals, but I never do it them. I HATE people, who do that. :'(:'(:'(

  • I love Australian #livingnature #organic #cosmetics without animal ingredients and animal tests. And my own homemade #selfmade cosmetics (soap, shampoo, etc.)

  • What about Yves Rocher and M.A.C.?

  • The Body Shop n'utilise pas les lapins ! Ils ne font pas de tests sur les animaux ! @vegansofig

  • I use nude by nature. Do you know any info on this product whether they test on animals or if

  • They are safe to use? I love

  • @vegansofig thx for keeping these issues fresh for us. It's so easy to turn a blind eye to situations such as this and console ourselves with the thought that there are millions (billions?) more mindless consumers such as ourselves so what does it matter if we buy a seven-dollar tube of grocery store mascara. But it does matter, and every swipe of a barcode is a vote of "Yes" to anything and everything the producer of that product does. Thx for reminding me why it is imperative that I vote "No!" by eschewing unethical products and companies and supporting those that represent my personal ethics instead. Bravo, ma'am. ❤🐰❤

  • @julie_legoff Désolé ! Mon français est mauvais, donc j'ai écrit cela au traducteur. The Body Shop ne teste pas sur les animaux, mais ils sont la propriété de L'Oreal. l'argent de The Body Shop va finalement L'Oreal et fonds tests sur les animaux.

  • Ah d'accord, je ne le savais pas ! ;p

  • @julie_legoff C'est bien ! Nous apprendre quelque chose de nouveau tous les jours. C'est la vie ❤

  • Can't take it.

  • The Body Shop?!?! Oh, no. ):

  • Do you know anything about IsaDora? They say that they don't test on animals but I don't know if they use anything from animals.

  • @natasha_shoykhet Yves Rocher does not. I don't think MAC does as a company, but they are owned by Estée Lauder which just resumed testing on animals 💔

  • @_savetheworld_ That's the Australian company, right? Nude By Nature does not test on animals.

  • @chaseselby Could not agree more 👏👏

  • @bonniies Looked them up. They do not test on animals- couldn't find out as much on their ingredients, but they are cruelty free

  • @vegansofig Thank you ❤

  • I'm with @themichalives - Facebook/tumblr it up! Spread the knowledge even further.

  • Awesome shit @ vegansofig

  • @themichalives @charleysdg Yup! Twitter @vegansofig and I have a pintrest too but I don't update it as often

  • Wow. I had no idea they had a price of so many companies! :(

  • @vegansofig wtf I work at sephora and we sell a lot of those frangrance under the l'oreal umbrella and u can bet ur bottom dollar I will be spreading the word today at that made me want to cry. That will be my fact of the day to tell my clients.

  • What cosmetic labels is save for a vegan to use? What dó you buy @vegansofig ?

  • Exactly what I was thinking, @dobbsgirl. 

  • @vegansofig thanks DJ much for posting this makes so much ppl aware cant believe how many brands they own

  • Jesus. Ive started using St. Ives because they say they dont test on animals. I hate to think you cant use a brand because its parent company are f*cking scumbags. 😔

  • That's hideous :(

  • Here I thought Body Shop was good:(

  • My daughter said yesterday they should test their products on death row inmates!

  • inesl 5y ago

    I can appreciate this post as I have found that in my transitioning it has been difficult to find cruelty free and completely animal free beauty products. I think that distinction should be made or maybe a follow up post. Because like some people mentioned above, I Thought for a long time that if they didn't test on animals or had the PETA symbol, the company was humane but that is actually not true at all. In fact, there are few completely vegan beauty companies. More and more are emerging each day, which is exciting and they're coming into the mainstream stores, which is awesome but it's important to recognize that just because something says "No Animal TEsting" doesn't mean they aren't using horse bones for your freaking mascara. It's terrible. I absolutely do not want to smudge animals on my cheek or in my hair. The shit we create to be so vain. I'm completely guilty but I'm learning and the more I learn the sadder it is but it's also an opportunity to change and educate others. Thanks for all your informative posts :)

  • Ruined my morning (poor bunnies), but I'm glad I know

  • Thanks For the info... I unfortunately have a lot of those brands right now and I feel gross! But at least I know now. I think the hardest part of being vegan for me is the everything besides the food... So I really enjoy these posts @vegansofig

  • I'm glad to know about pureology. I didn't know they were bought out by evil loreal. Makes me so mad. These days it feels like any large corporation is evil 😒

  • I don't understand how this is legal 💔

  • This makes me wanna put my middle fingers up at L'oreal! Thanks for sharing to help aware others of this cruelty

  • And the fact they tried to come out with 'vegan' products is like a slap in the face... Animal testing is uncalled for. Mostly when they need in human testing for things like pharm/biologics....

  • 😢poor 🐰

  • @vegansofig I use L'Oreal Sleek shampoo and conditioner. It says 100% vegan and no animal testing. 😥😓

  • I hate L'oreal soooo hard

  • I could of sworn I read that YSL wasn't testing on animals.

  • As far as I know, L'Oreal still has all of the sub companies test the ingredients of products on animals so Pureology many not be too far from it

  • Thank you for the info

  • I had no idea. Thank you.

  • What?! The body shop?! Noooooooooooo! I guess i have a legit reason to return my products back :) thanks for the info

  • Yes Loreal may own The Body Shop, but they've never changed their values & continue to use CFT products that aren't tested on animals - this week they've launched a new campaign for people to sign to make testing on animals completely illegal

  • Abba all the way! Ingredients are all vegan and their products are awesome!

  • Omg. That makes me so frustrated!!!! Why they have to make good products and then just ruin it by being assholes to other beings? Lancome, ysl, vichy, diesel, armani... Omg.

  • Fuck!

  • ::sigh:: sayonara maybelline...we had a good run! Thanks @vegansofig as always for keeping our eyes open and our wallets shut to evil-doers

  • It's horrible how the majority of brands either do or are linked with unnecessary animal testing. Can you recommend any good brands that use other alternatives?

  • @vegansofig should I not buy from pureology anymore?? I don't know what to do ugh I love their products

  • 💔😡

  • This opened up my eyes a lot! I just switched to crueltyfree products I was not educated before thank you! Its disgusting what they do!

  • WHAT? PUREOLOGY?! When did this happen😖

  • @freshraab About 2-3 years ago. I had no idea until a few days ago. I just fount out bare escentuals got bought by shiseido. Why are all of my fav companies getting bought by evil empires? It's not fair 😔

  • I think it is weird that #thebodyshop let loreal buy them out. Working for the body shop I learned the terrible things that people do to animals and as a company we are so against that. It doesn't make sense. Ugh.

  • I use mac I hope its not bad like loreal

  • I have a question about L'Oreal. They sell a sulfate free line labeled as vegan. Is it truly vegan or bull?

  • @shemeetsfashion check this out

  • is the body Shop vegan?

  • Why do they do this to ANIMALS while we have murderers and theives in jail?!?? My cousins murderer deserves to be tested on first

  • As a hairstylist @vegansofig ... Pureology not only sold out to animal abusers, but their products are loaded with petrochemicals!

  • You've gotta understand though that in the science field, not cosmetic, but biology fields at universities, animals are being tested on, little cats are being used to test eye sight with helmets in their heads into their brains, nothing will stop this. Understand that the world is shitty, and this will go on forever and ever and that people get desensitized while working on them for research. In a small town in Paraguay, children are being poisoned with mercury and children are being raped somewhere else. I've just been around science far too much to know that everything is shitty and cruel but there's nothing we can do about it

  • :oooooo :((((

  • 😳😳😳😭good to know !!! That's so fucking sad!!!!!

  • Thanks for posting this. I just bought some of their product because it checked out as vegan. Definitely going to return it. I don't want to support anything that company does.

  • Love. ❤️

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We've been in our soft launch for the last few months, but I'm super stoked to announce @VeganScene's grand opening party on Friday, July 31, 2015.
Join us in celebrating with shopping, music, drinks and dancing + eats!

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Your body requires dietary fats (Lipids). Fat provides essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce on its own and must be consumed through polyunsaturated fats in our diet. Polyunsaturated fats provide two essential fatty acids:
1⃣ Linoleic Acid (LA) - Omega-6
2⃣ Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) Omega-3
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But is eating more fish the the answer to balance? Not necessarily. Fish don't manufacture long chain Omega-3. Their diet is high in Omega-3 rich plant foods like algae. They eat them which their body converts to DHA and EPA. We can go straight to the source and avoid the host of health and environmental troubles that come from consuming fish. Fish oil is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. They’re highly concentrated sources of contaminants and pollutants. More recently, studies have shown that eating fish and taking fish oil supplements are not as beneficial to the brain and heart functions as previously thought. In fact, fish has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Consuming fish products is not sustainable as it leads to overfishing which impacts the entire eco system.
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Now that we know vegan iron is non-heme iron, it’s just as (if not more) important to focus on iron absorption than to just eat a lot of iron rich foods.
Here are some tips:

1⃣ Combine Vegan (non-heme) iron foods with foods rich in Vitamin C. Even better is to eat foods that are rich in both iron and Vitamin C like leafy greens, broccoli, and tomato sauce.
2⃣ Avoid hefty meals and eat smaller amounts throughout the day to maximize absorption.
3⃣ Avoid absorption inhibitors like coffee and tea 1-2 hours before and/or after a meal.
Sadly, spinach which is very high in iron, also contains oxalates that block absorption. That is why it spinach did not make this list. Regardless, Popeye The Sailor Man is still a badass. #VegansofIG
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Sneakier cases of greenwashing can be found on totally un-natural products claiming to be "100% natural." The FDA restricts the term "natural" to products that contain no artificial or synthetic substances, such as color additives and flavors. But FDA allows the "natural" label on products containing GMOs, or genetically engineered ingredients, such as soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which is made from genetically engineered corn.
General Mills (which owns Natural Valley) recently had a class action law suit brought against them for advertising their GMO-licious bars as “100% Natural” when they’re anything but. Unfortunately, that lawsuit was dismissed, but many other lawsuits going after similar deceptive advertising have succeeded. This has turned out to be quite costly for big food corporations like General Mills and Conagra, and we can thank the GMO awareness movement for that. Unfortunately, this has not stopped General Mills from greenwashing. They’ve started to shift away from generic “natural” labeling, but now their bars claim to be made with “100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” Which just so happens to be the only ingredient not genetically modified. #VegansofIG
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Another bonus: Plant-based foods are free from cholesterol and tend to be high in fiber.
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I did learn a very important lesson: NEVER plan an event near the campus of a notorious party school... during football season...on the same night as a home game...Holy shiitake mushrooms. We had to change locations at the very last minute, but it somehow all ended up working out!
We had a great time hanging out at the Mellow Marshmallow munching on vegan pizza and beer. All the craziness aside, Arizona vegans are awesome. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.
All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

AND... Tim, Rita, Maria, and Eddie.
With the holidays coming up, all future meetups will be in 2014. I might do an NYE event in LA, but that's still up in the air. I'll keep you posted! Happy holidays. ~Amy #VegansofIG
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Part three of Vegans of Instagram series on common animal ingredients in our food and products:
1⃣ Royal Jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae and adult queens. It is collected from each individual queen cell (honeycomb) when the queen larvae are about four days old. Royal Jelly makes workers into queens. It is used as as a source of B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.Most honey comes from full-time factory bee farmers.
2⃣ Shellac (E904) Shellac is a coating or glaze derived from the hardened, resinous material secreted by the female Kerria Lacca Insect. Shellac is scraped from the bark of the trees where they live. Often they are heated until they die of heat exhaustion. 300,000 lac insects are killed for every kilogram (2.2 lbs.) Shellac may be found in a furniture polish and varnish, aluminum foil coating, paper coating, hairspray, shampoos, perfume, makeup, printing inks and paints, and much more. Shellac is often called "Confectioner’s glaze” in candy and donut glaze.
3⃣ Tallow. Rendered beef or mutton fat. Industrial use of tallow can be just about any type of animal fat (e.g. cow, pig, deer). Tallow is in a variety of products from wax paper, crayons, margarines, paints, rubber, lubricants, candles, soaps, lipsticks, shaving creams, other cosmetics. Chemicals (e.g., PCB) can be in animal tallow. Tallow is sometimes known as "Stearic Acid.” **Some Tallow is vegetable sourced.**
4⃣ Whey. The watery serum that remains after most of the protein and fat have been removed from milk during the cheese-making process. Usually in cakes, cookies, candies, breads, and supplements.
________________________ ➡ The purpose of this series was to connect the animals and the cruelty behind the unknown, sneaky animal ingredients we encounter every day. You’re more likely to encounter these ingredients in processed foods. 👉I will now begin working on a new series on vegan ingredients, because there are A LOT of delicious #AnimalFree goodies in the world. #VegansofIG
User Image vegansofig Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:40 PM (UTC)
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Part two of our series on common animal ingredients in our food and products. In their natural form, these ingredients are #NotVegan or #NotVegetarian. Vegan or Vegetarian alternatives are typically synthetic.
1⃣ Keratin. Natural Keratin is an extremely strong protein that is a major component in skin, hair, nails, feathers, hooves, horns, and teeth. Used in hair rinses, shampoos, and permanent wave solutions. Keratin is not naturally found in vegetables. Vegan keratin products might contain the amino acids necessary to produce keratin naturally.
2⃣ L-cysteine/L-cystine (E920) Animal: (Poultry. Typically duck feathers) Hog’s hair as a source is likely when the hair/feather supply is low. Used as a dough conditioner in most bread products. It is most common in pizza dough and bagels. Einstein Bros, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, and McDonalds have all confirmed the use of poultry feather-based L. Cysteine in many of their other products.
3⃣ Lanolin. (Wool Fat. Wool Wax) A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in many skin-care products and cosmetics and in medicines. Most chewing gums list "gum base" as one of their ingredients, masking lanolin as an ingredient. The starting material used to produce this vitamin D3 is Lanolin.
4⃣ Pepsin. In cow and hogs' stomachs. A clotting agent used in some cheeses and vitamins. Pepsin is a component of rennet (see below) used to curdle milk during the manufacture of cheese.
5⃣ Rennet [Rennin] Enzyme from the stomach of slaughtered newly-born calves. Used in cheesemaking, rennet custard (junket), and in many coagulated dairy products. The coagulation of milk is achieved by the addition of rennet. Most cheeses (especially Parmesan, Grana Padano, and Gorgonzola are NOT vegetarian.
➡ Up next: Part Three (R-W) #VegansofIG
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Here are some common animal ingredients that sneak their way into our food and products. This is part one of the series starting with letters A-I. These ingredients are almost always #NotVegan. I'll have a separate series for ingredients like "Glycerine" which can be sourced from vegan or animal ingredients.
1⃣ Albumen {Albumin} In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. In cosmetics, albumen is usually derived from egg whites and used as a coagulating agent. In cakes, cookies, candies, etc. Egg whites sometimes used in "clearing" wines.
2⃣ Carmine. Cochineal. Carminic Acid. Red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect. Reportedly, 70,000 beetles must be killed to produce one pound of this red dye. Used in cosmetics, shampoos, red apple sauce, and other foods (including red lollipops and food coloring). ________________________
3⃣ Casein. Caseinate. Sodium Caseinate. Milk protein. In "nondairy" creamers, soy cheese, many cosmetics, hair preparations, beauty masks. May soy cheeses are not vegan because they contain casein. It's what gives soy cheese its (slightly) cheese-like flavor and texture.
4⃣ Gelatin. Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water. From cows, pigs, and more recently, horse hooves and fish by-products. Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics. Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (e.g., Jell-O). In candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts. On photographic film and in vitamins as a coating and as capsules. Sometimes used to assist in "clearing" wines.
5⃣ Isinglass. A form of gelatin prepared from the internal membranes of fish bladders. Sometimes used in "clearing" wines and in foods. ➡ Up next: Part Two (K-R) #VegansofIG
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VEAL is a by-product of the dairy industry. For female cows to produce milk, they are kept in a constant cycle of being pregnant and giving birth.
All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his/her arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina.The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.” ________________________
If given the opportunity, a dairy cow and her calf would remain companions for life. The forced separation on factory farms causes cows and calves an incredible amount of pain and grief.
Once separated, the cows are then hooked up to milking machines, enslaved to produce milk for humans that was intended for their baby that was ripped away. And when they stop lactating, they’re impregnated again. The same vicious cycle continues until the cows can no longer produce milk. When they're all dried up they’re sent to slaughter. ________________________
Male calves are useless for milk production. Dairy cows are a different breed of cattle from the ones raised for beef. Dairy cows, female and male, lack the musculature necessary to maximize profits for beef producers. About half of the female calves will become dairy cows, to replace their mothers. The other half of the females are useless to the dairy industry. Nearly all of the male calves and half of the female calves are taken from their mothers, to be turned into veal.
Calves raised for veal are forced to spend their short lives in individual crates that are no more than 30 inches wide and 72 inches long. These crates are designed to prohibit exercise and normal muscle growth in order to produce tender “gourmet” veal. The calves are fed a milk substitute that is purposely low in iron so that they will become anemic and their flesh will stay pale. After four months "living" in these conditions, they're sent to the slaughterhouse.
It's sad to think that this heinous industry is thriving because of society's mass consumption of dairy products. #VegansofIG
Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup + Halloween Costume Party at Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City on Halloween night!
And a very special thank you to @mollie_engelhart, @floresjr, and the entire @thekindsage/@kindkreme team. Can't forget @meandmrcassidy (@hopeleigh + @mrscottcassidy) for the music. 🎶 And @vinnyvegan for donating his awesome t-shirts to the costume contest.
Congrats to our costume contest winners: ✨@veganbeastmode + @jplancaster ✨ who dressed up as a The Vegan Police and a Free Range Chicken.
All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

Whitney, Brooke, Heather, Neil, Garrett, Michele, Debbie, Kevin, Ben, and Abby.
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🔹The Las Vegas meetup will be re-scheduled, but I have not set a date yet. I need some time to recover after LAX
🔹The Phoenix meetup is still on and will be held at The Yard House in Scottsdale on November 16th. ________________________
Thank you for all of your support! Hope to see you soon! ~Amy #VegansofIG
Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at @ChicagoDiner on last Saturday! We had engagements, birthdays, and our very own vegan Ryan Gosling! 😉
All of the photos from the 10/12 Chicago meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: ✨✨ AND ✨✨
Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@hiraethvegan +Tony
I'm back home in LA and have two weeks off before I start traveling again. UPCOMING EVENTS: Los Angeles (Halloween edition) on October 31st. Las Vegas on November 1st. Phoenix on November 16th.
I might move the Florida dates back in order to make meetups happen in Miami, New Orleans, and Atlanta after New Years. Also, the Austin meetup will officially be on April 4th (the night before VegFest.) New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. will most likely be in late April or early May. Stay tuned for more cities! #VegansofIG
Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at Double Wide Grill on Thursday night. Almost all of of our attendees were runners or marathoners, which was very cool. I had an awesome night hanging out with an inspiring group of VERY fit vegans. 💪
All of the photos from the 10/10 Pittsburgh meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: ✨✨ AND ✨✨
I was a bit nervous about hosting the event on a weeknight, but we had a great crowd! Here's all of the Instagramers that signed in:

UPCOMING EVENTS: Chicago on October 12th. Los Angeles (Halloween edition) on October 31st. Las Vegas on November 1st. Phoenix on November 16th. Miami + Orlando in Mid-December. When I fly home on Monday I'll begin announcing cities for 2014 dates. #VegansofIG
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Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at Middle East in Cambridge last night. I met so many of my vegan insta crushes. It was an awesome night!
All of the photos from the 10/5 Boston meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: ✨✨ AND ✨✨
Here's all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@vegancookiemonster @slowclubcookery
As well as
Kerin, Ryan, Kate, and Mike.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Pittsburgh on Oct 10th and Chicago on Oct 12th. A Halloween event in LA on Oct 31st. Vegas meetup on Nov 1st, and a Phoenix meetup on Nov 16th. Miami + Orlando in December. All other cities will be in 2014. See ya soon!👋 #VegansofIG
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Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at Georgetown Liquor Company in Seattle! Seattle is really awesome. It's beautiful and everyone I met was super friendly. It's definitely one of my new favorite cities and I'm very much looking forward to visiting again!
All of the photos from the 9/22 Seattle meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: ✨✨ AND ✨✨
I know I'm missing a few people, but here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

The re-cap from the PDX 9/20 meetup is on the previous photo. Also, the next three meetups are back to back to back: October 5th in Boston, October 10th in Pittsburgh, and October 12th in Chicago. See you soon! 👋 #VegansofIG
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Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at @whiteowlsocialclub in Portland! And a very special thank you to my PDX co-hosts @vegankitten and @elizabet__ for all of their help.
All of the photos from the 9/20 Portland meetup are up. You can find them at: ✨✨ AND ✨✨
I had so much fun in Portland and it was such a pleasure getting to meet everyone. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@heartgoeshere @rmscooters
And Jeremy, Chris, Jenna, Willy.
I'll post the Seattle re-cap next. Also, the next three meetups are back to back to back: October 5th in Boston, October 10th in Pittsburgh, and October 12th in Chicago. See you soon! 👋 #VegansofIG
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Bone char is used to filter impurities in sugar and to strip away the brown color. It’s produced using the bones of cows. The bones are bleached in the sun and heated until they become a filter. "Brown sugar" is actually just white sugar that has had coloring and flavoring (molasses) added to it after it already had its natural brown coloring removed. Sugar producers like Domino Foods and C&H will often refer to Bone Char as "natural charcoal." ________________________
Cane sugar is cured using bone char. Beet sugar isn’t. Unfortunately, most of sugar beets in the US and Canada are primarily GMO crop. The majority of commercial fructose on the market is derived from corn or beet source (both of which are fine). FYI: Some companies DO mix beet and cane together. Dextrose is derived from corn as well. Sucrose could be just about anything, so you'll need to verify with the company. Beet, Unrefined, Turbinado, USDA Organic, and Raw are all phrases that let you know bone char was NOT used in your sugar. Same goes for organic cane juice.. Agave Nectar, Xylitol (birch sugar), Coconut Palm Sugar, Stevia, Maple Syrup (lard-free), Brown Rice Syrup, Fruit Juice Concentrates, Date Sugar, and Fructose are all VEGAN alternatives to sugar.
Many countries in Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand, have banned the use of bone char in the refining process. However, if you purchase foods in any of these countries, it’s essential to make sure that the sugar they contain is actually manufactured locally.
To make things even more confusing, not all sugar production plants use bone char. Supermarket brands of sugar (e.g., Giant, Townhouse, etc.) obtain their sugar from several different refineries, making it impossible to know whether it has been filtered with bone char. The sugar issue get's really tricky when you have to factor in the sugar used in other confectionary products. Again, it all depends on which plant the sugar was obtained from. For those of you that avoid sugar, that's one less thing to worry about. For anyone with with a sweet tooth, now you're a savvy sugar shopper! #VegansofIG