Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Letter to VitaSoy, or: why is the purple pack un-vegan?

Hi there,

I'm writing to voice my concern that VitaSoy Calci-Plus is no longer vegan. I understand that the Vitamin D contained in the soy milk is derived form lanolin, a wool derivative. This makes the Calci-Plus definitely not vegan!

Some companies will say that the production wool, lanolin and its by-products does not harm animals, and that they are therefore of no concern. This is not the case. The wool industry relies on the mass breeding, exploitation and death of sheep, and the cruel practices within the industry, including mulesing and the death by exposure of up to 30% of lambs within day of birth, are of great to concern to vegans. Sheep who have outlived their usefulness as wool producers, which occurs well before the end of their natural life, are sent for live export overseas - a horrendous journey - where it is most likely that they will undergo further traumatic transportation and treatment before they are slaughtered. A bale of wool cannot be produced without the suffering and painful, premature death of sheep, and this is why the inclusion of wool-derived ingredients is not harmless.

Vegans are great consumers and champions of soy milk, and to find that Calci-Plus is not suitable for us is very disappointing. I urge to reconsider the inclusion of this form of Vitamin D, and look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Miss T


Mandee said...

On the WVD forums someone contacted them and they replied that lots of vegans don't mind the lanolin because "the sheep are not hurt" :S and that if they got a lot of negative comments, they might reconsider! Let's hope so :)

Miss T said...

Yep, that's why I was descriptive! Innoxa have the same policy; some of their foundation says "no animal ingredients" but then they list lanolin. At least be consistent!

Theresa said...

Ew! Lanolin in soy milk! Aside from the cruelty issues, that's a bit disgusting... like putting dog fur in someone's tea or something.

I'm Philippa O said...

hahah! that last comment is great! and since lanolin is a common allergen I was a little amazed that there's no indication on the carton that this is where the vit d comes from. AND wtf do we need vit d in our milk for anyway? just do outside in the sunshine y'all