A booklet entitled 'The Compassionate Consumers: Animal-Based Products And What To Do
About Them', issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India, under the ministry of social
justice and empowerment (headed by Maneka Gandhi till the last cabinet reshuffle), lists
products which owe their origin to the animal kingdom.
The booklet appeals to consumers to desist from using animal-based products to prevent killing of animals. It warns: "There are many products in the market that are ostensibly vegetarian but in fact contain animal-based ingredients. It is, therefore, necessary to both recognise them yourself as well as alert others to them."
According to the booklet, most common products may have animal extracts in them:
Agarbatti Adhesive and fixatives may be of animal origin Biscuits May use animal-based enzymes Bread and buns Often glazed with eggs, milk, melted fat Cakes Could contain egg or fish powder Chips Fried in animal fatabroad, especially in fast food eateries Chocolate May use egg white, egg lecithin, shellac and gelatine Chyawanprash May contain powdered deer antlers Cola May contain glycerol,which can be of animal origin Condoms May be made from sheep intestines Cricket balls Made of leather and sewn with pig hair Custard powder May contain eggs Fertilisers May contain ground bone,dried blood, fish and poultry waste Foreign cheese Most contain animal stomach acids Glue Made from hide cuttings Ice-Cream Could contain eggs and/or gelatine Jams and May have gelatine jellies Liquor Clarifying agents can be obtained from gelatine, albumin etc Margarine May contain animal fat, fish oil, gelatine Moisturisers May have serum albumen, udder and umbilical extract Paper Handmade paper may contain animal bones, gelatine Perfumes Fixatives may include civet, musk, ambergris Photographic Uses gelatine film Safety matches Contain animal-based adhesives Shampoo May have vitamin B-complex, possibly of animal origin Shuttlecocks Made from duck-wing feathers, gelatine, animal glue Soaps May have tallow from slaughterhouses Suntan lotions Usually have turtle oil Toothpaste May contain bone ash Toffees, Usually contain gelatine peppermint Vanaspati May contain vitamins A and D of animal origin