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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Consent is one issue, Mothers have a choice, animals don't, we can't ask them whether they want to participate. Milk production involves female cows and to get them you need male cows. Male cows are ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Vegans do not have a problem with 'a mother cow breastfeeding their babies'. Vegans have a problem with humans consuming a cow's breastmilk. It is natural for a woman to breastfeed a child. It is not ...
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What cheese is considered vegetarian?

All traditional cheese is non-vegetarian, but some kinds can be made vegetarian. Rennet is a combination of a bunch of enzymes, made in the stomach of ruminants such as cows. It's used in cheese-...
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How does the cost of production of soya milk compare to cow's milk?

This question really made me curious. Where I live (Romania, developing country within Eastern Europe), it's the same: soy milk is (much) more expensive than cow's milk. The price difference has many ...
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How non-vegetarian is non-vegetarian cheese?

It is hard to find any hard sources for this online and I would very much like to see an answer from a person from the field (or someone with similar knowledge and expertise), but since there is, I ...
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Do vegan diets contain enough calcium?

According to this Medscape article, vegans and vegetarians children can obtain calcium from various sources such as: fortified soy formulas, soy milk, soy cheese, soy yogurt, and various other calcium-...
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What cheese is considered vegetarian?

The standard non-vegetarian ingredient in cheese is animal-derived rennet. Non-animal rennet may be used to produce a vegetarian cheese. Sadly it's not yet mandatory in all countries to declare what ...
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Is "starter" in yogurt vegetarian?

The essential part of the starter is a bacteria culture (some kind of lactobacillus). Yogurt is always made with a bacterial culture. Bacteria can be eaten by vegetarians and vegans: they are not ...
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Is "starter" in yogurt vegetarian?

Although you mention Google translating закваска as yeast, I believe it means probiotic cultures instead. Now, I do not speak or read Bulgarian but I am good with finding patterns and the pattern I ...
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Can pescetarians eat butter?

Both vegetarians and pescetarians eat dairy and eggs, it is just that pescetarians eat also fish and seafood.
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

In the most ethical dairy farm I could imagine while still having real cows and real farmers, but maybe not real economics, the dairy cows are harmed by having to give milk much longer than their ...
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How do you identify cheese made with animal rennet?

In the UK, cheeses made with non-animal rennet (the majority, as you say) are typically labelled in a user-friendly way, including the text: Suitable for vegetarians and in the ingredients we can ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

You have asked about animal cruelty, animal product or something else. I would argue that because of each one of these things: Animal cruelty: To satisfy the demand of our booming population, milk ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Besides the information within the provided answers, there are also other forces in the big picture: Instinct, the breastfeeding instinct exists in virtually all babies and this a powerful reason for ...
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Do vegan diets contain enough calcium?

There are many sources of calcium that come from vegan sources. Soy (soy milk and tofu), oranges, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and beans all contain good sources of calcium, for example. (1,2) Just eat ...
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Are probiotics added to soy milk of vegan origin?

I wrote to The Vegan Society for reliable information on this subject, and they told me: Probiotic cultures are made in a number of different ways – the best thing to do is to contact the ...
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Is "starter" in yogurt vegetarian?

From what I read regarding yoghurt production, the main (starter) cultures in yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. The starter cultures are used to convert milk to ...
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Animal milk, is it healthy?

Animal milk, is it healthy? For the most-part, if you don't possess an allergy or intolerance, yes. There are several things in milk, first let's look at the digestibility of proteins: Protein ...
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Does buying whey increase demand for dairy?

No it’s a waste product that’s been repurposed. New Zealand has one of the largest dairy industries and only a fraction of the whey produced is used for human consumption (such as cheese and protein ...
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Are there any dairy farms that don't kill cows or calves?

Ahimsa Milk in the UK operated between 2014 and 2017 and during that time they collected and sold cow's milk according to their Ahimsa Manifesto. However they seem to have suspended their operations ...
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What's the difference between lactose-free and dairy-free?

No, lactose-free milk is not vegan. Lactose-free is regular dairy milk (typically cow's milk) with lactase enzyme added to it. In terms of animal wellbeing and environmental impact it's identical to ...
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

If you only look at the body count: to have milk, there must be a calf. That animal won't get the food it needs (since we are taking the milk) and is slaughtered if it's a male (a female baby cow will ...
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Do vegan diets contain enough calcium?

I was personally concerned about this because as a vegetarian I got a bone density test a health fair that suggested low bone density: -1.5 on the bone mass scale of -2.5 to +1. I increased the ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

These are two completely different matters and not linked in my perspective. Most of the vegans I have come across don't hate milk or oppose breast-feeding. They opt not to drink milk because of the ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Regarding health: A mother's milk is ideally suited for their babies. The milk of an other species is not. It is now universally recognized that there is no commercial formula that can equal breast ...
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How do you identify cheese made with animal rennet?

The US does not require manufacturers to label such things. So, unless the product specifically states it is vegan or vegetarian, I would presume it contains or uses rennet or other enzymes for all we ...
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Is the cheese used in PizzaHut and at Dominos in Malaysia vegetarian?

Where I worked they used grated part-skim milk mozzarella. Obviously I can't remember the ingridients of the supplier but pricey mozarella's don't have enzymes whereas cheap mozzarella has enzymes. ...
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Animal milk, is it healthy?

Milk is recommended, particularly to children, because it is a relatively inexpensive source of fat, protein, and calcium. Many very young children are meat-averse, and vegetable averse, and ensuring ...
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

Humans are the only creatures who drink milk even after the very first years of their life, and they don’t use their own milk to drink; in the dairy industry they force cows to become pregnant all the ...
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