I have a confession.
I'm not vegan and there are very rare occasions in which I -- mostly accidentally-- ingest dairy products. I avoid milk, never eat eggs by themselves... but have had an experience every vegetarian and aspiring vegan has at one time or another: the realization that some strange, animal-derived, processed ingredient wound up in that cookie I ate... or that my hot 'n' sour soup had an egg white in it... or a fleck of ground beef mysteriously ended up in my fries.
I also break down and allow the occasional product with honey (that's my current challenge), and I take a multi-vitamin that has fish parts in it. On very rare occasions, I eat a piece of candy that has carmine it.
That's the really sad part about food products (note that I do call them "products")-- animal ingredients are SO prolific. I have the utmost respect for a true vegan who can avoid them all.
And for the rest of us, I think it's important to -- at one's own pace-- take steps to achieve that pure veganism, because that's the only way we can achieve a truly guilt-free life. This is a quote I found while on the internet (I haven't verified its authenticity):
"As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice can not dwell together."
Unfortunately, it's not just the "blood" we're talking about-- it's anything that we steal from animals. In the case of California cows, it's their milk, most likely their lives... and their dignity.
I started this website because I finally got so fed up with the "California Cows are Happy" campaign that I decided to tell the California Milk Advisory Board (in my own way) that some Americans refuse to believe its lies. I hope you'll join me in spreading the truth.