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Skittles Now Vegan!

July 30, 2009


I just got the news that Skittles no longer contain gelatin via this post over at As Miss Anthrope so aptly points out, Mars, Inc. may have removed an animal derived ingredient from one of their products, but that doesn’t make them a cruelty-free company.

What do you think? Do we as veg*ns have a responsibility to support animal-friendly businesses and boycott those businesses that exploit animals? If McDonalds put a vegan burger on their menu tomorrow, would you buy one? Besides Skittles, what about other accidentally vegan products? Oreos in the US are vegan, but their cousins across the pond are not. Is it in the best interest of the animals and our fellow consumers to support mainstream brands that create products that are (or adapt existing products to be) cruelty-free and presumably healthier? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2009 5:43 pm

    Actually, there was an issue similar to this on Vegan Fitness ( I think it’s problematical. If you contribute financially to a company by buying their veg*n product, you also support their non-veg*n production too. Take Birkenstocks. Some of the money that goes to their vegan sandals could be channeled into it’s leather sandals, couldn’t it? In the end, your supporting non-veg*n production.

    Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy their vegan product, just that maybe it’s an ethically double-edged sword.

    Also, I’ve become such a health nut, it’s not enough for me that some food is vegan. It has to be reasonably healthy. And if it’s not healthy, it has to taste pretty delicious before I’ll eat it. I tried the Burger King veg*n burger a few years ago, and it was pretty blah.

    • September 8, 2009 8:31 pm

      James, I’m not able to find your email through the link you’ve provided here. If you’d like to contribute to the blog, please email me at spovegan [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

    • Spencer permalink
      November 3, 2009 9:40 am

      When a company decides to offer products that are geared towards capturing a more diverse market that fit requirements from the pleas of aggravated consumers, I think it should be respected.

      You decide who you will and will not support, It’s a personal vendetta that needs to go unspoken. Your concerns for the change and treatment of animals will not go far with corporations like this. They are out to make money, that’s what producers do. but I guarantee that if a company that tries to change for the well-being of it’s more concerned customers finds a backlash from the community and a harsh response, then it will be the last time they make these changes.

      It’s all about dollars. Fighting fire with fire never got anyone anywhere. If you oppose the company for animal cruelty, then make it your own personal crusade, as it poorly misrepresents the veg*n community.

      I personally love skittles. As a vegetarian, I appreciate the route Skittles has taken to make their product more presentable and ethical to a wider range of consumers. So be it they work for a conglomerate with a bad track ready. If this change in products pulls through, and does well, they will continue to make changes on more products.

      • November 3, 2009 12:27 pm

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Spencer. Well said!

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