Tons of products made from killing animals

In making perfume:

A Civet (related to a mongoose - looks superficially like a cat - with a cat-like body, long legs and a long tail - with a face similar to a weasel or a raccoon.)

The big hitters in the perfume industry use the excretions from the civet's perineal glands, which they get by scraping them from the captive civets' anal sacs every couple of days. OUCH!

These have a distinctive musky smell and, when added to a second, more perishable fragrance, will have a dramatically extended life.

The average amount of musk taken from a civet over the course of a year can produce 10,000 30ml bottles of perfume.

Also used in perfumes:
  • Ambergris from Whales
  • Musk from the male deers
  • castor oil from beavers.

    are finding that in some cases natural products work better than synthetics and may actually help conserve resources. For example, glue made from cow hide is preferred when binding books because animal glue can withstand high temperatures and has the ability to dissolve in water, making recycling possible. Synthetic glue on the other hand melts in intense heat and is insoluble

  • Animal gelatins are an ingredient in a wide range of foods like candies, marshmallows, flavourings and of course "jello". Gelatin is also a common food stabilizer used in items like mayonnaise and ice cream, "lite" products and frozen foods. Animal fats are used in many foods including oleo margarine, shortenings, pastas, and salad dressings.

Animal products are used to process foods. For example, purified bone ash is used to refine sugar and animal fats may be used to control foam in making maple syrup. Gelatins are used to clarify beverages like fruit juices, beer and wine.

Animals are also part of the package. Plastic, cardboard and paper containers, the cellophane and wax paper used to keep foods fresh and packages sealed, and the ink and glue used on the label, all involve animal products.

Animals help feed other animals too. Pets, zoo animals, even other farm animals rely on animal-based feeds and feed supplements like vitamins and minerals.

About 45% of each food animal is actually used to make products other than food. Many of these products are part of our every day lives.

China dishes, paint, wallpaper, linoleum, carpet, plywood, drywall, insulation, ... we’re literally surrounded by items that include products from animals.

Egg whites are used in ceramic tile and catalase enzyme is used to make foam rubber.

Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, disinfectants, household cleaners and polishes,
Animals even give us candles and the matches to light them with. Just as feather Pillows and wool blankets help us sleep better, the many products animals provide add comfort to our lives.

The asphalt on roads and walkways, the concrete blocks used to build bridges, even the steel in trains and planes are made using animal products.

  • Fatty acids and proteins are used to make lubricants and fluids. Glycerol is in brake fluid and anti-freeze while stearic acid is used to help tires hold their shape and improve their wear.

Sunscreens, deodorants, soaps and shampoos, cosmetics, toothpastes and mouthwashes. For example, lanolin, an oil that is removed from sheep wool before it can be spun and dyed, is used in hand creams and make-up.

Wool, felt, down, leather and fur are obvious. Less obvious are buttons used to fasten clothes and fabric dyes used to colour them. Decorative items like mother of pearl and tortoise shell also come from farm animals.

Over 350 pharmaceuticals come from animals. At the pharmacy, animals give us cold and allergy medicines and the gelatin capsules they come in.

Stomach remedies, vitamins and mineral supplements are also derived from animals. Many lifesaving drugs such as cortisone and insulin, and treatments for anaemia, emphysema, malaria, stroke and heart attacks are animal-based.

  • While some pharmaceuticals, such as insulin, can now be synthesized through biotechnology many are still made more economically from animal-based products. Medical supplies also rely on animal products.

Latex surgical gloves contain tallow, x-ray film contains gelatin, and wool grease is used to make thermometers heat sensitive.

Sheep wool gives baseballs their bounce. Gelatin helps golf balls roll straight. Leather, foam rubber and plastics are used in most types of sports equipment. Sheep intestines are used to string some types of sports racquets while poultry feathers are thought to make the best darts and fishing lures.

Animal products are used in making the electrical circuitry, the ink toners to print onto copy paper and even the paper itself. Steel ball bearings and lubricants contain animal products that help machinery run smoothly and safely. Industrial cleaners and fire extinguishers.

Photographic films and filters, inks and papers. Artists and musicians rely on them for brushes and art supplies and instruments like drums, pianos, and other tools of the trade. Wherever we work, animals help us do our jobs.

By using 98% of every animal we make efficient use of a renewable natural resource which, unlike many synthetics, breakdown quickly in the ecosystem. Animals and animal products are important in meeting human and animal needs in an efficient and sustainable way.


Whether as a source of food, energy, medicine, or consumer and industrial goods, animal products have an important role in the future. With research, new scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs the contributions of animals and animal products to our lives and environment will increase.

Milk and eggs could one day replace pills and needles. For example, scientists are looking at ways to produce eggs that contain disease fighting antibiotics, and other medicinal qualities to treat and prevent disease. Food scientists at the University of British Columbia will soon perfect a system to extract disease fighting immuno-globulin from eggs and milk. This can then be added to food products to boost the immune system of people recovering from illness.

  • Animal wastes could prove to be an important renewable source of fuel and energy. Imagine trimming the fat from your meat and using it to run your car or truck. This may not be such a far-fetched idea. Researchers at Kansas State University believe animal fat or tallow can be used to produce a diesel fuel substitute that will burn in an ordinary diesel engine. Not only would animal source "bio-diesel" be cleaner burning than conventional diesel but it would be a renewable source of energy.

As medical treatments: Biotechnical research is developing many animal products specifically for human use. Genetic research is underway that would incorporate human protein producing genes into pigs, sheep, goats and cows so that vital proteins and enzymes can be produced in the animal’s milk. This technology has already allowed a cardiac treatment called Protein C, to be produced in pigs milk. Sheep milk containing AAT, a protein used to treat emphysema, is currently being researched.

Another application of this technology is to produce animals which have organs containing human genes to prevent organ rejection in animal to human transplants. Pigs have been an important source of heart valve transplants for a number of years. New research may lead to the use of pigs for heart, liver and kidney transplants, helping save the many lives currently lost due to a lack of human organ donors.

Animals are a part of every day life. They have provided for the needs of people and animals in the past and continue to improve our quality of life today. Animal agriculture provides much more than nourishment. It provides a higher standard of living for us all.

On average, 98% of an animal is used.

  • Virtually nothing is wasted.
  • From that 98%, about 55% (on average) of the animal is used for edible products and the remaining 45% for inedible by-products.
  • Over 12 billion pounds of animal by-products are created in North America each year. If that were not used could you imagine the super-huge pile of garbage?
  • Unlike many synthetics, natural animal and plant based products breakdown quickly (bio-degrade) in the ecosystem. Adding plant and animal products to things like plastic can help them bio-degrade.
  • About 350 pharmaceutical products come from animals. These are used to help both people and animals. The number of medical products will increase in the future as new scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs are made.
  • Animal fat may become the fuel of the future. Bio-diesel made from animal fat or tallow has a positive energy balance (it contains more energy that it takes to make it), emits practically no sulfur making it a healthier fuel and unlike petroleum, is a renewable fuel.
  • Whether helping tulips bloom or carrots grow, animal wastes like manure, bone meal and blood meal are important organic fertilizers. They may also have an important future in energy production: in many countries manure is used as a source of energy.
  • Animals use land and food unsuitable for feeding people directly to produce high quality foods and thousands of items we rely on every day