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From: Nicci (
Subject: Re: guilt
Date: April 6, 2003 at 3:36 am PST

In Reply to: guilt posted by K-Jay on January 18, 2003 at 6:42 pm:

I faced similar situations as you did with your purse and i think i can say i understand...
personally, my veganism goes hand in hand with my anti-capitalist ideas... and a lot of my decisions to contribute as minimally as possible to animal suffering are based on the idea of not making an economic contribution...
but the economic contribution's already made, and therefore if i were you i would use the purse rather than throwing it away... i think a good course would maybe be to redistribute it either at somewhere like Value Village, or swap it for something with a friend?
I have a similar dilemma, i have a jembai i bought before going vegan, with skin on it, but now that i already put money into it, i figure i'll make it as useful as possible, and my purse with some leather on it will be redistributed..
another thing i think worth considering in keeping products that are made of animals, is the message that is sent out when using it.. (i'm still trying to come to some conclusion about this) we are walking advertisements, and though carrying a leather purse (to stick with the theme) may be in order to make as much use of the product you bought even though actually purchasing the product is against your current beliefs, it may be interpreted as a show of support for animal products... i'm not making any claims, but just something to think about :P
It's really hard when you realize all the things that use animals in them, for example, i think that even printer ink is not vegan just as a random example, some alcohol, some pills, etc, etc etc, and it's hard to avoid it completely, if not impossible while living in our western society... my friend kate gave me great advice saying she tries to consider all options as a balance, what will cause the less harm (ie maybe sometimes getting a 'not-so-vegan' product can cause less harm than its vegan alternative... her example is with using honey as a sweetner that was locally 'collected', rather than brown sugar that was quite possibly made by people in really unfavorable conditions, but then you can question if the use of a sweetner is necessary, which it is not... but you get the idea:)
Anyway, these are just my thoughts, i hope you figure out what balances best for you, and let me know :)
Nicci :)

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