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UK Boy Finds Valuable Piece of Whale Vomit

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Using vomit to make the world a better place for animals? That’s got to be a first.

Charlie Naysmith, an 8-year-old boy, discovered a mysterious chunk of matter resembling a rock on the Hengistbury Head beach near Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. Unlike the common rock, however, the waxy, sweet-smelling material Naysmith found is actually whale vomit, otherwise known as ambergris. While the average person would likely have no interest in vomit of any kind, ambergris is a hot commodity for perfumers because it can help maintain and lengthen a perfume’s scent.

What makes this story remarkable, rather than simply weird, is the fact that this vomit is estimated to be worth as much as £40,000. More remarkable still is that the animal-loving Naysmith hopes to open an animal rescue center with the money he receives from the sale of the ambergris.

Photo credit: Peter Kaminski, Creative Commons.

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  • Chiaki

    I am so pleased of this young boy’s intention !! (^O^)/

Veld donates money to farm animals and also serves them

Lest we be confused that their giant V logo stands for anything other than Veld.

Trading beef for beans is not a solution, veganism is

Please do substitute beef for beans, but also have tofu instead of turkey, carrots instead of chicken, and I think you see where I’m going.

Guys, extortion isn’t an effective form of vegan advocacy

Assuming we can extort people into respecting the lives of others makes no sense.