Vegan Condom Surprise
I must confess, I was a little envious when I saw this story about a community kitchen in Blenheim, New Zealand. It’s not every day you’re blessed with free vegan condoms from a train company caught in an earthquake. Not that I have any need for such items in my lonely vegan life (quick, someone grab a violin)… but the envy is real. And it’s too late for the violin. Although, if you’re really desperate to serenade me, I’m happy to take video messages to my personal email. Ahem.
Janette Walker, a worker at the community kitchen, seemed surprised that there was even such a thing as vegan condoms: “They’re made from rubber. Aren’t they already vegan?” My dear Janette, no. They are not. Regular condoms contain casein, which is a protein extracted from cows’ milk. You hold in your hands a sweet gift from the vegan sex gods. But dearest Janette, condoms should not be your first port of call.
This community kitchen of yours needs a revamp. Feeding those less fortunate than ourselves is incredibly important work, but it should not be done at the expense of other sentient beings’ fundamental rights. Instead of distributing animal products, we should be focusing our efforts on distributing good, wholesome vegan food. If animals are not things, if we believe them to have moral value, and that unnecessary suffering and death is wrong, we can no more justify accepting animal products as donations than we can accept human body parts as donations. Doing so makes a value judgement against the oppressed – it values them at zero, despite whatever else we might say.
But condoms should be the last thing on your mind when it comes to veganism. It’s about respecting the fundamental rights of others.