Vegans and vegetarians: Where do you stand on bug cruelty?
I’ve recently realized that I’m a bit of an oddity when it comes to how I feel bugs should be treated in terms of products and food I buy. I try very hard to only buy cruelty-free products and products where no animal was killed in order to make it. I extend this to include bugs. For example, I avoid silk and any products with silk proteins in them because silk is obtained by cooking cocooned silk worms alive. I also try to avoid products with the coloring carmine in them because these are usually made with crushed beetle shells.
So, my fellow vegans and vegetarians, do you keep bugs in mind when you are doing your cruelty-free shopping?
Note, this is not meant to sound like a judgmental question. It is honest curiosity. I don’t think it’s wrong or right to avoid these kinds of products, I just want to know how many people do.