• to make it easier for consumers to find out which products contain animal ingredients
• to encourage consumers to contact companies to request vegan products in the hopes of more companies adopting vegan formulas
• to make slaughterhouses less profitable by shrinking the market for their byproducts
DCV is the most extensive database of animal ingredients on the internet, with over 2,200 cosmetic, food additive, and pharmaceutical ingredients obtained from animals. What also separates DCV from other ingredient sites for vegans, is that you can paste an entire list of ingredients at one time, directly from a manufacturer’s website, into the search box, and all non-vegan ingredients in the database will be flagged.
I created this search engine because I wanted a tool for myself to make checking ingredients less time-consuming, and because I enjoy data-entry.
Compiling this database of so many ingredients whose names would never suggest their origin, drove home just how much we take for granted the fact that parts of slaughtered and exploited animals are in so many everyday products.
My hope in sharing this site, is to provide a useful tool for people who do not want to use products that exploit animals, and to spread awareness to everyone of what exactly is in the products they use.
If you find you have a product that contains a non-vegan ingredient, or especially one of the many mystery ingredients that can have animal or other sources, please take a few minutes to call the manufacturer and let them know that the source of ingredients matters to you.
For my source material, I used and double checked the following references. Please send any corrections my way.
(Logo and drawings by Ashley Quach)