Published April 13, 2012 by delia1979


MEOW! My name is June Buggie and I have something to say.

So did you know that beavers are still trapped and killed? Oh yeah. The pelts are sold for clothing. The body sold for feed.

And oh yeah, there’s the castoreum.

Castoreum is the secretion from the beaver’s anal glands. Yep, anal glands. Butt secretions.

And just HOW is castoreum used? Oh, perfumes. Essential oils. And food additives.

Oh yeah, you’re eating beaver butt secretions.

Castoreum is used as a vanilla flavor. It’s also used as raspberry and strawberry flavoring. Common uses include vanilla ice cream, raspberry candy and strawberry syrup.

And ya wanna know the best part? The US government allows it to be identified as “natural flavoring” on food labels, so you have NO idea if you’re eating it! Don’t that sound yummy?

I guess I oughtta be upset about this, but the way I see it…

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