Friday, April 16, 1999 Published at 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
Vegan condoms launched
There is a new arrival in the condom market
A cruelty-free condom has been launched to cater for the much neglected vegan market.
The range of condoms has been manufactured using no animal ingredients or derivatives, in line with vegan beliefs.
Traditionally the processing of latex, used to make condoms, has involved the use of casein - a milk protein.
Vegans shun milk because its production involves breeding calves destined for the meat industry, which they regard as cruel.
But the range from German manufacturer Condomi utilises cocoa powder instead and has been awarded the Vegan Society's seal of approval.
Vegan Society general manager Richard Fairhall said: "Much to their frustration vegans in the UK have long been denied access to a cruelty-free condom.
"The launch of Condomi's range changes all that - no longer will vegans have to suppress their natural instinct to make love not war."
Condomi condoms are available through the Family Planning Association and are soon to go on sale in Superdrug stores priced from £1.99 for a pack of three.