Stop it with the insults and overused arguments from both sides which are irrelevant to the topic.
From the website: “The main Soylent mix will be vegan, but will also include a separate oil blend (2oz) that is composed of canola and fish oils. We are hoping to be able to offer shipments of Soylent without the oil blend included, and will be posting an update on blog.soylent.me when we have an update…”.
Before, though, it said: “We’re pretty sure it will be Vegan! We’ll be publishing the final ingredients in a few weeks.”
This is from an archived version of the site from August: http://web.archive.org/web/20130822095149/https://campaign.soylent.me/soylent-free-your-body
I don’t know what it said before that, the archiving website fails to load older dates.
Sure, the website didn’t say “Yes!”. But still, I personally think saying “pretty sure it will be” and then not having it that way is unprofessional. They tried to solve this issue by making the animal part separate from the rest of the mix. But this doesn’t help vegans (and vegetarians, y u ignore us? ) since buying an animal product is a moral problem for them in itself, not just consumption.
So in summary, you can understand the frustration vegans experience right now caused by confusion from vague text and possibly quotes from other articles or videos which I’m not aware of, but vegans can’t demand a refund because they knew or had to know there was a possibility, even though a small one like the website claimed, that it wouldn’t be vegan.
And if anyone’s interested, human body doesn’t need fish oil to survive or stay healthy. This was probably used to lower the cost. I’m pretty sure one day there will be multiple versions of Soylent and one of them will be vegan friendly. But for now, it’s nothing you vegans or vegetarians like me can do.