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veal – meat from three to six month old baby male calves. Narrow veal crates have been banned in the UK since 1990 and are to be phased out across Europe by 2007. However rearing conditions will still fall well short of ideal and veal imported from abroad (eg USA) is still allowed which permits veal crates. 
venison – deer meat. Much venison now comes from farmed deer. 
vellum – fine skin derived from calves, *kids or lambs used in luxury paper. 
velvet – clothing fabric usually made from *silk, bit can also be made synthetically. 
volaise - ostrich meat. Ostriches are now farmed in the UK and are subjected to similar cruelties as other farmed animals. They are killed at one year old for meat – their natural lifespan is 70 years.