Star Trek recently celebrated 50 years since it first aired, which is a huge milestone and one that I personally celebrated as a big fan of the show. Naturally, there was a lot of celebratory coverage in the media and lots of re-runs and merchandise peddled to diehard fans, and among this was the announcement of a Star Trek themed makeup collection. When I first heard about it, I was excited and I hoped that it would be created by an ethical company. Alas, it wasn’t to be; the company behind the collection was Mac, a brand that “vows” not to test on animals unless “required to” by law ie. in China.
Needless to say, I was really disappointed about this. If you’re not a Star Trek fan, this may not seem significant to you, but it’s a total slap in the face to any vegan/vegetarian Trekkie out there. In the Star Trek universe, humanity no longer enslaves animals for food or exploitation. In the far distant future, humans have rejected the barbaric ways of our ancestors and don’t participate in such horrific treatment of another species. Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek’s creator, had the forethought to see that the consumption and exploitation of animals wouldn’t make sense in the futuristic setting of his show, and had the forethought to realise that humans would become more ethical.
Many other species on the show are ethical in the same way as futuristic humans, and a prime example is Vulcans. Civilised ones, anyway. The iconic character, Spock, was a strict vegetarian, like most of his Vulcan counterparts. In fact, I don’t recall ever seeing Spock consume dairy or eggs so I think it would be safe to say he was probably a vegan. It’s worth noting, I think, that the actor who played Spock, Leonard Nimoy (LLAP), was a vegetarian before his recent passing. The actor Michael Dorn, unlike the Klingon he played called Worf, is a vegan in real life.
It is for these reasons that I’m particularly annoyed that Mac has ambushed a show like Star Trek, which is so ahead of its time ethically, for a cheap “inspired” collection of makeup. Captain Jean-Luc Picard would be appalled, frankly.