Vietnam Getting into Swift Nest Business
While eating the nests of swifts is nothing new, the large-scale production of these nests is. Already a $200 million a year industry largely concentrated in Malaysia and Thailand, the farming of swifts is now being ramped up in Vietnam. Because they will rebuild the nests made of their own saliva when they are taken, and because they are worth more alive and building nests than they are dead, the practice does not harm the swifts and gives a positive economic incentive to conserve them. This leaves one question: Can vegans eat swift nests?