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05/24/2016 THERE'S 360% MORE BRITS EATING VEGAN
Vegan eating has officially taken over Britain. Telegraph UK reports that the number of people eating a vegan diet in Britain has risen by more than 360 per cent in the last ten years. According to a new survey carried out by Ipsos MORI in for the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine, 542,000 people aged 15 or over – over one per cent of the population – have adopted a plant-based diet, up from a mere 150,000 in 2006. The health benefits are said to be driving the trend. Lower cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, heart disease, and cancer are easy to pay attention to. Still, they believe welfare and environmental issues are contributing to the popularity. Celebrities like Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez and Liam Hemsworth also appear to be having an influence, with the survey showing that youngin's are giving plant-based diets a shot to live up to their idols.
05/23/2016 DENMARK BANS HALAL AND KOSHER MEAT
The new law, which came into force last Monday has been criticised by religious groups. But minister for agriculture and food Dan Jørgensen said that "animal rights come before religion". European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered, but exemptions can be made on religious grounds. Some Halal and Kosher consumers believe it is acceptable for the animal to be stunned before it is slaughtered, but many others insist that the animal is fully conscious when it has its throat cut. Condemning the Danish change in the law, Israel's deputy minister of religious services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan said: "European anti-Semitism is showing its true colours across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions." Al Jazeera quoted the monitoring group Danish Halal, which launched a petition against the ban, as saying it was "a clear interference in religious freedom limiting the rights of Muslims and Jews to practice their religion in Denmark".
VegNews reports that British supermarket chain Tesco has launched two new non-dairy butter alternatives. One is a Coconut Spread derived from coconut oil, and the other is an Avocado Spread from avocado oil. Tesco, the third largest retailer in the world, now has these plant-oil based spreads available across their 400 stores, to keep up with the vegan boom currently happening across the UK. The 9 ounce containers will run shoppers around $1.74, and are good sources of vitamins A and D, and omega 3s. With most vegan butter and margarine replacements being a mixture of palm fruit oil, canola oil, and safflower oil, it's intriguing to see companies branching out and testing new oils.
VegNews reports that a company called Eaton is making it easier for winemakers to create vegan products. WineBusiness.com recently addressed the growing demand for gelatin free wine, and hypes the effortless and necessary switch to pea protein with Eaton products. Eaton supports that their SIHA Pea Protein based replacement acts as a stabilizer to everyone’s favourite dinner accompaniment, similar to the gelatin that’s commonly used now. Combined with other vegan fining agents (substances to clarify wine), such as active bentonite and silica sol, Eaton’s is confident it can match the consumer demand for animal-product free wine easily.
Ricky Gervais has condemned the export of Irish greyhounds to China, saying they will face certain death on the country's notorious Macau racetrack. The English comedian and animal lover last night issued a passionate plea to the Irish Government, calling on it to immediately ban any further exports of the animals. The 54-year-old star of The Office spoke out after Irish greyhounds en route to China were stopped in Britain and shipped back to Ireland earlier this week. Gervais said that the Government must act now and ban the trade. Shipping crates containing 24 Irish greyhounds bound for China were turned away from London's Heathrow airport on Thursday. Staff at the airport made the decision not to ship the dogs as their crates were in bad condition and not fit for transport.
Luxembourg's leaders have proposed a far-reaching animal rights bill that advocates say could be the most progressive in the world if it becomes law. "It goes further than any legislation that I'm aware of," said Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International. Proposed recently by Minister of Agriculture Fernand Etgen and written with the help of animal rights activists, the proposed law assumes that animals are "living non-human sentient beings with a nervous system scientifically capable of feeling pain and experiencing other emotions" including "suffering and anguish," according to a ministry statement. The legislation wouldn't apply to most farm animals, a common provision in animal rights laws. But it would ban slaughtering animals primarily for their fur, feathers, skin, or wool — an extraordinary provision, said Block — limit the sales of dogs and cats to reputable breeders, ban people from giving animals as gifts or prizes, and prohibit the poultry industry practice of killing male chicks because they don't lay eggs.
The vegan butcher shop Herbivorous Butcher was recently contacted by Josh Borchardt, a research scientist at the Minnesota-based Advanced Space and Technology Research Laboratory, about helping to create a vegan meal plan for a two-week simulated Mars mission with six astronauts in the Utah desert. If all goes well with the simulation, the astronauts could take Herbivorous Butcher meatless meals into space for real. Borchardt approached the wizards of vegan eating because it's more practical to eat a plant-based diet in space. So far they've made a set of six breakfasts and six dinners that will be frozen for one year. They're still figuring out how long the food can be frozen and then taste fresh after thawing and cooking.
05/13/2016 SUPPORT THE FUR FARMING BAN IN FLANDERS
The Government of Flanders in Belgium is currently discussing the fur farming ban. This is a great opportunity to save tens of thousands of animals from lives of suffering, misery and painful deaths. Over 160.000 mink are killed for their fur in the Flanders every year. Your help is urgently needed. Please email the Belgian ambassador in your country, informing him of your objection to fur farming and of your support for a ban on the cruel practice of fur farming in Flanders. If you're writing from some other country, please check the name and contact of Belgian ambassador in your country. Here is a template for you to use if needed.
05/12/2016 BE VEGAN AND LIVE LONGER!
A study by doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona of over 1.5 million people found, on one hand, that going vegetarian for at least 17 years added an average of 3.6 years to life expectancy, reports The Telegraph. On the other hand, people who ate meat, particularly red and processed meats, had higher mortality rates. The doctors analysed six studies which showed the impact of meat and vegetable consumption on mortality. In their review of 500,000 who hardly ate meat, the researchers found it cut risk of all causes of mortality by 25 to 50 percent. The studies were conducted in the US, Europe and China which had follow-up periods from 5.5 to 28 years.
Serious concerns have been raised about riding equipment to be used at this year's Rio Olympics, with scientists claiming nosebands and double bridles could cause unnecessary pain and suffering to horses during equestrian events. A study from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science found the use of restrictive nosebands — most common in dressage — can bind together the jaws of a horse, preventing yawning, tongue movement and potentially swallowing. "This study is the first to show that a very common practice and a very common piece of gear is eliciting a stress response in horses," said veterinarian and senior author on the study, Professor Paul McGreevy. "It's worth noting that this response emerged in horses without riders and without rein tension, so it's possibly just the tip of an iceberg." The stress response — indicative of pain and suffering — was measured by monitoring horse's eye temperature and heart rates when subjected to nosebands being tightened to levels used in competition.
05/09/2016 VEGAN LEATHER OUT OF KOMBUCHA
Food and Wine reports that researchers at Iowa State University are using the cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea to make a new substitute for leather. The trendy fermented beverage gets combined with vinegar, sugar, bacteria and yeast in a shallow bath. What grows on top is harvested, dried, and like magic, a leather-like material is born. The resulting fabric is biodegradable, which means a step forward for creating sustainable garments that could help support an end to animal use for fabrics. The product is still in it's beta phase, meaning there are still a couple of kinks to work out. Namely, that moisture makes it lose it's structural integrity, and cold temperatures make it brittle. Growing the leather takes approximately four weeks per sheet, so no doubt it'll take some time to perfect.
San Diego Tribune reports on John Fiske, and how he went from a courtroom to a sanctuary. The 32-year-old attorney had a "light bulb moment" watching Cowspiracy, and decided that the toll that animal agriculture takes on animals and the environment is too high. Now, he's opening the San Diego Farm Animal Sanctuary on May 15, on his home ranch. The 2.5-acre Elfin Forest property currently houses four rescued horses, a crippled pig, two hens, a German shepherd, and will be home to some goats soon. Fiske plans on fostering animals and finding them forever homes. To cover the costs of animal feed and upkeep, Fiske rents out a studio apartment on the property through Airbnb, and sells cherimoya fruit from his own grove. He still works in law by day, but can be found snuggling animals by night. (ecorazzi.com)
05/05/2016 ANOTHER VEGAN EVENT DRAWS INSANE CROWDS
The demand for more vegan events is clear. The Daily Echo reports that at the Lyndhurst Community Centre in New Forest, UK, organizers were shocked to find huge line-ups for their vegan fair. The first entirely vegan event in the area, organizers expected somewhere around 750 guests. When it came down to it, the event actually gathered the attention of 1200 visitors this past weekend. Organizers were forced to operate with a 'one in, one out' policy to manage the crowds, who were buzzing for the 40 vegan exhibitors taking over the space. Some, travelling as far from Birmingham for the day, would see droves of people begging to sample vegan food and buy ethical goods.
Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations. From an environmental and consumer protection point of view four aspects are of serious concern. None of the chapters reference the General Exceptions rule, which allows nations to regulate trade "to protect human, animal and plant life or health" or for "the conservation of exhaustible natural resources". The omission of this regulation suggests both sides are creating a regime that places profit ahead of human, animal and plant life and health. Also, nothing indicating climate protection can be found in the obtained texts. Even worse, the scope for mitigation measures is limited by provisions of the chapters on Regulatory Cooperation or Market Access for Industrial Goods. As an example these proposals would rule out regulating the import of CO2 intensive fuels such as oil from Tar Sands. Furthermore, the US demand for a "risk based" approach that aims to manage hazardous substances rather than avoid them, finds its way into various chapters. This approach undermines the ability of regulators to take preventive measures, for example regarding controversial substances like hormone disrupting chemicals. While the proposals threaten environmental and consumer protection, big business gets what it wants.
05/03/2016 TORONTO TO GET FIRST VEGAN FOOD TRUCK
The Vegan Extremist will be hitting the streets of Toronto in May to serve Indian and Thai-inspired dishes. Toronto's first fully vegan food truck The Vegan Extremist will debut May 14 at the Veggie Fest Hamilton. The truck specializes in curries and will serve classic Thai and Indian dishes such as vegetable korma, samosas, chana masala, and carrot halwa with cashews and raisins. Owner Jeffrey Merkel fell in love with curry at age 12 on a trip to Singapore and dreamed of opening a vegan food truck ever since. Since announcing his intent to hit the streets, Merkel—who wears vegan combat boots to capture his “Vegan Extremist” aesthetic—said the social media attention has been booming.
05/02/2016 VEGAN CUISINE IS GETTING HAUTE
Veganism is a full blown fine dining trend. Robb Reports writes about the popularity of vegan fine dining for more than just the cool kids. No longer plates of bland tofu relegated to picket sign waivers activists, cooking without animal products is considered a legit cuisine. With only 3 percent of Americans living a vegan lifestyle, this author is excited to highlight that many of the vegan restaurants popping up are taking on a fine dining quality. According to Richard Landau, chef and owner of Philadelphia's Vedge, it's big name chefs taking their fruit and veg seriously. So while braising, brining, and deconstructing used to be for meat fiends only, demand for better vegan eats has invited chefs to get funkier with their produce, grains, and legumes. "Some people think cooking vegan is easy—here, here's your salad," Landau continued. "But that's not cooking. That's why a lot of vegan food was so uninspiring. Everything at Vedge goes through six or seven processes before it hits the plate. There are a lot more talented chefs cooking vegetarian or vegan now. But we still need more."
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