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12/31/2018 HAWAII AND NEW JERSEY END 2018 WITH A BAN ON WILD ANIMAL CIRCUSES

On December 14, New Jersey became the first state in the United States to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses, followed closely by Hawaii, which enacted a similar ban on December 21. In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy signed "Nosey's Law"—named after a retired circus elephant—into state legislature after the measure passed Senate unanimously in June. In Hawaii, Governor David Ige signed the "Plant and Non-Domestic Animal Quarantine Non-Domestic Animal Import Rules," which bans the use and importation of wild animals—including tigers, lions, bears, primates, elephants, and crocodiles—in circuses, carnivals, and traveling shows. For several years, a number of animal-rights groups, including The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), petitioned both states to create legislation to protect wild animals from exploitation. Increasing public awareness of the cruelty endured by animals exploited for entertainment is leading to decreasing ticket sales to circuses and wild animal shows, so much so that last year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus held its final show after operating for 146 years. (vegnews.com)

12/28/2018 SHARE TO HELP NORWEGIAN WOLVES!

The government of Norway has decided to allow shooting an entire wolf pack in the wolf zone – a limited area bordering Sweden that is designated for the protection of wolves. The decision is unprecedented. It is the first time after the wolf returned to Norway in the 1990s that a whole pack shall be killed inside the wolf zone. The Minister justifies the decision by the need to "dampen the conflict", but in reality it aims to satisfy those who wish to keep the wolf population in Norway as low as possible. NOAH strongly condemns the government's decision that places Norway among the worst countries when it comes to the protection of wild species. Please write to the Parliament and the Ministry of the Environment in Norway and tell them what you think of this decision: Ministry of the Environment, postmottak@kld.dep.no; Stortinget, postmottak@stortinget.no. Thank you!

12/27/2018 VEGAN POLITICIAN WILL DONATE HALF OF HIS SALARY TO ANIMAL CHARITIES IF ELECTED

Vegan politician Michael Dello-Iacovo is running for a seat on Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state parliament in the Heffron electoral district during the 2019 election. Running as a member of the Animal Justice Party (AJP), Dello-Iacovo is pursuing a Ph.D. in space science and formerly worked as the CEO of nonprofit Effective Altruism Australia. "In 2016, I took a public pledge to donate everything I earn over $45,000 AUD ($31,998 USD) per year to effective charities," Dello-Iacovo said. "If elected, this means I’d be splitting over $50,000 AUD ($35,554 USD) each year across charities working to help those most in need. It would be a privilege to be able to use any extra money I have to make a real difference in the world." AJP was established in 2009 with the mission of promoting animal-rights and social justice issues within Australian politics. "I want to ensure that those who don't get a vote—animals, the environment, and future generations—are represented in our political system," Dello-Iacovo said. "I see standing for the Animal Justice Party as an opportunity to get important issues that affect us, our future generations, and the animals in our care into parliament." The election will be held on March 23 to replace all 93 seats in the NSW Legislative Assembly and 21 out of the 42 seats in NSW Legislative Council. (vegnews.com)

12/24/2018 MIRKO FILIPOVIC SHOWS HIS GREAT HEART ONCE AGAIN

Legendary Croatian fighter Mirko Filipovic is a big lover of dogs. Recently he adopted a dog called Megy from a shelter 'Friends' in Čakovec, Croatia. But his kindness did not stop here. A few days before Christmas he donated 13 thousand kuna (about 2000 dollars) to the shelter for roof repair on a building where injured, sick and operated dogs stay for recovery. Mrs. Hampamer from the shelter said: "I was left speechless. When you are a legend, you truly are a legend." Mirko sent a message to people: "Love and gratitude that adopted dogs show is incredible. Adopt, don't shop!" (novilist.hr)

12/21/2018 DENMARK'S "CITY OF SMILES" TO OFFER VEGAN FOOD AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

The majority of city council members in Aarhus, Denmark support a motion to make vegan food an option at all public institutions, including nursing homes and pre-school daycare centers. Under the proposal, city-run institutions would be mandated to offer a vegan option but would still be permitted to serve meals with meat and dairy. Councilors believe serving plant-based meals is an important step in the city's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. "Meat plays a major role in climate considerations so we naturally want to make a statement as a municipality by offering our residents plant-based food," Aarhus City Councillor Liv Gro Jensen told media outlet Politiken. Governments around the world are considering legislation that places emphasis on plant-based meal options. (vegnews.com)

12/19/2018 CHINA'S VEGAN POPULATION IS LARGEST IN THE WORLD

Public Radio International recently covered the growing vegan trend in China, reporting on the sustainable sensibilities among the Eastern country's masses that are a response to the greenhouse gas emissions and polluted waterways resulting from the increasing number of factory farms. PRI interviewed Chinese pop star Long Kuan, who helped kickstart the country's vegan movement. Kuan told the news source that the younger generation is more conscious of the environment as well as the well-being of animals, and she says that with the ever-expanding number of vegan options, ranging from steak to pizza to fish, giving up animal products is easier than ever. According to PRI, 4 to 5 percent of the Chinese population is cruelty-free, which means more than 50 million people no longer eat meat or dairy—this is a larger number of herbivores than in the US. (vegnews.com)

12/18/2018 VEGANISM IS NOW "COOL" ACCORDING TO SOCIAL SCIENTISTS

Australian social researchers Michelle Phillipov and Katherine Kirkwood say being vegan is now considered "cool", and most people no longer think eating meat makes men more masculine. Their new book, Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream, examines the impact of popular media and culture on contemporary food trends and politics, covering topics such as food-technology startups, social justice projects, and the influence of celebrities and cooking shows on dietary trends. A chapter—co-authored by academics Stephen Harrington, Christy Collis, and Ozgur Dedehayir—is dedicated to the increasing popularity of plant-based diets and the shift in perception that has helped push veganism into the spotlight. "Their chapter argues that entertainment has played a key role in softening perceptions of veganism and fostering a heightened awareness of the broader implications of dietary choice," Kirkwood said. "Popular documentaries like Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, and What the Health have shone a light on the environmental and health benefits. At the same time, media personalities like Rich Roll have helped popularize plant-based diets and re-define the links between meat and masculinity." (vegnews.com)

12/17/2018 FINLAND GETS ITS FIRST ALL-VEGAN BURGER CHAIN

Finland-based burger shop Bun2Bun recently removed all animal products from the menu of its three Helsinki locations to become the nation's first all-vegan burger chain. The chain now uses Beyond Burger patties and non-dairy condiments in place of their animal-based counterparts to send a message to other businesses that a fully vegan menu is easy and beneficial. "As an entrepreneur, I need to do my part as well for the environment," Bun2Bun co-owner Pertti Kallioinen told local media outlet News Now Finland. "Changing the whole thing to vegan is maybe a small step for something bigger." Bun2Bun is currently offering four burger varieties— "juicy ones and classic ones"—but plans to expand its menu in the near future. "The bottom line is that no animals were harmed in making these burgers," Kallioinen said. "[Veganism] is the future. It's not even the future, it's today." (vegnews.com)

12/14/2018 LEWIS HAMILTON IS VEGAN FOR THE ANIMALS

This week, world champion Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton shared a moving post on Instagram. Hamilton posted a photo of a deceased mother pig and her piglets, disposed of in a trash bin with the statement, "This is the price of your bacon." Hamilton—who adopted a vegan lifestyle last year—captioned the post to explain his stance against animal agriculture. "We all have a voice, I have this platform and so to not use it correctly would be wrong of me," Hamilton said. "Nobody is perfect, I certainly am not, but this is actually happening every day to so many animals worldwide. This is why I have decided to go to a vegan plant-based diet, been over a year now. Yes, it's hard, nothing [is] ever easy but I've felt the best I've ever felt for the past year." In July, Hamilton posted an Instagram story to draw attention to the number of animals exploited for food, urging his seven million followers to go vegan. (vegnews.com)

12/12/2018 IDAHO JUDGE RULES STATE'S AG-GAG LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL

This week, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to strike down provisions of an "ag-gag" law, ruling that Idaho's ban on recording conditions at factory farms and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights. Idaho initially passed legislation in 2014 that banned filming practices at animal agriculture operations after animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals released footage of rampant animal cruelty at Idaho's Bettencourt Dairy—and the state's $2.5 billion dairy industry complained that the videos unfairly hurt their businesses. Drafted by the Idaho Dairymen's Association, the law would have criminalized investigative public interest journalism. A lawsuit was filed the same year by a coalition of public interest groups and journalists led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and it has been an ongoing court battle since then. "Idaho is singling out for suppression one mode of speech—audio and video recordings of agricultural operations—to keep controversy and suspect practices out of the public eye," the court ruled. Idaho has been ordered to pay $260,000 to the ALDF and others involved in the case. (vegnews.com)

12/10/2018 OVER 300 PEOPLE ON THE 2ND MARCH FOR ANIMALS!

On Saturday, December 2018, over 300 friends of animals from Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia gathered on a rainy day in Zagreb to celebrate International Animal Rights Day together and bring attention to the injustice that happens to animals every day. The long and loud march, organized by Animal Friends Croatia and Udruga Pobjede, went for almost two hours through the center of Zagreb and, apart from its loudness and smoke fountains, was marked with the largest (3 x 9 meters) vegan flag in history! Please check and share photos by Ana Mihalic, Uros Modlic and Jelena Rasic from the 2nd March for Animals in Croatia! Animal Friends Croatia thanks all the supporters from Croatia and abroad!

12/07/2018 CHANEL BANS FUR AND EXOTIC SKIN

Iconic fashion brand Chanel announced it would no longer use fur and skins derived from crocodiles, lizards, and snakes after pressure from PETA. Chanel acknowledges these animal skins cannot be sourced ethically and no longer meet company's standards. The company characterized its new policy as "an opportunity to create a new generation of high-end products." With this decision, they joined a growing list of fashion labels that have banned the use of fur and other animal products in recent years. (vegnews.com)

12/05/2018 CANADA AIMS FOR WORLD DOMINATION IN PLANT-BASED PROTEIN SECTOR

Canada is aiming to corner the global market for plant-based protein with an investment of $153 million from a Protein Industries Canada Supercluster established this year by the federal government. Three of the country's provinces—Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—are already some of the world's biggest producers of high-protein pulses such as peas and lentils. These provinces could get a boost as global demand for plant-based proteins—valued at $8 billion in 2017—is projected to nearly double over the next five years, according to non-partisan think-tank Canada West Foundation (CWF). "Unlike other superclusters, this one is not aspirational," CWF director, trade and investment policy Carlo Dade said. "Our goal is total world domination." The supercluster is intended to fund innovation in Canada's plant-based food sector, and is an initiative that was chosen over another supercluster proposal focused on animal farming. The protein supercluster aims to create 4,500 new jobs and contribute $4.5 billion to the country's GDP within 10 years. (vegnews.com)

12/03/2018 128 MILLION TONS OF MILK ARE DUMPED GLOBALLY EVERY YEAR

Approximately 116 million tonnes (128 million tons) of milk are wasted annually, according to new research conducted on behalf of The Guardian by Edinburgh University. While consumers and retailers are responsible for 66 million tons of wasted milk, 55 million tons are discarded during production and distribution—pointing to the fact that the dairy industry is not only cruel to cows but also highly inefficient. Despite a steady decline in milk consumption since the 1970s coupled with a booming increase in plant-based milk consumption, the dairy industry in the United States continues to produce more milk than it can sell. In the first five months of 2017, farmers in the Midwest and Northeast alone purged 78 million gallons of milk—an increase of 86 percent from the surplus milk purge of 2016. Savvy farmers are exiting the dairy business, including Elmhurst which operated as a dairy company in New York for 90 years before transitioning its business to produce profitable plant-based milk products. (vegnews.com)

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