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Vegan social center HeartCure Collective—the first of its kind in the United Kingdom—will host its grand opening this weekend. The center occupies a converted warehouse in Sheffield, England and features several vegan businesses, activities, and resource tools. Café Vibes Food Co. will serve drinks such as Candy Cane Mocha lattes, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, and other food options, including plant-based Steak n' Chips (potato wedges). The center will feature apparel shop Wild Ones with vegan clothing (some of which is made by HeartCure's own brand), accessories such as purses and wallets, and perfume, along with grocery store Zero Hero, which will stock package-free food and home goods. Inside the center, visitors will find a library stocked with vegan resources, including a computer room, film-editing space, and kids area. HeartCure Collective will also serve as a community event space where it will host animal-rights focused workshops, film screenings, seminars, and fundraising events. (vegnews.com)
Entrepreneur Heather Mills recently took over ownership of a 180,000-square-foot production facility in North East England. The new factory will increase production capacity for Mills' vegan food brand VBites and create approximately 300 jobs, a move Mills' hopes will be profitable for the United Kingdom after it officially departs from the European Union. "I knew I had to try to buy it. This was the most important factory in the area. And I want to do something positive in the Brexit situation," Mills told media outlet The Mirror. "I want this to become the vegan food equivalent of technology's Silicon Valley in California." Mills owns two other VBites production facilities in the United Kingdom where she produces 74 vegan products that are distributed to 20 countries. Mills aims to turn the third facility—formerly occupied by PepsiCo-owned potato-chip brand Walkers—into the largest vegan food production plant in the UK, a plan that is welcomed by local officials. (vegnews.com)
Feature-length documentary A Prayer for Compassion—which examines the connection between religion and veganism—recently hosted test screenings for select groups with plans to officially debut in March 2019. The documentary follows filmmaker Thomas Wade Jackson on a quest across the United States, Morocco, and India to determine if people who identify as religious or spiritual can extend their circle of compassion to include non-human animals. Jackson interviewed individuals of various religions, and notable contributors include Bruce Friedrich, director of the Good Food Institute and a Roman Catholic; Milton Mills, MD, a physician and Seventh Day Adventist; and Will Tuttle, PhD, author of The World Peace Diet and former Zen monk. The documentary was produced in partnership with bestselling author Victoria Moran and Main Street Vegan Productions. (vegnews.com)
Giorgio Locatelli, a chef behind Michelin-starred restaurant Locanda Locatelli in London, added a new vegan menu this month to his restaurant Ronda Locatelli inside the Atlantis The Palm resort in Dubai. The menu draws from the chef's Italian roots and features more than 40 plant-based dishes—the largest vegan menu to be offered by a non-vegan eatery in Dubai, according to local media outlet Aalmeen News Middle East. Diners can choose from appetizers such as insalata di spinaci (a spinach salad accented with vegan cheese and walnuts); eight different pizzas (made with dough that Locatelli ferments for 48 hours); spicy penne arrabbiata; and desserts, such as chocolate cake and coconut ice cream. Luxury resorts around the world are now catering to the changing demands of their clientele, including the Sands Resort Macao that added dishes made with vegan pork replacer Omnipork to 14 of its restaurants this week. (vegnews.com)
Furniture store IKEA polled its Facebook followers to determine which hot dog they prefer to eat after a long shopping trip. "The agony of choice. What do you reward after a successful purchase?" IKEA captioned its poll, which gave fans two options: its traditional meat-based hot dog and its new vegan alternative. After collecting more than 42,000 votes, 57 percent of fans chose the veggie hot dog, with 43 percent opting for the opposing dish. IKEA first tested the prototype of its vegan hot dog—made from kale, red lentils, quinoa, onion, carrots, and spices such as ginger and turmeric—in its Malmö, Sweden location in February. Shortly thereafter, IKEA expanded the option to its European stores where it sold 1 million units in one month. In September, the international chain added the vegan hot dog (with a warning that bun formulations vary by location) to all of its bistro menus at stores across the United States. IKEA is also planning to launch vegan soft-serve in the US next summer. (vegnews.com)
Swedish brand Nudie Jeans will replace its leather patches with vegan paper this fall. "Hey, vegans. Our beef is over," the company announced on social media. Nudie Jeans' website now features a landing page explaining that it is replacing its existing leather back patches with vegan "jarcon" paper. "That's good news if you're a vegan," the company states. "It's even better news if you're a cow." Eliina Brinkberg, Nudie Jeans Corporate Social Responsibility manager, explained that the company chose to replace leather patches with vegan materials due to several concerns. "Even today, the traceability of leather is difficult, and the production processes are resource intense," Brinkberg said. The brand was also motivated to remove leather for ethical reasons. "We know [about] this, and we wanted to find an option [where] leather was not necessary," Brinkberg said about the inherent animal cruelty in the leather industry. (vegnews.com)
11/16/2018 END OF ANIMAL TESTING IS COMING INTO SIGHT
According to Prize Director of Lush cosmetics, Rob Harrison, an end of animal testing is coming into view. Lush has a prize fund of £350,000 aimed to bring forward complete replacement of animal tests. Recently, £50,000 has been awarded to the team behind blinking eye-on-a-chip, which is an invention aimed to aid in drug discovery and replace cruel Draize eye irritation test, which is performed by administering chemicals to rabbit eyes. Researcher and professor Dan Dongeun Huh, who accepted the prize, said that there is an increasing body of evidence pointing to considerable interspecies differences in fundamental biological processes, making major scientific, economic and ethical concerns about animal studies. His eye-on-a-chip caught the imagination of the judges, since it provides a clear vision of what a replacement technology for animal use in science might look like. (plantbasednews.org)
11/15/2018 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER DITCHES FUR!
Iconic French designer Jean Paul Gaultier will no longer use fur in his collections. The designer made the announcement on the French television station Canal+ during a live interview, calling the fur industry "absolutely deplorable." Gaultier's fur ban comes after more than a decade of pressure from animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). "This decision is a sign of the times, as the vast majority of people want nothing to do with items that have come from animals who were caged and electrocuted, or bludgeoned to death or caught in steel traps, many being left to die slowly from blood loss," PETA UK Director of International Programs Mimi Bekhechi said. Gaultier joins a growing number of designers and brands that have recently banned fur from their collections, including Coach, Versace, and Donna Karan/DKNY. (vegnews.com)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently partnered with primatologist Jane Goodall to launch a limited-edition vegan apparel line to support ape conservation. Called "Don't Let Them Disappear," the clothing line is a collaboration between environmental nonprofit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Jane Goodall Institute which works to protect ape species around the globe. The line is available for purchase until November 16 and offers organic t-shirts, a hoodie, and an eco-fleece crewneck sweatshirt—all featuring a unique design inscribed with the words "Don't Let Them Disappear." The merchandise honors five species of apes (gibbons, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans) whose natural habitats have been lost due to human industries such as agriculture, logging, palm oil, gas drilling, and construction, as well as climate change. "It is estimated that orangutans have lost over 80 percent of their habitat in the last 20 years, largely due to fragmentation from the palm oil and wood pulp industries," DiCaprio posted on Facebook. "The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Jane Goodall Institute have teamed up to develop a line of apparel to support teams on the ground working to save this incredible species." DiCaprio, who is an outspoken environmental advocate, has previously invested in vegan brands such as Beyond Meat and HIPPEAS. (vegnews.com)
A recent study by nonprofit organization Good Food Institute (GFI) indicated that nearly 60 million Brazilians—approximately 30 percent of citizens—are actively reducing their consumption of animal products or already identify as vegetarian. The study, which was conducted on 9,000 participants to understand consumer attitudes toward plant-based products in Brazil, showed that 76 percent consider reducing consumption of animal products a positive step. For both vegetarians and "reducetarians" in the study, health and concern for animals were the primary factors for transitioning toward a plant-based diet. "Brazil is currently the world's fifth largest market for healthy food, but, at the same time, it is home to one of the largest animal agriculture industries. [Brazil] represents both an urgent priority and a phenomenal opportunity for food innovation within the plant-based market," Gus Guadagnini, GFI Brazil's managing director said. (vegnews.com)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and a vegan primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall joined together for a worthwhile cause and launched a clothing line named "Don't let them disappear" to support ape conservation. Their aim is to raise awareness for ape conservation and to support teams on the ground working to save them. The clothes feature a unique design and the words "Don't Let Them Dissapear", and are intended to honor the five most iconic species of apes, which include gibbons, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans. The items will be available only for a two-week flash sale. DiCaprio said: "Itis estimated that orangutans have lost over 80% of their habitat in the last 20 years, largely due to fragmentation from the palm oil and wood pulp industries." The proceeds from the clothing line will benefit ape conservation work. (livekindly.co)
11/08/2018 FLORIDA BANS GREYHOUND RACING
Florida voters passed a new amendment which bans greyhound racing in the state. The implemention should be finished by the end of 2020. Interestingly, 11 out of 17 USA's racing tracks currently operate in Florida. Since the state began tracking dog deaths in 2013, it was found that greyhound racing resulted in 493 dogs deaths. Many racing dogs get injured or end up with broken bones. Many agree that it was about time for this industry based on animal exploitation to come to an end. Local shelters and protection groups are working to re-home the state's actively racing dogs, about 8000 of them, as well as about 7000 dogs in training. (vegnews.com)
11/07/2018 TAXING MEAT WOULD SAVE MANY LIVES
Results of a new study published in scientific journal Plos One showed that implementing tax on processed and red meat would save many lives globally. Researches calculated the amount that meat would need to be taxed in 149 countries, in order to reduce the meat consumption related healthcare costs around the world. Implementing a 20% tax on red meat and 110% tax on processed meat in wealthier nations, and smaller tax in poorer countries, would result in annual savings of $170 billion in healthcare costs, and save about 220000 lives. Taxing these items, which were classified as carcinogenic by WHO in 2015, and replacing them with foods such as legumes and vegetables would amount to increased health savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save many animal lives. (vegnews.com, journal.plos.org)
Plant-based physician and nutrition expert Dr. John McDougall has won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the American College of Lifestyle medicine. It is described as the highest honor bestowed on a healthcare pioneer, and it recognizes the significant work done over a long timespan which has advanced the field of Lifestyle medicine. Dr. McDougall has been teaching people how to improve their health through diet for more than 50 years, managing to reverse serious illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and others without the use of drugs. (plantbasednews.org)
New law was passed by parliament in Portugal which bans the use of wild animals in circuses by 2024. The law was approved with the support of both left and right wing lawmakers, and applauded by animal rights groups. This law brings Portugal in line with a dozen other countries including half of Europe which have banned wild animals in circus acts. The law covers about 40 species of animals. Until 2024, circus owners will have to list their wild animals in a register created by the government so they can eventually be placed in wildlife shelters in Portugal or overseas. (phys.org)
United States commercial airline Hawaiian Airlines recently introduced vegan meals in the main cabin of all international flights, with the exception of Tahiti and Tutuila. The new plant-based options, which must be requested at least two days prior to a scheduled flight, are created by the airline's local chefs based on the availability of ingredients and include dishes such as whole-wheat pasta with sauteéd mushrooms, leek ratatouille with tomato sauce, grilled vegetables, and fresh fruit. "Complimentary meals have been a hallmark of our Hawaiian hospitality centered around treating our passengers as if they were guests in our home," Alex Da Silva, Hawaiian Airlines external communications senior manager, told VegNews. "We are always looking for ways to enhance and refine our service to create a memorable experience for everyone on board, and we decided to expand our options with the understanding that a growing number of our guests prefer vegan meals." Hawaiian Airlines joins several international airlines that now offer vegan options due to increasing passenger requests like Australian airline Jetstar and Air New Zealand. (vegnews.com)
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