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Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. - Albert Schweitzer

In this edition...

Featured Video
  The secret reason we eat meat

Health
  Seven good things that happen when you stop eating meat
  Video: Doctors prefer profits to healthy patients
  Antibiotic of last resort faces new superbug threat
  Video: Starch/sugar don't make you fat - fat does!
  The egg industry: Exposing a source of food poisoning

Environment
  Jane Goodall on the threat of animal agriculture, climate change denial & why she's a vegetarian
  Overfishing causing global catches to fall three times faster than estimated

Lifestyles and Trends
  Video: Making savory and filling vegan bites
  Australian vegan wins big at UK snooker championship
  16 food trends that prove 2016 is #TheYearOfVegan
  Beyond Popcorn: Cooking with nutritional yeast - beyond popcorn

Signs of the Times
  Survey: Vegan options up 63 per cent on U.S. college campuses
  Clean pints: Why Britain is thirsty for vegan beer
  New survey: Half of omnivores drink plant-based milks

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  Video: Watch as a bull feels freedom for the first time
  Israel's Agriculture Ministry orders installation of cameras in all slaughterhouses
  10 animals forced to live in cramped spaces for their entire lives
  Animal sentience: What does a parrot know about PTSD?
  Australia Day lamb ad attracts dozens of complaints from vegans
 

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  Featured Video    

The secret reason we eat meat
Video source: Beyond Carnism

In this entertaining video, psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy, founder of Beyond Carnism and author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, explains why we are comfortable eating some animals but not others.   Watch video...

Beyond Carnism - December 16
 
  Health    

Seven good things that happen when you stop eating meat
Full story: Forks Over Knives

People go plant-based for lots of reasons. These include losing weight, feeling more energetic, reducing the risk of heart disease, decreasing the number of pills they take ... there are dozens of great reasons! For even more inspiration, check out these other benefits you can expect when you go plant-based...   Read more...

Forks Over Knives - January 12

Video: Doctors prefer profits to healthy patients
Full story: VegSource

James Bennie MD learned how to cure patients of diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and many other conditions - using a plant-based diet. Some of his colleagues object because Bennie is messing up the model of how to make money as a doctor. If people don't stay sick, doctors don't make money. Seriously. Just listen to what Dr. Bennie has had to contend with...   Watch video...

VegSource - February 3

Antibiotic of last resort faces new superbug threat
Full story: Take Part

Widespread use of antibiotics in industrial agriculture to promote the growth of livestock and prevent disease in overcrowded factory farms has been fingered as the key culprit in the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Now, a heavy-hitting antibiotic that doctors have relied on as a last-ditch treatment for some of the worst superbugs appears in danger of losing its effectiveness as well - and it is losing it quickly.   Read more...

Take Part - January 12

Video: Starch/sugar don't make you fat - fat does!
Watch video: VegSource

Fat you eat is fat you wear. Short excerpt from Dr. McDougall's presentation on Maximum Weight Loss Program.   Read more...

VegSource - January 18

The egg industry: Exposing a source of food poisoning
Full story: Dr. McDougall

A clear explanation of the effects of eggs on cholesterol and overall health and why you have to be very careful in reading studies funded by the industry.   Read more...

Dr. McDougall - January

Related/More Health News:
21 things the egg industry doesn't want you to see
Collective Evolution (January 16)
'Changing my diet transformed my MS'
Stuff, NZ (January 7)

 
  Environment    

Jane Goodall on the threat of animal agriculture, climate change denial & why she's a vegetarian
Video source: Democarcy Now

"If you read the facts, I don't see how you can come to any other conclusion but that it's our misuse of fossil fuels, the emissions-from agriculture, from industry, from households - the vast impact that's being made by this intensive farming of animals. And in order to feed the billions and billions of cows and pigs and chickens, even if you don't care about the cruelty, even if you refuse to admit that these are individuals with feelings, who feel pain and have emotions, even if you don't admit that, you have to admit huge areas of forest are cut down to grow grain to feed them." [As always Jane Goodall is sensible and fascinating - highly recommended! Jane is the author of Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey among other enlightening books.]   Watch video...

Democarcy Now - January 14

Overfishing causing global catches to fall three times faster than estimated
Full story: Guardian, UK

Global fish catches are falling three times faster than official UN figures suggest, according to a landmark new study, with overfishing to blame. The study shows the annual catches between 1950 and 2010 were much bigger than thought, but that the decline after the peak year of 1996 was much faster than official figures.   Read more...

Guardian, UK - January 19
 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Video: Making savory and filling vegan bites
Video source: CBS Sacremento, CA, U.S.

Lani Muelrath, author of the recent acclaimed book The Plant-based Journey, shows how easy it is to make robust, savory and filling plant-based eats that will have you exclaiming "I can't believe it's vegan!"   Watch video...

CBS Sacremento, CA, U.S. - January 12

Australian vegan wins big at UK snooker championship
Full story: VegNews

Neil Robertson went vegan earlier this year to "get the most out of [his] career." At the recent United Kingdom's snooker championship, Robertson cleared the table of balls in one continuous 14-minute run, and earned the coveted highest break score of 147. Robertson went on to win the entire series and is the only Australian to have won a world-ranking event.   Read more...

VegNews - December 30

16 food trends that prove 2016 is #TheYearOfVegan
Full story: PeTA

2016 is officially #TheYearOfVegan, and these top food trends prove that a new era in food is upon us as more people avoid animal-derived ingredients, which are cruelly produced, unhealthy, and environmentally devastating...   Read more...

PeTA - January 21

Beyond Popcorn: Cooking with nutritional yeast - beyond popcorn
Full story: Bon Appétit

Over the past few years, nutritional yeast has staged a valiant crossover from the dusty corner shelves of natural food stores into many a mainstream pantry. These golden flakes high in protein and made from deactivated yeast - have a savory, almost cheesy flavor that has long made it a popular ingredient in vegan recipes looking to mimic the taste of cheese. But it's much more than just a popcorn topping...   Read more...

Bon Appétit - January 6

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
Top 10 reasons to go vegan in 2016
In Defense of Animals (December 30)
25 ways not to be a vegan jerk
Rabble.ca (December 21)
Sizzling steaks may soon be lab-grown
Wall Street Journal (February 1)

 
  Signs of the Times    

Survey: Vegan options up 63 per cent on U.S. college campuses
Full story: VegNews

A new poll conducted by peta2 - the youth division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - revealed that daily vegan options across college campuses have increased by 63 per cent since 2013.   Read more...

VegNews - December 8

Clean pints: Why Britain is thirsty for vegan beer
Full story: Telegraph

As drinks industry heavyweight Guinness goes vegan-friendly, Gareth May explores the growing trend for breweries catering for clean-living punters.   Read more...

Telegraph - January 8

New survey: Half of omnivores drink plant-based milks
Full story: VegNews

A recent survey reveals that non-dairy beverages are growing in popularity amongst non-vegans due to health, environmental, and ethical concerns.   Read more...

VegNews - January 22

More Signs of the Times:
Vegan brownie named top chocolate dessert in New York City
VegNews (January 8)
First vegan butcher shop opens in U.S.
Huffington Post (January 13)

 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

Video: Watch as a bull feels freedom for the first time
Video source: Viral Nova

Millions of cows live in horrifyingly small, narrow cages. Their lives are cramped and unfulfilling. It's an extreme form of abuse that is rarely documented, but it's abuse nonetheless. So when this bull is set free from his confines, he does a celebratory dance that can give you a look into the mind of one of these poor, unfortunate, yet awesome beasts.   Watch video...

Viral Nova - January 5

Israel's Agriculture Ministry orders installation of cameras in all slaughterhouses
Full story: December 28

Aiming to curb abuse cases at the country's slaughterhouses, Israel's Agriculture Ministry has ordered the installation of cameras at all such facilities. The devices will stream live footage to a central ministry control room.   Read more...

December 28 - Jerusalem Post

10 animals forced to live in cramped spaces for their entire lives
Full story: Care2

Imagine spending your entire life in your bathtub, and no matter how much you want to, you can't get out. By categorizing some animals as 'necessary for medical research' or as 'food animals' they are born into a system where there is no hope of having any quality of life whatsoever. Here are 10 animals that have to live this reality every day...   Read more...

Care2 - January 16

Animal sentience: What does a parrot know about PTSD?
Full story: New York Times

An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence.   Read more...

New York Times - January 28

Australia Day lamb ad attracts dozens of complaints from vegans
Full story: Australia Broadcasting Corporation

It has clocked up over 400,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded just two days ago and has gone viral on social media, but not everyone is happy with the latest lamb ad from Meat and Livestock Australia.   Read more...

Australia Broadcasting Corporation - January 19

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Humane meat's dirty little secret
Care2 (February 3)
Happy endings: Escaped goat and cow find sanctuary
New York Magazine (January 22)
11 pigs that will help you quit bacon this year
Cute alert - Care2 (January 1)
Op-ed: The secrecy promoted by ag-gag laws should have no place in American society
New York Times (February 1)
Slaughterhouse work is so horrible, Canada canít find anyone to do it
May ask already traumatized refugees - Care2 (January 29)


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