February 2011
In this edition...

Top Stories
  Mark Bittman: A food manifesto for the future
  Oprah and 378 staffers go vegan
  World's premier food services provider rolls out Meatless Monday
  Out to lunch with Kathy Freston: The vegan monologues

Health - Living Longer & Better
  Fiber-rich diet linked to longevity
  Top 25 foods for longevity
  Never too late to live longer
  John Robbins: Chocolate's startling health benefits

Environment
  Warning of 'global suicide,' UN head calls for revolution to ensure sustainable development
  The Livewell diet: It's cheap, it's nutritious and it could help save the planet
  The elephants in the room, or a direct way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  Fish demand reaches all-time high but global stocks still low - UN agency
  Ethicist Peter Singer: Does helping the planet hurt the poor?

Lifestyles and Trends
  Veggie celebs: For Def Leppard's Phil Collen, making muscles is as important as making music
  Eat less meat in 'Veguary'
  Ironman triathlete says vegan diet is best for athletes
  Rise of the 'hegans'
  Flexitarian and plantatarian - 21st century dimensions

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  In the time it takes to read this, nearly 20,000 farm animals will die (and that's just in Canada)
  Japan suspends whale hunt after 'harassment' by activists
  Zoo gorillas go on plant-based diet and reverse heart disease

Books and Perspectives
  Drought, depleted food, a recipe for revolution
  Our bond with animals
  Comfortably unaware - not after you read this book

Of Note - Recipes, Videos, Blogs, Calls to Action, More
 
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(Excerpts are included from current news stories. Click on the "Full story" link to read the full article.)
  Top Stories    

Mark Bittman: A food manifesto for the future
Full story: New York Times

We've come to recognize that our diet is unhealthful and unsafe. Many food production workers labor in difficult, even deplorable, conditions, and animals are produced as if they were widgets. It would be hard to devise a more wasteful, damaging, unsustainable system. Here are some ideas - frequently discussed, but sadly not yet implemented - that would make the growing, preparation and consumption of food healthier, saner, more productive, less damaging and more enduring...   Read more...

New York Times - February 2

Oprah and 378 staffers go vegan
Full story: OWN

On February 1st, Oprah and 378 of her employees decided to try a positive diet change... the team went vegan for a week. The result? Success! Oprah and her staff lost a total of 444 pounds that week. Guests on the show included celebrities like vegan advocate and author Kathy Freston and anti factory farming author Michael Pollan. However, we think the best part was hearing the everyday experiences of the staffers.   Read more...

OWN - February 1

World's premier food services provider rolls out Meatless Monday
Full story: Huffington Post

It's a little hard to believe. Just two years ago there was a single blogger talking about the merits of Meatless Monday. And [now], Sodexo, the world's premier food services provider - serving 10 million customers daily - rolls out Meatless Monday across the [United States]. For the Meatless Monday movement, this is a big deal. Sodexo will now add and promote plant-based entrees at its 900+ hospital accounts. Its nearly 2000 corporate clients and 175 government sites will follow. And then in the fall, Sodexo's 650 college campuses, nearly 500 school districts and 150 private schools will implement Meatless Monday.   Read more...

Huffington Post - January 24

Out to lunch with Kathy Freston: The vegan monologues
Full story: Vanity Fair

I was a little early for my vegan lunch with [author] Kathy Freston at her favorite restaurant, Candle 79, not far from her town house on the East Side of Manhattan, and I couldn't help but think, in my carnivorous way, that this might be the place for Kathy, but not, alas, for me... Our vegan lunch was strange to me, I must say, though some of the dishes we shared were indeed delicious. Time has passed since then, and I have read an influential work that Kathy recommended - The China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell - which redefines what we think of as healthy nutrition. And it seems to me now that the case for eating meat is about as convincing as the old arguments in favor of smoking. I will never become an alfalfa-and-brown-rice man, but since my lunch with Kathy Freston I have decided to give up eating all meat.   Read more...

Vanity Fair - February
 
  Health - Living Longer & Better    

Fiber-rich diet linked to longevity
Full story: Wall Street Journal

People who consumed higher amounts of fiber, particularly from grains, had a significantly lower risk of dying over a nine-year period compared to those who consumed lower amounts of fiber, according to a new National Institutes of Health study. Fiber, found in whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruits aids the body with bowel movements, lowers blood-cholesterol levels and improves blood glucose levels. The study involved about 388,000 people between ages 50 and 71 years old. Participants who consumed the highest amount of fiber were 22% less likely to die over a nine-year period compared to people who consumed the least amount of fiber. There were also significant reductions in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, as well as infectious and respiratory diseases. Researchers concluded that "a diet rich in dietary fiber from whole plant foods may provide significant health benefits."   Read more...

Wall Street Journal - February 15

Top 25 foods for longevity
Full story: Globe and Mail, Canada

The following 25 incredibly healthy foods have the potential to slow biological aging by acting in a number of ways. They provide unique antioxidants and nutrients that bolster our immune system, they defend against free radicals, they maintain a healthy blood-glucose and insulin level and they help to keep inflammation at bay...[Editor's note: For a healthier source of Omega 3s than salmon, try ground flax seeds, leafy green veggies, walnuts.]   Read more...

Globe and Mail, Canada - January 4

Never too late to live longer
Full story: Dole.com

Say you've made it to the ripe old age of 70 after a lifetime of not-so-great eating habits - why change now? Because you may live longer, new research suggests. Eat healthy after 70 and you'll boost chances of reaching 80 by 24 per cent. While the link between diet and longevity is well studied, many seniors think that after a certain age, what they eat doesn't really matter. Not true, according to a study just published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association... The effects of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle are cumulative - yet also highly responsive to change.   Read more...

Dole.com - January

John Robbins: Chocolate's startling health benefits
Full story: Huffington Post

The food police may find this hard to take, but chocolate has gotten a bad rap. People say it causes acne, that you should eat carob instead, that it's junk food. But these accusations are not only undeserved and inaccurate, they falsely incriminate a delicious food that turns out to have profoundly important healing powers. There is in fact a growing body of credible scientific evidence that chocolate contains a host of heart-healthy and mood-enhancing phytochemicals, with benefits to both body and mind. [Make sure it's dark (not milk) chocolate and fair trade. Check out "Health by Chocolate" by Victoria Laine for scrumptious recipes. ]   Read more...

Huffington Post - February 22

More Health News:
Trimming obesity would save U.S. cities billions in health care costs, study finds
WebMD (February 28)
Mercury levels in fish higher than previously revealed
Triple Pundit (February 8)
Daily diet soda tied to higher risk for stroke, heart attack
61 percent higher risk of vascular events for those who drank diet soda each day, study finds, other factors being equal. - MSNBC (February 10)
Australia: There's a major beef over dietary guidelines
The executive director of the Australian Farm Institute takes exception to new draft guidelines calling for less meat and fish. - Sydney Morning Herald (February 23)
Cancer screening...a very big business
VegSource (February 22)
The organic elite surrenders to Monsanto: What now?
Organic Consumers Association, U.S. (January 27)

 
  Environment    

Warning of 'global suicide,' UN head calls for revolution to ensure sustainable development
Full story: UN News Centre

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on January 28] called for "revolutionary action" to achieve sustainable development, warning that the past century's heedless consumption of resources is "a global suicide pact" with time running out to ensure an economic model for survival. "Let me highlight the one resource that is scarcest of all: Time," he told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in a session devoted to redefining sustainable development. "We are running out of time. Time to tackle climate change. Time to ensure sustainable, climate-resilient green growth. Time to generate a clean energy revolution... We mined our way to growth," he said. "We burned our way to prosperity. We believed in consumption without consequences. Those days are gone. In the 21st century, supplies are running short and the global thermostat is running high."   Read more...

UN News Centre - January 28

The Livewell diet: It's cheap, it's nutritious and it could help save the planet
Full story: Guardian, UK

Can you save the planet over lunch? Can the amount of chicken in your curry or milk in your coffee make a difference? Researchers now claim it can: in fact, they say, if we all switched to eating what they would like to see on our plates, we could cut Britain's greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter and be a lot healthier too. Scientists from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at Aberdeen University have produced a report which they say has established the ideal diet to balance healthy eating with sustainable food. Calling it the Livewell Plate, the researchers, commissioned by the conservation charity WWF, have drawn up a shopping list and a suggested weekly menu to make Britain's dinners greener. They will now lobby the government and the food industry to use the Livewell diet as a blueprint. [Editor's note: While a step in the right direction, we can't help but feel that it's unfortunate so much effort at the official level is being put into a less-than-optimum diet.]   Read more...

Guardian, UK - January 30

The elephants in the room, or a direct way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Full story: On Line Opinion, Australia

Since the recent floods in southeast Australia, there are many recommendations, opinions and discussions in the media on action we should take to avoid similar disasters. Global warming has been widely acknowledged to be responsible for more extreme weather, and while many worthy suggestions have been made, the elephants in the room are rarely mentioned. The elephants in the room are the pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals whose production results in more greenhouse gas emissions than all modes of transport combined - all cars, tractors, trucks, planes and ships in the world added together emit fewer greenhouse gases than livestock farming.   Read more...

On Line Opinion, Australia - January 27

Fish demand reaches all-time high but global stocks still low - UN agency
Full story: UN News Centre

Fish consumption has reached an all-time high and more people than ever are employed in or depend on the fisheries sector, according to a new United Nations report, which also warns that global fish stocks have not improved. "That there has been no improvement in the status of stocks is a matter of great concern," said Richard Grainger, senior fisheries expert at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and one of the editors of the State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture, which was released January 31. According to the report, the contribution of fish to global diets has reached a record of almost 17 kilograms per person on average, supplying over three billion people with at least 15 per cent of their average animal protein intake.   Read more...

UN News Centre - January 31

Ethicist Peter Singer: Does helping the planet hurt the poor?
Full story: Wall Street Journal

In Australia, my country of birth, I was a founding member of the Australian Greens. So balancing poverty reduction and environmental values is important to me. The problem is how to do it... There is a strong moral case for saying that rich nations should cut back on their "luxury emissions" before poor nations have to cut back on "subsistence emissions." No one with any concern for human welfare could ask the world's poor to refrain from increasing their greenhouse gas emissions in order to put more food on the table for their families, when we think little of flying down to the tropics for a winter vacation, emitting more in a week than the typical family in a developing country does in a year. Needs should always take precedence over luxuries. All of us living comfortably in industrialized nations should use more energy from sources other than fossil fuels, use less air-conditioning and less heat, fly and drive less, and eat less meat. And we ought to start doing these things now, for our own sake, for the sake of the global poor and for the sake of future generations everywhere.   Read more...

Wall Street Journal - January 22
 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Veggie celebs: For Def Leppard's Phil Collen, making muscles is as important as making music
Full story: Los Angeles Times

Most people know Phil Collen as the lead guitarist for Def Leppard. But once his shirt comes off, Collen is known for something else - an amazing set of abs. These days Collen gets asked about his fitness routine more than his music, and it's easy to see why. Not every 53-year-old can boast a near-perfect physique [check out the pic at the link], especially while maintaining a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. But then Collen may not be your average rocker. He's been sober for 23 years and a vegetarian for 27 (he recently became a vegan). Fitness followed sobriety, and eventually Collen earned a black belt in Kempo Karate. Collen is now spreading the word about healthful lifestyles. We spoke with the musician recently about his exercise routine and why he's on a mission to get the world fit.   Read more...

Los Angeles Times - January 26

Eat less meat in 'Veguary'
Full story: Toronto Star

It's time to green up one of the year's bleakest months [for those of us north of the equator]. For a handful of converts, that means turning February into Veguary and promoting 28 days of lower meat intake and better health. Lauren Eyton-Jones, a Toronto fitness and nutrition specialist - and meat-eater - dreamed up the idea. Veguary joins other initiatives like Meatless Mondays, says David Alexander, executive director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. "It's a pretty significant undertaking for people planning to participate," he says. "It's about making choices that are healthier and more sustainable." And if hundreds of people participate - even in a limited way - it will make a difference, Alexander says.   Read more...

Toronto Star - January 27

Ironman triathlete says vegan diet is best for athletes
Full story: Ecorazzi

Brendan Brazier is the type of guy you'd want to bring home to meet your folks. He's an Ironman triathlete, bestselling author of The Thrive Diet, creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega, and has also worked with celebs like Hugh Jackman to get them into the best shape of their lives through plant-based diets. The Canadian native was voted one of the 25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians by VegNews Magazine, and one of the Top 40 Under 40 most influential people in the health industry by Natural Food Merchandiser. So, when we asked him if he thinks being vegan makes for a better athlete, he responded, "If it's a properly put together vegan diet I really do. All the top level athletes I know at this point eat a primarily plant based diet."   Read more...

Ecorazzi - February 15

Rise of the 'hegans'
Full story: Post and Courier, SC, U.S.

Eating meat has long been part of the American male identity, and the relationship is perhaps summed up best in humorous TV ads that glorify the bond between meat and masculinity. But the realities of modern life - the obesity epidemic, the exposure of factory farming practices and the environmental price of meat production among other forces - are converging and may start breaking up the marriage between "the guy" and his monster burger. Some high-profile alpha males have converted to a [vegan] diet. The growing ranks of these "power vegans" include former President Bill Clinton, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn, former Montreal Canadiens star Georges Laraque and former Detroit Piston John Salley. Last year, The Boston Globe even coined another term - "hegan" - to describe the trend of middle-age men who eat a plant-based diet, often to the exclusion of animals and animal byproducts, or veganism, but are disinclined to proselytize or join the ranks of veganism's often edgy ethos.   Read more...

Post and Courier, SC, U.S. - February 15

Flexitarian and plantatarian - 21st century dimensions
Full story: VegSource - John Davis, IVU

... I'm certainly NOT saying that younger people are rejecting vegetarianism, just that particular form of it (ovo and/or lacto). It is being squeezed out on both sides by two major trends: 1 - Flexitarians - people who deliberately choose vegetarian food (either ovo-lacto or just plants) for some of their main meals, but not all of them. Commercially-funded research is showing a huge increase in this approach in recent years, almost everywhere in the developed world - the various 'meat-free Monday' campaigns play on this of course. 2 - Plantatarians - (or plantarians if you prefer) - I'm using this to mean people who live wholly on plant foods, including vegans and raw foodists - but many 'plantatarians' are solely concerned with health and diet, so not necessarily sharing all the vegan ethical values.   Read more...

VegSource - John Davis, IVU - February 9

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
Getting into Harvard easier than McDonald's University in China
Bloomberg (January 27)
The Real Jack LaLanne - by John Robbins
Fitness legend Jack LaLanne died recently, at the age of 96. He was a mentor to John Robbins, who writes about him in this moving tribute. - VegSource (November 7)

 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

In the time it takes to read this, nearly 20,000 farm animals will die (and that's just in Canada)
Full story: Vancouver Sun, BC, Canada

Public outrage at the expedient slaughter of 100 inconvenient sled dogs is entirely appropriate and you don't have to be dog lover or an ethics professor to know why. There's another question we should be asking, however. Why do we rise up in collective wrath over something like this while shrugging off the inhumane and unethical treatment of so many other animals? Right now we're upset over the massacre of sled dogs. But by the time you've finished reading this short column, close to 20,000 farm animals will have been slaughtered nationwide, according to Canadian Meat Council statistics. An hour from now, the number of animals killed will be over 75,000. By the end of the day it will be more than 1.8 million. By the end of the week, 12.5 million animals will have been slaughtered. By next February, at least 650 million animals will have been sacrificed to our wants. Troubling numbers live in close confinement under conditions so dreadful they go insane.   Read more...

Vancouver Sun, BC, Canada - February 3

Japan suspends whale hunt after 'harassment' by activists
Full story: Guardian, UK

Japan has temporarily suspended its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic after anti-whaling activists obstructed its fleet's mother ship. Officials in Tokyo have conceded that this year's mission, which had again been the target of international criticism, had not gone as well as hoped and the fleet may be called home early, according to reports. The Japanese fleet is thought to have killed between 30 and 100 whales - a fraction of its quota - since it arrived in Antarctic whaling grounds late last year. The Sea Shepherd's vessel, the Bob Barker, located the fleet as soon as it arrived and has been pursuing the Nisshin Maru as it heads towards the Antarctic peninsula below South America. The harpoon ships are unable to kill whales unless the mother ship is there to process them. Japan is one of three countries that continue to hunt whales - the others are Norway and Iceland - despite opposition from environmental campaigners and countries including Australia and New Zealand.   Read more...

Guardian, UK - February 16

Zoo gorillas go on plant-based diet and reverse heart disease
Full story: Vegsource.com

Let's be honest, folks. Keeping animals locked up for human entertainment is barbaric and should be unacceptable in a so-called civilized society. And instead of being able to eat their natural diets in their unnatural environment, gorillas in zoos are fed human produced junk food. The results are not so surprising for our gorilla cousins; they are becoming as sick and fat as their human relatives. So not unexpectedly, it turns out heart disease is the leading cause of death in adult male gorillas living in zoos. Well, one researcher decided to do something about the gorillas' health problems, and try to improve their health with a plant-strong diet. The results are astounding. After a year on their new high-vegetable-low-processed-food diet, the gorillas are svelte, and healthy -- having each lost 65 pounds after their plant-based switch, even though they're eating twice the calories than before. [Editor's note: The first line of the video says it's hard for anyone to look into the eyes of a gorilla and not recognize a bit of themselves - so, one would wonder how it isn't also recognized how wrong it is to keep them caged in a zoo.]   Read more...

Vegsource.com - February 17

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Factory farmers form 'U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance'
Vegan.com (January 31)
High animal death rates end cloning project
Care2 (February 22)
Germany: Opposition grows to chicken 'mega-farms'
Der Spiegel (February 18)

 
  Books and Perspectives    

Drought, depleted food, a recipe for revolution
Full story: Toronto Star

The world is just one poor grain harvest away from chaos, warns renowned environmentalist and agricultural economist Lester Brown. In his just published World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, he sounds the alarm: on the diversion of grain into ethanol to fuel cars, the growing taste for grain-fed meat in developing countries, the over-pumping of the world's fossil aquifers to irrigate crops, spreading soil erosion, the burgeoning population and, of course, climate change and extreme weather. "The bottom line is, we need to redefine security," says Brown. "If you were to sit down today and start listing the principal threats to our future security - and indeed to civilization itself - it would be climate change, it would be population growth, it would be soil erosion, and it would be rising food prices, growing political instability, and the number of failing states in the world. And then, maybe, military security. But all these other threats are much more real and imminent. We've got some basic rethinking to do."   Read more...

Toronto Star - February 18

Our bond with animals
Full story: HSUS/YouTube

In this video, Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States discusses his forthcoming book, The Bond: Our Kindship With Animals, Our Call To Defend Them. The book examines our contradictory attitudes towards animals and points to a better way forward for the animals and us. [He explains more here and here. You can also watch an excellent interview with Wayne by the World Animal Awareness Society.]   Read more...

HSUS/YouTube - February

Comfortably unaware - not after you read this book
Full story: VegNews Savvy Vegetarian Blog

In Comfortably Unaware, Richard Oppenlander tells the truth about the effects of global depletion and our food choices on the health and environment of planet earth. I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time. Many people who care deeply about the environment have been lulled into believing that they can keep on eating meat and dairy, if only it's organic, local, and grass fed, while saving the environment by turning down the heat, installing fluorescent bulbs, and driving a Prius. I've felt for many years that this makes no sense. Dr. Oppenlander reveals the facts, and efficiently debunks the fairy tales about global depletion, concisely and powerfully.   Read more...

VegNews Savvy Vegetarian Blog - February 4

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What's for dinner?

Vegan Pizza and Salad!

We made our pizza with sliced tomatoes, black olives, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and Daiya vegan cheese. We also love our pizza cheeseless drizzled with a tiny bit of basil olive oil. We served it with a side of green bean salad with yellow peppers and corn. You'll find the recipes on VegE-News along with our own tips for going veggie. Plus this month: An easy to make delicious spicy vegetarian italian sausage from Everyday Dish TV, which would go beautifully with the beet dish featured in episode 9 of Vegucating Robin.
VegE-News recipes and tips
Video: Spicy vegetarian italian sausage
Video: It's all about the beets

Podcasts/Blogs/Websites
This Dish is VEG says that when many people think of the term "vegan" they immediately picture a malnourished, stick-in-the-mud, chopping on a head of lettuce while longing for a Big Mac dipped in cheese sauce. And, of course, as vegans we know that couldn't be farther from the truth. Check out the blog's list of "ten things everyone should know about vegans."
This Dish is Veg - Ten things everyone should know about vegans

The Canadian horse coalition works to help horses and tell their stories - the post below is illustrative and heart-wrenching.
Canadian horse defence coalition blog

We learned about the Canadian horse coalition's blog from C4P - Cause 4 Paws - Animal Rescue weekly e-newsletter. C4P does important rescue and educational work and their weekly message is well-worth receiving. Their emphasis is Canada, but often the issues and opportunities to act go beyond the borders.
C4P Animal Rescue

Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings is a new website featuring real vegan wedding and proposal stories, and resources for all-things-vegan on your big day. As this Care2 post says... If you're vegan and engaged Rose Pedals is the place for you if you don't want the day you dedicate yourself to loving your partner to be a day where you compromise on loving animals. Rose Pedals shows that a vegan wedding can be a beautiful and amazing experience.
Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings

NZ Vegan talks about the amazing transformation of Buda the cat on a vegan diet...
NZ Vegan

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Video shorts (and longs)
This month: A video we've included before but that bears repeating - Gary Yourofsky is a vegan activist who delivers a powerful speech forcing us to confront our beliefs - and imploring us not to "turn away"; if you didn't already know you have to read the labels, this video on blueberries as ingredients from Natural News TV will convince you.
Gary Yourofsky must-see video
Gary's website
TheHealthRanger: Blueberries

Calls to action
100 sled dogs were slaughtered in Canada when business fell off after the Olympics - the petition to ensure the owners are brought to justice is at the link. You can also contact the crown prosecutor: Mr. Robert W.G. Gillen, QC, Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Head of BC prosecution service), Criminal Justice Branch Headquarters, PO Box 9276, Stn. Provincial Government, Victoria, BC, Phone: (country code 1) 250.387.3840, Fax: (country code 1) 250.387.0090
Petition for sled dogs
Article

Dogs Deserve Better is seeking signatures on their petition to end the Iditarod sled dog race - called "The Worst Case Of Animal Cruelty In The U.S." Imagine the suffering dogs endure while racing 1,000 miles in the Iditarod with wind-chill factors as low as minus 50 F. At least 142 dogs have died in the Iditarod.
End Iditarod sled dog race

There is heartbreaking news that the weeks of protests in Egypt have caused a crisis for the animals in the country. Animal welfare groups are desperately trying to keep up with the care of cats, dogs, goats and donkeys that were injured or abandoned during the unrest. However, according to the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) the most tragic victims are the estimated 3,000 horses that were used to carry tourists to the Pyramids. Read more in the article below or click the International Fund for Animal Welfare link to help. We are always grateful that IFAW is there to help the animals when disasters strike around the world. In this case, they are working with ESMA to help.
Egypt's horses are starving - Care2 article
IFAW
Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals

Action for the Protection of Northern Animals is asking for signatures on their petition to close a gaping loophole ("make exceptions for locally accepted or traditional practices") in pending dog legislation in Canada's Northwest Territories.
NWT dog law petition

Boycott palm oil for the love of orangutans says Liberation BC. The palm industry has taken over Borneo and Sumatra, clearing rainforests and important habitat for orangutans. Each year, an estimated 3,000 orangutans (out of a population of only 50,000) are killed by the palm industry. Aside from destroying the homes of these endangered great apes, the palm industry is relentlessly going after the orangutans and purposely killing them. Read more on this blog...
Palm oil and orangutans

Events
World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, April 16 - 24
World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week is the time when activists come together to make a difference for these innocent victims that will suffer and die in laboratories this year. Find or post an event on the website below.
World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week

Veggie Pride Parade, May 15, New York City
NYC is always exciting and fun to visit - and everyone loves a parade!
Veggie Pride Parade

Taking Action for Animals Conference, July 15-18, Washington, DC
The TAFA conference is for veterans and newcomers alike who want to explore opportunities for making a difference for animals.
TAFA conference

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