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If the pharmaceutical industry produced a pill that provided the healing power of a plant-based diet, it would be a blockbuster. Dr. Rob Ostfeld, Cardiologist

In this edition...

Video of the Month
  Dr. Neal Barnard was my Uber driver

Top Stories
  New Zealand's first vegan Governor General sworn in
  31 reasons to ditch meat for vegetarian awareness month
  The New York Times examines food issues

Health and Environment
  Hospital Chief of Cardiology goes vegan
  The link between bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer
  Food as medicine - helped by technology - is a massive trend
  Ireland's former president urges young leaders to go vegan
  Interview with Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson

Lifestyles and Trends
  Meet the 10-year-old vegan taking the boxing world by storm
  15 dishes not to serve vegetarians
  UK dairy industry panics as youngsters shun drinking milk
  Animal-free dairy products move a step closer to market

Signs of the Times
  Investors urge major food companies to shift from meat to plants
  New York restaurant goes vegan, sales double
  From cattle rancher to sanctuary founder

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  Big dairy slaughtered half a million cows to raise milk prices
  Animal sentience: Dolphins recorded having a conversation 'just like two people'
  Judging compassion: The Criminal trial of Toronto Pig Save's Anita Krajnc
  Why do we emotionally disconnect from chickens?
  Adorable images that prove true love exists in the animal world
 

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  Video of the Month    


Dr. Neal Barnard was my Uber driver
Video source: Lani Muelrath

Travel along with Lani Muelrath, champion of plant-based, active, mindful living, and Dr. Neil Barnard, founder of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. The two discuss healthy living and their not-to-be missed books on an entertaining drive - they even listen to some of Dr. Bernard's own music - who knew he was also a rock star?   Watch video...

Lani Muelrath - September 22
 
  Top Stories    

New Zealand's first vegan Governor General sworn in
Full story: VegNews

Dame Patsy Reddy [recently] became New Zealand's Governor General. The first vegan-and third female-to ever hold that office celebrated with a plant-based banquet featuring menu items such as shiitake mushroom consomme, crispy fried tofu with lemongrass, chilli and black vinegar, and, for dessert, citrus syrup cake with date and cacao filo. "It's just quite exciting to hear we have a vegan Governor General," spokesperson for Vegan Society in New Zealand Claire Insley said. "I'm sure it will help to bring it into the mainstream."   Read more...

VegNews - October 3

31 reasons to ditch meat for vegetarian awareness month
Full story: Care2

In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month, here are 31 reasons - one for each day of the month - to eat more plants and skip the meat...   Read more...

Care2 - September 30

The New York Times examines food issues
Full story: New York Times Magazine

The depth and breadth of the U.S. food industry is examined in the NYT "food issue" - from heart-wrenching photos (including factory farmed animals and rows on rows of dairy calves in individual confining stalls) to articles about the awesome power of big ag over the food supply and lawmakers who are supposed to regulate it, to the grinding undercover work of a "Compassion Over Killing" investigator, this issue is worth a look. [The link takes you to the impressive photos, followed by links to the other articles.]   Read more...

New York Times Magazine - October 9
 
  Health and Environment    

Hospital Chief of Cardiology goes vegan
Full story: VegNews

After realizing that meat consumption was negatively affecting his heart health, New York's Highland Hospital Chief of Cardiology has adopted a plant-based diet. Since his transition, the cardiologist lost 57 pounds, and has become an advocate for plant-based education. On a recent interview on the podcast "Connections," Teeters spoke to the fact that most medical professionals are ill-informed when it comes to proper nutrition.   Read more...

VegNews - September 18

The link between bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer
Video source: NutritionFacts.org

As many as 37 per cent of human breast cancer cases may be attributable to exposure to bovine leukemia virus [through milk or undercooked meat. Holy cow!]   Watch video...

NutritionFacts.org - October 10

Food as medicine - helped by technology - is a massive trend
Full story: Forbes

Nearly a thousand health care providers gathered in Anaheim last week for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Attendance has more than quadrupled since its inception just four years ago, and doctors from more than a dozen countries were there. It's part of a growing trend to help healthcare providers learn more about the positive impact diet and lifestyle has on patient health.   Read more...

Forbes - September 28

Ireland's former president urges young leaders to go vegan
Full story: VegNews

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson spoke at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada where she urged attendees to change their eating habits in an effort to achieve "climate justice." The impetus behind the former Irish president's speech was the Paris Agreement on climate change signed in April asking nations around the world to reduce their carbon footprint. The former president currently serves as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.   Read more...

VegNews - September 30

Interview with Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson
Full story: Guardian

Q: What can people do to support your work? A:Stop eating the ocean. Don't eat anything out of the ocean - there is no such thing as a sustainable fishery. If people eat meat, make sure it's organic and isn't contributing to the destruction of the ocean because 40 per cent of all the fish that's caught out of the ocean is fed to livestock - chickens on factory farms are fed fish meal. And be cognizant of the fact that if the oceans die, we die. Therefore our ultimate responsibility is to protect biodiversity in our world's oceans.   Read more...

Guardian - Archives

More Health and Environment News:
How did doctors not know the risks of hormone therapy?
NutritionFacts.org (September 21)
You could be eating endangered fish without knowing it
Care2 (September 16)
If you love otters you should stop eating fish
Care2 (September 14)

 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Meet the 10-year-old vegan taking the boxing world by storm
Full story: QNS, NY

Ra-leek Born, the 10-year-old [U.S.] boxing sensation, is already turning heads and winning tournaments at such a young age. As a way to take his training to the next level, Ra-leek asked his father if he could become vegan since he heard many boxers and trainers say that going vegan was great for boxers. After agreeing to change up his eating habits to support his son's wishes, there was an unexpected benefit for the older Born. My life has completely changed. I lost 60 pounds and I no longer take any [diabetes] medication.   Read more...

QNS, NY - August 16

15 dishes not to serve vegetarians
Full story: GoodFood, Australia

After the vegetarian revolution, the following dishes will be terminated with extreme prejudice: 1. Pumpkin risotto, 2. Mushroom risotto, 3. Any vegetable risotto...   Read more...

GoodFood, Australia - October 4

UK dairy industry panics as youngsters shun drinking milk
Full story: Mirror, UK

Milk sales could sour as teenagers are shunning the British staple for trendy non-dairy versions like soya and almond milk. Industry leaders have warned farmers are facing a crisis as vegan diets followed by stars such as pop idols Miley Cyrus and Ellie Goulding are behind young people losing their taste for milk, cheese and eggs.   Read more...

Mirror, UK - September 7

Animal-free dairy products move a step closer to market
Full story: Guardian, UK

After lab-grown meat, get ready for animal-free cow's milk. Through a combination of yeast, cow DNA and plant nutrients, Perfect Day claims to have created a product identical in taste and nutritional value to cow's milk, but without any udders involved.   Read more...

Guardian, UK - September 13

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
NFL says vegan players are 'breaking the mold'
VegNews (September 30)
Five vegan pot pie recipes - yum!
ChooseVeg (September 23)
A veggie burger that 'bleeds' might convince some carnivores to eat green
PRI (September 23)
The vegans who'll only date vegans
Vice (October 10)

 
  Signs of the Times    

Investors urge major food companies to shift from meat to plants
Full story: Reuters

A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. Among the companies targeted were Kraft Heinz, Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Walmart, a statement by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative, which organized the investor group, said.   Read more...

Reuters - September 26

New York restaurant goes vegan, sales double
Full story: Mercy for Animals Blog

New York City restaurateur Ravi DeRossi, who is working to turn nearly all of his 15 restaurants and bars vegan, says food sales at cocktail bar Mother of Pearl have doubled since it went vegan.   Read more...

Mercy for Animals Blog - September 21

From cattle rancher to sanctuary founder
Full story: The Dodo

Mike Lanigan was just a kid when he moved with his family to a farm. And for the next few decades, the sprawling site in Uxbridge, Canada, operated like a lot of farms - raising animals to sell as meat in the local market. [Click on the heartwarming video at the link.]   Read more/Watch video...

The Dodo - September 7

More Signs of the Times:
U.S. prisons to offer vegan meals
VegNews (September 25)

 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

Big dairy slaughtered half a million cows to raise milk prices
Full story: Care2

To ensure less milk reached the market [forcing prices up], between 2003 and 2010, [dairy industry] groups allegedly bought out entire herds of cows from smaller, struggling dairy farmers. Those cows were killed. "This cow-killing program exploited both the animals and the consumers, and resulted in the early deaths of half a million cows," said Compassion Over Killing general counsel Cheryl Leahy.

Milk drinkers, yogurt spooners, cheese munchers - at what point do you put down your foot and say enough is enough? How bad does it have to get before you stop lining the pockets of Big Diary? Now you know that they're not only tormenting and killing animals, they're apparently colluding to take your money. Will you shrug and remain their customer anyway?   Read more...

Care2 - September 12

Animal sentience: Dolphins recorded having a conversation 'just like two people'
Full story: Telegraph, UK

Two dolphins have been recorded having a conversation for the first time after scientists developed an underwater microphone which could distinguish the animals' different "voices." Researchers at the Karadag Nature Reserve, in Feodosia, Ukraine, recorded two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, called Yasha and Yana, talking to each other in a pool. They found that each dolphin would listen to a sentence of pulses without interruption, before replying.   Read more...

Telegraph, UK - September 11

Judging compassion: The Criminal trial of Toronto Pig Save's Anita Krajnc
Full story: Elizabeth Abbott Blog

The young pig at the outer edge of the immobile transport truck bearing him to slaughter was so terrified and parched that his mouth was foaming. But when the truck stopped at a traffic light and animal activist Anita Krajnc thrust an open water bottle through a ventilation opening, he raised his snout and slurped until the traffic light turned green and the truck revved up and veered around toward the slaughterhouse across the road... [Also check out Elizabeth's latest book 'Dogs and Underdogs']   Read more...

Elizabeth Abbott Blog - October 5

Why do we emotionally disconnect from chickens?
Full story: World Animal Protection

Chickens are emotional beings that can feel empathy. Gemma Carder, World Animal Protection's Sentience Manager, explains why so many humans experience emotional disconnection from chickens, and have such complex attitudes towards them.   Read more...

World Animal Protection - September 2

Adorable images that prove true love exists in the animal world
Full story: Blahparazzi

Science has proven that many mammals can form strong attachments to each other and their human caregivers. These attachments are a form of real love - so two cute animals palling around is more than just for protection- it's because they love each other! [Also see Elephants reunited after 20 years.]   Read more...

Blahparazzi - Archives

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Humane Society warns Trump presidency would be 'threat to animals everywhere'
Care2 (October 10)
Meet the 'cat man of Aleppo' who cares for abandoned cats
Care2 - includes link to BBC video (October 3)
CITES update: Huge wins for parrots, rhinos, sharks; lions, elephants gain some ground
IFAW (October 3)
Massachusetts [U.S.] voters about to pass historic animal protection law
Huffington Post (October 6)
Four animals who mourn their dead
Care2 (October 8)


Also of interest:

Events
International Monsanto Tribunal - The Hague, October 14 - 16
Complete list of global VegFests - thanks to Meatout Mondays for this!

Sites/Petitions:
Petition to end grinding up of live male chicks in Canada
Online vegan food drive
Petition to help end chicken suffering from World Animal Protection
RescueDiaries on YouTube

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