But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy. - Plutarch (46-120AD)
In this edition...
| Want to save animal lives without going veg? Eat beef
| All this rescued cow wants is her baby
| Vegetarian beef farmer gives herd to animal sanctuary, not slaughter
| Forget stereotypes - meet these vegan bodybuilders
| Obama says drop meat to fight climate change
| Doctors want sugar and 'cancer-causing' foods out of hospitals
| How industrial farming techniques can breed superbugs
| Dutch arrest two suspects as Europe egg scandal spreads
| Interview: Vegan Saudi prince Khaled on ending factory farming to fight climate change
| 10 ways you're hurting the environment and don't know it
| Greener booze
Lifestyles and Trends
| Five unlikely countries where veganism is about to blow up
| We shouldn't shy away from facts about our food
| Podcast: Fake meat class didn't disappoint
Signs of the Times
| Tesla goes cruelty-free with vegan leather car seats
| Vogue names 'vegan' top wedding trend in 2017
| German international school in India goes vegan
Animal Issues and Advocacy
| All slaughterhouses in England to have compulsory CCTV
| Veganism's next goal: Animal-free farming
| Tons of people tweet they are ditching meat after watching new Netflix film
Books and Perspectives
| A life devoted to treating animals with dignity and respect
| Discover how to live joyfully with food
| Mercy for animals founder shares his passion
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|Want to save animal lives without going veg? Eat beef
Video source: Vox
"Go vegan!" and "It's not food, it's violence!" are two rallying cries that animal welfare activists have been chanting for years. But for activist and vegan Matt Ball, the purist ideologies espoused in those mantras might actually work against the goal of reducing and ultimately ending animal slaughter. That's why he co-founded a new organization called One Step for Animals. Their goal is not to get individuals to take on any given lifestyle or diet, but rather to convince as many people as possible to simply stop eating chicken. "It takes over 200 chickens to provide the same number of meals as one steer, and more than 40 chickens to provide the same number of meals as one pig. So if you stopped eating pork or you stopped eating beef and you replaced it with chickens, then you're causing a lot more animals to suffer."
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|All this rescued cow wants is her baby
Video source: Animal Rescue Site/The Dodo
A cow named Maybelle had spent her whole life on a farm as a dairy cow. When it was finally time for her to retire, her owners knew it would be best for her to go to a sanctuary to live out the rest of her days, rather than be sent to slaughter [as usually happens]. When Maybelle first arrived at The Gentle Barn sanctuary, she kept crying, mooing, and pacing around. It was like she had to tell them something, but they weren't exactly sure what.
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|Animal Rescue Site/The Dodo - August 8
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|Vegetarian beef farmer gives herd to animal sanctuary, not slaughter
Full story: Care2
When his father passed away in 2011, Jay Wilde inherited the family dairy farm in Derbyshire, England. But Wilde was deeply troubled. "I began to see that cows recognize each other, and they've got very good memories," Wilde said. "They experience a range of emotions - I've even seen cows cry. To take the cow's milk, you have to separate her from her baby. The cows get very upset. It takes them a long time to get over." Wilde wasn't sure how to make a change, so he got out of dairy farming and turned to raising his cows for beef. As a vegetarian, sending his cows off to slaughter didn't please him either. "It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death," Wilde explained... With the Vegan Society's help, Wilde made a kind, courageous choice. He sent them all to a sanctuary.
|Forget stereotypes - meet these vegan bodybuilders
Full story: Collective Evolution
Is it possible to get strong and have a muscular body on a vegan diet? Yes. And the following bodybuilders' stories prove it...
|Collective Evolution - June 1
|Obama says drop meat to fight climate change
Full story: VegNews
The former president spoke honestly about the connection between meat consumption and environmental degradation at a recent food innovation conference. Obama stated that the increase in meat consumption in areas such as China, India, and Vietnam will continue to push global meat consumption up and urged citizens to find innovative alternatives to meat. [It would be nice if he would lead the way.]
|Doctors want sugar and 'cancer-causing' foods out of hospitals
Full story: Live Science
At its annual meeting on June 14, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, which represents more than 200,000 physician members, issued a policy statement that called for the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages and processed meats, and an increase in the availability of healthful, plant-based foods in hospitals. Under the resolution, physicians and hospital staff are encouraged not only to counsel their patients about the health consequences of a poor diet but also to lead by example by offering healthier foods at the hospital.
|How industrial farming techniques can breed superbugs
Full story: PBS
As high-density, industrial-scale livestock farms have become fertile breeding grounds for disease, they've also become a major source of drug-resistant superbugs. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien and economics correspondent Paul Solman team up to report on how scientists are studying how superbugs can get into the food supply. [Video report - also at the link: How a flood of antibiotics landed in your chicken.]
|Dutch arrest two suspects as Europe egg scandal spreads
Full story: News 18
Dutch investigators arrested two suspects in an intensified European investigation into insecticide-tainted eggs, as the scandal spread eastwards with the discovery of a tonne of contaminated yolk in Romania. The spiralling scandal that has seen eggs taken off the shelves across Europe also reached Luxembourg, while Britain said it had imported 700,000 eggs from Dutch farms linked to fears over fipronil contamination, far more than first thought. [All that suffering for nothing. Breaks my heart.]
|Interview: Vegan Saudi prince Khaled on ending factory farming to fight climate change
Full story: Eat for the Planet
In this episode, I dive into the future of meat production and the battle against climate change with Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal. Khaled is the founder and CEO of KBW Ventures, but he is not your typical venture capitalist/investor. Not only is he a member of the Saudi royal family, but he is also vegan, a firm proponent of clean energy and healthy living, and he also happens to be an outspoken animal advocate.
|Eat for the Planet - June 20
|10 ways you're hurting the environment and don't know it
Full story: Care2
You know the environment needs help, and you're just the person to do something about it. But sometimes your well-intended actions are actually harmful. Here are 10 ways you may be hurting the environment without realizing it...
Full story: Earthtalk
Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers. From wine to beer to spirits, greener choices made from local and organic ingredients and packaged in lighter-weight containers abound. Indeed, getting a buzz on has never felt so good.
| Lifestyles and Trends
|Five unlikely countries where veganism is about to blow up
Full story: VegNews
Meat-loving Brazil and dairy-guzzling New Zealand are just a couple places where veganism is set to explode in coming years. Last year, the country swore in its first vegan Governor General Patsy Reddy, who celebrated her accession to high office with an all-vegan banquet.
|We shouldn't shy away from facts about our food
Full story: Huffington Post, Australia
Over the [past] 20 years, I've progressively veered further away from meat and dairy, and these days go the full plant-based caper. Two things have happened as a result of going vegan: 1) I've never felt so healthy and well and 2) I've never experienced so much s*** talk about a simple lifestyle choice.
|Huffington Post, Australia - August 21
|Podcast: Fake meat class didn't disappoint
Full story: Mother Jones/Bite
Burgers that bleed. Eggless mayo. Chicken strips without the bird. In the last few years, a handful of California companies have transformed fake meat as we know it-and earned a ton of press. But can these Silicon Valley startups take on the multibillion-dollar meat industry? On a recent episode of Mother Jones' food politics podcast, Bite, we looked at fake-meat makers that are trying to scale up - and I attended a college class about making meat alternatives [and also discussed doctors' changing views on a vegan diet].
|Mother Jones/Bite - June 24
| Signs of the Times
|Tesla goes cruelty-free with vegan leather car seats
Full story: Care2
Tesla did something kind of amazing in July. Completely under the radar and with no fanfare, the company dropped all mention of leather seats from its website. The only seat options now available on a Tesla automobile are made of vegan leather.
|Vogue names 'vegan' top wedding trend in 2017
Full story: VegNews
The fashion publication says that weddings this year feature vegan food more often than just one vegetarian option.
|German international school in India goes vegan
Full story: Times of India
Germans love their bratwurst and schnitzel. But, in Chennai, the German International School has traded in the sausages for the lentils and the salami for the broccoli. The school has declared itself completely vegan from this school year. The school was inspired to cut out all animal products after it began throwing open its gates to injured and abandoned animals. As Thomas A Pallushek, advisor for international schools, Asia Pacific, puts it, it became tough to eat mutton with a pet goat on the lawns nearby. "We felt it was ethically not right. We wanted to reduce the human impact on the environment and eating less meat is the simplest way," he says, adding that turning vegan is also healthier.
|Times of India - August 14
| Animal Issues and Advocacy
|All slaughterhouses in England to have compulsory CCTV
Full story: Guardian, UK
All slaughterhouses in England will be fitted with compulsory CCTV as part of a series of measures to bolster welfare standards and enforce laws against animal cruelty. The proposals - set out in a consultation paper - will deliver the Tories' manifesto pledge for CCTV to be required in every slaughterhouse in England in all areas where live animals are present (where unloaded, stunned and killed) with unrestricted access to footage for official vets.
|Veganism's next goal: Animal-free farming
Full story: San Francisco Chronicle
To many vegans, the sustainable food movement and its family-owned meat and dairy farms shield the cruelty of farming by making meat fashionable and righteous. We're not trying to change people's moral values. Because most people care about animals," said Steven Erlsten, 37, of Berkeley, who works for the international nonprofit Vegan Outreach. "We are trying to help them live within their values."
|San Francisco Chronicle - July 21
|Tons of people tweet they are ditching meat after watching new Netflix film
Full story: ChooseVeg
The new Netflix original movie Okja, starring Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal, follows a young girl named Mija and her fight to save her best friend, a "superpig" named Okja, from the powerful Mirando Corporation, which wants to turn her into food. It's giving viewers some serious food for thought. Here are just a few reaction tweets that prove Okja is changing the world for animals...
| Books and Perspectives
|A life devoted to treating animals with dignity and respect
More info: Sydney University Press
In A Life for Animals Christine Townend, founder of Animal Liberation Australia, records the successes and challenges of animal welfare work, the critical moments that have shaped her philosophy, and the profound personal and political consequences of sharing a life with animals. She recounts how in 1990, weary of Australian politics, she accepted an invitation to visit a small, run-down animal shelter in Rajasthan. There she encountered shocking human and animal suffering - but also the extraordinary power of human and animal interaction.
|Sydney University Press - -none-
|Discover how to live joyfully with food
More info: Amazon
The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness by Lani Muelrath shows us how to shed old thinking patterns - and live more joyfully with food through being mindful. Mindfulness can be the deciding factor between the successful adoption of a healthy vegan diet and repeated frustrating attempts. Lani's new guide is packed by extensive research, with step-by-step instructions, personal stories, positivity, humor, and a handful of delicious recipes. It's sure to be as inspiring and life-changing as her previous book The Plant Based Journey.
|Mercy for animals founder shares his passion
More info: Amazon
"A rat named Caesar and one abused piglet took me off the path of becoming a fifth-generation farmer in my Ohio hometown. Instead, at 15 years old, I founded Mercy For Animals," says Nathan Runkle. His new book with co-author Gene Stone Mercy for Animals - One Man's Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals is part autobiography, part hard-hitting exposé, and part action guide. From simple diet modifications to a clear explanation of how to contact corporations and legislators efficiently, Mercy For Animals proves that you don't have to be a hardcore vegan or an animal-rights activist to make a powerful difference in the lives of animals.
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