Wishing all a happy new year - may there be more compassion and less suffering in the world
In this edition...
| German shepherd hangs out with curious cow pals
| A saner way
| Half A billion fewer animals killed per year since 2007
| Canadian province ends grizzly bear hunt, calls it 'no longer socially acceptable'
Health and Environment
| The power of beans
| Meat is heat: The effects of diet on global warming
Lifestyles and Trends
| Flexitarians on the rise in New Zealand
| Vegan athletes: Driving the change
| Can these mock meat entrepreneurs fool you with a plant-based burger?
| Plant-based 'meat' is so tasty that Europe's meat industry has to bite back
Animal Issues and Advocacy
| Ancient Greek philosophers warned us about eating animals
| New UK rules protect the feelings of animals
| There's a grim reality behind your holiday turkey
| Turkey preparation 101
Books and Perspectives
| Sensitivity of pigs and the thieving of squirrels - all part of animals' inner lives
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|A saner way
Full story: Gentle World Blog
It seems that we are unwilling to experience the inevitable humbling that must come with admitting, even to ourselves, that as a species, we human beings too often think, feel and behave as though we were not in our right minds. Until we lift the veil of denial that blinds us to this premise, we will continue to go about our lives in utter confusion as to why we do the crazy things we do. But when we admit to ourselves, and one another, that the reason we behave as though we are mad is because we are, our confusion disappears.
|Gentle World Blog - December 18
|Half A billion fewer animals killed per year since 2007
Full story: Collective Evolution
Have you transitioned to a plant-based diet? Do you make an effort to reduce the amount of animal products you are consuming on a regular basis? If so, it is thanks to you that 500 million lives have been spared this year, and with continued awareness, that number continues to rise. It has become clear that everyone is not going to stop eating meat anytime soon, but ... more people are starting to at least consider the option of consuming much less meat. Although, many vegans would argue that it's all or nothing and that the only way to make an impact is to give up meat entirely. We can clearly see the difference that has come from people simply being more conscious about their meat consumption.
|Collective Evolution - November 27s
|Canadian province ends grizzly bear hunt, calls it 'no longer socially acceptable'
Full story: 570 News/Canadian Press
Hunting grizzly bears has been banned in British Columbia, a move guides complain will put them out of business while environmentalists say is long overdue. B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said public consultations have made it clear that killing grizzlies cannot be allowed, with the exception of First Nations who hunt for treaty rights or for food, social and ceremonial reasons. "It is no longer socially acceptable to the vast majority of British Columbians to hunt grizzly bears," Donaldson said. "That's the message."
|570 News/Canadian Press - December 18
| Health and Environment
|The power of beans
Full story: Food Revolution Network Blog
The life-enhancing benefits of beans are a forgotten secret in today's world. These tasty morsels are often joked about as the magical, musical fruit, but it's no joke - the power of beans is almost magical. Beans and other legumes (like lentils and split peas) provide an easy and affordable way to get many of the critical nutrients you need to thrive... beans are one of the foods most associated with longevity - they provide an excellent source of protein and fiber, as well as nearly a full day's worth of iron, plus a variety of micronutrients and phytochemicals. [Details and dlicious recipes at the link.]
|Food Revolution Network Blog - November 8
|Meat is heat: The effects of diet on global warming
Full story: NutritionFacts Blog
One of the most prestigious medical journals in the world editorialized that climate change represents "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century." Currently, chronic diseases are by far the leading cause of death. Might there be a way to combat both at the same time? For example, riding our bikes instead of driving is a win-win-win for the people, planet, and pocketbook. Are there similar win-win situations when it comes to diet? What we eat may have more of an impact on global warming than what we drive. Just cutting out animal protein intake one day of the week could have a powerful effect. Meatless Mondays alone could beat out a whole week of working from home and not commuting.
|NutritionFacts Blog - December 5
| Lifestyles and Trends
|Flexitarians on the rise in New Zealand
Full story: Newshub, NZ
The flexitarian trend looks to be on the rise in New Zealand, with Kiwis turning towards meat-free meals more often. Being a flexible vegetarian means you eat a lot of vegetarian food, but have the occasional meat treat. In the UK, Marks and Spencer has noticed a change in consumer habits and this Christmas, it will have its largest-ever vegetarian range. "This is definitely not a fad," Marks and Spencer product developer Helena Fleming says. "This is definitely an evolution of people making conscious changes in the way they eat."
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|Newshub, NZ - December 22
|Vegan athletes: Driving the change
Full story: Gentle World Blog
The vegan lifestyle is now attracting people from all backgrounds and professions. One of the more interesting developments is the fact that many athletes have recently joined the tribe and are now eating vegan... One of the major reasons is because it is finally being accepted that a plant based diet is far from inferior, but actually seems to be a superior source of nutrition, including plenty of protein. Vegan athletes are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein can not only build strong muscles, but can keep a vegan healthy enough to be a professional athlete. Now we've come a long way from the days of 'where do you get your protein?'
|Gentle World Blog - November 200
|Can these mock meat entrepreneurs fool you with a plant-based burger?
Video source: Care2
As attitudes toward meat-eating shift and climate-conscious consumers experiment with alternatives, investors are throwing their money at mock meat startups that are replicating the smell and texture of a meaty burger. Impossible Foods CEO - entrepreneur and scientist - says 'animals are just a prehistoric technology.'
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|Plant-based 'meat' is so tasty that Europe's meat industry has to bite back
Full story: The Economist
"We want to become the biggest butcher in the world without ever slaughtering an animal," says Jaap Korteweg, a ninth-generation farmer and founder of The Vegetarian Butcher. Since opening its first shop in The Hague in 2010 the company has been developing plant-based products that look, smell and taste like meat. Not everyone welcomes this vision. Earlier this year two Dutch politicians from the Liberal VVD party called for a ban on meat names for products that contained no animal protein. In October the country's food authority asked The Vegetarian Butcher to rename misleading products, such as its "speck" (very similar to "spek", the Dutch for bacon) because it might confuse consumers. The topic trended on Twitter for days; sales soared.
|The Economist - November 30
| Animal Issues and Advocacy
|Ancient Greek philosophers warned us about eating animals
Full story: In Defence of Animals
Since humans began recording their thoughts a few thousand years ago, many great minds have foreseen the grim consequences of eating animals that we now face today. For instance, there's this fascinating excerpt from Plato's The Republic (469-399 BC)...
|In Defence of Animals - November 30
|New UK rules protect the feelings of animals
Full story: Times, UK (requires free registration)
The ability of animals to feel pain will be enshrined in British law after Brexit under new legislation unveiled by [the government]. In a belated recognition of the public backlash after MPs voted not to include a clause about animal sentience in the EU Withdrawal Bill, the new bill will bind the government to consider "the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings." The protection will bind ministers into taking into account the ability of animals to feel and think when creating future legislation that affects them. Existing legislation protects animals in distress but it is limited in scope and excludes animals in laboratories and in the wild.
|Times, UK (requires free registration) - December 12
|There's a grim reality behind your holiday turkey
Full story: Los Angeles Times
No animals raised on factory farms are kept and killed under worse conditions than turkeys and chickens, which make up most of the animals raised for food in the U.S. Nearly 9 billion chickens are slaughtered each year for food. And because poultry is exempt from the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces, there are not even minimum federal standards governing how they live or die. [Editor's note: So encouraging to see this in a major U.S. paper just before the big Thanksgiving turkey-consuming holiday.]
|Los Angeles Times - November 22
| Books and Perspectives
|Sensitivity of pigs and the thieving of squirrels - all part of animals' inner lives
Full story: Washington Post
Peter Wohlleben seems like someone I'd like to join for a cup of tea after a nice stroll through the woods. The forest ranger and author of the immensely popular "The Hidden Life of Trees" is one of the most likable characters (among many) in his newest book, "The Inner Life of Animals." "Animals" is a natural follow-on to "Trees" and just as beautifully questions human assumptions about nature. Gentle though his approach may be through much of "The Inner Life of Animals," Wohlleben delivers firm messages. "When people reject acknowledging too much in the way of emotions in animals," he begins rather softly, "I have the vague feeling that there's a bit of fear that human beings could lose their special status." Then a bit stronger: "Even worse, it would become much more difficult to exploit animals. Every meal eaten or leather jacket worn would trigger moral considerations that would spoil their enjoyment." And then comes the slap: "When you think how sensitive pigs are, how they teach their young and help them deliver their own children later in life, how they answer to their names and pass the mirror test, the thought of the annual slaughter of 250 million of these animals across the European Union alone is chilling."
|Washington Post - December 8
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