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Lawmakers from cattle producing states are seeing red following a 571-page federal report that that encourages Americans to go green. A panel of nutrition experts recruited by the Obama administration to craft the newest dietary guidelines suggested last week that the government should consider the environment when deciding what people should eat. The report, which was presented to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bills itself as a way to "transform the food system" and that's got a lot of people in the heartland and those elected to represent them in Washington fuming. The report, which is open for public comment for 45 days, will be used by the government not only to mold dietary guidelines but also used as the basis for government food assistance programs as well as school lunch programs, worth an estimated $16 billion annually. The North American Meat Institute slammed the report, calling it "flawed" and "nonsensical." Members of the meat industry as well as those from soda makers, say the panel has gone "beyond its scope."
02/26/2015 DENMARK BANS HALAL AND KOSHER SLAUGHTER
The Danish government has banned the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat. The ban became a law on February 22 and was termed anti-Semitic by a few petitioners. Speaking to Denmark's TV2, minister for agriculture and food Dan Jorgensen said, "Animal rights come before religion."
02/25/2015 VEGAN LEATHER IS A HIT WITH A NEW GENERATION
They called it "pleather" when Michael Jackson donned plasticky, synthetic leather in his early moon-walking days. The fabric is now a hit with a new generation. With the help of science, new faux animal hides have arrived with a new, hip name: vegan leather. Luxe brands such as Stella McCartney and Joseph Altuzarra have sent vegan leather jackets and bags down the runway. Major department stores are increasing their offerings. And independent designers cater to those seeking guilt-free fashions. Demand is especially strong among more eco-conscious millennial shoppers. Fake leather is still usually made by coating plastic on fabric. But as textile technology has evolved, mills can churn out materials that look and feel like the real thing but with a greater array of colors and patterns. At the same time, more Americans are turning to veganism or vegetarianism — about one-eighth of the population over age 18. Two-thirds of vegans or vegetarians say protecting animals is a big motivator for their diets.
02/24/2015 THE WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT & EXPO COMES TO LA
At the World Vegan Summit & Expo, to be held at the Marina del Rey Marriott on March 20-22, 2015, speakers, thinkers, movers and shakers will meet to focus advocacy and activism on creating a compassionate, healthy, environmentally-sustainable vegan world, with the abolition of all use of other animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, and "humane animal products." Trend-setting LA Goes Vegan for a new start as Spring begins, with the World Vegan Summit & Expo offering a multitude of topics for coverage and outstanding participants available for interviews who will answer the question "What does it mean to Go Vegan?" Dozens of speakers, presentations, and workshops, are accompanied by social events, music, film, food, and fun. Among the participants will be luminous figures in the world vegan movement.
During last year's international exhibition "International Green Week" in Berlin a whale protection organization uncovered the scandalous sale of portions of whale meat by Norwegian tourist company Fjord Norge. The Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office has now imposed a fine of EUR 1,000 on a Norwegian manager. The importing and trafficking of whale meat products is strictly forbidden in the European Union (EU). However, Norway is not a member of the EU. The Whale and Dolphin Protection Forum in Hagen (WDSF) filed a criminal complaint. The Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office together with the Central Customs Office confiscated the whale meat which was still available from the original seven kilograms and initiated criminal proceedings due to the illegal export, import or transit of goods and the offence against the Federal Nature Conservation Act.
02/21/2015 NEW SOFTWARE KEYS IN ON FINS TO SAVE SHARKS
Sharks may be able to swim more serenely one day thanks to a handy new digital technique developed by FAO that allows for the quick identification of species of the iconic fish. The new iSharkFin software will help protect endangered shark species and combat illegal trade in shark fins. Work on the project began in 2013, after five shark species were added to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The software was developed by FAO in collaboration with the University of Vigo in Spain. CITES and the Government of Japan provided financial support.
Coconut milk is like soy milk's younger, cooler competition in the non-dairy market, and it made its Starbucks debut on February 17. Starbucks hopes its coconut milk alternative, which is certified vegan, will fair well with those who have dietary restrictions, or for those who are simply "curious." Though coconut milk has less protein than soy milk, it's generally used by people with tree nut allergies or, as stated above, for those who live a vegan lifestyle. According to a Starbucks press release, demand's been through the roof, so customers might not mind paying an extra 60 cents for their coconut milk.
02/19/2015 INVESTORS PREPARE FOR THE "DEATH OF MEAT"
Meat consumption is declining at great rates and with a new USDA dietary guideline around the corner, the "death of meat" could be impending so investors are adjusting their portfolio accordingly. According to the online investing guide Street Authority, people holding stock in meat producers should beware and consider how the rising number of vegetarians could impact their finances. The Department of Agriculture reports that current meat consumption is 101 pounds, a 15 percent decrease in the last ten years and two thirds of what it once was in the 1970s. The numbers are expected to lower even more once the USDA dietary guidelines for 2015 are published. According to the Washington Post, a draft of it encourages people to eat more of a plant-based diet since it has a much lower impact on the environment. As for meat producers and those holding stock for them, they shouldn't only be prepared for the general public to follow the government's advice but for a whole new generation of vegetarians that could grow up eating less or no meat in public schools.
With an unprecedented donation now secure, the conservation group Sea Shepherd looks to invest in a powerful piece of machinery to patrol the ocean. The maritime activist organization was been awarded €8.3 million ($11.8 million) at the Good Money Gala in Amsterdam via the Dutch Postcode Lottery (that since 1989 has been raising money to help those groups "working for a fairer, greener world.") With the aid, Sea Shepherd will endeavor to put the money towards a brand new ship that can better effectively fight poaching. It is the largest donation the famed organization has ever received. Prior to this endowment, Sea Shepherd reported it had budgetary restrictions preventing it from securing a unique, faster vessel. Since launching anti-whaling campaigns in 2002, Sea Shepherd has used re-purposed ships in their fight, but have been often dogged by an inability to keep pace with faster whalers.
Their love for threatened marine species knows no bounds — or clothes. Celebs like, Helena Bonham Carter, have shed their clothes in support of the Blue Marine Foundation's campaign, Fishlove. Fishlove was established in 2009 by Nicholas Röhl, co-owner of MOSHIMO, and actress Greta Scacchi, in hopes of raising awareness of the over-fishing practices that are destroying the the earth's marine ecosystem. Bonham Carter, who was joined by model Lizzie Jagger and actress Emilia Fox for the campaign, took her activism further by speaking in front of the U.K.’s House of Commons last week to lobby for additional marine reserves in the British Overseas Territories. According to the Blue Marine Foundation, the UK has the fifth largest marine zone in the world and tuna is one of the many species that is being overfished.
Following the footsteps of a public elementary school in Flushing, Queens, another public school in New York City has decided to go vegetarian. The Peck Slip School in lower Manhattan announced Monday that it will only be serving students plant-based meals due to its benefits not only for the kids but the planet as well, becoming the second non-charter public school in the U.S. to do so. The implementation of the vegetarian menu was done with the help of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, a non profit dedicated to getting whole foods into schools across the New York City area. After PS244 in Queens implemented a vegetarian menu in January 2013, it reported improved test scores and longer attention spans by its students within nine months.
Native American activists gathered in Montana's capital on Tuesday to protest the deaths of hundreds of Yellowstone National Park bison killed this year to ease the worries of Montana ranchers about a cattle disease carried by many park buffalo. The demonstration marked a week of protests over federal-state management of Yellowstone bison that entails culling the herd each winter when some animals cross from the park into neighboring Montana in search of food. The iconic hump-backed animals once roamed by the tens of millions west of the Mississippi until hunting campaigns reduced their numbers to the fewer than 50 that found safe harbor at Yellowstone in the early 20th century. Under an agreement between the park and the states surrounding Yellowstone - Montana, Wyoming and Idaho - hundreds of straying bison can be killed each year through slaughter and regulated hunting. The practice has inflamed bison advocates like the Buffalo Field Campaign and some members of tribes in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
02/12/2015 SECOND ANNUAL "WORLD LOVE FOR DOLPHINS DAY"
On the eve of Valentine's Day, Sea Shepherd will be joined by speakers and supporters, both famous and non-famous, for the second annual "World Love for Dolphins Day." The peaceful demonstrations are in protest against the inhumane capture and slaughtering of dolphins that take place in Taiji, Japan, and to show the Japanese government that the world truly loves dolphins. Thousands of supporters are expected at the protests, which will take place in L.A., as well as at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates in cities across the U.S., including Seattle, New York, and Atlanta. Celeb supporters of the cause, including Shannen Doherty, Sam Simon, and Simone Reyes, will be on hand at the L.A. demonstration. All three celebs have witnessed for themselves the atrocities of the dolphin hunt.
Astray cat broke out from a shelter after only twenty minutes to find his way back to his original rescuer. The story begins when Ann Bosche, an animal rescuer, first found the cat, now named Mr. Fancy, roaming her property in Lucedale, Mississippi. Mr. Fancy hung around for a month; long enough for Ann to fall deeply in love with him. However, her husband felt that since they were already parents to a dog and two cats, their hands were already full. Bosche reluctantly took Mr. Fancy to the animal shelter. Turns out Mr. Fancy wasn't impressed with his new digs, either. No sooner did Bosche drop him off at the shelter did Mr. Fancy escape, unbeknownst to Bosche. About a month later, Bosche woke up to her husband having a conversation with someone in the kitchen. She found Mr. Fancy sitting at her husband's feet. So, now Mr. Fancy has not only found his permanent home, but his purrfect one, too.
02/10/2015 INDITEX BANS ANGORA SALES WORLDWIDE
Inditex, the world's largest fashion retailer and parent company to Zara and Massimo Dutti, has bowed to pressure form animal rights activists and will stop selling clothing made from angora in its more than 6,400 stores around the world. As part of the company's commitment, the thousands of fluffy jumpers and angora coats and caps now sitting in its warehouses will be sent to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The announcement comes after more than a year of talks with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which had conducted an investigation into the production of the luxury fibre.
Animal rights campaigners are fighting to save two blind alcoholic bears in Russia, as rescue centers across Europe turn down offers to take them in. The two animals, held at Patskhu-Guria restaurant in Sochi, have been enclosed in small cages for more than 20 years after the owner decided they were too big to be allowed outside. Their condition deteriorated as customers were allowed to feed them junk food and alcohol. Anna Kogan, founder of the Big Hearts Foundation which is fighting to save the animals, told The Independent the condition of the bears was "truly appalling." Although she has reached out to many European animal centerss, all eventually turned Ms Kogan's request down because of their alcohol dependency. "It's very expensive to look after bears in this condition, and many centers just don't have the funds," she explained.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a yellow labrador from an icy lake in Frankfort, Michigan on Tuesday. The Frankfort Coast Guard were in the middle of their morning meeting when someone happened to spot a dog dive into the frigid waters of Lake Betsie. The meeting was adjourned and Petty Officer Tim Putnam and an ice rescue crew then rushed to save the dog. The 20-minute rescue effort was "exhausting and difficult," Putnam told ABC News, with Putnam having to swim through 200 feet of ice to reach the dog. The dog, who was nicknamed Betsie by her rescuers, was then taken to Benzie County Animal Shelter where she was examined and cared for. Despite not wearing a collar or being microchipped, her guardian was found. It turns out that Betsie's real name is Bailey, and that she had gone missing in the morning and had traveled over eight miles to the lake. Thanks to the brave efforts of the Coast Guard, her story had a warm, happy ending.
02/05/2015 HUNTER HAYES ADOPTS RESCUED RACE DOG
Country singer Hunter Hayes has a new love in his life. The "Wanted" singer knew what he wanted when he spotted the retired racing pup who he recently adopted from the Greyhound Pets of America. "This is Cole," Hayes told his fans on his YouTube channel with Cole resting behind him on a couch. "He's a retired racing Greyhound. He's awesome. He runs really fast — really fast." To give his fans a glimpse as to how fast Cole really is, Hayes included a clip of Cole racing around the backyard. But clearly Hayes has fallen for Cole's other, many, wonderful attributes, too. "He's got incredible sight, he's incredibly patient and he's really mellow," he adds. "He's a good boy." Thumbs up for the singer's efforts on not only adopting a rescue dog, but adopting a race dog, too. The so-called "sport" treats greyhounds like running machines with many suffering and dying from the races.
Morrissey was scheduled to perform in Iceland, but cancelled the concert after the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik refused to meet his vegetarian demands. The vegan former Smiths' front man doesn't even speak to meat-eaters so when the concert hall said it wouldn't stop selling meat on the day of his performance, his cancellation wasn't exactly a surprise. "I love Iceland and I have waited a long time to return," he told the True To You fan site. "But I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust." Morrissey has cancelled concerts over the same issue before. His song 'Meat is Murder' has shocked audiences during his live shows as he played images of slaughterhouses behind him on the screen.
Most people know David Duchonvny as an actor but with a new book out tackling the issue of veganism and animal rights in fiction form, he is ready to be known as a writer. Duchovny spoke to The Los Angeles Times about his new project, a fable for adults called Holy Cow. The book tells the story of Elsie Bovary, a cow that leads another two animal characters in their plight to escape a farm so they won’t become dinner. Duchovny, a former vegetarian-turned-pescetarian , drives an electric car and has a green home, so it's no surprise all of the topics of animal rights and the effects of meat eating on the planet are touched upon in the novel. Duchovny will be reading and signing his novel Holy Cow at Barnes & Noble at the Grove on Feb 18. The book is available in bookstores in the U.S. since Feb 3.
Another day, another Blackfish ripple effect, this time courtesy of The New Yorker. The acclaimed magazines February 2 issue features a cartoon by Farley Katz that condemns the captivity of sea life for entertainment.The cartoon of a dolphin spelling out "HELP" on the tank's glass is yet another case of Blackfish's message becoming more and more popular. Earlier this week, Ontario outlawed the captivity of orca whales in tanks for profit and IFC's hit show "Portlandia" had an episode championing the cause of freeing whales used for entertainment. Since the documentary came out in 2013 showing how the animals held in captivity at SeaWorld suffer to provide entertainment to an uninformed audience, the amusement park has lost multiple contracts with other companies, been the target of protests and boycotts.
Beyonce wants to help the world get healthier. The singer has announced a business partnership with exercise physiologist Marco Borges to launch 22 Days Nutrition, a home-delivery meal service that provides plant-based food. Beyonce herself is no stranger to a vegan lifestyle - she and husband Jay Z previously committed to a 22-day vegan diet during the winter of 2013. After completing the challenge, the singer, who trains with Borges, continued to include more plant-based foods in her everyday diet. The home delivery program provides three plans to choose from, all of which include organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ingredients. Meals can be ordered via 22DaysNutrition.com.
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