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06/24/2016 CHINA'S PLAN TO CUT MEAT CONSUMPTION BY 50%
The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens' meat consumption by 50%, in a move that climate campaigners hope will provide major heft in the effort to avoid runaway global warming. The average Chinese person now eats 63kg of meat a year, with a further 30kg of meat per person expected to be added by 2030 if nothing is done to disrupt this trend. China now consumes 28% of the world's meat, including half of its pork. The measures, released once every 10 years, are designed to improve public health but could also provide a significant cut to greenhouse gas emissions. Should the new guidelines be followed, carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from China's livestock industry would be reduced by 1bn tonnes by 2030, from a projected 1.8bn tonnes in that year. (theguardian.com)
06/23/2016 GOOGLE PREDICTS A PLANT-BASED REVOLUTION!
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, has named the number one "game-changing" trend of the future as the consumption of plant-based proteins instead of meat. In a report by Fortune, Schmidt spoke to thousands of investors and business executives at the Milken Institute's Global Conference. Replacing meat with plant proteins helps the environment, and lowers food costs for impoverished communities, particularly in developing countries. Organizations like the Good Food Institute are already connecting investors with funding opportunities for plant-based companies. They also work with restaurants, grocery stores, and cafeterias to increase the availability of plant-based menu items. With pressing issues like environmental degradation and global food scarcity, it is now more important than ever to look to the future of plant-based proteins.
The Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition, are working to encourage a widespread shift away from animal protein within the restaurant industry. Through a project called Menus of Change, these two groups want more chefs and restaurant owners to do the "Protein Flip." Menus of Change has released two documents, including a lengthy infographic that outlines all the facts regarding animal protein and the consequences of current consumption rates, and an 8-page toolkit called Protein Plays that provides tangible solutions for redesigning menus in a less meat-focused way and addresses certain food myths.
Those hoping to put an end to commercial whaling may have found an unexpected new opponent. Norway now kills more whales each year than Japan and Iceland combined; those two countries are most often decried in anti-whaling activism. Norway is even promoting the purchase of whale products at home and abroad, according to a new report from three environmental and animal rights NGOs. The report, co-written by members of Animal Welfare Institute, OceanCare, and ProWildlife, found that Norwegian whalers have killed almost 12,000 whales since 1993. In 2014 and 2015, Norway exported almost 400,000 pounds of whale products to Japan, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. The report also contests that the largest Norwegian whale exporter, Myklebust Hvlaprodukter, violated the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which prohibits the sale of whale meat in Europe.
Zambian wildlife authorities said on Tuesday they had suspended the controlled slaughter of up to 2,000 hippos over the next five years following concerns from animal rights activists who described it as trophy hunting. Zambia's Department of National Parks and Wildlife said it started the hippo culling after new research showed that the water levels in Luangwa river were "low and insufficient to support the hippo population, especially in the dry season." Zambia has between 42,000 and 50,000 hippos, a population the Department of National Parks and Wildlife says cannot be supported by the water levels in the Luangwa valley where most of the animals are located. British wildlife charity Born Free said on its web site that the scientific rationale for killing up to 2,000 hippos when their population in the entire southern Africa region stood at 80,000 hippos was questionable.
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the closure of all pig farms located in residential areas within the State as part of efforts to prevent health hazards associated with pig farming in residential areas. According to a statement by the state government, "The closure order became necessary owing to several complaints by residents of Taiwo Adewole Street in New Oko Oba settlement, Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, on the unwholesome activities in a pig farm which poses health and environmental hazards to residents of the area. A petition from one Wisdom Uzoma, published in the Punch Newspapers of Tuesday, June 7, 2016 climaxed the series of complaints that necessitated Governor Akinwunmi's directive to seal the pig farm immediately."
The Senate's approval last Tuesday of a far-reaching bill to overhaul government regulation of toxic chemicals was hailed by environmental and public health experts as a key move toward protecting Americans, as well as their land and water, from harmful substances. But the legislation, which passed the House and is expected to be signed by President Obama, also will have many other beneficiaries: thousands of animals. The measure, which updates the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, includes a provision aimed at reducing the Environmental Protection Agency and chemical firms' use of animals to test the safety and effects of chemical products. The EPA should use non-animal alternatives where possible, the legislation says, and must come up with a plan to develop and adopt more non-animal methods, such as computer modeling or cell-based tests. Millions of animals are killed in U.S. lab tests and experiments each year, the vast majority of them mice, rats, birds and fish.
06/13/2016 SYNTHETIC CANINE MODEL LAUNCHED
SynDaver Labs, a biotech company in Tampa, Fla., has released the SynDaver Synthetic Canine. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine will provide veterinary students with an anatomically accurate platform to practice surgical procedures, according to the company. The canine model mimics functioning body systems, and has the capability to simulate customized diseases, illnesses and medical complications. The canine model is anatomically accurate, the company says, with fat, fascia planes, bones, muscles, ligaments, fully articulating joints and each of the bodily systems. It also has a heart with a heartbeat, a circulatory system and bleeds when surgical cuts are made. The company has also launched a $24 million crowd-funding campaign to end terminal surgery labs, saying the synthetic canine will end the need for the labs in veterinary schools. SynDaver hopes to raise $24 million through their campaign page on Indiegogo.com; if their fundraising goal is reached, they plan to provide up to 20 synthetic canines to each accredited veterinary college around the world, without charge.
New figures released last month showed that half a million Brits are vegan - but this video shows a world in which we have all turned our back on animal products. In the clip, titled Hope, vegan Schindler's List actor Jochen Nickel plays a grandfather walking with his grandson through ruins of an abandoned factory farm."Who are we?" he says in voiceover. "What defines us? We pretended they couldn't feel. What was it that made us so blind? Our compassion buried beneath selfishmess. Who gave us the right?" But even though he says that in his memory he "sees their pleading eyes", the farm is shown to be one of thousands closed when humans stopped eating animal flesh. "Their screams still echo in my ears, the smell of their fear stuck in my nose... Their blood on our hands, on our plates. No water will wash it away. No eternity will make it fade." But the video shows a future which may one day become a reality. Made by PETA Germany, the pair leave the past behind and walk into a sun-drenched field, which the charity are hoping may one day be a reality. (mirror.co.uk)
Indonesia plans to quadruple maximum jail terms for animal poachers and traffickers in a major overhaul of wildlife crime laws, but environmentalists expressed scepticism that the changes would be effective. Maximum sentences for poaching and trading protected animals will be increased from five years to 20 under the new legislation proposed by the environment and forestry ministry. "We want stronger law enforcement, we want people who transgress the law to face higher sentences," Tachrir Fathoni, a senior ministry official who is spearheading efforts get the law passed, told AFP. Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse nations on Earth, home to vast tracts of rainforest and a kaleidoscope of rare animals, from orangutans to tigers and rhinos. (theguardian.com)
Data from market researcher Euromonitor International has shown Australia's packaged vegan food market is currently worth almost $136 million, set to reach $215 million by 2020. "An increasing number of companies are expanding their consumer appeal by staying away from animal ingredients whenever possible," said Ewa Hudson, head of health and wellness at Euromonitor International. Currently the biggest vegan food labelling market is the US ($1.75 billion), followed by Germany ($614 million), Britain ($507 million) and Australia. In Australia the largest product sector for vegan labelling is dairy-type products, worth $83.7 million, followed by sauces, dressings and condiments ($26.3 million), biscuits and snack bars ($12.5 million), confectionary ($6.9 million), breakfast cereals ($5.4 million) and spreads ($1.1 million). Alternative milk has experienced the strongest growth in recent years, driven by a strong shift towards almond milk and away from grain-based milk, such as soy.
Consumer protection ministers of the German federal states [Länder] unanimously voted in favor of a proposal for a legal definition of the terms vegan and vegetarian last month. The wording of the definition was jointly and consensually developed by a Länder operative group; industry lobby, the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science (Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde), and VEBU, the German branch of the European Vegetarian Union, which has been pulling for a definition for years. The definition means consumers can be sure that the products they buy are produced according to their expectations, while the legal certainty means manufacturers and retailers have a solid basis to enhance their ranges of vegan and vegetarian products.
By the time Lobby Joe was released back into the waters on Canada's east coast, the Atlantic lobster had travelled thousands of kilometres on a journey that had cost hundreds of dollars. The lobster's long voyage began when he was spotted sitting alone in a tank in a northern Ontario supermarket, by Christine Loughead. Perhaps because she was a vegan, she found the crustacean's probable fate unbearable. Loughead bought the lobster, named him Lobby Joe and put him in a saltwater tank in her home. An online search suggested the lobster had probably been plucked out of the waters near Nova Scotia so she reached out to an online vegan community in the area, appealing for help to release the lobster back into the ocean if she could find a way to get it to Halifax, some 3,000 kilometres away from Red Lake. She packed the lobster in a Styrofoam box and after 24 hours in transit, the box arrived in Nova Scotia. Beth Kent, the founder of a local animal shelter in Bridgewater, welcomed Lobby Joe and went to release him in a small cove. Back in Ontario, Loughead cried as she heard that Lobby Joe had survived the journey and made it back to the ocean.
Nate Diaz isn't the only vegan in the ring. MSN shared a clip from Sunday's UFC 88, in which 32 year-old Abel Trujillo took to the mic following his 15th win. In that brief and fleeting winners interview, he used his airtime to shout "love is the movement, go vegan, do your sadhana with kundalini yoga." The ring announcer went on to probe Trujillo about his diet, that he credits with taking the win. "I feel good. I’ve got more clean energy and better clarity," he said. Trujillo enjoys telling his audience about the organic, vegan food his uses to fuel his body, like oatmeal, fruit and almond milk for breakfast. As the MSN video highlights, he can also be found tweeting; "let's stop eating innocent animals! Save our planet Mother Earth, save the animals, and yourself! You will feel better, mind, body & spirit!" It's great to see this athlete isn't just encouraging other fighters to take up the diet, but everyone to fight for love, instead.
Veganism is on the rise. In 2006, 150,000 people in the UK opted for a plant-based diet. Today, 542,000 do. That's a 350% increase. The movement is driven by the young – close to half of all vegans are aged 15-34 (42%), compared with just 14% who are over 65. When the Guardian asked people about being vegan, 67% of the 474 who replied were under 34, and more than one-sixth were teenagers. Euan Reece, 17, from south Northamptonshire says: "I stumbled across veganism while browsing online. I saw some videos and immediately became interested in it." Megan Malthouse, 17, from Hampshire explains, "More young people are into it because publicity for it has grown on social media, especially on Instagram. On Instagram, people make veganism look like a very desirable lifestyle, and young girls can be influenced by that. They always show pictures of vegan people looking beautiful and healthy. That's not what it's about for me, though. I see it more as a compassionate movement that I want to play a big role in." (www.theguardian.com)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced that it has abandoned the use of live pigs to train students, joining all but one other U.S. medical school in forgoing a practice that's long been criticized by animal rights activists who consider it unnecessary in the age of computer simulation. While Hopkins officials maintained the remaining four-session surgical training course that used anesthetized swine was popular among third and fourth year students, they said it was no longer essential to train "the best doctors in the world." "The latest task force to examine the pros and the cons and the ethics decided that the bar has to be pretty high to justify doing this," said Audrey Huang, a Hopkins spokeswoman. "While students were huge fans of the course it felt like it wasn't absolutely necessary."
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