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10/31/2019 OPRAH TAKES ON 30-DAY PLANT-BASED CHALLENGE
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey recently embarked on a 30-Day Plant-Based Challenge, where she eats one plant-based meal per day, and has been sharing her journey with her 17.2 million Instagram followers. Earlier this month, Winfrey interviewed Suzy Amis Cameron—vegan advocate and the wife of director James Cameron—on her television segment "SuperSoul Sunday" wherein Amis Cameron discussed her new book The OMD Plan, which advocates shifting one meal per day to being fully plant-based to benefit the environment, human health, and animals. After the segment aired, Winfrey took to social media to promote eating plant-based foods to her 42.6 million Twitter followers. During her 30-Day Plant-Based Challenge, Winfrey is documenting her vegan meals, recipes, and adventures every day on her Instagram stories and through a food diary posted to O Magazine online. Thus far, Winfrey has enjoyed a variety of vegan meals prepared by chef Raymond Weber. Halfway through the challenge, Winfrey stated, "Another day, another meal. Were helping to contribute to healthiness on the planet." (vegnews.com)
This week, new web browser Tribe launched to help Amazon shoppers make cruelty-free purchases. The free tool appears as a small box in the corner of the browser when a shopper clicks on an item on the shopping platform, displaying animal-testing information on the product manufacturer. Tribe is currently in beta-testing and relies on information provided by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC, which administers the Leaping Bunny logo), and others to identify companies that test on animals. "There is nothing worse than falling in love with a product and later finding out they test on animals," Tribe CEO Kim Pieper said. "Tribe is a values-driven company that is focused on providing facts to consumers in the simplest way. We believe in empowering small acts to create real and meaningful change." In addition to helping consumers make compassionate choices, Tribe was also created to encourage businesses to eliminate harmful practices. The company is developing other tools to steer shoppers toward conscious consumption such as making alternative recommendations to products that are not cruelty-free. (vegnews.com)
Starting this week, Minit Stop—a gas station and convenience store chain in Hawaii—will no longer serve beef and encourages other companies to do the same in an effort to halt the climate crisis. Instead, the chain will replace beef at its 16 convenience store locations with plant-based meat from Impossible Foods. "We're seeing more and more residents and visitors opt for Impossible," Minit Stop Vice President Jon Miyabuchi said. "Impossible's plant-based burger acts, smells, and tastes like beef. So much so, that we can add our own local flavor profile to it. We included ingredients from some of Hawaii's favorite traditional recipes and created a winning combination unique to Minit Stop." Following a principle known as "pono"—or doing what is right, including for people and the planet—the chain will gradually introduce nine meal options (ranging in price from $7.49 to $12.99) that highlight Impossible Foods' plant-based meat such as sandwiches, burger bowls, and meatloaf. "Our customers have been asking for the Impossible Burger by name almost since it debuted in 2016," Miyabuchi said. "We're thrilled to give consumers exactly what they want, exactly what our planet needs, and with a local flavor profile twist." The chain estimates that it will serve up to 82,500 pounds of plant-based meat instead of beef in its first year of offering the new Impossible Foods options. By removing beef from its menu, Minit Stop also estimates it will make a positive environmental change that is equivalent to removing 200 cars from the road for a year, preserving a land area the size of more than 400 football fields, and saving enough water to fill 55 million standard-size water bottles. (vegnews.com)
On Moday, retail company Macy's Inc. announced it will no longer sell fur at all of its outlets by the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The commitment to end fur sales includes all Macy's and Bloomingdale's private brands (as well as items sold from brand partners), along with Macy's, Inc. discount stores, including Macy's Backstage and Bloomingdale's The Outlet. "Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers and researching alternatives to fur. We've listened to our colleagues, including direct feedback from our Go Green Employee Resource Group, and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs. Macy's private brands are already fur free so expanding this practice across all Macy's, Inc. is the natural next step," Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc, said. In addition to no longer selling fur at its approximately 680 retail outlets, Macy's will close its fur vaults and salons. Macy's announcement comes less than one week after California became the first state in the US to ban the sale and manufacture of fur. (vegnews.com)
10/21/2019 ARKANSAS TO END GREYHOUND RACING BY 2022
Last week, gaming company Southland Casino Racing in Arkansas announced it would no longer engage in dog-racing by 2022—an agreement approved by the state racing commission which will effectively end dog-racing across Arkansas. "We applaud Southland and its parent company Delaware North for getting this deal over the finish line," animal-rights group Animal Wellness Action (AWA) said in a statement. "AWA and the Center for a Humane Economy, working with GREY2K USA Worldwide, have been urging the Buffalo-based gambling and food service company that owns Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, AK to develop a plan to end racing. This is a short phase-out, and it's good for dogs and for Southland and its reputation." According to the AWA, dog-racing has become an unpopular sport nationwide with few attendees at events—which still force dogs to compete, often without turning a profit. Commercial dog racing is now illegal in 41 states, including Florida, which passed a ban in December to phase out the practice by the end of 2020. In addition to Arkansas, Delaware North is still operating two dog-racing tracks in West Virginia. (vegnews.com)
Starting February 2020, the University of Helsinki—the oldest and largest university in Finland—will no longer serve beef for lunch. The school's food provider UniCafe—which serves approximately 1,000 lunches daily—made the decision to remove beef from the menu in a bid to fight the climate crisis and revealed that the move would reduce its carbon footprint by 11 percent annually. "The idea came from the staff as we were thinking about our next responsibility action," Leena Pihlajamäki, the chief operating officer at UniCafe, told local media outlet YLE. "We realised that this is a way to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions significantly. Studies show that it’s one of the most effective ways. The goal is ambitious but far from impossible." The University of Helsinki follows the University of Coimbra (Portugal's oldest university), University of Cambridge, and Goldsmiths college which have all pledged to remove beef from on-campus dining facilities in recent months for environmental purposes. (vegnews.com)
Swedish vegan brand Oatly—the makers behind the popular barista-style oat milk—is launching its range of oat-milk-based ice creams in select Tesco stores across the United Kingdom. Oatly's new ice cream will be available in the supermarket chain later this month in three flavors: Chocolate Fudge, Hazelnut Swirl, and Salted Caramel. "We're excited to see our much-anticipated Oatly ice creams finally hit UK freezers," an Oatly spokesperson told media outlet Plant Based News. "The three unashamedly indulgent flavours broaden our UK product range from oat drinks to sweet treats that pack a flavour punch. We're grateful for the nationwide support from Tesco and can't wait to see how Oatly fans react. We're committed to providing new ways to easily make the switch from dairy to oat and protect the planet in the process." Last year, Oatly debuted a five-flavor ice cream line in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. In June, the company brought seven ice cream flavors (oat, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip, mint chip, and coffee) to select retailers in the United States. (vegnews.com)
10/16/2019 CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN FUR
This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 44 into law, which will make California the first state in the country to prohibit the sale and manufacture of new fur statewide. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2023 and violators will be fined up to $1,000 and/or serve up to six months in jail. In December 2018, California assembly member Laura Friedman introduced AB 44, which is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and supported by organizations In Defense of Animals (IDA), Animal Hope in Legislation (AHL), and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (AHWF). This week, Newsom also signed SB313 (known as the "Circus Cruelty Prevention Act") into law, making California the third state—behind New Jersey and Hawaii—to ban wild animal circuses. SB 313 was authored by Senator Ben Hueso, and sponsored by animal-rights groups People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL). Additionally, Newsom signed AB1260 into law which bans the import and sale of certain "exotic" skins, including those derived from lizards, caimans, and hippopotamuses, a bill also sponsored by PETA and SCIL. In September, Newsom signed into law The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 (AB 273), making California the first state to ban fur trapping. (vegnews.com)
Vegan Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has urged his fans to boycott shows featuring marine animals. The star, who is currently in Japan, took to Instagram to share a video of dolphins performing at a marine park and called on his followers to educate themselves about the horrible things that happen to animals in captivity. "The culture, the people, the food and cities are wow. But do you know, this happens here in Japan. Please please don't go and support these shows around the world, don't buy tickets to show your kids. Instead, educate them of these horrible things that have happened to the dolphins, whales, and other sea life. These beautiful creatures shouldn't suffer." (plantbasednews.org)
Harvard University recently became the latest signatory of the Cool Food Pledge (CFP)—an initiative that focuses on promoting plant-based foods with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2030. "Addressing the emissions associated with our food choices is a focal part of Harvard’s holistic approach to using our campus as a testbed to address climate change and sustainability," Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp told university news outlet The Harvard Gazette. Several students have taken initiatives to educate classmates about the environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet. On-campus cafeterias and eateries have followed suit by offering and developing additional plant-based options to help the school uphold its part of the CFP. Harvard aims to implement a variety of programs that will help achieve its 2030 goal. CFP was created last year by a cooperative of environmental groups, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and UN Environment, and counted ten founding signatories that collectively serve 60 million meals annually at their dining facilities. In addition to Harvard, signatories currently include global financial institute World Bank, co-working company WeWork, furniture retailer IKEA, the University of Pittsburgh, UCLA Health, and the City of Ghent in Belgium, amongst others. (vegnews.com)
Eco-conscious fashion designer Stella McCartney recently unveiled the world's first eco-friendly faux fur made using plant-based ingredients. The Koba Fur-Free Fur debuted as an onyx black faux fur coat at McCartney's Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. The innovative material, made with DuPont Sorona plant-based fibers and recycled polyester, was developed by Ecopel, a global faux fur textile and apparel manufacturer which has also creates "high-end faux fur" for more than 300 top fashion brands that have stopped using real fur. It claims to have a more luxurious feel than existing faux fur alternatives and is made up of 37 percent Sorona fibers, which means it uses 30 percent less energy and 63 percent less greenhouse gases than conventional synthetics. The Koba Fur-Free Fur can also be recycled at the end of its life, which helps ensure that it does not end up in a landfill. "I am incredibly excited about this new eco-friendly, bio-based Fur-Free Fur. It is another big step toward the future of fashion being sustainable and animal-free," McCartney said. (vegnews.com)
10/04/2019 VEGAN PICNIC ON WORLD ANIMAL DAY
World Animal Day in Croatia will be celebrated again this year at the Zagreb Lake Bundek and it is organized by the City of Zagreb. On Saturday, October 5, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Animal Friends Croatia invites all citizens to spend time together with animal protection associations and plenty of good vegan food. Some of the dishes that can be tasted at the Veggie Picnic are soparnik, vegan fritters, legumes, burgers, pumpkin soup with lentils, apples and plums strudel, bulgur and quinoa with vegetables, four types of vegan cappuccino, and many more healthy, delicious meals good for humans, animals, and the environment. As part of an all-day event visitors will be introduced to numerous associations that care for animals and promote their adoption and protection.
The New York City Council recently adopted Resolution 238, an initiative that calls upon the Department of Education to remove processed meat such as bologna, pepperoni, and hot dogs from public school menus citywide. The initiative was spearheaded by Brooklyn Borough President and vegan Eric L. Adams and supported by three council members, including Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx. "We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life," Adams said. "We must feed our kids nutritious meals that will nourish their bodies and help them perform better academically. Kids want to be healthy and strong, so let's help them get there by feeding them healthy meals." In March, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Adams announced that all 1,700 NYC public schools would serve meatless meals on Mondays, along with a selection of vegan options. NYC's ban follows similar legislation adopted last year by California's Santa Barbara Unified School District. (vegnews.com)
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