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Hotel chain Four Seasons announced this week its partnership with vegan chef Leslie Durso, who has developed 25 new vegan offerings that will be served at three restaurants—Aramara, Bahia by Richard Sandoval, and Ketsi—at the chain's Punta Mita resort located in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. "Through our partnership with the talented Leslie Durso," resort general manager John O'Sullivan said, "we are setting a new standard in healthy resort dining with elevated vegan offerings across our entire restaurant portfolio. I wanted to ensure the recipes would seamlessly align with the resort's current offerings at each restaurant," Durso said. Earlier this year, nearby luxury resort Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit introduced 24-hour vegan menus at its restaurants with the help of local vegan chef Miguel Batista. (vegnews.com)
Health Canada, part of the Canadian Department of Health, is overhauling its national food guide. The proposal eliminates dairy as a food group in response to debate over the health benefits versus risks of dairy, as well as the prevalence of lactose intolerance. Health Canada's proposed new guide will also promote plant-based protein, which aligns with growing nutritional trends and environmental concerns over animal-based food sources. In addition to nutritional debates and environmental concerns, ethical questions about the treatment of animals on industrial farms have influenced these revisions. These bold changes overturn decades of established nutritional guidelines, placing Canada alongside Brazil as one of the few countries that reject industry-backed dietary recommendations. Unlike Canada, however, Brazil has no food guide, instead relying upon its Ten Steps To Healthy Diets, a series of guidelines outlining both nutritional suggestions and healthy eating habits. (secondnexus.com)
In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson spoke about his decision to invest in food technology company Memphis Meats—which became the first "clean" (also known as "cultured") meat company to close a Series A funding round, raising $17 million from major investors last week. "I'm thrilled to have invested in Memphis Meats," Branson said. "I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same, and also be much healthier for everyone." Memphis Meats plans to debut its first products—meat grown from a small amount of animal cells in a lab setting—by 2021. (vegnews.com)
The Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital (CCSPH) announced this week that it ended its mandatory medical training conducted on live dogs at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). On Tuesday, nonprofit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) informed NEOMED that it would file a federal complaint and erect billboards pointing to the program's use of live animals. CCSPH chose to end the program the same day. PCRM applauded the swift action. "We believe that the termination of animal use for emergency medicine training by the CCPSH and NEOMED," PCRM Director of Academic Affairs John Pippin, MD, told VegNews, "will have a ripple effect on other programs not only in Ohio but nationwide." Pippin revealed that with the addition of CCSPH, 90 percent of the 175 surveyed emergency medicine residencies in the United States now use human-relevant training methods instead of animals, including 10 other programs in Ohio. (vegnews.com)
This week, Australia's largest dairy supplier company Murray Goulburn (MG) announced an unprecedented 22 percent drop in sales within the last year. MG discontinued its infant formula line and is currently shutting down three processing facilities in an effort to recoup some of the $370.8 million loss in profits it sustained during its 2016 to 2017 fiscal year. "MG has experienced a difficult year as a result of the significant reduction in milk intake and adverse seasonal conditions," the company said in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange. The vegan diet and plant-based milks have gained traction in Australia in recent years, with Google naming "vegan" the most searched dietary term in 2016 in its most recent trends report. (vegnews.com)
From September 5 until November 17, seven schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will add vegan lunches to its menus. The initiative was first introduced by board president Steve Zimmer—with support from a number of animal-rights activists and organizations including actress Pamela Anderson, youth activist Lila Copeland, and vegan medical group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Students who attend North Hollywood, Banning, Fairfax, Huntington Park, Roosevelt, Crenshaw, and Sylmar high schools will now have vegan lunch options such as burgers, sausage subs, bean tamales, teriyaki patty sandwiches, and chili with tortilla chips. During the trial period, students will vote for their favorite vegan options and provide feedback on areas of improvement. The LAUSD will use this information to implement similar programs at other area schools. (vegnews.com)
In a viral video released by media outlet LAD Bible last week, environmentalist and former United States Vice President Al Gore offered his advice on halting climate change. In the video, Gore speaks about the impending dangers of climate change and his new film An Inconvenient Truth Sequel—which did not give much air time to the concept of plant-based diets helping to curb climate change. "Diet is personal choice, but I have been a vegan for five years now," Gore said. "We have to walk before we can run, and I concentrate on the solutions to the climate crisis that I think can be advanced quickly," Gore said when advocating for a plant-based diet to fight climate change. In the same video, when asked, "If you had to give Trump once piece of advice, what would it be?" Gore emphatically responded with "resign." The Trump administration has continually denied the existence of climate change and implemented policies that promote the continual degradation of the environment. (vegnews.com)
Last week, Brazilian meat company JBS reported a 79.8-percent decrease in net profits in the company's second quarter compared to the same time period in 2016. The troubled meat processing company—the largest in the world—attributes its losses to the scandal in which it has been embroiled since March, when members of "Operation Weak Flesh" uncovered a conspiracy where, among other tresspasses, JBS bribed health officials and politicians to allow the sale of meat adulterated with chemicals to hide its rotten smell. Since then, several JBS executives have been terminated, the company was fined millions of dollars, and a number of countries around the world have banned the import of meat from Brazil. According to animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals, the first day of the multi-country ban resulted in a sharp decrease in Brazil’'s daily meat export—from $63 million to just $74,000. (vegnews.com)
A new study compiled by market research firm Mintel found that 28 percent of British residents have drastically reduced their meat intake in the six-month period ending in March 2017. The study also found that 54 percent of people cited animal welfare as the main reason for ditching meat, with environmental reasons being most important to those under 25 years of age. Overall, women under 25 years of age are most likely to follow a meatless diet, while 50 percent of Brits have sampled meat-free products within the study period. The consumption of meat in the United Kingdom has dropped since the World Health Organization re-classified processed meat in the same carcinogenic category as cigarettes in 2015. (vegnews.com)
Famed musician Jon Bon Jovi recently removed all leather from his clothing line Hart N Dagger. Bon Jovi was prompted to make the decision after animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) petitioned the musician to acknowledge the animal cruelty present in the fashion industry. Hart N Dagger will now use vegan leather patches on its jeans and will no longer use animal skins on any other items. PETA sent the musician a box of cow-shaped vegan chocolates to thank him for his compassionate decision. In recent years, vegan leather has become a lucrative sector of the fashion industry and is predicted to be valued at $85 billion by 2025, as people continue to opt for cruelty-free materials. (vegnews.com)
Chennai, India-based German International School will serve only vegan food starting this school year. The school began rescuing farmed animals this year, and officials decided that serving children animal products no longer aligned with their morals. "We felt it was ethically not right," Thomas A. Pallushek, advisor for international schools in the Asia Pacific region, told India Times. "We wanted to reduce the human impact on the environment, and eating less meat is the simplest way." Students will now dine on vegan breakfasts, lunches, and snacks such as cucumber avocado toast, zucchini bread and applesauce, ratatouille, flavored rice with dhal curry, pumpkin spice muffins, and smoothies. The school also creates its own vegan meat alternatives and cashew-based cheese, and includes vegan documentaries in its ethics classes. (vegnews.com)
New rules enacted in England will require all slaughterhouses to install closed-circuit cameras in every area of the facilities by the end of the year. Footage obtained from these cameras can be accessed by industry watchdog group Food Standards Agency, and criminal charges could be brought should any facility be found in violation of animal-welfare standards. According to the BBC, slaughterhouses where chickens are bred for meat will be the first to install cameras, with those that breed egg-laying hens, pigs, dogs, and other animals to follow by the end of the year. The country's Environmental Secretary Michael Gove explained this move as a way to show the rest of the world that England has the highest animal-welfare standards. Last year, a historic bill was passed in France that required its 263 slaughterhouses be equipped with cameras by 2018. (vegnews.com)
More than 1 million eggs produced in the Netherlands and Belgium have been recalled in 13 European Union countries, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. The recall was issued after authorities found egg samples to contain fipronil—a prohibited substance used to treat lice on chicken factory farms. If ingested, fipronil can have side effects including kidney, liver, and thyroid damage. More than 100 egg farms have been closed in areas suspected of producing the tainted eggs, and an investigation is ongoing to determine the culprit(s) of the outbreak. Supermarkets across Europe have removed items made with eggs, including sandwiches and salads, from store shelves. Stateside, the 2015 bird flu epidemic had a positive silver-lining. Vegan eggless alternatives absorbed $74 million in profits from egg giant Cal-Maine Foods, which has not recovered demand for its products since. (vegnews.com)
New vegan group Plant Based Health Mississippi (PBHM) recently launched in Jackson, MS. In March, finance company WalletHub named Jackson the fattest city in the United States, prompting actress Pamela Anderson to challenge the city mayor Chokwe Lumumba to go vegan for one month—a challenge the mayor accepted. Local eatery Cool Al's owner Kim Moroski was inspired by Lumumba's commitment to create PBHM with the mission to spread healthy eating habits throughout the city. PBHM will host its first vegan event on August 27, when they will screen popular vegan documentary What the Health, host a plant-based food tasting reception (featuring Moroski's vegan gumbo), and inspire guests with plant-based eating lectures given by vegan chefs, doctors, and personal trainers. (vegnews.com)
08/11/2017 NE-YO GOES VEGAN
This week, musician Shaffer Chimere Smith (Ne-Yo) emphatically announced via an Instagram Stories video he posted to Facebook that he is now "100% Vegan!!!" Smith went to the grocery store after watching the documentary What the Health to purchase plant-based foods. "Please send in recipes and restaurant recommendations," Smith asked his 2.4 million followers, adding, "because I ain't messin' with that meat no more. It's very mind-blowing how blissfully ignorant I was with the stuff that I was eating, not knowing that [it's] killin' us, ya'll." Smith revealed that he had tried eschewing animal products once when he lived in Los Angeles. Smith dedicated the last portion of his video to Los Angeles-based vegan eatery Doomie's and asked the restaurant to expand to Atlanta (where the musician currently resides). (vegnews.com)
After Animal Friends conducted a long campaign against the use of firecrackers on holidays, the first positive results are finally here. The Law on Explosive Substances and the Production and Trading of Weapons prohibits citizens from purchasing and using F3-category firecrackers/cartridge belts and pyrotechnic agents of category F4, P1, P2, T1 and T2 for personal use. The law prohibits pyrotechnic agents of categories F2, F3, T1 and P1 from being used in enclosed spaces and in areas where more people are gathered. An age limit of 18 years is prescribed for the purchase and use of pyrotechnic articles of categories F2 and F3. Although the new law brings positive changes, Animal Friends continues to push for a complete ban on the purchase and use of pyrotechnic articles of categories F2 and F3.
According to animal-rights organization PETA, animal-rights-themed film Okja is responsible for a 65-percent increase in Google searches for the term "vegan." The film was released mid-May and by late June, Google searches for the term "vegan" hit levels equivalent to those that occur around New Year's annually. The film—which stars actress Tilda Swinton and is produced by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho—follows the relationship of Mija (played by child actress Ahn Seo-hyun) as she forms an emotional bond with titular character Okja (a "superpig" that's destined for slaughter). PETA predicts that the increase in "vegan" Google searches will continue thanks to the vegan documentary What the Health, which has been recently credited for a boom in new vegan customers at restaurants across the Dallas, TX area. (vegnews.com)
The Ministry of Agriculture reacted quickly to a flood of citizen inquiries regarding the wellbeing of captive animals on the premises of the Anita Catering Facility in Zaton Obrovacki, Croatia, owned by Milan Anic. Official inspectors found that the owner of the catering establishment does not have a registered zoo and work permit, nor does he have any documents on the migration, health, treatments or eventual deaths of animals that are not duly marked. The inspectors further discovered that the animal feed is not stored under appropriate conditions, and there is no security for visitors or the animals kept there. Visitors enter without supervision or any control, some even coming with pets. The veterinary inspectors banned the animal exhibition and ordered the owner to treat the sick ostrich and crane, likewise mandating the return of the male and female black macaque monkeys to the Zagreb Zoo. It is unknown whether the owner will be sanctioned for a long-term violation of the law.
In a recent interview with media outlet Stuff, Gerard Gabriel ("Gerry") McGovern, design director of British vehicle brand Land Rover, outlined a shift toward non-leather interiors occurring in the automobile industry. "The attitude toward animal byproducts is changing," McGovern said. "Personally, I'd be quite happy to move away from leather tomorrow. I don't like that we have to slaughter all those cows to create leather." While Land Rover still uses wool in its new fabric interior options, the perception that leather equates to luxury is changing, McGovern said, thanks to a growing demand of animal-free options and the positive response in developing them by companies such as Tesla, which quietly replaced all of its leather options with vegan materials last month. "If we can do it in a way that's responsible when the world is changing massively, and sustainable," McGovern said, "then I think that's a good thing." (vegnews.com)
This week, food technology company Impossible Foods closed a $75 million investment round led by Singapore-based investment firm Temasek. The newest funding round also included Bill Gates, marking the third time that the billionaire invested in Impossible Foods. The company's debut product, the Impossible Burger, relies on a plant-based molecule called "heme" that CEO and biochemistry professor Ethan Brown said "makes meat taste like meat." Last month, Impossible Foods received a patent for its proprietary ingredient and has 100 additional patents pending. Currently, the company is constructing a new production facility in Oakland, CA that will enable it to produce 1 million pounds of burgers per month to help meet its goal of getting on 1,000 restaurant menus before the end of the year. Gates is also an investor in competitor plant-based meat company Beyond Foods, which is in the midst of its own rapid expansion of its vegan Beyond Burger across 600 Kroger stores nationwide. (vegnews.com)
This week, seven out of nine city council members in Pittsburgh, PA have pledged to go meatless on Mondays. The council members worked with local animal-rights organization Humane Action Pittsburgh which convinced the officials that ditching meat, even for one day per week, would set a good example for Pittsburgh residents. Pittsburgh's mayor Bill Peduto took the pledge last year, and Humane Action's current campaign helped councilwoman Darlene Harris’ entire staff get on board with Meatless Mondays. Argentine officials recently took the "Meatless Monday" idea a step further and implemented a "Vegan Monday" program where all 554 government officials—including the country's President Mauricio Macri—will dine only on plant-based foods in the Casa Rosada cafeteria one day per week. (vegnews.com)
Calling all heroes! Animal Friends Croatia is a judge for the 2017 Lisa Shapiro Awards honoring the behind-the-scenes, volunteer animal rights heros who inspire us most. Winners receive a $2,500 cash prize, and their work and efforts will be lifted up to inspire others! Nominate your candidate at: thepollinationproject.org/hero- nominations open until August 13.
08/01/2017 DOG MEAT SALE BANNED IN BALI
Last week, Balinese governor I Made Mangku Pastika AO issued a decree to ban the sale of dog meat on the island nation. The initiative to end the sale came from activist efforts by Animals Australia, which launched a four-month investigation that revealed tourists in Bali, particularly from Australia, might have unknowingly been eating dog meat. The organization pressured the government to instate the decree after gathering more than 170,000 signatures from international residents on its petition against the dog meat trade. While the decree outlaws the sale of dog meat in Bali and pushes for education regarding the dog meat trade, consumption of the animal product is still legal. Various animal-rights organizations, including Animals Australia, hope that Bali’s stance will resonate with other nations that still allow the sale and consumption of dog meat. (vegnews.com)
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