Category: Vegan

Joaquin Phoenix: Life for Lab Test Monkeys is a ‘Toxic Nightmare’

Actor and animal activist Joaquin Phoenix is speaking out against the horrific cruelty to monkeys and other animals documented in a recent undercover investigation by Last Chance for Animals (LCA). The investigation, conducted over a span of 4 months at International Toxicology Research (ITR) labs in Montreal, documents macaque monkeys, as well as dogs and mini pigs, suffering immensely in intense confinement and excruciating experiments. At this lab, workers force tubes down the animals’ throats, then pump their stomachs full of toxic substances. At the end of the experiment, the dogs and mini pigs are killed. Typically, the monkeys...

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Impossible Foods Ramps Up to 1 Million Pounds of Plant-Based ‘Meat’ a Month

Scarcity no more! If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the elusive — and eerily beef-like — Impossible Burger, your lucky day may be drawing near. Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley startup known for its vegan burger that looks and tastes just like the real thing, has launched its first large-scale facility which, over the course of 2017, will be able to produce 1 million pounds of plant-derived meat per month. The new plant, based in Oakland, California, is expected to grow quickly with at least 80 new recruits during 2017, and to produce enough meatless beef for 4...

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How to Get All That Water Out of Your Tofu Without Making a Total Mess

If you’ve ever tried to fry tofu, you know what a kitchen disaster this seemingly simple task can turn into. After straining your tofu as best you can, it’s still a soggy brick. So maybe you squeeze a towel around it, hoping all that liquid will be soaked right up (and that the now-drenched towel won’t stink up your laundry bin). Or maybe you set a board or a plate on top of the tofu to press out the water, then leave it precariously in the sink or the fridge, taking up precious space and leaving a mess in...

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The Newest Vegan ‘Leather’ Comes from Recycled Banana Trees

On the Micronesian island of Kosrae, banana trees are plentiful. Good paying jobs are not. Enter Green Banana Paper. After living and teaching on the island for several years, American ex-pat Matt Simpson recognized many of his students were leaving because they could not find work. So with the help of a friend and the internet, Simpson started a local company that utilizes recycled banana trees to create environmentally friendly “leather.” Banana trees grow rapidly, but only bear fruit once and must be chopped down and disposed of to make room for new shoots. Green Banana Paper re-purposes these...

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USDA Sued for Failing to Stop Massive Animal Suffering

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the department refused to respond to their petition requesting an update on the archaic Humane Methods of Slaughter Act — thus failing to prevent animal suffering on a massive scale. “The humane slaughter regulations have not been amended in nearly 40 years, despite the fact that we now know much more about the best ways to handle animals at slaughter,” said AWI’s Farm Animal Program Director Dena Jones in an interview with Lady Freethinker. Since AWI — a nonprofit animal advocacy organization...

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Beastie Boy ‘Ad-Rock’ is Selling Vegan Shoes to benefit Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood just celebrated its 100th year.  During that time, they have established themselves as a trusted healthcare provider, a go-to resource for information/answers and a constant and strong advocate for women. Many celebrities have supported the organization’s profound efforts, and if he wasn’t on that list before, Adam Horovitz (better known as Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys) can now be added. Ad-Rock has teamed up with a cruelty-free shoe business to design a warm shoe with a big purpose. “Winter’s cold and I couldn’t find a warm sneaker to walk around in,” Horovitz said in a statement. “Given...

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