Category: Vegan

Why Do We Love Some Animals and Eat Others?

Dogs are considered cherished family members, yet pig flesh is coveted as mouthwatering breakfast fare. While adorable cat videos go viral on the internet, T-shirts with diagrams of cows’ bodies with terms like ‘loin’ and ‘brisket’ are sold at clothing stores nationwide. Carnism, a term coined by Dr. Melanie Joy, is a concept that has intrigued her and others for years; it has been programmed into our minds to love and respect certain species, but kill others. Why exactly is that? What is the rationale behind this ideology? In her book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear...

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Finally! McDonald’s Trials New McVegan Burger

Veganism has exploded in the past few years, with plant-based versions of our favorite foods lining the aisles of nearly every grocery store. But while vegan foods may be making their way into our kitchens, fast-food restaurants have been slow to bring such options to their menus. Until now, that is. Comfort food-loving vegans rejoice! McDonald’s is introducing a new plant-based item, fittingly named the “McVegan.” This juicy new creation features a soy-based patty topped with salad, pickles, tomato, and a vegan McFeast dressing. It looks a lot like any other burger on the menu. There’s a catch, though; the McVegan is only available in Tampere, Finland from...

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Methane Emissions from Animal Agriculture are 11% Worse Than We Thought

Methane (CH4) is largely overlooked when addressing global warming and climate change. Carbon dioxide (CO2) governs the greenhouse gases (GHGs) addressed in policies targeted to curb global warming — but methane is a grave danger to the planet, too. New data poses an unavoidable acknowledgement of this much ignored climate threat. Revised statistics reveal that methane emissions from livestock are 11% higher than previously estimated, accounting for a large part of the sharp increase in methane emissions since 2007. CH4’s warming effect on the Earth is 82-86 times that of CO2, initially. Because it has a life of around two decades...

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12-Year-Old Vegan Boy Hangs Himself after Bullies Pelt Him with Meat

On January 19, Louie Tom Fenton was found dead in Hertford, England by his family in their home, having hanged himself after being bullied in school for his vegan lifestyle. The boy was only 12 years old, and despite his mother continuously approaching Richard Hale School regarding the issue, the bullying only worsened until Louie would eventually take his own life. “He had regular appointments with the counsellor and he started self-harming. They threw meat at him in the canteen because he was a vegan,” his mother, Catherine Fenton, wrote Hertfordshire’s Coroner’s Court. The court also heard that Louie...

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Vegan Food is Going Global – And You’ll be Surprised How Many Meat-Eaters are Digging In

For many people, veganism has brought to mind mythical visions of barefooted forest-dwellers and cartoon princesses followed by tribes of deer, birds and other woodland creatures. It has a reputation for being an incredibly difficult way of life adopted by only the most extreme dieters. Well, times are changing. Vanishing are the days of dreaded questions like, “Where do you get your protein?” and, “How do you live without cheese?” as vegan meats, cheeses, yogurts, milks and eggs are popping up all over the world. In the United States alone, veganism has skyrocketed to over 600% in the past...

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New Hotline Launched to Report Animal Cruelty and More at Factory Farms and Slaughterhouses

On Wednesday, non-profit animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing (COK) announced the launch of an innovative new way for whistleblowers to report animal cruelty, workers’ rights abuses, food safety risks, and environmental violations on farms and slaughterhouses without fear of being identified or persecuted. The confidential hotline, 1-800-65-FARM-TIPS, allows concerned citizens to call whenever they spot injustice. They can also file a confidential report online at FarmTips.org. The hotline has been featured on billboards throughout major animal agriculture states Arkansas and Georgia, reaching approximately 300,000 people so far. Additional billboard locations are set to be unveiled in North Carolina. These are some...

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Finally! Pizza Hut in the UK to Offer Vegan Cheese

Everybody loves pizza. With origins in Italy, the food’s been around for centuries. Now, it’s a popular choice for people across the globe. Although there are countless pizzerias, only one is the largest pizza chain in the world: Pizza Hut. This pizza empire was created in 1958 by two brothers, and now, almost 60 years and over 16,000 locations in over 100 countries later, the company has finally decided to explore a plant-based option for dairy. As the “pizza company that lives life unboxed,” Pizza Hut has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for junk-food loving vegans...

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Book: How One Man is Changing the Way the World Sees Farm Animals

Nathan Runkle was just 17 when he performed his first open rescue — a risky endeavor involving sneaking into a farm or other animal facility to document the horrendous conditions inside, rescuing some of the suffering animals along the way. A bold move from someone who had grown up in a farming family, though Nathan had turned vegan years earlier and had already founded his own animal rights organization, Mercy for Animals. In his newly released book, Mercy For Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals, Nathan reveals the journey from his...

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