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‘Vegan Geographies: Spaces Beyond Violence, Ethics Beyond Speciesism’

OPHELIE VERON: I am excited to share a new volume that I co-edited with my colleagues Paul Hodge (University of Newcastle), Andrew McGregor (Macquarie University), Simon Springer (University of Newcastle) and Richard J. White (University of Sheffield Hallam), and published by Lantern in March this year. Veganism as an ethics and a practice has a recorded history dating back to antiquity. Yet, it is only recently that researchers have begun the process of formalizing the study of veganism. Whereas occasional publications have recently emerged from sociology, history, philosophy, cultural…

IN THE NILE: Watch attendees of COP27 conference in Egypt deny destructive impact of animal agriculture on climate change

KLAUS MITCHELL: Plant Based News (PBN) founder Klaus Mitchell gave a talk on the environmental impact of animal agriculture at COP27. The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference started on Monday, November 6. It is this year taking place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The annual event sees world leaders gather together to work on plans to address the climate crisis. It is thought that around 90 heads of state and representatives from more than 190 countries will be in attendance. Previous COP events have proved controversial due to their omission of discussion of animal agriculture.…

International celebrities, academics and business leaders call on world leaders to end factory farming

LOOK TO THE STARS: More than 200 prominent individuals have united through an international open letter to call on world leaders at the COP27 climate conference to end factory farming and transform our global food system. The letter – organized by Compassion in World Farming as part of its new End of the Line for Factory Farming global campaign – highlights the urgent need to transform our global food system and calls on world leaders to support and deliver a global agreement on food and farming at the United Nations General Assembly. It is being released on Solutions Day at the conference.…

Veganism in Japan: How ‘soft’ activism is changing minds in a meat-eating nation

RUBY RAMSDEN: Japan is a country with a long history of government-enforced meat bans. The first meat-ban, enacted in 673 CE, prohibited the consumption of horses, dogs, chickens, and monkeys, and was likely issued to promote rice cultivation and dissuade citizens from hunting during the spring and summer seasons. Other meat bans had various motivations, from economic to religious. In his book Animal Care in Japanese Tradition, W. Puck Brecher points out that local Japanese religion typically encouraged good treatment of animals, in contrast with Judeo-Christian teachings, which have long…

UNDENIABLY WAIRY: How ‘big dairy’ infiltrated TikTok

BJORN OLAFSSON: If you don’t know who “MrBeast” is, your kids almost certainly do. He’s massive with the Gen Z demographic, consistently trending on TikTok and YouTube, most famous for eye-grabbing philanthropic stunts or Squid Game recreations, sometimes reaching over a billion views a month. He’s also the latest influencer to collaborate with Undeniably Dairy, a massive, multiyear, marketing campaign designed to boost sagging sales of milk worldwide. But this campaign isn’t a ‘how do you do fellow kids’ cringey faux pax. These videos are popular, cool even: Iced coffee hacks. Cooking…

SURVEY: 42% of consumers believe plant-based food will replace meat by 2032

MOHSINA DODHIYA: New consumer research has found that four out of 10 consumers worldwide think most people will ditch meat for plant-based food in the next decade. The study was conducted by global insights and advisory consultancy GlobeScan and EAT, a science-based non-profit for global food system transformation. They surveyed almost 30,000 consumers in 31 markets around the world across healthy, sustainable, and equitable food provision. The results were presented in the second edition of the Grains of Truth series. Key findings include 42% of the respondents claiming that in the next 10…

The Public’s Verdict: Factory farming puts profits ahead of climate and animals, according to new poll

CIWF: Most people around the world believe factory farming puts profits ahead of taking care of the climate, environment and animals – according to new poll results released by Compassion in World Farming on Adaptation and Agriculture Day (12th November) at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt. The YouGov research – conducted in 13 countries – was commissioned by the international NGO to mark the launch, at COP27, of a global movement, backed by celebrities and NGOs, calling on world leaders to put an end to factory farming. It shows that the majority of people think factory farming puts…

‘Punk Rock Vegan Movie’: Moby to open film festival with animal rights movie then give it away for free

JEREMY KAY: Musician and animal rights activist Moby will open the 29th Slamdance Film Festival with his feature directorial debut Punk Rock Vegan Movie on January 20 2023 and has vowed to give the film away for free after the premiere... The festival runs in Park City and Salt Lake City from January 20-26 and online on the Slamdance Channel from January 23-29... Punk Rock Vegan Movie explores the ongoing relationship between the worlds of punk rock and animal rights and how the music became a breeding ground for vegan activism. It features interviews with Dave Navarro, Ray Cappo, Steve…

BEING VEGAN: New report links veganism with a stronger sense of well-being

POLITICS.CO.UK: A new report 'Wellbeing and Veganism: A Concept Report 2022' by The Vegan Society asks whether veganism can be a pathway towards a greater sense of wellbeing and connection with ourselves, our values and nature. This is the society’s first concept report, which brings together insights from across a range of literature to begin to address the gap in knowledge concerning the relationship between a vegan lifestyle, happiness, and other areas of wellbeing. Considering questions such as “Do we have to sacrifice hedonism if we want to live a life with more meaning?” and “What…

COP-OUT: The meat that COP27 is not talking about

NITIN MEHTA: As world leaders meet in Cairo to try and stop a catastrophe that the human race faces, no one notices the vegan elephant in the room. The world leaders in Cairo will hardly mention meat as the single most cause of the dire state of our planet. Indeed, meat is on the menu for the delegates. According to Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist, when you eat a steak, you kill a lemur in Madagascar. You eat a chicken, you kill an Amazonian parrot. This is because rainforests are being decimated and converted to pasture and feed crops to meet the increasing demand for meat and dairy. Between…