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Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit for FREE (August 3-9, 2020)

ANIMAL PLACE: The critical issues affecting farmed animals are only increasing during this global pandemic, and as animal activists, vegans, environmentalists, and plant-based eaters we know we must do more. But what? And how? Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES) August 3-9. This FREE online event about the future of the farmed animal movement is sponsored by Animal Place and Plant Based Network, and features activists, scientists, authors, filmmakers and other impactful voices in the farmed animal movement! Topics include farmed animal behavior, the role of sanctuaries as…

THE END: Corporate animal agriculture’s days are numbered. What comes next?

KENDRA COULTER: Corporate animal agriculture is in crisis, and its days are numbered. Factory farming and industrialized animal slaughtering are being recognized as dangerous for workers’ health, as potential causes of the next pandemic and as both ethically and environmentally unsustainable. Early numbers suggest noteworthy increases in the purchase of plant-based foods during the pandemic. New vegan products are being brought to market almost weekly. And advancements in cultured “clean” meat may soon result in mass production. These technological innovations mean that meat can be created…

Can India lead the ‘vegan economy’ against future pandemics?

ANKUSH DAS AND KOWTHAMRAJ VS: The WHO estimates that 75 percent of new diseases discovered in the last decade have originated in animals (zoonosis). This is primarily because more than 90 percent of the meat we consume is sourced from a vast industry of factory farms that house farm animals in unhygienic conditions. This presents a perfect breeding ground for viruses. To prevent future virus outbreaks, a part of the solution may lie in moving towards a more plant-based diet. In this regard, India might be sitting on a gold mine of opportunity. The vegan movement advocates for a shift to a…

Chinese factory farming creating perfect environment for new pandemic even more deadly than COVID

BRIAN MCGLEENON: Chinese factory farming is creating the perfect environment for "the mutation and amplification of new viruses" and unless conditions improve "this pandemic will not be the last one", a leading scientist has warned. Global Head of Research and Animal Welfare for Animals in Farming Kate Blaszak described the growth of intensive farming units not just in China but across the world and pointed to them as having the potential to both increase antibiotic resistance and create a deadlier pathogen than COVID-19. Ms Blaszak said: "China is incubating two new strains of bird flu. It…

MASS EXTERMINATION: California kills 3.2 MILLION trout to halt bacteria outbreak

CBS SACRAMENTO: California will kill 3.2 million trout to stop the outbreak of a bacterial infection that’s threatening hatcheries, wildlife officials said... The trout, which are used to stock waterways for recreational fishing, are in two hatcheries in the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra and one hatchery in the Mojave Desert city of Victorville, northeast of Los Angeles... Fish at the hatcheries have been infected with Lactococcus garvieae, which is similar to streptococcus, wildlife officials said... The fish to be killed are at Mojave River Hatchery, Black Rock Hatchery and Fish…

WHERE’S THE BEEF?: The entire meat supply chain faces perilous future

JIM GILES: Global meat consumption will drop by close to 3 percent in 2020, the United Nations predicted recently. That would be the second consecutive annual fall. So what’s going on?... Let’s look at the issue on three time scales. Things look bad for the industry on every one. When policymakers and investors first turned their attention to climate change, energy was the first target. The result was the ongoing decarbonization of the electricity grid. Other sectors, including transport, came later. Now we’re seeing the rise of electric vehicles. The food sector, which contributes around a…

THE PEDDLING OF VEGANISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA: It’s not a diet, and it’s certainly not about YOU!

COLLEEN DE BELLEFONDS: There's a joke vegans love to roll their eyes at: How do you know someone's vegan? Don't worry, they'll tell you. Sure, not every vegan is like that. But for vegan influencers like Yovana Mendoza, formerly known as Rawvana on YouTube (because she followed a raw vegan diet), that outspoken, often ride-or-die dedication to her vegan diet was not just her personal ethos–it was her brand. "The vegan community tends to be very passionate," says Yovana, who at one point boasted as many as half a million subscribes on YouTube (2 million on her Spanish language channel) and…

India’s horrific wet markets exposed: Charred monkey hands and scared dogs waiting to be slaughtered

CHRIS BRADFORD: Monkey body parts including hands are seen on sale while pooches have been tied up in sacks with their heads poking out at the appalling bazaars at wet markets in India. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the footage shows "rampant violations" of animal welfare and wildlife protection... Meat from monkeys, porcupines, barking dear, wild boars and migratory birds was illegally sold in Manipur's Nute Baazar, according to PETA's footage. Meat from monkeys, wild boar and deer were illegally also sold at Churchandpur market. Suspected monkey hands were lined…

New report finds intensive animal farming is the ‘single most risky human behaviour’ for pandemics

VEGAN FOOD & LIVING: ProVeg International has released a major new report, the Food & Pandemics Report, which identifies the ‘eating and farming of animals as the single most risky human behaviour in relation to pandemics’.The report comes after leading doctors called on the UK public to stop eating meat if we are to avoid future global health disasters... The Food & Pandemics Report uncovers the link between our dietary choices and the global food system, citing them as key drivers of zoonoses (diseases such as COVID-19, which are transmitted from non-human animals to humans)…

REPORT: G20 carbon ‘food-print’ highest in meat-loving nations

MARLOWE HOOD: If everyone alive ate steaks and dairy the way Brazilians and Americans do, we would need an extra five planets to feed the world, according to the first report to compare the carbon emissions from food consumption in G20 nations... The report by EAT — an Oslo-based non-profit that has led peer-reviewed research on the nexus of diet, health and climate change — also rated G20 national dietary guidelines... Argentina tops the list with a diet exceeding climate thresholds nearly five-fold, followed by Canada, Brazil, the United States, Russia and Australia. At the other end of…