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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: ‘I became a vegan at 82 and found a new sense of freedom’

PAULA COCOZZA: Frances Day’s husband died during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, so there was no funeral. “It was a horrid, horrid time. I was on my own. It took a long time for me to get fairly steady,” she says. Her 82nd birthday passed, and as the summer wore on, she thought: “I’ve got to do something. I don’t want my life to end now. I want to have a few adventures. Let’s start with veganism.” Day has three children, two of whom are vegans, so she was no stranger to the idea – but for decades it had been personally unthinkable. Her late husband had traditional tastes... She…

BACKSLIDING: Exiting veganism; Identity residue, reaction or ambivalence?

REBECCA GREGSON: Veganism is a dietary lifestyle that boasts of benefits to the planet and personal health, underpinned by a moral philosophy. More than a fad, for many, veganism is a part of who they are. Indeed, studies have found that, relative to vegetarians, self-identified vegans report that their diet is highly central to their identity. Vegans also tend to attribute high-levels of sentience to animals, identify with animals, and strongly support animal rights. Nonetheless, maintaining a vegan lifestyle represents a significant challenge for many people. A Fauntalytics study…

FAIL SAFE: New report says EU will not meet ‘methane pledge’ without downsizing animal agriculture

SARAH GEORGE: The EU will not be able to deliver on its COP26 commitment to slash methane emissions by 30% this decade unless efforts are made to scale back livestock numbers, a new report is warning... A new report, published on 14 June by the Changing Markets Foundation and environmental consultancy CE Delft, warns that the EU itself is not implementing policy changes to deliver its own Global Methane Pledge ambitions. The bloc’s main sources of methane are fossil fuels and animal agriculture, and the report focuses on the latter, which accounts for 53% of the EU’s annual methane…

SCALING BACK: Getting consumers to care about fishes

TRENT DAVIDSON: For many people, consuming fishes seems more sustainable and less morally problematic than eating chickens, pigs, cows, and other land animals. As a result, aquaculture—and fish farming specifically—has taken off in recent years. Despite this, there are many welfare issues associated with farming fishes, such as disease, environmental degradation, poor treatment, and the suffering these animals endure. As animal advocates confront these issues, they need to learn how to effectively bring them to consumers’ attention so they can mobilize the public to take action for fishes.…

‘Jokers to the Left, Clowns to the Right’: Germany’s new ridiculous animal welfare label

ANNE-SOPHIE BRANDLIN: New plans for regulations such as a mandatory label documenting how animals were reared are supposed to improve animal welfare. Is that a right step toward more transparency for consumers - or greenwashing? Germany's federal government has come up with a draft bill for new regulations regarding animal welfare. "I want good meat from Germany to be served in the future as well. In order to do so, our farms urgently need a perspective they can rely on," Food and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir said when introducing his plans. This perspective, he says, includes four…

REGENESIS: Animal agriculture is the new oil, according to George Monbiat’s new book

AARON BASTANI: In the 1990s, decarbonisation was seen as the goal for many environmentalists. Since then the key focus of the green movement has to stop extracting fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. In a new book, one of the worlds foremost environmental campaigners argues that there is a far bigger existential threat to the vertebrate life on earth: Animal Agriculture. SOURCE... DAN SALADINO: In his twelfth book, Regenesis, George Monbiot argues that this chapter in the human story – in which animals play a central role in agricultural systems – must come to an end. In the action…

June 5, 2022: It’s National Animal Rights Day

NARD: National Animal Rights Day (NARD) 12 will be commemorated around the world on Sunday June 5, 2022. Established by the non-profit Our Planet. Theirs Too. in 2011. NARD is an annual day observed in a growing number of countries around the world, on the first Sunday in June, for the purpose of giving a voice to all animals and raising awareness for their rights. It's "Memorial Day" and "Independence Day" for the animals, combined. On this day, special NARD events are held in major cities around the world, to Commemorate the billions of animals who die every year by human hands, Educate …

Amy Taylor’s ‘MILKED’: An untold story that had to be told

SANDRA KYLE: The dairy exposé MILKED is reeling in the awards while the Dairy Industry remains silent... In this article End Animal Slaughter’s Sandra Kyle talks to its inspirational Director, Kiwi filmmaker Amy Taylor... SK: Why did you make ‘MILKED’? AT: The motivation for making this film came from a growing awareness I had about the dairy industry’s impacts on people, the environment, and on animals. I began looking into the dairy industry more and seeing the damage it does to the environment, as well as the water pollution, one of the most obvious being the huge amount of native…

STUDY: What is stopping U.S. adults from making the switch to climate-friendlier plant-based food options?

LINA ANH VAN: Although the beneficial effects of a plant-based diet on global change have been well-studied, the majority of Americans are neither vegetarian nor vegan. Global food production contributes up to 30% of global emissions — with animal agriculture making a large proportion of this — in addition to other effects such as habitat destruction and freshwater use. A large-scale transition to a more plant-based diet is one collective action that would greatly reduce the impact of diet on global warming and environmental changes. However, adoption by U.S. adults has been slow, as only…

Roger Yates: Foul-mouthed veganism

ROGER YATES: The march to create a vegan movement that resembles the RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) continues apace – or so it seems to me. Social movement theory warns us that, once social movements grow, their core values may be placed in danger. Is this happening to the vegan social movement? Has it already happened? All I hear now are foul-mouthed vegans using the dread c-word. Cruelty this, cruelty that, cruelty the other. I’m heartily sick of the damn word! This welfarist language is now largely dominant in the vegan movement. On platforms such as…