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Iowa quietly passes its THIRD Ag-Gag bill after constitutional challenges

ALLEEN BROWN: Iowa legislators quietly passed a bill on Friday to increase penalties for animal rights activism that has targeted the factory farming industry. Debates in both the state House and Senate were followed rapidly by votes in favor of the legislation. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature. “The intent is to silence whistleblowers and those that would expose animal welfare abuses,” said Adam Mason, the state policy director for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which has fought two previous ag-gag laws in Iowa courts... The latest version was buried at the bottom of…

Medical Doctors Demand ‘Focus On Plant-Based Diets’ In U.S. Dietary Guidelines

ROBBIE LOCKIE: Doctors are calling for 'a focus on plant-based diets' in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Nonprofit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) - which advocates for animal-free diets on health grounds - has released its recommendations for guidelines. The organization highlights the connection between the consumption of animal products and diseases including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease - which it says 'were already among America’s top killers and are now leading COVID-19 comorbidities'. Among PCRM's recommendations, is that…

MASS EXTERMINATION: Dutch farms ordered by government to kill 10,000 minks over coronavirus risk

TOBY STERLING: Dutch mink farms have begun a government-ordered cull amid concern that animals infected with coronavirus could transmit the illness to humans... Infected mink have been found on 10 Dutch farms where the ferret-like animals are bred for their fur, according to the country’s Food & Wares Authority. “All mink breeding farms where there is an infection will be cleared, and farms where there are no infections won’t be,” said spokeswoman Frederique Hermie. The government ordered the KILLING of 10,000 mink on Wednesday after determining that affected farms could act as a…

Jane Goodall: ‘Humanity is finished’ if we fail to learn from coronavirus

LOUISE BOYLE: Dr. Jane Goodall has said that "we are finished" if humanity does not learn lessons from the coronavirus pandemic. “If we do not do things differently, we are finished. We can’t go on very much longer like this," she said, calling for an overhaul of our food systems and end to the destruction of natural habitats. The renowned conservationist, 86, issued the warning at an online conference on Tuesday to address pandemics, wildlife and intensive animal farming hosted by campaigners Compassion in World Farming, where she spoke alongside two European Commissioners. The panel…

Is ‘The End Of Meat’ Really Here? Not Yet

LIAM GILLIVER: Clinging onto the smallest glimmer of hope to help us get through these unprecedented times. CO2 levels are plummeting in major cities across the globe, sales of plant-based meat are skyrocketing, and meat giants like Tyson are being scrutinised for putting their workers’ health in jeopardy. These small but mighty leaps forward are worth celebrating... But standing out amongst all headlines is a statement most vegans dream of reading. One that appears innocent and hopeful. But in reality, is insidiously misleading and reductive: 'The End of Meat Is Here'. The Op-Ed was…

ONE HEALTH: The interconnectedness of human, nonhuman animal, and environmental health

NATHAN FIORITTI: The COVID-19 pandemic probably began with a single transmission of virus from an animal to a human. The tragic consequences highlight the relationship between public, animal and environmental health. There are many ways in which these areas are interconnected, from the overuse of antibiotics on farm animals leaving us more vulnerable to superbugs, to climate change giving diseases new opportunities to spread or the need to maintain balanced and viable ecosystems to protect our health... Outbreaks like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, Middle East respiratory…

Let’s Rebuild the Broken Meat Industry — Without Animals

LIZ SPECHT & JAN DUTKIEWICZ: The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the underlying flaws in many of America’s most iconic industries. In times of stability and abundance, we have staked our national identity on our ability to transform cottage goods into global behemoths, democratizing access to all the luxuries money can buy. Lurking just below the surface are fragilities that this pandemic is laying bare. The American invention of industrialized animal agriculture, which now accounts for over 99 percent of the meat sold in this country, is no exception. A meat shortage is upon us.…

BOOK REVIEW: Protest Kitchen

MIDGE RAYMOND: Carol J. Adams, best known for her groundbreaking book The Sexual Politics of Meat, has teamed up with dietician Virginia Messina to create Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time, an inspiring guide for all who care about social justice, animal rights, and our planet. With more than 50 recipes (from sweets to snacks to meals), Protest Kitchen is the perfect book for those who are interested in veganism or just starting on the plant-based path. Yet it’s so much more than a cookbook; in eight short chapters filled with…

‘Meat the Future’: Meet Canadian film director Liz Marshall

MEGHAN GHERON: Liz Marshall is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker. Since the 1990s, she has written, produced, directed, and filmed diverse international and socially conscious documentaries. Marshall’s feature-length films explore social justice and environmental themes driven by strong characters. Previous documentary titles include “Midian Farm” (2018), “Water on the Table” (2010), and “The Ghosts In Our Machine” (2013)... “Meat the Future” is an exclusive story about the pioneers behind one of this century’s biggest ideas: “cell-based meat,” also known as “clean meat,” “cultivated…

A Pandemic-Free Future Means No Industrial Animal Agriculture

ANNE ELLIOT: COVID-19, unseen, all-powerful, the taker of lives, ignoring geographical boundaries, has been the creator of much moral discomfort. And forces us to think outside the box, to review everything we thought we knew, even mundane activities, like animal agriculture. Ideally, can we prevent pandemics at the source?... While the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 continues, it is obvious we cannot vaccinate ourselves against everything. Surely focusing on the source/s of pandemics is also important... Chickens and pigs are commonly raised on factory farms and of all animals…