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Challenge: PETA launches $1 million design competition to create vegan wool

JENNIFER HAHN: Animal rights organisation PETA has launched the Vegan Wool Challenge, calling on designers and researchers to develop a vegan alternative to sheep's wool with a lower environmental impact. The competition will award $1 million to the first entrant who develops a bio-based or bioengineered material that mimics the look, feel and performance of wool and is adopted by a major fashion brand. The hope is that this will help to cut emissions from the wool industry and support PETA's ongoing campaign against animal cruelty. "Even on 'sustainable' and 'responsible' farms, workers…

‘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…

‘EO’: The Gorgeously hypnotic new film about a donkey whose journey will break your heart

GARY M. KRAMER: Gorgeously filmed, experimental in style, and incredibly humanistic, "EO," recounts the experiences of the titular donkey — frequently from the animal's point of view. The film is Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski's ("Four Nights With Anna") homage to Robert Bresson's "Au Hasard Balthazar," and it arrives with bona fides, having won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is Poland's selection as their official Oscar entry for Best International Film. EO is first seen under a red strobe light with surging music. He is a circus animal who is cared for…

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…

MILESTONE: FDA approves lab-grown meat for human consumption, animal rights advocates hail the move

ECONOMIC TIMES: In a historic first, the U.S. FDA approved lab-grown meat for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration considered the lab-grown chicken produced by Upside Foods, a California-based startup, safe for consumption. The approval of cultured meat by the US regulator is considered a major milestone by companies and animal rights organizations like PETA... The FDA announced on Wednesday that it evaluated the information Upside Foods submitted and was satisfied with the conclusions. The regulator asserted that the company had completed the “pre-market consultation” of…

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…