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Jordi Casamitjana: The Politics of Veganism

JORDI CASAMITJANA: One of the good things about the term vegan becoming more well-known and used in mainstream society is that we now have more delicious vegan food available everywhere. One of the bad things, though, is that more people may use the term incorrectly, or co-opt the concept of veganism taking it somewhere far from what it should be. Luckily, we have the definition of the Vegan Society to set things straight: “Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food,…

THE ‘SHELL’ OF A VEGAN: Some vegans think oysters are fine to eat?

LISA MCLOUGHLIN: When you think of a vegan’s staple diet, you think plant-based. Well, some are arguing that there is an interesting exception to the rules – and that is oysters... According to The Vegan Society, vegan is a person who avoids 'all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as avoiding animal-derived materials, products tested on animals and places that use animals for entertainment'... Much like honey, the conversation around oysters is a tricky one with a clear divide in the community about whether it’s animal protein…

Death and Cruelty on the High Seas: Livestock shipping strikes again; 15100 sheep drown in the Red Sea

GREG MILLER: Decade after decade, vessel casualties and reports of animal cruelty keep piling up. Yet another major accident occurred this month: On June 11, the livestock carrier Al Badri 1 sank after leaving its berth in Suakin, Sudan, on the Red Sea, with 15,800 sheep onboard. All crew were saved but 15,100 sheep drowned. The Tanzanian-flagged vessel was bound for Saudi Arabia. It listed and sank after reportedly being overloaded. The Al Badri 1 was built 49 years ago as a roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel. It was later converted into a livestock carrier. The latest tragedy echoes the…

CHOOSE LIFE: Almost half of meat-eating Brits are ‘pleasantly surprised’ by taste of plant-based alternatives

SARAH LUMLEY: Almost half of meat-eating Brits admit to being “pleasantly surprised” by the taste of plant-based food. Research of 2,000 adults who eat meat found 46 per cent have previously turned their nose up at “different” foods – only to be surprised by the flavour when they actually try them. Nearly half (48 per cent) confessed they wouldn’t generally consider a meal to be “complete” unless it contained meat, while 38 per cent were doubtful about eating plant-based alternatives altogether. However, of those who were pleasantly surprised by meat substitutes, meat-free sausages,…

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…

VIA DOLOROSA: More than 20 million farm animals die on way to abattoir in U.S. every year

SOPHIE KEVANY: Tens of millions of farm animals in the US are dying before they can be slaughtered, according to a Guardian investigation exposing the deadly conditions under which animals are transported around the country. Approximately 20 million chickens, 330,000 pigs and 166,000 cattle are dead on arrival, or soon after, at abattoirs in the US every year, analysis of publicly available data shows. A further 800,000 pigs are calculated to be unable to walk on arrival. Official records of how the animals died are not published, but veterinarian and welfare specialists told the Guardian…

THOU SHALT NOT HEAL: Vegan animal activist vet nurse sacked for having rescued turkey in her home

NEIL SHAW: An award-winning veterinary nurse who supported an animal liberation movement was sacked after a police raid found she was keeping a rescued turkey in her flat, an employment tribunal heard. 'Ethical vegan' Shakira Free Miles had rescued the 'unwell' bird, called Dorothy, and had taken it to hospital two days after Christmas Day as it could not stand, the hearing was told. But the turkey was discovered by officers in the university-provided home she lived in when she was being investigated for potential involvement in activist group the Animal Liberation Front. At the time, Ms…

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…

END IN BLOOD: California meat-packing plant that is a target of frequent protests to close

CITY NEWS SERVICE: The Farmer John meat-packing plant in Vernon — a frequent target of protests by animal-rights advocates critical of the treatment of pigs at the facility — will close next year, with its Virginia-based owner today citing the rising costs of doing business in California. According to Smithfield Foods, the plant will close in early 2023. The company is also exploring “strategic options to exit its farms in Arizona and California"... The Vernon plant and its associated hog-production farm have been the target of weekly vigils organized by the Animal Alliance Network,…