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INVESTIGATION: U.S. tax dollars used to buy animals from horrific ‘wet markets’ blamed for Coronavirus

STEPHEN DINAN: U.S. government medical researchers paid to buy and slaughter kittens from the same kinds of Chinese “wet markets” that are now blamed for spreading the novel coronavirus. Agriculture Department scientists paid for dozens of animals over the past two decades, had them killed, and fed their tongues, brains and other parts to American cats as part of research into food safety, according to the White Coat Waste Project, which exposed the controversial work in a report last year... It’s not clear how much federal money went to the animal purchases at the Chinese markets, though…

ALL WET: Watch corrupt W.H.O. health officer defend horrific live animal markets amid growing calls for ban

GEORGE KNOWLES: In parts of China and regions of Southeast Asia, live animal markets and the wildlife trade continues despite growing international calls for tighter restrictions on “wet” markets and the use of wildlife in traditional medicine. The novel coronavirus outbreak is believed to have originated at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China and spread to humans due to their close proximity with wild animals. A new campaign to Stop The Wildlife Trade comes as millions of people around the world mobilise for the first time online on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to tackle this year’s…

To meat, or not to meat: The future of Japanese cellular agriculture

TESSA TRICKS: Internationally, veganism is on the rise, thanks in no small part to a growing awareness of meat’s negative environmental impact... but “veganism is not for everyone,” says Yuki Hanyu, founder of IntegriCulture Inc. a Tokyo-based startup... This rings particularly true in Japan, where only 2.1 percent of the population is vegan, compared to 5 percent of the country’s 30 million visitors in 2018... Cellular meat, too, has yet to widely register on Japan’s public radar where, Hanyu says, “acceptability in Japan comes out much the same as it does in U.S. or European studies"...…

Coronavirus will boost ‘clean meat’ trend, says supplier

OLIVER MORRISON: The cultured meat sector is set to eventually be buoyed by the coronavirus crisis as consumers become more interested in food solutions seen as sustainable and safe, believes the co-founder and managing director of cultured meat supplier Peace of Meat. David Brandes told FoodNavigator that while the COVID-19 pandemic “is a setback” in the short term, drying up potential customers’ cash ow and delaying innovation projects, the crisis will give rise to a “new normal” and in the long term could hasten the trend among consumers of seeking foods with perceived sustainability and…

The Meat Business, a Big Contributor to Climate Change and Epidemics, Faces Major Tests

BRAD PLUMER: America’s meat industry is facing a major upheaval as the coronavirus outbreak deepens. The farmers and ranchers who supply the nation with hamburgers, pork chops, T-bone steaks and chicken fingers now confront several crises at once: Large processing plants are shutting down as workers fall ill, many producers were already strained by the trade war with China, and the sudden rise of plant-based “fake” meat alternatives had been starting to capture Americans’ imaginations. On top of that, the meat business had been attracting growing scrutiny for its climate change consequences…

STATE OF DENIAL: Pandemics and animals. What the public knows, doesn’t know, and doesn’t want to know.

JO ANDERSON: Study participants were 1,000 general population U.S. citizens who were at least 18 years old, recruited through Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel. Panel participants are recruited based on physical addresses, which provides a more representative sample than convenience samples or those that require participants to have a cell phone or computer... One of the primary goals of this poll was to understand, in a timely manner, whether members of the general public are making the connection between the COVID-19 outbreak and human abuses of animals. Several questions were included to help us…

Why are women more likely to go vegan than men?

REPUBLIK CITY NEWS: There has been an extraordinary upsurge in the number of people deciding to go vegan over the past 10 years. What with concerns about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, combined with claims that the diet can be beneficial to our health, the number of vegans has doubled across Europe and the US. One factor, however, seems to significantly increase our chances of abandoning animal products altogether. That factor is being a woman. In the UK, the Vegan Society found that twice as many women as men are vegan. It’s not just the UK though, with statistics…

Coronavirus causes surge in dog and cat meat sales in Vietnam and Cambodia, investigators say

JANE DALTON: Sales of dog and cat meat have risen in Vietnam and Cambodia since the outbreak of the coronavirus because people believe it has “warming” properties that head off flu viruses, an investigation has found. Even some hospital doctors recommend the meat to patients, claiming it helps protect them from cold weather and recover from surgery, according to campaigners. But experts say caging the animals in large numbers and slaughtering them in insanitary conditions actively increases the chances of starting dangerous diseases, and there is no evidence of the meat having any…

Burger King’s ‘plant-based’ Whopper ads are banned in Britain over claims they’re misleading

SHALINI NAGARAJAN: Burger King introduced and promoted its first UK plant-based burger, the Rebel Whopper, in January. Ads for the burger, however, have now been banned by the UK's independent advertising regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority. Ten complainants had come forward with allegations that the ads misleadingly suggested the burger was suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or those with egg allergies — even though it was cooked alongside meat products and contained egg-based mayonnaise. The ASA ruled in the complainants' favor, concluding that the fast-food chain's ads as a…

‘UNFATHOMABLE’: World Health Organization supports re-opening of China’s ‘wet’ animal markets

JOHN HAYWARD: China’s notorious “wet markets,” the open-air wildlife slaughterhouses that were supposedly the mechanism for the Wuhan coronavirus jumping from animals to humans, are back in business with the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO seal of approval stunned government officials and health experts around the globe. Chinese state media outlets were delighted to announce the ostensibly “sanitized” wet markets are open again in provinces across China – including Wuhan, epicenter of the global pandemic that killed thousands of people and inflicted trillions of…