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INFOGRAPHIC: How To Make And Keep A Vegan

CARYN GINSBERG: “How to Make and Keep a Veg*n” – illustrated by Faunalytics board president Caryn Ginsberg – walks through a series of evidence-based methods to help encourage people to consider, try, and then (importantly) maintain a plant-based diet. Please share the full graphic with your fellow advocates and use the suggestions in your advocacy! Here are just a few ideas to help you get started: Think about how you talk to people about plant-based eating. What are you doing well? What might you want to change? Review your website, social media, and/or print materials to see how well…

REALITY BITES: Most people who try a vegan diet don’t keep it up for long, survey finds

TOM BAWDEN: More than half a million Brits may have signed up for Veganuary this year but the vast majority are likely to go back to animal-based food at the end of the month if not before, a new survey suggests. A nationally-representative poll of 2,000 people from across the UK found that nearly a quarter of people have tried a vegan diet – but less than half lasted a fortnight with just one in a hundred still going a year later. The poll suggested that 2.5 per cent of people in the UK are now vegan. But while many more would like to be, few can manage it. Of those that have tried a vegan…

WISHING WELL: Do the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines say go vegan?

EMILY BAKER: The US Dietary Guidelines for 2020-2025 have finally been published – and reception has been mixed. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are updated and published every five years in a joint effort in what government services describe as an effort ‘between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’. This year, the guidelines encouraged people to ensure their cholesterol consumption is as low as possible. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) made its position on cholesterol clear as far as mid-2020,…

vKind: Supporting Veganuary with resources for consumers shifting to a plant-based, vegan lifestyle

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Founders of the online vegan platform vKind announced that the site has seen fast growth over the past few months as more consumers opt for a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. vKind is free for everyone to access online or through the vKind mobile app (iOS and Android), with or without setting up a free account. There are now more than 2,000 vegan product brands, businesses and professionals listed on vKind. “Our mission is to make it easier than ever to be vegan,” said Michon Javelosa, co-founder of vKind. “The plant-based products and services featured on vKind are…

PARTIDO ANIMALISTA: The rise of vegan and animal rights political parties in Spain and European Union

DIEGO TORRES: The green wave sweeping parts of Europe could take on a more radical form in Spain. Green parties have been gaining ground in countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, but Spain’s environmentalists have struggled to attract voters. That’s changing, thanks to a radical animal rights party. Pacma — which promotes veganism to fight global warming and wants to ban zoos, circuses, bullfighting, fishing and hunting — is predicted to send one or two MEPs to the European Parliament in May, joining a small club of animal rights parties with a representative in the European…

EDITED FOR YOUR PLEASURE: Gene-editing plan ‘dark day’ for animal welfare and environment

JANE DALTON: Gene-editing will be bad for animal welfare and bad for efforts to curb greenhouse gases, organic farmers and environmental experts claim. Allowing the genes in crops and farm animals to be altered would lead to greater farm animal suffering and would not address food waste, they argue. UK Ministers have announced they will consider the use of the cutting-edge biotechnology in England for the first time, saying crops and livestock could be made to be more productive, so reducing costs to farmers and effects on the environment. Launching a consultation on the move, George…

Veganuary, the 1-month Veganism challenge, exceeds a half-million participants so far

KATHERINE MARTINKO: Veganuary is an annual challenge to eat vegan food exclusively for the month of January. It first launched in the UK in 2014, with 3,300 people pledging to give up all animal food products for 31 days. In the years since, Veganuary has grown rapidly, and 2021 is the biggest one to date. A record-breaking 537,000 participants have signed up so far, surpassing the organizers' goal of reaching a half-million this year. For comparison,... a record 400,000 people signed up to the campaign last year, compared with 250,000 participants in 2019 and 170,000 in 2018. Major retail…

UN-HOLY COW: Vegans in India kick-start Twitter storm to prevent dairy coop from taking down video on dairy malpractices

NEW INDIAN EXPRESS: A 2017 FIAPO report revealed that calves were weaned off their mothers’ milk during the first three months at 74 per cent of the 451 dairies surveyed in India. In December, similar malpractices at the dairy farms were unearthed in a video titled Unholy Cattle of India by Bengaluru Brigade for Animal Liberation (BBAL). Indian dairy cooperative society, Amul, filed a case against the person who had uploaded this video for targeting the company by using its advertisements. To prevent the video from being taken off as well as to expose the hidden cruelty in the dairy…

DE-LIVER THEM FROM EVIL: France planning mass slaughter of ducks, as bird flu hits ‘foie gras’ farming industry

AFP: French producers of foie gras have called for a mass preventive cull of ducks to try to halt the spread of a severe strain of bird flu that is ripping through poultry farms in the south-west of the country. The highly pathogenic H5N8 virus was first detected in a bird in a pet shop on the Mediterranean island of Corsica in November before spreading to duck farms on the mainland in December. Several European countries have reported cases of infection, five years after a major outbreak prompted the slaughter of millions of ducks in France... The number of outbreaks in France had now risen…

THE CULTURED MEAT CULTURE: Is lab-grown meat good news for animals?

JOSH MILBURN: The Singapore Food Agency has approved “chicken bites” containing meat made from real chicken cells that were grown outside of a chicken’s body. Alongside similar news from Israel, the Singapore ruling is being hailed as a watershed moment for cultured meat and the broader field of cellular agriculture. Admittedly, these bites aren’t quite what cellular agriculture’s biggest advocates might hope they would be. Some problems are decidedly practical. For example, the bites remain pricier than meat produced by farming and killing chickens. This will be a major obstacle for…