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ANIMALS

Veganism has always been more about living an ethical life than just avoiding meat and dairy

EMILY COSTELLO: 'The word “vegan” was invented in 1944 in Leicester, England by Donald Watson and his future wife Dorothy Morgan. That year, Watson and others founded The Vegan Society. Research into the society’s early publications shows that their key focus was arguing for an end to animal exploitation. Veganism was ethical from its birth. In 1946, Watson wrote: “Human existence does not depend upon the inconceivable tyranny now existing against animals.” In 1950, the Vegan Society adopted its first official definition of veganism, agreed at their annual general meeting and published in…

China’s appetite for wildlife meat likely to survive Coronavirus: ‘Animals live for man’

FARAH MASTER: 'For the past two weeks China’s police have been raiding houses, restaurants and makeshift markets across the country, arresting nearly 700 people for breaking the temporary ban on catching, selling or eating wild animals. The scale of the crackdown, which has netted almost 40,000 animals including squirrels, weasels and boars, suggests that China’s taste for eating wildlife and using animal parts for medicinal purposes is not likely to disappear overnight, despite potential links to the new coronavirus. Traders legally selling donkey, dog, deer, crocodile and other meat told…

STUDY: Climate Change and the American Diet

EARTH DAY NETWORK: 'A report titled “Climate Change and the American Diet,” released by Earth Day Network and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, found that half (51%) of Americans surveyed said that they would eat more plant-based foods if they had more information about the environmental impacts of their food choices... But, 70% rarely or never talk about this issue with friends or family. Nearly two-thirds of the Americans surveyed report having never been asked to eat more plant-based foods, and more than half rarely or never hear about the topic in the media... However,…

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE (FOR THE ANIMALS): Minuscule tax on animal products proposed to improve animal ‘welfare’ in Germany

SARAH LAWTON: ' 'Livestock' welfare has been a recent topic of conversation, as environmental activists have decried the low meat prices that can only be maintained through dismal living conditions for the animals... A commission led by former Minister for Agriculture Jochen Borchert issued its proposals for reshaping "animal husbandry" in Germany. By 2040, they expect that all animals will be at a minimum kept in conditions that adhere with Level 2 of those in the planned Animal Welfare Labelling Act. This requires creating more space and better climate conditions in stables. To pay for…

Plant-based food company Miyoko sues state of California over using term ‘butter’

JOHN RAMOS: 'At Miyoko’s Creamery in Petaluma, they’re producing butter and cheese from plants. But according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, that’s not what they’re doing at all. Miyoko Schinner is on a roll. Her company turns cashews, oats and legumes into items that taste just like dairy products. Her best-selling vegan butter just got picked up by Costco and her company is doubling in sales each year. So she was surprised when she got a letter from the Department of Food and Agriculture saying she should stop calling her vegan butter butter... The letter says a…

Jacy Reese: Joaquin Phoenix is right, animal farming is a moral atrocity

JACY REESE: 'Joaquin Phoenix has gotten his share of mockery for talking about factory farming and animal rights in his Oscars acceptance speech. As usual, the petty commentary on a celebrity’s supposed self-indulgence is obscuring the far more important fact: Phoenix is absolutely right. The way we treat our fellow sentient beings is absolutely unacceptable, and our descendants will look back on animal farming as a moral atrocity... We need to ask, as the conservative writer Charles Krauthammer did, what are the moral blindspots of our generation? What common and unquestioned practices…

Aussie Farms says it will be ‘business as usual’

MICHELLE SLATER: 'Animal rights group Aussie Farms has declared it will be "business as usual" for animal activists after the Parliamentary Inquiry into Animal Activists on Victorian Agriculture passed down its recommendations last week. Aussie Farms founder Chris Delforce described the outcome as "definitely good news", but said it missed some opportunities to go even further... "It's still business as usual for us, we will still do everything we can to show the public what's going on and what it needs to see," Mr Delforce told The Express... Mr Delforce was buoyed by some recommendations…

MEAT THE CONNECTION: Eating Animals Will Be the Death of Us

JULIET GELLATLEY: 'It is time to finally make the connection between animal agriculture and environmental destruction, antibiotic resistance and disease outbreak... The coronavirus (WN-CoV), the viral disease outbreak that has captured headlines, has shut down cities and continues to spread while the rest of the world looks on with horrified abandon. Coronaviruses are a common type of virus that cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold, but can cause more serious respiratory problems... Where did it come from? How is the virus transmitted and what are the symptoms? Will face masks…

Super Bowl sees Americans eat 1.4 billion wings: ‘No meat animal suffers more than chickens’

SHANE CROUCHER: 'After a weekend in which Super Bowl fans devoured a record-breaking amount of chicken wings, according to figures from the poultry industry, animal welfare campaigners pointed to misery lurking behind one of America's most popular snacks. According to the National Chicken Council, a trade association that represents the producers of 95 percent of the chicken that land on American tables, 1.4 billion wings were consumed during the Super Bowl LIV weekend. That represented an increase of 29 million chicken wings from the previous year, the council said, a 2 percent rise. By its…

THE OTHER MEAT: ‘Pork’ industry joins battle to stop plant-based products from being called ‘meat’

JESSIE HIGGINS: 'The unveiling of Impossible Foods' latest product -- "Impossible Pork" -- has drawn American pork producers into a years-long battle waged by the beef industry to stop plant-based companies from calling their foods some sort of meat. "It's not pork," said Dan Kovich, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council. "The ironic thing is that's impossible. You can't get pork from plants unless you feed them to a pig." Beginning in 2016, companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat launched a series of meat alternatives made from plants. Their…