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‘The first step in a long journey’: The pioneering British town which has committed to veganism

JANE DALTON: In many ways, Haywards Heath is an unremarkable British town. Positioned in West Sussex on the main Brighton-to-London railway line, it is popular with commuters to the capital but also has an ample elderly population. Charity and coffee shops thrive, but in recent years the town has lost its high street branches of Santander, Currys, Co-op and Dorothy Perkins, and is no stranger to a planning battle. So far, so average. But Haywards Heath also just happens to have made history with a pioneering step in the fight against the climate crisis. The town council has signed up to the…

STRADDLING DEFENSE: Why go vegan? ‘Flexible vegan’ Peter Singer answers

LEE KYUNG-MI: Peter Singer, the renowned utilitarian philosopher from Australia, has drawn global attention for approaching the relationship between animals and human beings from a new perspective. He touched off a debate over animal rights with his 1973 essay “Animal Liberation,” which he published when he was 27 years old, and his book of the same title released two years later. Singer’s argument for animal liberation is that if animals experience pleasure and pain equivalent to what humans do, then their pain should be considered equal to that of humans — meaning that we should not…

THE LIES THAT BLIND: The moral atrocity of factory farming and why we must not look away

CURRENT AFFAIRS: Marina Bolotnikova is a journalist who specializes in animal welfare and animal agriculture. In addition to Current Affairs, she has written for the Intercept, the Guardian, and Vox. She came on the Current Affairs podcast to talk to editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson about two articles she wrote for us. One was about the importance of direct action to the animal liberation movement. Most recently, she wrote about how the factory farming industry has gone from openly admitting that they view animals as profit-maximizing machines to pretending to care about being “humane.”…

‘Biogas’: The industrial animal agriculture’s greenwashing of factory farming

ALDF: The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Academy Award-winning actor and producer Joaquin Phoenix released a video exposing the deceptive marketing of factory farm ‘biogas’ by the industrial animal agriculture industry in response to increasing support and tax credits for the production of the gas via state and federal policies and legislation... “The industrial animal agriculture industry is already subsidized to the detriment of animals and taxpayers alike,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Stephen Wells. “We need to be eliminating subsidies, not additionally allowing animal agriculture to…

END IT, DON’T MEND IT: What messaging makes people oppose animal farming?

ELENA SCHALLER: Animal farming is a leading cause of animal suffering, environmental destruction, and chronic health problems. Animal welfare reforms are used to improve factory farming conditions. However, some advocates argue that we should fight for the abolition of animal use instead of trying to improve it — especially if learning about reforms leads people to think that farmed animals are better treated than they are. This study tested how educating people about reforms affects their attitudes towards animal farming. The researchers assigned 1,520 U.S. adults to read one of three…

A HOME FOR THE WEARY: Animal sanctuary owner arrested for refusing to return stray cows from beef farm

NATALIE NEYSA ALUND: A New York animal sanctuary owner is facing a felony charge after officials say cows from a nearby beef farm strayed onto her property and she refused to return them to their owner. Tracy Murphy, president and founder of Asha’s Farm Sanctuary in Newfane, a small town 38 miles north of Buffalo near Lake Ontario, was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree grand larceny, the New York State Police reported... Gregson, whose property is about a half mile from Murphy's animal sanctuary, said he was alerted his cows were at the sanctuary after receiving a phone call…

‘CULTURE’ MEAT: Could lab-grown meat ever be Indigenized?

KAT ESCHNER: Atlanta Grant ate her way around Silicon Valley. The University of British Columbia (UBC) Indigenous master’s student, who is from Huron-Wendat Nation’s Wendake reserve in Quebec and grew up in Sudbury on Robson-Huron treaty territory, spent time in the California startup mecca earlier this year sampling the products of three lab-grown meat and dairy companies... Indigenous perspectives have been notably absent from the mainstream conversation about lab-grown meat, also known as “cultured meat,” “clean meat” or “in vitro meat.” But the technology may have important implications…

THE SKIN I AM IN: London Zoo’s bizarre handbag enclosure highlights ‘unforgivable’ cruelty

MICHAEL DAHLSTROM: A Tweet showing a London Zoo enclosure filled with a handbag instead of a live crocodile has gone viral... The post attracted almost 400,000 likes and 68,000 retweets in just two days. At first glance, the installation looks to have come out of the mind of an artist like Banksy, who has made animal welfare the focus of many works. In his New York installation, The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, he included fish sticks swimming in a fish bowl, and hotdogs in reptile enclosures. Another culprit could have been animal rights group PETA, or even World Animal Protection…

PLANTANEERS: Plant-based meat is far from plateauing, say pioneers

GAYNOR SELBY: Cleaning up the plant-based label, strengthening sustainability, sharpening regional sourcing of materials and optimizing products on the shelf for more diverse offerings - these are just some of the focus areas of the plant-based space, according to Planteneers. Brian Walker, global commercial director, examines future opportunities for plant-based, delving into how industry is poised to take products to the next level regarding clean label, nutrition and environmental impact. Planteneers, which helps companies develop plant-based solutions, recently showcased several…

GUT FEELINGS: Red and processed meat raise your heart disease risk, now scientists know why

AMY NORTON: A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests. The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of red meat had a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. But there was no evidence that the link was due to a traditional culprit: elevated blood levels of "bad" cholesterol. Instead, researchers traced the risk, in part, to particular substances produced by the gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive…