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Roger Yates: Foul-mouthed veganism

ROGER YATES: The march to create a vegan movement that resembles the RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) continues apace – or so it seems to me. Social movement theory warns us that, once social movements grow, their core values may be placed in danger. Is this happening to the vegan social movement? Has it already happened? All I hear now are foul-mouthed vegans using the dread c-word. Cruelty this, cruelty that, cruelty the other. I’m heartily sick of the damn word! This welfarist language is now largely dominant in the vegan movement. On platforms such as…

Bird Flu Outbreaks: When will we learn our lesson?

ERICA CIRINO: Since the new version of H5N1 first turned up, this highly transmissible and lethal strain of avian flu has circulated at high rates among domestic fowl on backyard and commercial farms, resulting in the deaths of a reported 37 million birds on farms in the United States alone. Some died directly from the of infection, while many others were culled as part of the country’s response to the disease outbreak. Bird flu has spread to at least 176 commercial farms and 134 backyard bird farms, housing mainly poultry like chickens and turkeys, across 34 states. It has hit especially…

‘BLOOD FARMS’: Iceland urged to ban cruel practice of extracting hormone from pregnant horses

ABBY YOUNG-POWELL: Iceland is under pressure to ban the production of a hormone extracted from pregnant horses, a practice that has been described as “cruel” and “animal abuse”. The hormone is used by farmers across the UK and Europe to increase reproduction in pigs, cows and other female farm animals. Pregnant Mare Serum Gonadotropin (PMSG) is extracted from pregnant horses in Iceland during the summer at “blood farms”, before being converted into powder and shipped around the world. Animal welfare campaigners in Iceland visiting farms with the Guardian showed broken restraint boxes and…

‘NO END’ INSIGHT: New research shows ‘lab meat’ won’t end factory farms, but could entrench them

FOOD & WATER WATCH: The ‘lab meat’ industry is dominated by many of the same corporate powerhouses that exert substantial control over the processed foods and meat industries, according to new research from the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch. The group’s report (“Lab Meat Won’t End Factory Farms — But Could Entrench Them”) shows that the plant-based meat sector is dominated by just four companies, including Kellogg and  Conagra. Kellogg alone accounts for nearly half of all sales of plant-based meat alternatives, thanks to its acquisition of Morningstar Farms.…

‘The Smell of Money’: Documentary highlights environmental racism of the pig industry

SOPHIE HIRSH: There are endless injustices within the pork industry, even going beyond the animal rights concerns and environmental damage. Those who live near pig farms and slaughterhouses have to deal with unthinkable pollution and health issues, and their stories highlight the plight of environmental racism in the U.S. — and the new documentary The Smell of Money aims to bring all of this to light. “All the laws protect these industries, no one is protecting us,” activist Elsie Herring says in the film’s trailer. Produced by actress and longtime vegan Kate Mara, The Smell of Money is a…

TURNING TABLES: The collapse of industrial farming

ROBERT HUNZIKER: Industrial farming, alongside global warming, ranks at the top of the list of existential risks this century. And, similar to the dangers attendant to excessive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, industrial farming is dangerously out of control, but in contrast to global warming, it is not followed at all by corporate media, begging the Orwellian question whether media other than corporate media truly exist? All of which serves to highlight George Orwell’s concerns as expressed in his famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (Secker & Warburg Publishers, 1949) wherein he…

FREE SPEECH FOR FREEDOM: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Ag-Gag law, allows undercover investigations of factory farms

ALDF: In a major victory for animals, workers, and transparency in the animal agriculture industry, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down Kansas’s “Ag-Gag” law for violating the First Amendment. The decision follows a lawsuit filed in 2018 by an Animal Legal Defense Fund-led coalition of animal, environmental, and food safety advocacy groups challenging the law’s constitutionality. The Kansas law in question made it a crime to engage in activities that are essential to conducting undercover investigations…

INVESTIGATION: Footage reveals industry-funded research of cruel methods used to suffocate millions of farmed animals

ANIMAL OUTLOOK: Recently obtained public records — including research protocols, photographs and approximately 10 hours of video footage — from experiments conducted by North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers in 2016. The researchers sought and received funding from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, an industry trade group, to study the effects of ventilation shutdown (VSD) on chickens. VSD is a controversial method of mass-killing farmed animals. In this barbaric practice, barns are sealed, airflow is cut off and the hundreds or even tens of thousands of animals inside…

EARTH DAY 2022: ‘Yes, plant-based meat is better for the environment’

FINANCIAL EXPRESS: As we celebrate Earth Day this year, it is imperative to spend some time mulling about how to help our planet retain its prominence and greenery for a sustainable period. In this context, plant-based diets are emerging as a conscious step to meet the climate-related goals of developing communities... The idea is to opt for a healthier, sustainable, and greener alternative to traditional animal-based meat. Enter plant-based meat– a revolutionary innovation that has made it easier for everyone to contribute toward environmental preservation. In 2018, the Ipsos Global…

Going ‘Cold Turkey’: Will we save the world with meatless meat?

LAXMI HAIGH: Long gone are the days of plant-based meals being confined (at least in the mainstream mindset) to tofu and beans. This is not because vegetables have suddenly shifted form or learnt to sprout extra pockets of flavour. No, we have learnt how to love and nourish vegetables through cooking, embedding flavour layer on layer. And in the swinging plant-based food scene, the vast range of meat analogues, or ‘meat alternatives’, have been the breakout investment decisions of the 2020s. You name the meat product, and I bet there’s a pretty good alternative out there: steak, burger,…