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APOCALYPSE COW: Outrage at UK documentary calling for end to all animal farming

DAN SATHERLEY: 'A new documentary aired in the UK, which calls for farming to be phased out in favour of food grown from bacteria in factories. George Monbiot's Apocalypse Cow aired on Wednesday night (UK time) on Channel 4. It begins with Monbiot - who was arrested last year during an Extinction Rebellion protest - saying flying less and getting rid of plastic straws isn't going to be enough to save the world from ecological catastrophe. "There's a bigger culprit that hardly anybody is talking about," he intones. "The food industry is destroying the living world and it appears to be…

Record number of live lambs and calves exported from Australia to Israel for meat in 2019

SUE SURKES: 'A record-breaking 691,327 live lambs and calves were transported to Israel for fattening and slaughter last year, the Israeli animal rights group Animals reported. The figure marks an increase of 5,514 over the number of animals that arrived in the country on live shipments in 2018 and continues a trend of annual increases in live imports (with the exception of 2017, which saw a slight dip). By way of comparison, 95,545 live animals were imported for the meat industry in 2009 and 228,711 in 2014, Animals said. Numerous reports of animal abuse connected with the live shipment…

VICTORY: Ethical Vegans deserve same legal protection as religious people, UK judge rules

AMY WOODYATT: 'A judge has ruled that Ethical Veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief protected under UK law. Jordi Casamitjana, an "ethical vegan," claims he was dismissed by his employer, animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, in April 2018 because he informed colleagues that their employer's pension fund was "being invested in companies that experiment on animals" and non-ethical funds -- a claim the charity has rejected. Ethical vegans not only follow a vegan diet, but also oppose the use of animals for any purpose, such as animal testing. At an employment tribunal…

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture rejects call for ban on live animal exports

BARRY ROCHE: 'Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has rejected a call from Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan for a ban on live animal exports from Ireland over animal welfare concerns. The Ireland South MEP called for the ban following the death of 14,000 sheep when an animal export vessel, the Queen Hind, capsized last month in the Black Sea on its way from the Romanian port of Midia to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. “These live exports shouldn’t be happening. The case in Romania proves a point to an extent, but we know for years that it isn’t a good way to bring animals, particularly in…

Tribunal to decide whether ethical Veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’

ASHLEIGH WEBBER: 'An employment tribunal next month will consider whether ethical veganism should be protected under discrimination law – the result of which could have major ramifications for organisations. Jordi Casamitjana, a vegan activist and animal rights campaigner, will argue that his former employer’s decision to dismiss him amounted to discrimination. He claimed that he lost his job, at animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, after he informed other employees that its pension fund invested in firms involved in animal testing. At a hearing at the Norwich Employment…

REPORT: What Will Happen to the Cultured Meat Industry in 2020?

MICHAEL DENT: 'Will the hamburgers of the future be made from animal cells grown in a lab instead of inside a cow? Cultured meat, also known as "cell-based" or "clean" meat, could soon be making its way to our dinner plates, completely bypassing the need for animal slaughter and overcoming some of the major environmental issues that currently plague the global agriculture industry. Even though no products have yet been released and there are major challenges with cost, regulation and scale up, the industry is growing rapidly, with investment reaching a new high in 2019. The recent IDTechEx…

Industrial dairy farming is taking over in Wisconsin, raising environmental concerns

LEE BERGQUIST: 'Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are growing rapidly and taking over an increasing share of the Wisconsin’s milk production. Often referred to as industrial or mega-farms, they can house thousands of cows in massive metal buildings. Cows are milked three times a day in an operation that runs around the clock and tankers full of milk head in and out at all hours. Some newer industrial buildings run the length of a half-dozen football fields; farmers have been known to fly drones inside to get a bird's-eye view of their operations. The average size of a…

Sen. Cory Booker Just Went All-In Against Factory Farming and the Meat Industry

DAVID CORN: 'Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) is out with a bold new bill, introduced Dec. 16, that proposes a serious crackdown on two powerful industries: meat and dairy. It might seem like a strange thing move for a candidate seeking to increase his broad appeal in a meat-loving nation—especially one who already flouts carnivory by embracing a vegan identity... Americans rank among the globe’s most voracious consumers of chicken, beef, pork, and dairy; and in 2020, US per capita meat production is expected to reach an all-time high... But there’s a creeping unease about the way these foods are…

UNDER THE TABLE: The Final Fight for Foie Gras in the U.S.

JULIET SONG: 'On Oct. 30, the New York City Council passed a bill to ban the sale of foie gras in the city, effective 2022. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed it into law on Nov. 25. New York is the final battleground for the foie gras industry in the whole country. It’s one of the largest markets for foie gras, especially after the delicacy was banned in California... Two of the largest foie gras farms in the United States are Hudson Valley Duck Farm and La Belle Farm, both in Sullivan County, New York. When California banned the sale of foie gras, it put the only producer in California out of…

How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries

BETH DALEY: 'Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in New Zealand. Yet, others did not mind – or even appreciated – the move. The Commerce Commission, however, warned that the stunt likely breached consumer protection law... In October, the Commerce Commission warned the pizza chain that it had probably breached the Fair Trading Act 1986. In particular, it had likely made false or…