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BIG AG GAG: A ‘Rosa Parks’ Moment For Animal Welfare

EAMONN FINGLETON: Animal welfare is the most underestimated issue in American politics. But the issue will not remain overlooked forever. Indeed, the situation could change almost literally overnight. All that’s needed is a proverbial Rosa Parks moment, and it is probably a safe bet that such a moment awaits somewhere in the U.S. factory farm industry’s future. For the time being, however, there are too few prominent business leaders or politicians in the United States that stand to gain by taking the issue seriously. Thus, for the immediate future, Big Ag seems destined to persist with…

‘Put Politics Aside’: Animal rights organization urges W.H.O. to call for an end to live animal markets

FRANCES MARTEL: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched an international petition urging the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to call for the end of “wet markets” in response to the current Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which may have originated in one. The president of PETA, Ingrid E. Newkirk, also sent a letter addressed to W.H.O. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in March encouraging him and his organization to “call for the closure of all live-animal meat markets worldwide to prevent the next outbreak"... “To protect the public, W.H.O. needs to act…

EPIDEMIC CORRUPTION: Live Animal Markets Should Be Improved Not Outlawed, Says W.H.O.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The World Health Organization said that although a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan selling live animals likely played a significant role in the emergence of the new coronavirus, it does not recommend that such markets be shut down globally. In a press briefing, WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said live animal markets are critical to providing food and livelihoods for millions of people globally and that authorities should focus on improving them rather than outlawing them — even though they can sometimes spark epidemics in humans. “Food…

DEAD END: Rather than ‘Cull’ Millions of Livestock, Let’s End Animal Agriculture

JOSEPH WINTERS: As the U.S. economy reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s meat producers are facing a logistical disaster... With nowhere to send their chickens, pigs, and cows, farmers have been overwhelmed by a growing glut of animals within their crowded production facilities. Now, facing pressure to “depopulate,” they have begun to slaughter their livestock populations by the millions... By a conservative estimate, 2 million animals have already died in these ways, and many more will perish in the coming weeks... Faced with overcrowding, farmers are presented with two options:…

BECOMING CLEAN: How Can China Fulfill Its Rising Meat Demand?

LAYNE VANDENBERG: The demand for meat and milk in China is growing rapidly. Nearly 1.5 billion people live in China, and each person eats, on average, about 2.5 times more meat than in the early 1990s... Despite rising domestic production and meat imports, China will still struggle to meet its rapidly rising demand for meat in coming decades. Domestically, China is limited by diminishing amounts of arable land and potable water, as well as affordable feed (aggravated by its trade dispute with the United States). This is combined with the volatility of livestock populations in China and…

To meat, or not to meat: The future of Japanese cellular agriculture

TESSA TRICKS: Internationally, veganism is on the rise, thanks in no small part to a growing awareness of meat’s negative environmental impact... but “veganism is not for everyone,” says Yuki Hanyu, founder of IntegriCulture Inc. a Tokyo-based startup... This rings particularly true in Japan, where only 2.1 percent of the population is vegan, compared to 5 percent of the country’s 30 million visitors in 2018... Cellular meat, too, has yet to widely register on Japan’s public radar where, Hanyu says, “acceptability in Japan comes out much the same as it does in U.S. or European studies"...…

‘UNFATHOMABLE’: World Health Organization supports re-opening of China’s ‘wet’ animal markets

JOHN HAYWARD: China’s notorious “wet markets,” the open-air wildlife slaughterhouses that were supposedly the mechanism for the Wuhan coronavirus jumping from animals to humans, are back in business with the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO seal of approval stunned government officials and health experts around the globe. Chinese state media outlets were delighted to announce the ostensibly “sanitized” wet markets are open again in provinces across China – including Wuhan, epicenter of the global pandemic that killed thousands of people and inflicted trillions of…

Wanna Fight Climate Change? Here’s What to Do, According to Science

DANIEL STARKEY: Climate change is one of the biggest existential threats facing humanity... The problem, though, can often seem astonishingly big. The planet is thousands of miles across… so what can a person do? Actually quite a lot. A new analysis of loads of data sought to narrow down what the average person could do to affect their carbon footprint. They rated each effect averaging out over a person’s lifetime and considered national and regional standards to highlight how different problems affect individuals in different parts of the world. Published this week in Environmental…

As Vegan activism grows, so does public debate and policy on food industry

ALEXIA RENARD: 'The vegan movement -- as diverse as it is -- is increasingly active and vocal, as several events have shown recently... In our climate emergency era, the vegan movement is fed partly by ideas to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. But veganism is first and foremost about animal rights. Other and more central issues that feed the movement are the respect of fundamental animal rights and a refusal to normalize the consumption of animal products. Therefore, veganism can embody multiple networks and different types of actions, personal and collective... Last month, a dozen…

THE #MOOTOO MOVEMENT: The abuse of dairy cows is a feminist issue

PETER LOVENHEIM: 'One dramatic moment of Super Tuesday was choreographed by anti-dairy protesters, who rushed the stage while Joe Biden was delivering a victory speech in Los Angeles — and his wife blocked them from reaching her husband. Previously, protesters interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally in Nevada to demand he “stop propping up the dairy industry.” Three women paraded across the stage topless with the message “Let Dairy Die” written on their chests. And at this year’s Academy Awards, Joaquin Phoenix chastised the dairy industry for artificially inseminating cows and then “stealing”…