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LET THEM EAT CRACKERS: Vegan Covid patient treated like ‘second class citizen’ at hospital, told get food from vending machine

STEPHEN WYNN-DAVIES: A vegan patient has spoken of her upset after claiming she was left unwell in a Brighton hospital bed with nothing to eat but ginger nut biscuits. Jenny Skelton, who was suffering from Covid, said she was left lying in a bed at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, with nothing but a flask of tea she had brought from home while those around her ate their dinners. The mother-of-three, who as a vegan does not consume animal products like meat, fish, dairy or eggs, said her stay made her feel like a 'second class citizen', particularly in a city 'where there are so…

OMISSION BY COMMISION: The big industry that COP26 failed to tackle

REYNARD LOKI: The impact of agriculture on climate change is significant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agriculture sector is responsible for 10 percent of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, after transportation (29 percent), electricity production (25 percent), industry (23 percent), and commercial and residential usage (13 percent). However, according to Peter Lehner, managing attorney for EarthJustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, the EPA estimate is “almost certainly significantly quite low"... “Most other studies, including by the and others,…

A NEW ‘DOMINION’: Animal rights activist Chris Delforce running for Senate as Animal Justice Party candidate in Australian election

JANE McNAUGHTON: A prominent animal rights activist has put his hat in the ring for the upcoming federal election... Chris Delforce, former Director of Aussie Farms, the organisation which released a map disclosing the locations of farming operations and covertly filmed livestock, has nominated as a candidate for the Animal Justice Party... Mr Delforce said he was running for the federal Senate as he believed animals should have their rights represented in the parliament. "Animals are completely forgotten by those who represent us... Yet there was a report commissioned in 2018 by the…

BIDEN’S ‘HOT AIR’: Why did the EPA give factory farms a free pass with air pollution?

EMILY MILLER: The Biden administration talks a big game when it comes to protecting the environment. On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order to hold polluters accountable for toxic air pollution. Unfortunately, these policies don’t seem to apply to Big Ag. When it comes to factory farm pollution, Biden’s EPA has quietly preserved a George W. Bush-era policy that does the opposite. It continues a corrupt amnesty deal for factory farms that shields them from complying with federal air pollution laws... In 2005, the George W. Bush administration announced an…

BIG-AG (VIL)SACK: Biden administration is protecting animal agriculture, reduce methane emissions with ‘manure management’ claim

JARED STRONG: Reducing the number of livestock will not be a priority for the Biden administration as it seeks to drastically cut methane emissions to stem climate change, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Instead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “climate smart” initiatives will focus on new types of animal feed and manure management... Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that, along with carbon dioxide, is believed to be a driving force of the planet’s warming climate. The new Global Methane Pledge seeks to cut methane emissions by 30% this decade. Cattle are the…

‘We’ve got a cow to shoot next’: What death in farming really looks like

RICHARD SPRENGER: In the second episode of the Guardian's 'Human Animal' investigation series, Richard Sprenger steps inside a farm, an abattoir and a knackers yard to see how the industry deals with dead and dying animals, and what that says about our own humanity. The welfare of farm animals is well regulated in the UK, but in many cases these animals still suffer traumatic, messy deaths through sickness, injury or the lengthy process that leads to the abattoir. It’s an area of farming that we rarely think about, let alone see – but the safe disposal of carcasses takes many forms.…

ELEVENTH HOUR: Veganism, the climate crisis, and ‘A Multi-Billion-Dollar Opportunity’

SHIELA R. CASTILLO: A few years ago, this statement came splashed all over the newspaper, magazines, and social media: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.” It came from Joseph Poore, an Oxford researcher. Poore looked at the overall impact of our food systems on the environment... The Oxford study examined 40,000 farms in 119 countries and some 40 agricultural products consumed by humans. They found that the production of animal-sourced food (ASF)…

ERIC L. ADAMS: Meet New York City’s first vegan mayor

ANNA STAROSTINETSKAYA: Former Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams officially became the first vegan mayor of New York City, defeating his opponent, Republican Curtis Sliwa... Throughout the campaign trail, Adams and Silwa debated issues such as vaccine requirements for city workers, solutions for helping NYC’s houseless population, and climate change mitigation efforts. However, despite their differences, the two mayoral candidates praised each other for their respective love of animals. For his part, Sliwa — who lives with 16 rescued cats — has been a loud supporter of increasing…

‘THE COW IN THE ROOM’: Moby calls on COP26 climate conference to put animal agriculture on the agenda

HSI: Musician and animal activist Moby has called on the COP26 climate change conference to make the climate-damaging impacts of animal agriculture central to the agenda if world leaders hope to make meaningful pledges to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. Moby sent his message to COP26 President Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP via a video he produced with animal protection NGO Humane Society International, as part of its #TheCowInTheRoom campaign which is also supported by other celebrities including Billie Eilish, Joaquin Phoenix, Mary McCartney, Martin Freeman and Ricky Gervais, and more than…

‘This is a place of death’: The fight for a meat-free world

RICHARD SPRENGER: Humans' relationship with animals is under greater focus than ever, as part of a drive to lessen our impact on the planet. In the UK, animal rights activists, buoyed by the rise in veganism and a developing understanding of animal sentience, have spotted an opportunity to grow what has traditionally been a fringe cause. The great majority of these activists are non-violent, dispensing with some of the tactics of their predecessors and aiming to harness this momentum to win hearts and minds. But can they really force the changes they are demanding? This is episode one of a…