Nov 28

Study: Like Humans, Pigs Can be Optimists or Pessimists

pigsA new study published in the journal The Royal Society has found that pigs have unique personality traits that allow them to be optimists or pessimists. These results suggest that “judgement in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood states.”

In humans, “mood and personality interact to determine cognitive bias, but to date, this has not been investigated in non-human animals”, states the study’s abstract. “Here, we demonstrate for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, in a non-human animal, the domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus), that mood and personality interact, impacting on judgement.”

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Nov 28

Vegan Sets New Record for Weightlifting in Iceland

Weight lifter Huda B. Waage has set a new national record in Iceland for squat lifts.

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(Photo: Hörður Birkisson)

The entirely vegan lifter was able to lift 205 kilograms (452 pounds) in a squat, besting the previous record.

“You can be strong without eating meat and animal byproducts”, says Waage, who credits her plant-based diet for giving her strength and helping her heal. “I’ve reached the age when the body produces more swelling. I believe my diet helps with this and I recover more quickly after practices.”

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Nov 27

Study: Plant-Based Diet Safe for Dogs, May Have Medical Benefits

A new study is one of the first to examine the health consequences of an entirely plant-based diet for canines.

The DOGG Canine-Nutrition Company recently announced the results of their veterinarian-guided feeding trial. The study included 20 dogs placed on a “fresh, pure, whole, plant-based diet”. For all of these canines it was found that a vegan diet had absolutely no negative health consequences. On the contrary, it was found to be beneficial for certain medical ailments.

“We’ve just finished conducting a 12 week informal trial here at Yaletown Pet Hospital”, says Dr. Gavin Myers, Supervising Veterinarian at Yaletown. “The dogs in the study came from all breeds and ages, some were healthy whereas some had minor, non life threatening medical ailments.”

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Nov 27

Introducing The Vegan Piecaken

Introducing the Vegan Piecaken

By Melinda McKee, PETA.org

vegan piecakenIf you can’t choose between pie and cake for dessert, we’ve got the recipe for you. The vegan “piecaken” might be the craziest thing you’ve ever seen, and it’s the perfect treat to show people how fantastic animal-free food can look and taste.

We started with 3 “accidentally vegan” pies* (though you could always make yours from scratch, of course). The combination of 1 apple, 1 cherry, and 1 razzleberry works particularly well. We baked them according to the directions on the packages, and they smelled so good that we almost ate them right then and there.

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Jun 24

Study: Vegetarians Have Significantly Reduced Risk of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(Photo: IBSRegister.com)

(Photo: IBSRegister.com)

A study published this week by the U.S. National Institute of Health, and published in print by the journal Neurogastroenterology & Motility, has found that a vegetarian diet is associated with a significantly reduced risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), compared to diets where meat is consumed on a regular basis.

“Although several dietary factors have been reported to alleviate or aggravate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), no information is available linking habitual dietary patterns to irritable bowel syndrome”, states the study’s abstract. “This study was undertaken to assess the association between dietary patterns and the risk of IBS among Iranian adults.”

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Jun 24

Zambia Government Halts Slaughter of 2,000 Hippos

hipZambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife has announced that it will halt the killing of hundreds of hippopotami that was planned over the next several years.

In total, 2,000 hippos were set to be killed over the next five years, a move the government says could help prevent the spread of anthrax. However, the animal-rights organization the Born Free Foundation recently launched a campaign to prevent the killings of an animal that’s entire African population is well under 100,000. The campaign was successful, leading to the government to place a temporary ban on the killings; a ban the Foundation hopes will become permanent.

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Jun 24

Gardein Vegan Meats Now Sold in Over 23,000 Stores, 150 Colleges

Gardein_Logo_Deliciously_Meat_FreeGardein, launched in 2010 and purchased in 2014 by Pinnacle Foods (parent company of Vlassic, Duncan Hines and many others), has quickly become a dominate player in the vegan meat market. Until now, however, no one knew exactly how dominate.

As reported by Latest Vegan News, Gardein products are currently in over 23,000 stores across the United States. In addition, their products are being sold in 5,000 food service establishments, and over 150 colleges. According to a Gardein representative, their top products in retail are their Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, Meatless Meatballs and Fishless Filets, while their top products at foodservice locations are their Chick’n Breast, Chick’n Strip, Beefless Strip and Meatless Meatballs.

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Jun 24

Did You Know: Olive Garden Breadsticks Are Vegan

breadOlive Garden isn’t exactly known for being vegan friendly, with their popular salad dressing riddled with dairy and a menu filled with meat and cheese. However, despite what many people might think, Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks are entirely vegan. Rejoice!

Olive Garden actually has a guide on their website for what on their menu is vegetarian and vegan, and the breadsticks are explicitly labelled as vegan. The buttery garlic topping is actually made with soy, rather than animal-based butter as many expect. Thankfully, their marina sauce is also vegan, giving you something to dip the breadsticks in. Although their dressing isn’t vegan, the salad can be made vegan by switching it out for olive oil and vinegar, an remove the croutons.

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May 20

Study: Fruit Intake in Adolescents and Young Adults Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

A new study conducted at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and published in the British Medical Journal, has found that consuming high levels offruit fruit as a teenager – and oranges and kale as a young adult – can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer.

For the study, researchers took data from 90,476 premenopausal women currently aged 27 to 44 from the Nurses’ Health Study II who completed a questionnaire on diet in 1991, and compared it to a diet questionnaire completed in 1998 by 44,223 of those women. They then did a follow up in 2013.

“There were 3235 cases of invasive breast cancer during follow-up to 2013”, states the study’s abstract. “Of these, 1347 cases were among women who completed a questionnaire about their diet during adolescence (ages 13-18). Total fruit consumption during adolescence was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.”

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May 19

Baileys Introduces New Almond Milk Liqueur

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Baileys, famous for their liqueurs, has introduced a new liqueur made with almond milk.

“Our almondmilk is made from sweet almond oil and almond essence (extracted from crushed almonds), cane sugar and purified water with a touch of real vanilla”, Baileys states on their website. “This smooth spirit blends the luscious, nutty flavors of real almondmilk and real vanilla to create a versatile drink.”

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May 19

Number of Vegans in Britain More than Triples in Past 10 Years

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A vegan chicken sandwich (Veggie Grill).

A new study conducted by Ipsos MORI, and commissioned by the Vegan Society and Vegan Life Magazine, has found that there are over half a million people following a vegan diet in Britain, an over 350% increase over the past decade.

According to the study – the largest of its kind ever conducted in Britain – there are roughly 540,000 vegans in the country, a 360% increase from 2006, when there was just 150,000 vegans (the study took into account those 15 and older).

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May 18

Study: Vegan Blood Drastically More Effective At Combating Prostate Cancer Cells

(Photo: FI.edu)

(Photo: FI.edu)

A new study published in the Journal of Urology, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that the blood of those following a vegan diet is almost eight times more effective at combating prostate cancer cells than the blood of those following a typical American diet that includes the regular consumption of meat, dairy and eggs.

For the study, researchers at the University of California-San Fransisco took the blood of those following a vegan diet (for at least a year), and those following a diet with meat, dairy and eggs, and pitted it against cancer cells. It was found that the vegan blood was drastically more effective at suppressing cancer cells (almost eight times more effective, in fact).

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