Mar 24

Armani Going Fur-Free by Year’s End

gaThe Armani Group – a leading produer of high-end clothing, with billions of dollars in annual revenue – has announced that they’ll be ending the use of animal fur in all of their products by the fall/winter 2016 season. The move is being made in agreement with the Fur Free Alliance.

“I am pleased to announce that the Armani Group has made a firm commitment to abolish the use of animal fur in its collections”, said Giorgio Armano, founder of the Armani Group. “Technological progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposal that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals. Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals”.

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Mar 24

Barcelona Vote Supports Vegans, Vegetarians

Barcelona City Hall

On Tuesday, March 22, officials in Barcelona’s economic commission held a vote for the city to become “a friend of vegan and vegetarian culture.” The motion, put forth by the Catalan Republican Left, received support from Barcelona en Comú group currently in power, the Catalan Socialists, the Convergència party, and the leftist CUP. Two other parties, The Popular Party and Ciudadanos declined to vote.

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Mar 24

Daiya Vegan Cheese Available in Over 20,000 Stores and Restaurants

0029216_daiya-mozzarella-style-shreds-8-ozIn a huge sign of the rapidly growing demand and availability of vegan cheese, Daiya has announced that their vegan cheese can currently be found in over 20,000 stores and restaurants, making them the most wide-spread vegan cheese company in the world.

Daiya – which also produces other vegan products such as cheesecakes, pizzas and more recently salad dressings – has deals established with numerous mainstream companies such as Blaze Pizza, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, Amy’s Kitchen and Disney. It can also be found in grocery stores nationwide, such as Safeway and Fred Meyers.

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Mar 22

Study: Veganism Could Save Millions of Lives Annually, Prevent Trillions of Dollars in Environmental Damage

veganIf the world were to follow a plant-based diet and avoided the consumption of meat and other animal-based products such as milk and eggs, there would be over 8 million fewer annual deaths by 2050, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, trillions of dollars would be saved annually in healthcare costs and reduced climate damage.

For the study, researchers examined the effects of several different diets, including a standard omnivorous diet, a vegetarian diet and an entirely vegan diet.

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Mar 22

7 Facts About Meat That’ll Make You Spit Out Your Burger

By Sarah Von Alt, Mercy for Animals

1. Meat Comes From Suffering Animals

SeaboardGifArguably the most repulsive thing about meat is the incredible animal cruelty in every bite. Extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and ruthless slaughter are all the norm on modern farms. See for yourself.

2. Meat Is Linked to Cancer

2Countless studies have linked meat consumption to increased risk for kidney, colon, breast, prostate, and other cancers. In fact, last year the World Health Organization placed processed meats in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos and smoking cigarettes.

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Mar 21

New York Bakery Releases Vegan “Punch Trump” Donuts

trumpThe New York bakery The Cinnamon Snail has released a new entirely vegan “Punch Trump” donut which is topped with a shortbread cookie with hand-crafted pictures of Donald Trump being punched in the face. All proceeds from the donuts are being donated to the New York Immigration Coalition.

“They provide all of the satisfaction of punching trump in the face, without actual violence, and without getting his reptilian nazi skin slime all over your hand,” the bakery wrote on their Facebook page.

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Mar 18

SeaWorld to end Captive Orca Breeding Program

Killerwhales_240pxOn March 17th, SeaWorld announced it would cease its captive breeding program for orca whales. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), this turn of events points to an eventual end of keeping whales in captivity for public exhibition. It will also ensure that the orcas currently in SeaWorld’s possession will be the last generation held captive by the company. HSUS has lauded this step as a move towards an economy of the future in which corporations will be held responsible for their actions and will be forced to adapt accordingly.

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Mar 14

Study: Cows Recognize Faces on Photos

cowA study published in the journal Animal Cognition, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cows are able to effectively recognize familiar faces when viewing photographs, an indication that they’re much more intelligent than most people give them credit for.

“Here, we present two experiments aimed at testing the ability of cattle (Bos taurus) to visually discriminate between heads (including face views) of familiar and unfamiliar conspecifics represented as 2D images”, states the study’s abstract. “In the first experiment, we observed the spontaneous behaviour of heifers when images of familiar and unfamiliar conspecifics were simultaneously presented

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Mar 10

Canada to Stop Testing Pesticides on Beagles

Credit to Flickr user: Tim Lloyd

Credit to Flickr user: Tim Lloyd

Animal rights activists have major cause for celebration this week. Health Canada just recently announced its commitment to end testing pesticides on dogs in the near future. PETA has estimated that the cessation of these cruel experiments will save hundreds of dogs every year.

The test, up until now, had been mandatory for manufacturers in Canada to commission on any pesticide that is food-related (things like crop sprays) to determine the effect it might have on humans.

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Mar 05

Meet Canada’s Vegan Food Bank that Helps Ethical Eaters in Need

By Lauren-Elizabeth McGrath, Ecorazzi.com

toronto-vegetarian-good-bank-w570A common complaint launched against vegans by non-vegans is that as a movement, we aren’t doing enough to address the needs of vegans who are living in poverty. The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank (note that they distribute vegan food, but wish to help vegetarians living in poverty as well, and have named it under this umbrella term) seeks to remedy that problem by helping to feed those who are living under the Canadian poverty line, but want to maintain and animal-free diet. The food bank opened in January of 2015, and over the last year, has seen incredible growth in both those who seek it out as a food source, and those who wish to volunteer. As I’ve always said, for every non-vegan accusing the entire vegan movement of classism is an entire network of vegans seeking to make food accessible for all. I was lucky enough to chat with Matt Noble who started the bank, and has put advocacy at the front of his activism.

“The decision to start Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank came to me over time, but pretty naturally,” Noble told me, and informed me that those seeking to keep animals out of their diets “have a really hard time at Toronto food banks – because of the lack of veg-friendly foods – I was moved to try and help ‘even the playing field’ for them. Food banks are in place because people are down on their luck. I didn’t want people who are already in such a vulnerable position to have to compromise their health and their ethics as well. Knowing that I could also use the food bank as a vehicle for education around compassionate, healthy and environmentally-responsible food choices, it seemed like all the pieces fit.”

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Mar 05

Maker of Just Mayo has Over 500 Vegan Products in Development

beyond-eggs-logo-537x332Recently Hampton Creek, the makers of the popular Just Mayor brand of vegan mayonaise, announced that they’ll soon be releasing a line of vegan salad dressings, cookies, cookie doughs, cake mixes, muffin mixes and pancake mixes, all of which will soon be available in stores nationwide. Now, the company has announced the full scope of their product development (and it’s quite impressive).

According to Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick, the company is currently developing over 500 new products. Although the vast majority of these products haven’t been revealed, Tetrick does say that these new products will incude a plethora of vegan meats and vegan cheeses.

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Mar 05

Daiya Introduces New Line of Vegan Salad Dressings Including Ranch and Blue Cheese

Daiya-Salad-Dressing-Blue-Cheeze-Homestyle-Ranch-Caeser-602x424-1457024397Daiya has made quite a name for itself in recent years, becoming the go-to company for vegan cheeses among many vegans and vegan restaurants, as well as developing a line of delicious vegan mac and cheese. Now, the company is set to make vegan lives even better, by introducing a new line of creamy vegan salad dressings.

The company will be releasing three flavors of salad dressings; Blue Cheeze, Creamy Caeser and Homestyle Ranch. The first and latter will be of particular interest to many vegans, as finding a good ranch or blue cheese dressing can be two of the hardest things to find vegan, even if you’re in a vegan-friendly area such as Seattle or Portland.

The dressings are expected to hit store shelves nationwide in the coming weeks and months.

Daiya also announced that they’re releasing a new gluten-free pepperoni pizza.

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