Mar 02

West Virginia Senate Passes Bill to End State Funding of Greyhound Races

raceWest Virginia’s full Senate yesterday, in a 29 to 5 vote, gave approval to legislation that would put an end to the state’s funding of greyhound races.

The proposal – Senate Bill 641 – would eliminate state subsidies for greyhound purse and breeder’s funds. According to a Spectrum Racing Group study released last year, over 95% of total greyhound racing revenue is gained from these subsidies.

According to the state Racing Commission, elimination of the subsidies would free up about $11.3 million for the state, a state which has a deep budget deficit. The measure also frees up another $10 million by eliminating the Racetrack Modernization Fund.

The bill also “decouples” greyhound racing at casinos in Nitro and Wheeling, eliminating a requirement in current law that the casinos must conduct live greyhound races for them to be able to renew their state video lottery and table games licenses.

The measure now moves to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration.

Mar 02

Guinness World Record for Knuckle Pushups Beaten by a Vegan

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KJ Joseph (Photo: IndiaTimes.com)

KJ Joseph, an Ayurvedic practitioner (a form of holistic medicine) and martial artist from India, has beaten the Guinness World Record for the most knuckle pushups performed in a 60 second period.

Joseph was able to perform 82 pushups using both of his knuckles in just 60 seconds, besting the record set by American Ron Cooper last year. Cooper’s total was 79.

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Mar 01

Stevie Wonder Reveals He’s Vegan, Encourages Others to Become Vegan

stevie-wonderMusician Stevie Wonder has revealed – in an interview with AOL – has revealed that he’s been vegan for two years; he became vegan for environmental reasons, as well as health reasons.

“I’ve been a vegan for two years, so that’s helped my already good-looking self”, the good-humored Wonder said. He notes that he encourages others to become vegan as well; “We have to be about making our planet more greener, the urban areas more sustainable for the children… We can’t just talk about it, we have to be about it. I’m motivating people to do something about how we are living on this planet.”

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Feb 23

UK Parliament Ending Gross Tradition of Writing Laws on Baby Cow Skin

calfThe House of Lords has announced that by April of this year, the UK Parliament will no longer follow the disgusting tradition of writing new laws on dried calf skin, a tradition that’s been followed for over 1,000 years.

Instead of using calves, the Parliament will began using archival paper, a form of paper that typically has a lifespan of over 500 years.

According to Parliamentary estimates, the move from calf skin to archival paper will save roughly £80,000 ($116,000) annually. It will also save the lives of 130 calves for every 500 pieces of paper.

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Feb 23

Vegan Butcher Shop and Deli Now Open in Berkeley, California

A month after the United States’ first vegan butcher shop – The Herbivorous Butcheropened its door in Minnesota, a second vegan butcher shop and delibs has emerged in Berkley, California. The Butcher’s Vegan Son, owned by sibling team Peter Fikaris and Christina Stobing, features a large menu of vegan meats and cheeses that can be bought by the pound, as well as a deli menu featuring burgers, sandwhiches and salads.

In addition to meats such as roast beef, pulled pork and teriyaki pineapple roast, the shop includes cold case items such as deviled eggs and a plethora of cheeses such as feta, almond ricotta and fresh mozzarella.  Their deli menu includes things such as a house-made burger, a Caprese sandwhich, a friend chicken sandwich, a Philly cheesesteak and a hero sub (which includes homestyle beef bologna, roast beef, turkey, salami, cheddar cheese and swiss cheese, as well as veggies).

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Feb 20

Pamela Anderson and PETA Working to Change Prison Meals to Vegan in Louisiana

pamela andersonModel and actress Pamela Anderson, working in conjunction with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is attempting to get Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to begin serving entirely vegan meals at prisons across the state. The move, according to Anderson, would save the state hundreds of thousands of much-needed dollars in a time when the state is in the middle of a $940 million deficit.

According to Anderson, who has agreed to cook and serve a vegan lunch to inmates herself if Edwards agrees to the plan, would save the state over $620,000 annually. This estimate is based on a vegetarian diet an Arizona county jail put into place recently, which them $273,000 in the first year.

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Feb 20

First Vegan Butcher Shop in U.S. Now Offering Gluten-Free Meats

Vegan, gluten-free sausage and pulled pork now available at The Herbivorous Butcher!

Vegan, gluten-free sausage and pulled pork now available at The Herbivorous Butcher!

The Herbivorous Butcher, the first vegan butcher shop in the United States which opened last month to critical acclaim, has announced that they’re now offering gluten-free meats, one of the biggest requests made by fans and customers of the shop.

In addition to the plethora of vegan meats that include gluten, such as porterhouse steak, porchetta and a variety of jerky, The Herbivorous Butcher now has vegan, gluten-free Italian Sausage and Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork, as well as a large amount of gluten-free cheeses such as herbed brie and pepperjack.

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Feb 19

How Does Michelle Pfeiffer Stay Looking So Young? A Vegan Diet!

michelle pfeifferActress Michelle Pfeiffer, known for featured roles in movies such as Grease 2 and Batman Returns (Catwoman), has explained how she famously stays looking so young: Her secret? A vegan diet!

The revelation came in a recent interview with Urbanette; Pfeiffer was asked by vegan writer Hilary Rowland how she maintains the seemingly ageless aspect of her skin. Pfeiffer, 57, responded saying “I definitely think it’s because I’m vegan. Eating a vegan diet – it’s just so much healthier, and you avoid a lot of toxins that could age your skin and body.”

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Feb 18

Vegan Tiki Bar Opens in Seattle

Jackfruit flautas. Photo taken from No Bones Beach Club Facebook page.

Jackfruit flautas. Photo taken from No Bones Beach Club Facebook page.

A venture that began as a pop-up tent serving plant-based food and later upgraded to a food truck, now has its very own space to call home. No Bones Beach Club, located in the trendy Ballard neighborhood of liberal Seattle, is a little slice of paradise for vegans in the rainy northwestern city. They even say it’s the world’s first vegan tiki bar.

The real estate market in Seattle is notoriously expensive and competitive thanks to the influx of retail and technology corporations in the area, which meant owner MacKenzie DeVito and her partners couldn’t acquire the spot they’d been coveting for years, according to SeattleMet. Hence, the food truck was born. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

Uncle Maddio’s Vegan Friendly Pizza Chain Continues to Grow Rapidly

uncle maddio;sIt can sometimes be a bit difficult to find a quick, hot vegan meal that you can grab on a lunch break or on your way home – but Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is looking to change that. The franchise, which already boasts over 40 locations across the southeastern United States, reaffirmed its commitment to open over 250 locations across 18 states over the next couple years in a press release sent out last week.

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Feb 11

Petition Started for Vegan Hershey’s Kisses

Hershey's Kisses

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Recently there have been a series of high-profile companies announcing their entries into the vegan food market. Oreo released two new flavors: filled cupcake and cinnamon bun. Then, the well-publicized case between Hellmann’s and Hampton Creek, the makers of vegan Just Mayo, was wrapped up, culminating in Hellmann’s deciding to produce their very own vegan mayonnaise—Just Mayo, by the way, will be introducing over 40 new products soon. And then, in a move that made the entire vegan community jump for joy, Ben & Jerry’s unveiled the first four flavors of its vegan ice cream line.

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Feb 08

Vancouver’s First Vegan Creamery Now Open

vegan creameryNice Vice Creamer, the first vegan creamery in Vancouver, Canada, is now officially open.

The creamery, which offers entirely vegan, 100% organic ice cream, features flavors such as Lemonhead, Tripped out Tropical, Blueberry Sage, Strawberry Fiend Forever, Chocoholics Anonymous, Cookie Dough and Match Avocado, among others. The creamery is ran by the same people who run Vancouver’s Nice Vice food truck.

“Nice Vice is Vancouver’s first ever 0% dairy, plant-based micro creamery”, states the company on their website’s About Us page. “Our vice cream is organic, and dairy, soy, allergen, GMO, and cholesterol-free! Our ingredients include fresh fruit, natural colours and flavours, and locally supported plant-based products.”

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