Katie Pevreall

America’s 5 Favourite Vegan Brands As Revealed By Veganuary!

As vegan choices in supermarkets continue to grow, consumers are no longer stuck with one brand for each type of product. Veganuary, a not for profit initiative that encourages people to try veganism for the month of January, asked the vegan public just who their favourite brands were. This not only gives good quality vegan brands the attention they deserve, but can serve as a guide to the veg-curious who are a little intimidated by the sheer choice of products, and a little scared about what they might taste like.  So, without further ado, here are the results! America’s...

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Stray Dogs in India Dyed Blue Due to Polluted Waterways

Pollution concerns have been raised in a suburb of Mumbai after a lot of stray dogs have been pictured with their fur dyed blue. It’s believed that nearby factories, who produce coloured dyes, have been dumping untreated waste into the Kasadi river. Dogs go here to bathe, get cool and look for food and this is why they are turning blue. Unsurprisingly, this has led to health problems in some of the stray dogs, with one having to be treated for an eye infection. Stray dogs are a huge problem for citizens of India, there is in fact one...

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Is Bill Nye The “Science Guy” Becoming Bill Nye The “Vegan Guy”?

Bill Nye the “Science Guy”, known by all, loved by all, but could he actually be Bill Nye the “Vegan Guy”? During an episode of Big Think earlier this year, a young, Scottish girl had some important questions for Nye about animal agriculture, the environment and veganism. It seems that the issue of greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture wasn’t new to Nye and he claimed that his diet was becoming increasingly vegetarian. Nye acknowledged in the video that committing to a fully plant-based diet ‘might be tricky for a lot of people, however seems like a good idea.’...

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Top 10 Kids’ Films To Teach Your Children About Veganism

Introducing the topic of veganism to children might be a struggle for some parents. Although there is plenty of information out for adults, a lot of it is too distressing for children. With that in mind, here’s a list of films to help you introduce children to veganism, without giving them nightmares. (Disclaimer: we can’t actually promise there won’t be any nightmares. Cruella De Vil is terrifying.) Top 10 Kids Films To Teach Your Children About Veganism Okja (2017) A true netflix masterpiece, this film will have you in tears whether you’re an adult, child, vegan or meat eater....

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102 Year Old Former Surgeon Shares Secret To Avoiding Heart Disease

Former heart surgeon, Dr Ellsworth Wareham, only retired 7 years ago, but unlike many recently retired doctors he’s going to be 103 in just 3 months time! In 2013, when he was but a young lad of 98, he was interviewed by Veggie Channel, and shared his secret to a long and healthy life which he believes is a vegan diet. The heart expert, who has been completely vegan around half his life, thinks that veganism is the key to ending the coronary heart disease epidemic in the US. Wareham has never enjoyed animal products, despite the fact that...

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Is Society Finally Ready to Accept Veganism?

Vegans have long been associated with a way of life completely separate to the ‘norm’. The word ‘hippy’ is often bandied about in talks of veganism alongside ‘alfafa sprouts’ and ‘patchouli’. Those who are vegan know that this image is far from the truth for many vegans. Often with average jobs, eating burgers and watching TOWIE, vegans walk amongst the crowd unnoticed until you ask them if they want milk in their tea. But is society becoming more accepting of veganism? Last year Sainsbury’s made the announcement that their vegan cheese range, sometimes known as Gary, outperformed expectations by...

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Vegan Game of Thrones Star Peter Dinklage Tells Fans To Stop Buying Huskies

Game of Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage, has asked people to think twice before buying huskies after the number of abandoned ‘wolf like’ dogs is 800% higher than it was in 2011 before Game of Thrones started. Animal charity Blue Cross have reported that before 2011 around 10 huskies were abandoned a year and this has now risen to 81. Huskies need a lot of exercise and when owners can’t keep up with their demands they tend to get restless. ‘Huskies are very beautiful dogs, but they do need experienced owners with lots of time to devote to them’ says...

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Bon Jovi’s Clothes Line ‘Hart N Dagger’ Ditches Leather Thanks to PETA

Animal rights group, PETA, have been in contact with Jon Bon Jovi about his clothing line, Hart N Dagger. The luxury brand, which sell t-shirts, jumpers, jeans an accessories, have been using a leather patch on the back of their jeans. However, thanks to PETA Bon Jovi has agreed to start using faux, vegan leather and replace any other animal skin with vegan alternatives. The group attribute their success in convincing Bon Jovi to educating the musician about slaughterhouse and farming processes for cows that are used for leather. Although Bon Jovi will start using high quality vegan leather...

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Prime Time BBC Show ‘Countryfile’ Discusses Ethics of Dairy Farming

In an episode of Countryfile, aired on the BBC on Sunday 13th August, Tom Heap met with dairy farmers in England to discuss the role of bull calves on dairy farms. Heap claims that the dairy industry in Britain is currently ‘under the spotlight’ following a recent ruling from the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). ASA found that vegan advertising group, Go Vegan World, were not misleading the public when one of their adverts claimed that ‘HUMANE MILK IS A MYTH’. One of the issues vegan groups have with dairy farming is the killing of dairy bull calves. Due to...

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A Plant-Based Ice Cream Push Pops Vending Machine is Coming to Portland!

Proclaimed the vegan haven of the north west coast, Portland is known for it’s quirky food stalls and bars. Now the city is home to a vegan venture that could spread across the states, Portland presents the vegan push pop! Created by Emily Krause, founder of Dreamboat Coconut, these ice cream pops are a delicious combination of fruit, vegetables and coconut cream and the flavours available are far from boring. Krause began her Dreamboat Coconut by making coconut yoghurt. The product was a huge hit amongst local vegans, some of whom decided to try and freeze the creamy dairy...

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Amazing Teen Redditor Writes Vegan Cookbook And Donates All Money to Animals

A 16 year old boy, who goes by the name ‘Fruity Simon’, has completed a task most adults would wince at, he’s written an entire e-book by himself! The book, which is about his journey to veganism and includes a lot of recipes, is currently on sale via his blog. But, not satisfied with simply encouraging others to be vegan, he’s decided to donate all the profits of his e-book to Mercy for Animals, an animal rights organisation. Banana nicecream made of ripe bananas, cocoa powder and hemp protein🙏 that’s it, all the ingredients!!🙈 If you want to know...

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Taiwanese Board Game ‘Run, Animals Run!’ Puts Humans Into The Role of Animals

Prominent taiwanese animal activist group ‘Zoo of Depression’ has created a board game based around endangered animals, but it has an interesting twist. The group who have create the game, ‘Run Animals, Run!’, are well known for their ‘existential animal characterisations and illustrations’. It’s unsurprising then that the game sees players take on the role of endangered animals who have to try and escape from human destruction. Each player gets to choose between four Taiwanese animals; a leopard cat, black bear, tree frog or fairy pitta bird. During the course of the game, players have little control over the...

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Plant Based Ice Cream Market To Grow Nearly 10% Annually Until 2027

The plant-based ice cream market is set to grow nearly 10% annually over the next 10 years. A market analysis has concluded that the most prominent segment of the plant-based ice cream market will be cups and tubs. Already worth $292 million, the projected value of this sector of the ice cream industry is a huge $700 million. This is unsurprising as even large companies, such as Ben & Jerry’s who prominently use dairy in their ice creams are introducing plant-based ranges. There are also a whole host of options on the market that come from purely plant-based brands....

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German International School in India Declares Itself Vegan

In southern India the German International School Chennai (GISC) has declared itself a completely vegan school. First opened in 2009 the school was recently awarded the ‘Compassionate School’ by PETA India for incorporating compassion, empathy and healthy eating habits into the curriculum. The German International school will be serving students a plant based breakfast, lunch and dinner. They make their own mock meat, produce vegan cheese from cashews, and bake their own bread. They have designed meals to ensure that all nutritional requirements are met, by substituting animal products with protein-rich food such as quinoa, lentils, seitan, beans and hemp seeds. The school...

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See Ya McDonalds! Why Vegan Fast Food Companies Attract World’s Biggest Investors

Household fast food names could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the funding of plant-based alternatives from some of the world’s biggest investors. The plant-based food scene is changing rapidly, no longer are vegans thought to eat nothing but lettuce and lentils, the plant-based burger revolution has arrived. What’s more, big investors are excited about it. Recently, Beyond Meat’s burger, otherwise known as ‘the burger that bleeds’ accomplished something huge when they struck a deal with stores owned by Kroger, that means their burger will be stocked in 605 stores across the US. Beyond have seen...

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5 Ways The Movie Okja Mimics Real Life

When Netflix released Okja it got a lot of media attention. Many people even took to social media to declare themselves vegan after watching it. It’s unsurprising as Okja depicts humans being awful to the animals that they will eventually eat. The tale of the super pig who won the heart of a young Korean girl, Mija, seems to be having a big impact on people. So how true to real life is Okja? The World Has a Food Problem ‘The world’s population is at 7 billion, 805 million human beings struggle with hunger every day, including 30 million...

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This is Why Veganism Isn’t Just a ‘White Thing’

One of the main criticisms of a plant-based diet is that it’s for the privileged, more specifically privileged white people. This has led to the alienation of other races within the vegan movement, who believe that veganism is a ‘white thing’. Certainly there is some ignorance surrounding how easy it is for non-white cultures to adopt a vegan diet, and a lot of the information around transitioning to veganism out there is talking to white people, whether it’s intentional or not. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, everyone deserves their own space in the vegan movement. What’s...

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Hollywood Star Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Play Vegetarian Philosopher in New Movie!

It has been announced that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming movie about the artist’s life. The movie will be based on the biography of da Vinci written by Walter Isaacson which is expected to come out in October this year. The role is particularly fitting for DiCaprio as allegedly he was named after the great artist and scientist himself. When DiCaprio’s mother was pregnant with him, she felt him kick for the first time whilst staring at a da Vinci painting in an Italian museum, and decided to name Di Caprio Leonardo...

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Vegan Ice Cream As Cold And Black As Your Soul

Unicorns, pride flags, festival wear and carnivals, this summer seems to be full of nothing but colour. Thankfully, there are a few people who are breaking the mould and are making everything black. Black foods have been a trend for some time now, with the advent of the black burger bun, but right now it’s ice cream’s turn. The vegan ice cream craze has recently become an instagram favourite and we thought you might want to where you can get it from, vegan style. Frankie & Jo’s Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson are the pair behind Frankie & Jo’s...

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Study Credits Celebrities For Making Vegan Diets Mainstream

A study has been conducted into the growth of the packaged vegan foods in the USA, and the results are looking good. Research analysts have estimated that the industry will grow at a rate of 8.14% annually between 2017-2021. The study defines Packaged Vegan Food as ‘plant-based packaged food products prepared without the use of any ingredients or products derived from animals, including but not limited to meat, fish, and poultry products, dairy products, and honey.’ There certainly have been a rise in the number of these foods recently, with increased distribution of ‘the burger that bleeds’, the introduction...

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Major Meat Supplier Reports Increase in Sales: Is Veganism Failing?

Tyson Foods, a well known producer of beef, pork and chicken in the US, recently released their third-quarter figures for this year and they are surprisingly good. Although their net income was down by $37 million in comparison to the same period last year, their revenue was up by $450 million. CEO of Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes attributes the company’s success to a ‘strong performance’ in beef and pork. Tyson Foods also recently bought AdvancePierre Foods in order to expand it’s prepared food segment. All this news seems in conflict to the statement made by Hayes just a few...

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Pea Protein Popularity Booms to 195% More Usage Amongst Food Manufacturers

Protein, protein, protein, just how do you get it without animal products? Well, peas apparently! Pea protein is becoming hugely popular amongst manufacturers who are seeking to find a protein source that is cheaper, better for the environment and plant-based. ‘The burger that bleeds’, produced by plant-based brand Beyond Meat, is based on pea protein and prominent brands like Warburtons have even started adding the stuff to their pre existing products. So why the hype? Pea protein is extracted from ground yellow split peas, unlike more commonly used proteins that are derived from soy and whey, pea protein is...

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Dubai’s Favourite Vegan Make Up Brand Arrives In The USA

Luscious Cosmetics, one of Dubai’s favourite make up brands, is hitting shelves in the USA today! The cruelty free and vegan brand has been a Middle Eastern hit since the company’s inception in 2007 and it has finally made it’s way to America. Despite rivalling some of the best cosmetic brands out there in terms of make up quality, each item is reasonably priced and will only set you back around $20. Mehrbano Sethi, Luscious Cosmetics founder, is pretty excited to get her products over to the states. ‘I have wanted to enter the US market for years’ says...

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What’s The Difference Between Ed Snowden and Animal Rights Activists?

On August 8th it was announced that two Australian animal rights activists, Christopher Delforce and Dorrotya Kiss, were ‘let-off’ of the charges brought against them by pork farmers. Delforce and Kiss were facing charges thanks to what is known as an ‘ag-gag’ law, which stop Australians from installing recording equipment on farms. The activists were accused of the illegal installation of recording equipment, and the distribution of the footage that the cameras recorded. The pair had the charges dismissed thanks to a fault in police proceedings that saw a document go undated. Despite this, the case, and cases like...

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New Eco-Friendly Plant Based Snacks Are Coming To A Sprouts Store Near You!

Probiotic CareBars will soon be available in Sprouts Farmers Market! Eco Friendly Foods Initiative (EFFi), makers of Probiotic CareBars, have announced that they will partnering with Sprouts. Sprouts will begin by stocking the CareBars in three different flavours. CEO and founder of EFFi, Carina Ayden, is committed to producing and supplying plant-based foods that care for the environment as well as health. Ayden is excited by the new partnership and believes that EFFi and Sprouts core values are the same. ‘We are incredibly honored to be part of the Sprouts family,’ says Ayden, ‘We couldn’t be more excited to...

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The Truth About ‘What The Health’ Claim “Sugar Doesn’t Cause Diabetes”

Earlier this year, pro-vegan documentary What The Health was released on Netflix. The film, which explores the credibility of large health organisations’ advice on nutrition, has received a lot of attention from both supporters and critics alike. Many people have attributed their change to a plant-based diet to the documentary including singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. However, one claim made in the film has been picked up by critics in an attempt to discredit the documentary as a whole: that sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes. For years now we have associated diabetes with an excess of sugar in a...

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Cowspiracy Inspires ‘Lazy Millennials’ To Start Vegan Farm

Move over organic, there’s a new farm in town. California couple Matthew and Brittany Loisel have started what they call a ‘veganic’ farm named Lazy Millennials Farm. The name of the farm was inspired by a Ted Talk that focussed on branding and millennials. Like so many young people, the couple were unhappy with their corporate jobs and rather than be a part of the ‘lazy millennial’ stereotype they decided to quit their jobs and start a veganic farm in Salinas. As Matthew says, ‘what’s more millennial than [that]?’ A lot of people don’t think about it but most...

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Discovery of Contaminated Eggs From EU Supermarkets Could Be Fatal

Concerns over eggs contaminated with fiprolin have seen eggs taken off the shelves of Aldi and Lidl in Germany lately for fear of affecting public health. However, there are now worries that the contaminated eggs have been sold and consumed in the UK. The problem started in the Netherlands and Belgium, and disinfectant used in the Netherlands is thought to be the cause of the problem. Pesticides, disinfectants and medicines containing fiprolin are not allowed around livestock under EU law. Considered to be ‘moderately hazardous’ by the World Health Organisation, fiprolin has been linked with damage to kidneys, liver...

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Animal Pelts or Ikea Rugs? Are Game of Thrones Costumes Vegan?

Season 7 of Game of Thrones is well under way and as usual it’s presenting all sorts of challenges for the team behind the scenes. Michelle Clapton, costume designer for the award winning series, has a huge tasks on her hands. The sheer number of costumes to plan and make is overwhelmingly large and the advent of HD cameras has only made the job more of a challenge as viewers are able to pick up on much smaller details than before. With the amount of leather and fur present in the series, it seems like a vegan nightmare. But...

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Gold Coast Vegan Eatery To Franchise Nationwide

Vegan entrepreneur, Natalie Evans, has taken the Gold Coast by storm and now intends on expanding her brand nationally. Evans, who is only 27, has already had a huge success with her plant-based restaurant, Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, in Miami, Queensland and now intends on franchising her business with the aim of taking it national. Despite the fact that meat consumption per capita in Australia has risen by 15% in the past 20 years, veganism is a fast growing trend in the sun soaked country. Last year, Australians were found to google the world ‘vegan’ more than anyone else...

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Green Mondays and the Future Burger: Hong Kong’s Plant-Based Revolution

Hong Kong born David Yeung has made it his mission to convince people to cut the meat out of their meals. The long-time vegetarian and Buddhist’s efforts have already made a huge impact on his birth city, but he’s not stopping any time soon. Yeung was initially inspired to try and transform the Asian city during his time living in NYC as a teen and young adult. Before moving back to Hong Kong he became aware of the Meatless Monday campaign that was starting to gain momentum around the US. Given that the citizens of Hong Kong consume more...

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Is NFL Star Trent Williams Ditching His Plant-Based Diet?

Last month, NFL player Trent Williams made the decision to trial a plant-based diet for a month. His decision was prompted by pro-vegan documentary What The Health, and he had hoped that it would change his body for the better. Williams’ family has a history of diabetes but he also wants to extend his career on the pitch. The documentary What The Health explores the links between meat and dairy products and risk of prominent health problems and diseases such as cancer, strokes and diabetes. With a family history of diabetes, the NFL player was wise to ditch the...

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British Dietetic Association Confirms A Healthy Vegan Diet Can Be Suitable at All Ages

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) have recently confirmed that they believe a well planned vegan diet ‘supports healthy living in people of all ages’ including ‘during pregnancy and breastfeeding.’ This is the result of a working relationship between BDA and the Vegan Society. Last month the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations was updated from the 2014 agreement the partnership had. The memorandum, which is reviewed on a three yearly basis, aims to improve the working relationship between the two organisations so that they can both ‘promote reliable, evidence based advice on a healthy vegan diet.’ BDA’s support...

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Nandos, ASDA and Lidl Supplier Guilty of Shocking Animal Abuse

An undercover investigation on a Somerset farm, which raises chickens for a major UK supplier, uncovered some shocking truths about the way their animals are treated. The farm supplies chickens to the second largest chicken company in the UK, Faccenda, who in turn supply to Nando’s, Asda and Lidl. The investigation raises questions over how aware consumers are of the animal welfare standards of the meat that they are buying. The investigation was conducted by animal rights group Animal Equality. Whilst on the farm they took photos and video footage of the 150,000 animals who are packed tightly into...

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Director of Earthlings Set To Release Series of Vegan Films with Joaquin Phoenix

It has been announced that Shaun Monson, director of the pro-vegan American documentary Earthlings, will release a series of short films. The films, which have been reported by Plant Based News, will feature Joaquin Phoenix and focus on the Save movement. Joaquin Phoenix is the narrator for earthlings but it better known for his role as Commodus in Gladiator and portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. The actor became a vegan at the small age of three after he and his siblings joined their parents on a fishing trip. Phoenix was unable to bare the thought of...

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11 Year Old Boy Saves 2,500 Acres Of Rainforest

Rainforest hero Kyle Hughes has been singled out by the Rainforest Trust recently in the ‘Supporter Spotlight’ series on their blog. The 11 year old environment enthusiast has already helped to save a massive 2,500 of rainforest in the last 3 years. His interest in using his time to help others started when his grandfather bought him the Christmas present of a goat that was donated to an African family less fortunate than Hughes. Since then his interest in charity has developed and he’s particularly passionate about saving the habitats of animals. Kyle’s parents, Rob and Rebecca, helped him...

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Jamie Oliver Finds Vegans Annoying Despite Believing Vegan Diet Best For Health

Jamie Oliver’s recent interview with The Sunday Times has caused quite a stir thanks to some of the comments that he chose to make about vegans. The TV chef is best known for his school dinner’s campaign and his rampage against sugar. Confusingly then, his interview with The Times saw him speak ill of the clean eating trend and claim that he was ‘split’ in his opinion about vegans. Rather confusingly, Oliver is one of the few chefs who also cook meat and dairy products who actually specifically labels his recipes as vegan friendly. His chain of Italian restaurants...

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PETA Prompts Tinder To Speak Out Against Tiger Selfies

Dating app Tinder has asked users to take down pictures of themselves posing with tigers after receiving a letter of complaint from animal rights group PETA Australia. The activist group penned a letter to the popular dating app’s co-founder and chairman Sean Rad, asking him to ban the use of tiger selfies on the dating site. Rad responded on the Tinder’s blog asking the app’s uses to please take down the pictures with the claim that ‘Posing next to a king of the jungle doesn’t make you one.’ Tiger selfies on Tinder have become so popular that people have...

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‘Hottest Vegan Couple’ Named. But Is This The Best Way To Promote Veganism?

Recently, PETA named the UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Couple as Casey Rider and Mark Goodwin. The gym going pair wanted to enter the competition in order to dispel the myth that vegans are ‘frail and weak’ and that people can be strong, fit and athletic on a plant-based diet. However, the win for the pair throws into question the sort of message the vegan community are sending out? Sex sells, sure but are competitions like ‘Hottest Vegan Couple’ the right way to go about convincing people to be vegan? Choosing not to consume or wear animal products has...

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Kat Von D To Star In Upcoming Vegan Music Documentary

It has been announced that Kat Von D is set to appear in upcoming vegan documentary ‘Taking Note’. However, the documentary is currently only a few hours away from the end of it’s crowdfunding campaign and without donations, Von D will not be gracing our screens for what’s set to be a great documentary. The documentary is the dream of Chris Hines, who his the founder of music publication Hit the Floor Magazine (HTF). Hines, who is himself a vegan, initially turned to vegetarianism after watching a music video featuring graphic slaughterhouse footage. The documentary aims to look at...

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Are Beyond Meat Burgers Coming To The UK?

Are ‘bleeding’ vegan burgers coming to the UK? Recently, both Impossible Food and Beyond Meat, the two companies who make the ultra-realistic meat substitute, have both been receiving a lot of media attention and a lot of money. Billionaire Bill Gates has invested in both food companies and recently Beyond Meat landed a deal which means the burgers will now be available in supermarket across the USA. But are world famous vegan burgers making their way over the Atlantic to the UK? The Coventry Telegraph have recently reported that the growth of the companies could mean that the UK...

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Linda McCartney Introduce New Vegan Festive Range

Well known vegetarian brand Linda McCartney is bringing out a new range of products for the festive season. Even better, the whole range will be vegan! The range will include Vegetarian Roast Beef with Red Wine and Shallot Glaze, which is possibly the fanciest veggie alternative ever offered in British supermarkets, in addition to two types of cocktail sausages and wellington bites. Although the range is festively themed it will start to appear on shelves in Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys in just over 2 weeks, on 20th August. That’ll give you plenty of time to test them once or...

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Vegan Student Causes A Stir With 100 Banana A Week Diet

21 year old Dane Nash has caught the attention of the media recently after admitting that he eats around 100 bananas a week. The student, who is based in Bristol, took to a local vegan Facebook group for advice about food bins and ended up the topic of some in-depth conversation. Nash has even been interviewed by the BBC, although he is unhappy with their representation of him and his diet. Hello beautiful monkeys 🍌🐒Wasn't expecting that video to blow up like it has! Oops 🙃The BBC (and now several other… Posted by Dane Nash on Friday, 4 August 2017...

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Mayor of America’s Fattest City Accepts Pamela Anderson’s Vegan Challenge

Several weeks ago, Pamela Anderson penned a letter to Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, challenging him to go vegan to set an example for his constituents. Recently, Jackson has been named as the fattest city in America and Anderson proposed the challenge because she believes that the vegan lifestyle is the healthiest way to fuel our bodies. She suggested that he lead by example, so as to make people aware of the health benefits a change in diet can bring about. Anderson’s proposal to the Mayor back in July included a promise of support from the...

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Miley Cyrus Wears ‘Beyond Skin’ Vegan Shoes In Cosmopolitan Photo Shoot

Vegan Queen Miley Cyrus has been spotted wearing shoes from vegan brand Beyond Skin, in her new Cosmopolitan photo shoot. The openly vegan singer song-writer recently got a tattoo of the vegan symbol to prove her dedication to the cause, and now it seems she’s giving vegan shoe brands the platform they deserve. Miley was sporting the beautiful Pink Penny B Platforms that are handmade in Spain. In a statement to Plant Based News, a spokesperson for the vegan shoe company said “We are really thrilled that Miley has worn Beyond Skin shoes, it’s the first time that she’s...

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American Medical Association Pushes for Plant-Based Foods In Hospitals

At the 2017 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting, AMA passed two new resolutions that could have a huge impact on the way in which Americans are fed. AMA accepted that processed meats and excessive sugar consumption were the main factors in the ever growing obesity problem in the USA and have suggested plant based food and healthful food be made more readily available to people using food stamps and people in hospital. People who are obese are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease and strokes. AMA discussed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which provides assistance...

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Cats, Dogs and Climate Change: How Big Is Your Furry Friend’s Carbon Pawprint?

A professor from UCLA has been crunching some numbers and it turns out that our furry friends might be having a bigger impact on global warming than we thought. Gregory Okin, teacher of Physical Geography and Soils at the Los Angeles based college, has published a paper suggesting that cats and dogs in the USA produce the equivalent of 64 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. This figure is calculated by looking at just how much meat Americans choose to feed their pets. Studies have shown that eating meat is a very inefficient way of feeding the world’s...

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New ‘Vegan Road Show’ Series Hits YouTube

Fasten your seatbelts because in just 9 days time YouTube has a treat coming your way in the form of The Vegan Road Show US. Vegan fitness writer, Mehmet Endip, and creator of the show, Sky Valencia, are taking a road trip of the USA to discover all the best vegan dishes you can get all across the country! They’ve already shared a few pictures of what kind of food you can expect from the show and it’s looking pretty good. The show will come to youtube on August 12th and will have 22 episodes to keep you occupied...

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Genius New Vegan Milk Which Tastes Just Like Dairy!

Today, vegan ‘mylk’ geniuses, Rebel Kitchen, announced today their new range of mylks and they’re quite different to a lot of milk alternatives on the market. Rebel Kitchen are most well known for their delicious coconut-based flavoured mylks that including Chai and Coffee flavour, and smaller drinks in Banana and Chocolate flavour for younger vegans. However, they’ve developed a range that will appeal to everyone struggling to ditch cow’s milk because they just love the taste and consistency; mylks that come in Skimmed, Semi-Skimmed and Whole. Now in store at Waitrose, the mylks are designed to be just like their...

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Earth Overshoot Day: We Have Already Used More Energy Than We Can Renew!

Today is a sad day for planet earth, it’s Earth Overshoot Day which means it’s the day in the year by which we have used more energy than the earth can renew in 2017. This day comes every year but this year, it’s the earliest it’s ever been. Earth overshoot day has been monitored and recorded since 1986 and the change in the last 30 years has been shocking. The Earth Overshoot Day Measure looks at the biocapacity of the earth, which calculates the earth’s ability to generate a supply of renewable resources and to absorb the waste earth...

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So Delicious To Bring Out Range of Vegan Cheese!

Amazing news! The folks over at So Delicious are jumping on the bandwagon to offer their very own vegan cheese shreds. Already the dairy free brand offer a selection of ice-creams, yoghurt, creamer and milk alternatives and they’re all…well, delicious. Although it’s not yet certain when the cheese will be available in stores, pictures of the new product have been circulating the vegan web so production must be well underway. It seems the brand will bring out a Cheddar Style, Cheddar Jack Style and Mozzarella Style vegan cheese to top your tacos, nachos or pizza. Yum! So Delicious are...

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New Zealand’s Meat Industry Facing Uncertain Future

Over the weekend, a Red Meat Sector conference was held in Dunedin, New Zealand to discuss the future of the country’s red meat production. The events saw speakers such as Sir Lockwood Smith and University of Auckland’s senior lecturer, Dr Michael Lee. As speakers took to the stage, the feeling was overwhelmingly that the red meat industry is in crisis and they are trying to find ways in which to stop it’s decline. Two of the main problems identified at the conference were people’s changing attitudes towards meat consumption and the big changes in the international political stage in the...

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20 Comments From Obnoxious Vegans – Unravelled !

Vegans get a pretty bad rep and to prove how justified it is, Whisper decided to put together a list of the 20 most obnoxious things vegans have said. Going on about veganism almost as much as vegans do just to make sure everyone knows how much vegans talk about veganism. Sounds exhausting. So just how obnoxious can vegans be? Well, apparently vegans are struggling with the idea of vegans and non vegans dating. Whilst it’s understandable that a vegan would only want to date someone who is themselves vegan, it’s also completely possible for vegans and non vegans...

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‘By Chloe’ Makes European Debut In London This Autumn

US based vegan chain restaurant, By Chloe, is coming to the UK and the first store is set to open before the end of the year. London will be the home of By Chloe’s first international site, and it’s doors are expected to open this autumn in Covent Garden. The chain have recently invested up to $13 million dollars in international development and it’s speculated that they have plans to open more restaurants in London, Europe and the Middle East. Chloe Coscarelli, co-founder and namesake of By Chloe, has recently left the company after claims that the chain’s partners...

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Rabbi Offers $5,000 To Synagogues Who Take Vegan Pledge

Prominent orthodox rabbi, Shmuly Yanklowitz, has challenged synagogues across North America to go vegan and he has $25,000 to give away to help them do that. The rabbi who turned vegetarian whilst studying at Harvard aged 23, turned to a plant-based diet after his wedding 6 years ago. Yanklowitz advocates for a vegan diet for both ethical and health reasons, claiming that for some Jews who currently aren’t consuming a healthy diet ditching animal products could be a matter of life or death. Named as one of the most influential Jews in The Forward, an American Jewish magazine, Yanklowitz...

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The Vegan Guide to Edinburgh’s Festival Season

In summer the UK loves a good festival. We’ve got a particular penchant for music festivals big and small, but don’t be disheartened if standing in a muddy field with a plastic cup full of cider listening to The Jam ain’t your…well, jam. Edinburgh’s got you covered for all sorts of festival action and it goes on all year round! One festival in particular you should really make an effort to go to is Edinburgh’s Ethical Winterfest which is coming to the Roxburghe Hotel in November. Just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh Castle, the Roxburghe Hotel comprises of...

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The Earth’s ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ Is Imminent. What Can We Do To Stop It?

A scientific report published earlier this year has warned that the earth’s ‘sixth mass extinction’ is well underway and it’s going to be a lot worse than we thought. In recent years it has becoming increasingly apparent that many of the world’s species are under threat of extinction. With the exception of bees often we are referring to mammals in warm climates. We associate extinction with poaching and sometimes destruction of natural habitats. But the authors of the report, Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich and Rodolfo Dirzo, have warned that the loss of population extends beyond animals we considered to...

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Can Veganism Work Without Capitalism? Should We Boycott Non-Vegan Parent Companies?

Canadian brand Daiya, have been bought by an international healthcare giant for over $300 million. Daiya offer a range of plant-based alternatives to products such as cheese and yoghurt. The Japanese pharmaceutical company, Otsuka, who have purchased the vegan brand are known to test on animals and some people are calling for a boycott of Daiya as they consider their parent company to not be vegan. However, Otsuka’s acquisition of the Canadian brand will allow Daiya to be a much bigger presence in both Canada and the USA. In a world where capitalism prevails how are we supposed to...

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Vegan Comapany, Quorn To Create 100s of Jobs After £150 Million Investment

Meat alternative producers, Quorn, have seen huge growth in the first half of the year. The vegetarian brand are based in the UK and have been exporting to Europe for some time but have recently branched out into other areas of the world offering their vegetarian friendly protein in Australia, Asia and America. They’ve had such great success with this move that they are soon to invest £150 million in one of their UK facilities and they anticipate that it will provide jobs for many people in the foreseeable future. Quorn’s successes outside of Europe is great news from...

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New Yorkers Pay $1 To See Virtual Reality Footage, Changing Lives Forever

Pedestrians in Union Square in New York City were given a unique offer; to watch 4 minutes of footage in exchange for a dollar. Seems like a pretty good deal when you can’t earn $1 in four minutes on minimum wage in NYC. So what’s the catch? They were about to watch 4 minutes of footage depicting the realities of the animal agricultural industry. The event was organised by the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Meetup Group who identified that one of the main obstacles of spreading awareness is just getting people to sit down and watch what really goes...

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Egg Company Experiences $834 Million Drop in Sales As Demand For Eggs Declines

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., a large North American egg company, have reported a huge loss in profits since 2016. The company, who recently released their final fiscal report for 2017, are reporting net sales 9.4% lower for the last quarter than the same quarter in 2016. Comparing these two periods suggests a rise in the number of actual egg sales, however this is because of the extra week of sales in the last quarter of 2017. Over the course of the year this has meant an $834 million drop in net sales and a profit loss of $74.3 million. CEO...

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Pepsi Refuse to Reveal Secret Non-Vegan Ingredient

According to PepsiCo, Diet Pepsi isn’t suitable for vegans but rather concerningly, they won’t say why. In an official statement to Metro, a spokesperson for PepsiCo said “We can confirm that regular Pepsi and Pepsi Max are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Diet Pepsi is only suitable for vegetarians as it contains traces of ingredients that are not suitable for people following a vegan diet.” Thanks to some in-depth research by UK blogger Fat Gay Vegan, we know that many types of soft drink available in the UK contain gelatine which can be derived from pigs, cows or fish...

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US Government To Stop Funding Torturous Medical Experiments on Dogs

Using taxpayers money to fund cruel experiments on dogs in the US could soon be a thing of the past. Recently the House of Representatives voted in favour of no longer allowing the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to use funds to perform unkind and painful experiments on dogs. This news is the work of Rep. Dave Brat who put forward the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act (PUPPERS Act) in an attempt to amend the recently voted on Making America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018. This Act comes after an internal report surrounding some...

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Small House, Big Impact! How Your Minimalist Home Benefits The Planet

What lengths would you go to to save the planet? Some people think veganism is extreme however one couple have moved their whole life into a 200 square foot ‘tiny home’ and are touring it across North America, as the Creative Animal Foundation, in the hopes of inspiring others to follow suit. Stephanie Arne and Tim Davison claim that they made the decision to ditch the mainstream style of accommodation, like an apartment or a house, because they have a deep rooted love of animals. In an interview with KDLT, Arne is keen to point out that our oceans...

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By 2050 Our Oceans Will Be More Plastic Than Fish! How Will You Help Stop This?

Last year the world made a shocking discovery: if we don’t change our plastic-using habits, the oceans are set to contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Is this a result of fast-declining fish populations or of increased plastic use? Although the report doesn’t directly address our declining fish numbers, the answer is likely both. Vegan or not, most people would agree that this isn’t a statistic we would welcome with open arms. The impact of plastic in our oceans is largely unknown, but what we do know is that dissolved plastics can be absorbed by fish and larger...

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5 Reasons Why Vegans Have Better Sex

Last year, PETA released an ad campaign that they hoped would be used in one of the sought after Super Bowl ad spots. The ad made a bold claim: “vegans are better in bed”. Apparently the folks who decide who gets the good Super Bowl ad slots didn’t take too kindly to it and rejected it. It was claimed that the ad was too raunchy but it might have something more to do with the fact that the Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day in the US, topped only by thanksgiving, and a lot of that...

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Post-Brexit Trade Deal Could Result in Chlorinated Chicken for The UK

It has come to light this week that the ever looming Brexit could bring about lower standards of welfare for animals that end up as meat in UK supermarkets. Theresa May and Donald Trump are currently in negotiations concerning a free trade deal between the USA and the UK which at the moment seems to be focusing on food. The main point of tension appears to be chlorinated chicken and whether or not the UK will allow their population to consume it. However, this does not only raise health concerns but concerns over how animals are treated and how...

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Silicon and Animal Bone? What’s REALLY Inside Your Vitamin Supplement?

Leading pharmaceutical company, Gemini, has spoken up about how easy it is to replace chemical compounds and other ‘inactive’ ingredients (ingredients that are included in the production of a drug to create a tablet or capsule that do not have a direct therapeutic effect) in the production of pharamceuticals. The answer is in the rice. Gemini manufacture nutritional supplements such as vitamins and minerals, and over the counter drugs. They have found that they can gain most use out of these new ingredients in nutritionals. Traditionally magnesium stearate has been used in the production of these pharmaceuticals as a...

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Is PETA’s New Naked Women Campaign Anti Feminist?

For advocates of veganism, often the most important thing to do is to spread the word. It’s all very well holding the information yourself about the exploitation of animals, the impact animal agriculture has on the environment and the health benefits of a plant-based diet, but unless you can get the attention of others it’s not going to change the world. PETA, an animal welfare organisation who dedicate their time to spreading the word of veganism, have released an ad campaign this week featuring Bonnie-Jill Laflin, the first ever female scout for the NBA. As with many of PETA’s...

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NZ Introduce 46 New Regulations To Protect Animals Against Human Cruelty

New Zealand, already a leading country in animal welfare legislation, has brought into effect 46 new regulations to protect farmed animals and pets from human cruelty. Two years ago the Animal Welfare Act was changed so that the Ministry for Primary Industries could create new regulations under the Animal Welfare Act. The aim of this was to allow MPI to ‘better enforce the Act by setting out clear rules to protect animal welfare.’ The latest animal welfare regulations have been released as part of an ongoing look at the current regulations and more changes are expected to be announced...

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Food Researcher Goes Vegan After Discovering the Truth About Pig Farming

“We’re conditioned by an invisible belief system that encourages us to eat animals which is shared by all meat-eating cultures. If you think about the millions of different animals out there, we’ve only chosen a few that we class as edible. The others are seen as disgusting. Just imagine eating a rat.” These are the wise words of Dr Pía Spry-Marqués, who has been vegan for two years now after her research into the history of pig farming forced her to rethink the way she views foods. Dr Spry-Marqués began her journey to veganism whilst she was researching the historical relationship between humans...

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Google and Go Green for The Planet with Vegan Lunch Options

For some years, Google have been focused on the sustainability of their business. The internet giant has been carbon neutral for the past 10 years and this year they will start operating using 100% renewable energy sources. These are some big achievements! Not wanting to fall behind the times, however, Google have started looking to other ways of reducing their carbon footprint and their negative impact on the environment, so this time they’re focussing on the stomachs of their employees. For anyone who works at Google’s campus in Sunnyvale, CA lunchtime is likely to be an exciting part of...

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Dairy Industry Lose Battle With Vegans – Milk Can Now Be Named “Inhumane”

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) have sided with vegan advertisers, Go Vegan World, in what is being described as a ‘landmark decision’. After releasing an advert in February 2017 with the claim ‘HUMANE MILK IS A MYTH’, Go Vegan World were the subject of seven different complaints put into the ASA, one of which was from the National Farmer’s Union (NFU). However, they have been cleared of the claim that they have in anyway misled the public about the reality of dairy farming. Unsurprisingly, this ruling has been the subject of some criticism both from NFU and concerningly...

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Nine Animals Rescued From Abandoned Amusement Park

The not for profit organisation, Four Paws, has been doing some amazing work for animal welfare since 1988. A few days ago, the charity went above and beyond in order to rescue some animals. Syria’s second largest city, Aleppo, has been the site of political unrest since 2012 and as such normal life has been largely abandoned. This included animals that were part of an old amusement park. Thankfully on 21st July, Four Paws successfully rescued 9 animals from the park and took them to Turkey where they are now receiving medical care. The animals that were rescued consisted...

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Shut UP! New Mean Girls Themed Vegan Make Up Brush Set!

How many vegan beauty products can you release before people get bored of the novelty and stop buying them? The limit does not exist! Fully vegan brand Spectrum Collections have announced that they’re releasing a new range of makeup brushes. The exciting part? They’re Mean Girls themed and you can keep them in your very own Burn Book. We’ve got a fifth sense that you’re going to get a big lesbian crush on these new products. So get in loser, we’re going shopping! We’re pretty sure these brushes are going to be so fetch, but if you’re not convinced...

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5 Million Plant-Based Meals to Be Given to Brazilian Children

In the past 3 years the availability of plant-based and cruelty-free products in Brazil has grown from strength to strength. In fact, plant-based companies are growing at around 40 percent annually in the South American country. The continent has previously held the title of largest beef exporter in the world, as such seeing such a radical transformation in South America’s biggest country could create a huge impact on the success of plant-based businesses globally. This growing trend is now having a positive impact on Brazil’s children who are now set to receive 5 million more plant-based lunches per year....

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Meat Industry Left Furious As President Declares Vegan Mondays

As far back as 1990 Argentina has been in the top two countries for the highest consumption of meat per person`. Just last year Argentinians consumed an average of 87.5kg of meat, including beef, veal, sheep, pork and poultry. Nearly half the meat consumed was beef and veal. So, when the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, announced vegans Mondays not everyone was best pleased. President Macri has declared that at the official presidential residence The Casa Rosada, only vegan food will be served to the president and all 554 employees on a Monday. Given the country’s longstanding love of...

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Global Sales of Quorn Boom Towards a Meat-Free Future

Meat-free alternative brand, Quorn, have had a great start to the year, with growth tracking ahead of what was expected. They’ve set their sights on becoming a multi-billion dollar brand over the next few years with plans to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in order to improve their infrastructure. The UK based brand has experienced a growth of around 15 percent in the UK during the first half of this year but its exports that are really making Quorn a global contender. In the rest of Europe the company’s sales grew by 29 percent, in Asia and Australia...

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“”Offensive Vegan Film Depicts Parallels Between Rape and Meat Consumption

A couple of months ago a pro-vegan short film by Vidara Films called ‘Norm’ was uploaded to youtube and gained some attention on facebook. The 12 minute long piece depicts an alternate reality where there is no law stopping men from committing violent sexual acts against women. During the course of the film a ‘consensual’ has a frank discussion with his friend about the ways in which women are treated, how ridiculous it is to consider some women more worthy of respect than others and the fact that just because we consider something natural doesn’t mean it’s moral. It attempts...

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Kiss Good Bye To L’Oreal – Cruelty Free Cosmetics Grow Leaps & Bounds

Great news for makeup lovers! The cruelty free and vegan cosmetic industry is predicted to see some fast growth until at least 2023. The cruelty free sector of the industry is proving to be growing faster than other synthetic cosmetic products. A report has estimated that the industry will grow 6.1 percent yearly between now and 2023 which means that there will be more options than ever for vegans to choose from. The report has found that a growing aversion to products that have been tested on animals and an increased interest in natural, plant-based alternatives to cosmetics are...

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Carbs! Are They Actually The Cause of Your Weight Gain?

Carbohydrates have got a bit of a bad rep. Between the Keto diet and the Atkins diet a lot of people believe that carbohydrates are the major fact in weight gain. Obesity in the western world has become an epidemic and it’s unsurprising that many people are looking to alternative diets in order to help them lose a few pounds. But do the arguments against carbohydrates hold any weight? Let’s take a closer look at carbs. How Does Your Body Use Carbs? When you eat a meal, that meal will consist of three basic food groups: protein, fat and...

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Pamela Anderson Challenges Mayor of America’s Fattest City to Go Vegan

Pamela Anderson has been in vegan news a lot recently. She’s opening a vegan restaurant in France, she’s not opening one, she has a vegan shoe line and she often writes about her vegan choices on her blog. However, this week she made the news by offering Mayor Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi free lunches for a week if he pledges to go vegan for a month. Recently the city of Jackson was revealed as being the ‘fattest’ city in America, not a title many would be proud of. This comes at a time when 36.5 percent of all Americans...

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Top 5 Upcoming Vegan Documentaries | MUST SEE!

2017 has already seen some pretty amazing vegan film and documentary releases. We’ve been treated to another hard hitting documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, What the Health, we’ve all had a good cry at Okja and we were swept away by Simon Amstell’s utopian future in Carnage. But thankfully there’s still plenty more to come in the next year. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 documentaries you’ve still got to look forward to. Top 5 Upcoming Vegan Documentaries Land of Hope and Glory We’re just over a week away from the release of Land of...

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3 Side Effects You May Experience When Going Vegan

If you’re transitioning to a vegan diet you might be wondering what to expect from your body. For many people, moving to a vegan diet is a huge change from what they’re used to eating, especially if you’re choosing to pursue a whole food plant based diet. So what actually happens to your body when you stop consuming meat, eggs and dairy and how long does it take for these changes to become noticeable? Here’s a few things that you might experience if you’re coming to the green side. 3 Side Effects You May Experience When Going Vegan Digestion...

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The Important Ties Between Equality and Sustainability

For the past 13 years Stanford University’s new incoming undergraduate students have received three books that they must read over the summer, before orientation in the Autumn. This year is no exception and the three books have been carefully chosen by former student and current faculty member, Noah Diffenbaugh. Diffenbaugh, who teaches in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences wanted the theme of his book choices to focus on sustainability and equity. He believes the two concepts are ‘inextricably linked’ The the books chosen by Diffenbaugh are Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert;...

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CNN Reports Plant-Based Foods Linked to Dementia Prevention

We often hear that a vegan diet is one of the ‘healthiest diets out there’ but more and more research is coming to light on what a change in diet can actually mean for our bodies. Recently CNN revealed a study that suggests a whole-foods diet high in plant-based foods may actually help prevent dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease and it’s affecting an increasing number of people each year. Health services claim that it is not yet known what exactly causes the disease but it has been linked with cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and often...

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4 Major Factors Which Could Lead to A Global Food Crisis

In the world today there are approximately 795 million people who don’t have enough to eat. That’s one out of every nine people alive. The places that are worst effected are developing countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean. This figure is only set to increase with a rise in population predicted until at least 2050. At the moment, the problem doesn’t lie in the amount of food the world produces as a whole but rather in the distribution of food. Taking into account the amount of calories produced by crops globally we should actually have...

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Taco Bell Reveal Government Cheese-Money Scandal Which Forgoes Public Health

Taco Bell have uncovered the secret behind the success of their ever-growing range of cheese products on the menu, and it’s more worrying than you might think. Last year Taco Bell released the Quesalupa, a taco with a cheese stuffed shell. They released the the new menu item the day after the 2016 Super Bowl and it’s arrival on menus was preceded by a Super Bowl ad that is thought to have cost somewhere between $15 million and $20 million. And they couldn’t have done it without the help of Dairy Management Inc. The dairy industry in the USA...

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Did Humans Evolve By Eating Meat or Potatoes? (And Does It Even Matter?)

Evolution has played a role in the vegan/vegetarian argument for many years. Often people will talk about incisors and their role in meat eating or whether or not humans still have the hunter/gatherer instinct. Recently, new research has indicated that meat might have played a more important role in our evolutionary make up than originally thought as some scientists believe that it was eating meat that allowed our brains to grow beyond the brains of most other mammals. In essence, eating meat is what made us ‘human’. This new research has been used by some to back up the...

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Top 5 Vegan Ice Creams Available in the UK (While You Wait for Ben & Jerry’s)

Have you calmed down yet about the news that Non-Dairy Ben & Jerry’s is making it’s way to the UK? We certainly haven’t. As exciting at the news was, without a tub of the dairy free Chocolate Fudge Brownie close by to celebrate it’s left a sad, empty, ice cream shaped place in our tummies. They could have at least made it available in time for summer! Luckily, Ben & Jerry’s isn’t the only ice cream brand in the world, and some of them are even available in the UK already. We’ve made a list for you in case...

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UK’s Fifth Largest Supermarket Is Awarded Cruelty Free Stamp of Approval

Ethically conscious shoppers in the UK will be pleased to know that ALDI has recently been awarded cruelty free certification on cleaning products by an international animal welfare organisation. The Leaping Bunny certification, which most people will recognise as Cruelty Free International’s stamp of approval, will appear on all of ALDI’s own brand household cleaning products. ALDI is known for their focus on animal welfare and sustainability and even without the certification and their policy has included an animal testing policy for some time stating that: ‘It is our policy in the UK and Ireland that all of our own-label...

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Dairy Farms Fight Back on Vegan Food Labelling As Their Net Worth Plummets

Last month we learnt that the European Court of Justice ruled that German based food company, Tofu Town, were not following EU guidelines when it came to labelling their products using ‘dairy-style’ names. The company were selling products that included ‘Soyatoo Tofu Butter’ and ‘Veggie Cheese’ but VSW, a German consumer protection group, brought the case before the court after it claimed that TofuTown’s labelling is misleading to consumers. Now it seems, dairy farmers in the USA are calling upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose a similar crackdown, particularly on plant-based milks. The complainants have 32...

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Dairy Industry Attempts to Discredit Popular Documentary What the Health

It has come to light recently that the Dairy Herd Management magazine, a publication focusing on news from the dairy industry, are having a bit of a cry over some spilt truths. By now, most people are aware of the documentary What the Health that became available on Netflix last month. The documentary uncovers links between medical associations and animal agriculture in the USA. But Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Communications Director at the Animal Agriculture Alliance, thinks she’s discovered that the claims in the documentary are ‘outright ridiculous’. Her article featured in Dairy Herd Management focuses on four points made in...

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BREAKING! Vegan Ben & Jerry’s is (FINALLY) coming to the UK!

For months we’ve waited for it. We’ve cried, we’ve tweeted, we’ve ranted, we’ve even watched a few YouTube videos of American people trying it. (We’re not really sure why, how on earth is watching other people enjoy something you can’t have fun?!) But it’s finally happening, it’s almost here. Ben & Jerry’s have announced that they’re bringing their dairy free flavours to the UK. After discovering earlier this month that another major ice-cream brand, Häagen-Dazs, was also now offering vegan options, but again only on the other side of the Atlantic UK vegans were in a bit of a...

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The Problem With VPLs (Vegans with Pubic Lice)

If you’re a vegan and you’re not solely surrounded by other vegans you’ve probably been asked once or twice what you’d do if you were stranded on a desert island. In fact there are lots of questions surrounding potentially difficult moral situations that vegans might or might not find themselves in. Most of these are entirely absurd, after all the number of people who genuinely find themselves on a desert island in their life time is pretty small. But, what happens when you’re faced with a question where you genuinely would have to consider your own personal wellbeing over...

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Should We Label Products For Climate “Damage” Awareness?

Anand Damani of the Huffington Post has suggested that in order for the world to begin making a real impact on the reversal of climate change, we need to make some serious changes to the way we present the public with information. He suggests that the term ‘climate change’ is in itself part of the problem. ‘Change’ does not produce the sense of immediacy that say, disaster or catastrophe would, and yet the affects of climate change are not a thing of the future but are right here and now. January 2017 recorded the third highest temperatures globally since...

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The Vegan Flag: A Symbol of Unity or a Point of Conflict?

Earlier this week, Gad Hakimi’s design for an international vegan flag caught the attention of the media. The design was finalised by Hakimi and fellow activists in May this year when members of the Vegan Flag Facebook group met to discuss it. Hakimi was first inspired to create a flag when he was researching vegan symbols whilst writing a vegan superhero comic. He discovered that, aside from roughly drawn designs that had never been given much attention, there was no overarching symbol of veganism. The final design for the flag comprises of two triangles, one green and one blue,...

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Headless Chicken “Hoax”! So What’s The Truth About Poultry Farming?

It has come to light that recent news that architect André Ford’s “Headless Chicken Solution” is being considered as a genuine alternative to current farming methods is not true. Although Ford did in fact come up with this theory, it has been brushed aside as an impractical method of farming and we won’t be seeing it appear in the poultry industry anytime soon. Ford’s idea included removing the cerebral cortex of chickens and feeding them through tubes so that we could make the most use of space when it comes to chicken farming whilst the chickens were entirely unaware...

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“What The Health” Film Targeted by Aggressive Animal Agriculture Groups

A recent news bulletin from Plant Based News suggests that What the Health, a pro-vegan documentary on Netflix, is experiencing a huge drop in ratings thanks to an “aggressive campaign by animal agriculture groups.” The documentary focuses on the health implications of consuming animal products and why it is that large associations who supposedly fight major diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, still suggest the consumption of animal products to the general public. What the Health follows Kip Andersen’s journey where he discovers that most of these associations are financially backed by major players in the meat...

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‘Headless Chicken Solution’ Propose Matrix Style Poultry Farming

NOTE: Please read our follow up article here – thankfully this practice will not be implemented. The world has a problem. By 2050 it is estimated there will be 9.5 billion people in the world to feed and with incomes increasing worldwide the demand for meat will be higher than ever. Poultry is currently consumed in quantities larger than any other type of meat worldwide and last year we produced over 200 billion kilograms of poultry worldwide. It’s unsurprising then, that there is growing concern over where we are going to raise chickens and other poultry birds when already over...

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Europe’s Busiest Exhibition Venue Set to Host Huge Vegan Event

Prominent Birmingham based venue, the NEC, has just made a two year deal to host it’s first ever vegan exhibition! The centre is the busiest of it’s kind in the whole of Europe, as well as the largest exhibition centre in the UK and will hold the vegan event, The Thrive Show, on April 28 – 29 2018. The couple behind the event are Matthew Glover and Jane Land who are co-founders of Veganuary, an increasingly popular charity that encourages people to try veganism for the month of January with the support and guidance of their useful recipes and Vegan...

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Plant-Based ‘Powerhouse’ Venus Williams in Wimbledon Final

16 time Grand Slam Champion, 5 times Wimbledon winner and a vegan. World famous athlete Venus Williams has made it through to the finals of Wimbledon 2017. Williams beat British player Konta in straight sets yesterday afternoon despite her opponent being 11 years her junior, but lived up to her name as a “Raw Vegan Powerhouse”. The tennis star made the switch to a predominantly raw and vegan lifestyle after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the parts of the body that produce fluid such as tears and saliva. The...

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Slaughterhouse Workers: The Forgotten Victims of the Meat Industry

It is a privilege that most humans are bestowed that they can tuck into a meat and poultry dish with little to no knowledge of where their meal has come from. In fact, even by the time animal products reach a supermarket we can no longer distinguish them as the animals they once were, with the exception perhaps of whole fish. The same can’t be said, however, for slaughterhouse workers. As a vegan, it might feel a little strange at first to be sympathetic towards slaughterhouse workers. After all, they are personally responsible for the death of a fraction...

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Go Vegan? Why on Earth Would You?

If you’re the kind of person who always switches the light off when you leave the room, makes an effort to use the shower instead of the bath and can’t wait until you can afford an electric car then it might be time to take a look at what’s on your plate. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that world leaders are choosing to ignore the state of the environment but regardless of this, your choices can still create a big impact. NASA has predicted that global temperatures will continue to rise over the next century due to the effect that...

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Could Veganism Actually End World Hunger?

Veganism is often painted as a super diet. It will make you healthier and live longer, it’s reduces the suffering of millions of animals, it is much better for the environment and the number of food products that can be made from a can of chickpeas is quite frankly astounding. But could it, as it’s often claimed, end world hunger? Unfortunately to work it out we’re going to have to do some serious maths so you might want to grab a brownie (incidentally one of the many things you can make out of chickpeas) before this one. Could Veganism...

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What’s The Beef With Vegan Meat?

Last month, following a legal battle between German based food company TofuTown and a consumer protection group, we learnt that the EU aren’t bending any time soon on the rules when it comes to plant-based products having dairy style names. Many consumers of animal products were happy with this ruling, not wanting plant-based products to be given similar names to animal products. Getting behind consumers, meat producers in the EU believe similar action needs to be taken against meat-style names being used for meatless products. Nick Allen, CEO of the British Meat Processors Association has commented that “Meat is...

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If You Can Never Be 100% Vegan, Why Even Bother?

Veganism can be a frustrating affair. You search the shelf for some cheap dark chocolate at the end of your working week only to find that the manufacturer has included milk in the ingredients. Cereal should be easier to buy but there’s honey lurking around every corner. You thought Jammie Dodgers were safe and then they changed the recipe. Sometimes it can feel like a losing battle, but you persevere; you buy the slightly more expensive chocolate, settle for Shredded Wheat and put a dollop of jam between two rich teas. But what about those times when you just...

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Are Vegans Guilty of Forcing Their Opinions on Others?

Owner of the world’s first 24-hour vegan drive thru, which opened in London recently, have been the victim of anti-vegan graffiti. Globally Local was targeted by vandals sometime between Thursday night (23rd June) and Friday morning (24th June). The perpetrators sprayed I [heart] meat on the property. James McInnes, owner of the fast food restaurant, has said that this isn’t the first time his business has been vandalised but this is the first time the graffiti specifically targeted veganism. So often vegans are accused of shoving their message down people’s throats. Vegan activism has a bad reputation for being...

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9 “Lies” Vegans Love Telling And Why We Should Keep On Telling Them

Vegans; we love a good debate! Following a lifestyle that the majority of people don’t adopt leaves us open to lots of questions, so with this in mind it’s always good to check from time to time that what you’re saying about veganism is accurate and that you’re not blindly defending veganism simply because it’s veganism. So when the team at Livekindly came across an article calling us out on all the “lies we tell”, we sat down with a nice oat milk coffee ready to be schooled. Frankly, what I learned shocked me. Apparently vegans avoid trans fats,...

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“Crazy” Beef Farmer Gives Cattle Away to Vegan Sanctuary

Former dairy and beef farmer has found a new home for his herd at a vegan sanctuary so that he can concentrate his efforts on arable farming. Jay Wilde of Derbyshire, England inherited the farm from his father six years ago. At the time it was operating as a dairy farm but Wilde was uncomfortable with the process he had to put the cows through in order to produce the milk. He found the slaughter process of dairy cows farming is too intense for cows. Shortly after taking over the farm, Wilde decided to switch to beef farming which,...

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New Legislation Bans “Dairy Style Names” in Vegan Products to “Avoid Misleading Consumers”

Should plant based alternatives to dairy products have names that we traditionally associate with animal-derived products like milk, butter and cheese? The European Court of Justice don’t think so. German based food company TofuTown was facing complaints from VSW, a German consumer protection group, on the grounds that some of their products including ‘Soyatoo Tofu Butter’ and ‘Veggie Cheese’ were not in line with 2013 EU regulations. It might come as a surprise that according to EU rules labels such as milk, butter and cheese may only be used when advertising products that contain animal milk. There are some...

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Can Junk Food Ever Really Be Vegan?

Nowadays it seems we hear the word vegan as often as we hear the word millennial, and indeed it seems that worldwide we have an increasing interest in both topics. However, where veganism was once associated solely with alfalfa eating ‘hippies’ who perpetually smelt of patchouli, there are now many different types of vegan, and that’s just what we eat. From junk food vegans and raw vegans to HCLF and Paleo it seems we’ve taken this amazing diet and made it suitable for just about everyone. Looking at a definition of veganism, it is described as ‘a way of...

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Russell Simmons Thinks We Can End Hunger and Health Issues of America’s Poor with Plant Foods

Food stamp programs in the USA are failing to keep families healthy and are forcing poor members of society to eat foods that are bad for them. This has led to people of lower income now being 70 percent more likely to develop diabetes than higher earners in the US. Retailers are given financial incentives in poor areas to stock products that help tackle hunger, but instead of focussing on foods that will help people thrive in the long term they are simply promoting foods with a high calorie content as a short term solution. Food available to people in...

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Are Heavy Periods Unhealthy and Can a Raw Vegan Diet Stop Them?

Freelee Banana Girl made headlines again recently after a 2014 video entitled “How I lost my period on a RAW VEGAN Diet” gained attention from skeptics. In the video Freelee discusses how a sudden change to a raw vegan diet back in 2007 caused her periods to stop for 9 months and then come back at the same time as she reintroduced cooked food into her diet. The YouTube star goes on to talk about the ways in which a high fat diet (a diet where more than 10% of your calorie intake is from fat) and cooked foods...

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10 Year Old Genesis Butler Inspires Veganism at Tedx Talk in California

Witty, confident and only 10 years old. Last month Genesis Butler took to the stage at California State University as part of a Tedx event to tell people why she’s vegan and why they should be too. She began her journey to veganism just aged three, when her inquisitive nature led to a conversation about where her favourite food really came from. Chicken nuggets were suddenly off the menu for Butler along with all other meat and her mother joined her as a vegetarian. Just a year later, four year old Butler had some more questions for her mum...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Backs Vegan Snack Brand

The vegan snack brand Hippeas, so named because of their use of chickpeas, has recently received an investment for a minority stake from Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor, famous for failing to win an oscar until 2016, has long been suspected a vegan, but, due to his private nature, has yet to confirm this. However, for many years DiCaprio has been an environmental activist and he used his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 2016 Oscars ceremony to highlight the importance of addressing climate change. DiCaprio’s endorsement of the snack brand is just one of the many positive actions we’ve...

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Humane Society’s Kristie Middleton Shares Her Approach on Encouraging People to Ditch Meat

Following the recent article discussing the relationship between vegans and reductionists, I had the chance to catch up with Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live One Meal at a Time. She shared with me her approach to encouraging others towards a less meat oriented lifestyle and the issues people face when making the switch. Middleton’s positive spirit and her attitude towards the vegan movement, seeing it on a much larger scale than the food or products each individual is incorporating into their daily life, paints a solid picture of how reductionism does and could play a...

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UK General Election 2017: What Will The Candidates Do For Veganism?

At this moment, all across the UK, there is a great deal of confusion and uncertainty. Last year Britain voted to leave the EU and have since been lead by Theresa May, a leader many considered unelected. Just a month ago May called for a general election to be held on 8th June giving the British public just 51 days to decided on their vote. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement today that a Labour government would financially back plant-based businesses we looked at the impact each of the four major parties might have on the vegan movement.   The Labour...

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Cruelty to Animals Now Class A Felony

Last year the FBI started to collect data on felons convicted of animal cruelty following the decision to change the classification of the crime to a Class A felony. Class A felonies are considered the worst crimes to commit in the USA such as homicide, kidnapping in the first degree and involuntary servitude of a minor. This decision allows the FBI to track criminals convicted of animal abuse which allows so that they might stop them committing violent crimes against other humans. Links between animal abuse and abusive behaviour towards humans have been documented many times with people who...

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The UK Hosts The World’s Biggest Ever Vegan Party

Animal Aid is celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year with the world’s biggest ever vegan party: the Vegan Festival of Britain. The festival starts this Saturday (20th May) and continues through to 10th June, with vegan events all across the UK able to register as part of the festival. The name is derived from the post-war Festival of Britain, held in 1951, which celebrated the prospect of a peaceful future. Animal Aid wanted to draw comparison with this historic event and celebrate the ways in which “veganism can offer the opportunity to move from the dark and barbaric world...

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Investors Push Plant Based Alternatives for a FAIRRer World

FAIRR, an initiative founded by British Philanthropist Jeremy Coller, is pushing large businesses to move towards plant based alternatives to meat and dairy. The group has been created amid fears that by 2050 we will have problems feeding the western world should we continue to invest in meat-heavy lifestyles. The group’s seventy-one members have a combined worth of $1.9 trillion and make up a large portion of the investors of the same businesses they are pressuring, including McDonald’s, Dominos and Tesco. In 2016 the group wrote a letter to a selection of retailers detailing the importance of plant-based food...

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Is Reductionism Anti-Vegan? The Issue With Going ‘Meatless’

Earlier this year Kristie Middleton released MeatLess, a book written to encourage people to cut down on their meat consumption. The book provides tips, tricks and recipes for anyone looking to reduce their intake of animal products without having to cut them out entirely. Online, many readers have hailed the book a great success. Even Paul McCartney (husband of the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney and joint founder of Linda’s namesake vegetarian food range) has deemed it ‘a book to inspire positive change!’ A surprising enthusiasm from the longtime vegetarian given that, in her book, Middleton is keen...

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Just a Couple of Picky… Italians

Business owners Cristiano and Andrea decided to take the leap and make their pizza restaurant, PickyWops, entirely vegan. Already vegetarians at the business’ inception, the pair had previously offered 12 vegan options on their menu but having both committed to a vegan lifestyle outside of work they felt it was time that their business reflected that. The London based business offers six kinds of pizza bases. All the flour mixes are developed by the chefs in order to achieve a combination of the best taste with the greatest health benefit, all providing their own unique flavour and texture. You...

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Guinness is Now Suitable for Vegans

Guinness has finally become vegan! The brand made the announcement back in 2015 that they were changing their filtration process in order for the stout to become vegan friendly. At the time, a spokesperson for Diageo (the company that owns Guinness) said that they “hope[d] to have the new system up and running by late 2016 with the liquid on the shelves for consumers to buy soon after.” But it was only announced last week that all kegs of Guinness are now guaranteed to be vegan. They have warned, however, that not all bottles and cans are vegan friendly so...

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PETA Awards Non-Vegan Companies

Veganism and the public’s investment in vegan products are on the rise, but the portion of the world population following a vegan diet remains modest. Despite its small following, however, there are a vast array of differing opinions within the community as to how to ‘be vegan’ and the best way for vegans to conduct themselves. Whether for ethical, environmental or health reasons the majority of vegans wish to promote a vegan lifestyle and spread a vegan message. One section of the community in particular comes under scrutiny in this respect: large organizations who are seen to represent the vegan community...

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Everything’s Vegan Except the Five Pound Note

On Thursday, as I stood waiting to take payment for coffee and cake at the all-vegan bakery I work at, a customer remarked to me despondently “Everything’s vegan except the five pound note.” A sentence that says a lot about how our world is changing while those at the top have yet to catch up. Last month the Bank of England broke the news that they had listened to the British public’s outcry concerning tallow (a form of fat derived from cows or sheep) in the new polymer five pound notes and had chosen to replace the animal product...

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Is It Possible To Eat Meat and Still Be Healthy?

On 12th April, pro-vegan organization The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a lawsuit against two school districts in Southern California (Los Angeles and Poway) in an attempt to remove processed meats from the schools’ menus. PCRM, with the support of a Californian teacher and two other individuals, claim that serving processed meats in the schools’ cafeterias violates the California Education Code Section 49590 which states that ‘the nutritional levels of meals served to school age children…be of the highest quality and greatest nutritional value possible.’ But is it possible to provide the ‘greatest nutritional value’ with a...

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