This week: Dunkin' announces it is developing a vegan donut. The alternative protein market has attracted large investments in 2020. Former hedge fund manager and host of CNBC's "Mad Money," Jim Cramer says investors shouldn’t ignore the plant-based meat market.
English actor Stephen Fry is encouraging people to go plant-based for the environment. More than 200 prominent public figures and celebrities including Penélope Cruz, Adam Driver, Robert De Niro, and Cate Blanchett also called for environmental action. Snoop Dogg says eating plant-based is good for your health, too.
Due to a milk surplus caused by dropped demand during the coronavirus pandemic, farmers are sending milking cows to the slaughterhouse earlier than usual. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling for meat companies to be more transparent during the pandemic. Ikea just released the blueprints for its sustainable, Garden Sphere for free.
Australian underwater tourism company Passions of Paradise is regrowing the Great Barrier Reef amid the pandemic. A vegan restaurant in Amsterdam is experimenting with greenhouse dining to respect social distancing measures. Margate, a seaside town on England’s southeast coast, is getting a vegan hotel fit with a restaurant and a rooftop terrace.
Plant-based diets have been around for ages - literally. In ancient Greece, philosophers questioned the morality of eating meat. In the age of enlightenment, Leonardo Da Vinci introduced the concept of speciesism - the false assumption that humans are superior to animals. Famed inventor Benjamin Franklin gave up meat in his youth, while others like Einstein, Edison, and Newton gave it up later in life. Nikola Tesla spoke out against animal cruelty and rarely ate meat.
Social justice reformers also abstained from eating meat. Rosa Parks and Mohandas Gandhi were vegetarians. Susan B. Anthony supported the animal rights movement and the first American Vegetarian Society.
This week on LIVEKINDLY News - Actor and comedian Nick Cannon just opened a vegan soul food restaurant in Los Angeles. With 18 million humans hunkered down in India’s largest city, more than 100,000 flamingos flocked to Mumbai. Tyson Foods—one of the world’s largest meat companies—has revealed pork production in the U.S. had dropped a staggering 50 percent due to the outbreak.
Comedian Ricky Gervais says “eating things you [censored] shouldn’t” causes pandemics like the coronavirus outbreak. Florida Senator Marco Rubio says the nation will have to go “a little vegan" during the pandemic. Instead of working in slaughterhouses, former workers could train to make vegan meat through a new program launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Pakistan has hired out-of-work laborers to plant billions of trees. A new report from the University of Michigan and Tulane University revealed replacing 50% of animal products in the U.S. diet with plant-based foods can significantly reduce emissions. Detroit resident James Vreeland has built a tiny restaurant for squirrels while on coronavirus lockdown.
The wild animal trade and live animal markets have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most wet markets in Asia sell fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, and fresh meat, but the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan had a separate section for live and slaughtered wild animals. When diseases jump from humans to animals, they are called zoonotic diseases. The novel coronavirus is believed to be zoonotic, emerging from bats or trafficked pangolins.
Celebrities, politicians, and influencers are calling for an end to wild animal markets. Dr. Jane Goodall believes our disregard for nature has led to this pandemic. Ricky Gervais says wild animal markets need to end now, before another deadly pathogen transfers to humans. Sir Paul McCartney wants to see action taken to close these markets for good.
Other notable celebrities such as Queen guitarist Brian May, 'Friends' star Courteney Cox, Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Leonardo DiCaprio are urging governments to end wildlife markets. Here are 17 celebrities calling to end live animal markets.