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Vegan Designer Stella McCartney Launches New Cruelty-Free Collection

Vegan fashion designer Stella McCartney has launched a new cruelty-free spring/summer collection. “Our new collection is here!” the label posted on Twitter. “Discover an exploration of the signature Stella play on masculine and feminine silhouettes for an effortlessly sexy attitude.” The new collection, available now, aims to achieve “simplicity through complex constructions” -without the use of animal products. The Stella McCartney brand consistently challenges boundaries “to make luxurious products in a way that is fit for the world we live in today and the future: beautiful and sustainable,” its mission statement reads. Adding that there are “no compromises” when...

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74% of Welsh Citizens Believe Game Shooting Should Be Illegal, Says New Poll

Seventy-four percent of Welsh citizens believe shooting game birds for sport should be made illegal, according to a new YouGov poll. The poll also showed that 82 percent of those surveyed opposed the use of cages for breeding game birds, and only one percent felt that game birds should have a lower standard of welfare than other birds. The poll, commissioned by League Against Cruel Sports and Animal Aid, has been published ahead of a major consultation with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) – a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. The consultation will evaluate whether the shooting of game birds should...

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Former TOWIE Star Sam Faiers Is ‘Loving’ Vegan Food on Her Meat-Free Health Kick

Former star of The Only Way is Essex and owner of fashion label All Bits London, Sam Faiers, is enjoying vegan and vegetarian food as part of her new meat-free health kick. In a saved Instagram story series titled “My Health Kick”, Faiers uploaded vegan and vegetarian meals that she had made for herself, writing that she is “actually loving this food” about one vegan dish, and stating that she “is not exaggerating” but that Veganaise and falafel “are actually really nice.” The reality TV personality, who also has her own show, The Mummy Diaries, also posted a picture...

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The UK’s Best-Selling Vegan Dog Food Brand Receives Queen’s Award

UK vegan pet food brand, Benevo Vegan Pet Foods, has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. Benevo, initially launched in 2005, is the UK’s best-selling vegan dog food brand, although demand for its product is global. Food for both dogs and cats is developed by the company and produced in different varieties such as wet food, biscuits, tubes, knots, and even cake mix – it also makes biodegradable, eco-friendly poo bags. The Queen’s Award was given to the pet food business for its outstanding growth in the international market. Shops and supermarkets across Africa, Hong Kong,...

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13-Year-Old Honored With Humanitarian Award for Dedication to Animal Rights

A 13-year-old Canadian boy, Mackenzie Clark, has been honored with a humanitarian award for his work for animal rights. Grade 8 student, Clark, has raised over $16,000 for his local animal welfare organization – Brandon Humane Society. The award was presented to Clark by the Manitoba Teachers Society at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg. Clark’s fundraising journey began at the age of six when he participated in a walk-a-thon for the Humane Society. Since then he has organized many of his own fundraising events, including a 10-kilometer bike ride, “Pedal for Paws”, that is due to...

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Miami’s First Ever All Vegan Food Hall Launches in Coconut Grove

Miami’s first vegan food hall, V Shops, has launched in Coconut Grove. The dining venue currently hosts two vendors, a quick service restaurant, Choices Café, and Neo’s Blender, a smoothie bar for children. V Shops will be home to a total of seven vegan businesses by Fall 2018. Each new vendor will be announced one month before opening, “to keep people guessing,” Choices president, Lori Zito, told Miami New Times. Founder of Choices Café, Alex Cuevas, realized that there was a lack of plant-based options in other dining establishments in the area. He decided to launch the vegan food hall to fill...

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Mexican Pop-Up to Open Vegan Cat Adoption Cafe in Houston

Vegan Mexican pop-up, Sphynx Teahouse, is set to open a new, permanent, café in Houston next year. The café, which is the first minority-owned café in Texas, will host cat adoption events once opened. “All adoptions will go through the shelter, but through our café, we will be able to facilitate that process,” co-owner Ashleigh Boyd told Eater. “Even if every interaction with the cats does not end in an adoption, we’re still proving customers with low-cost animal therapy and socializing shelter cats.” The Cookout, which consists of BBQ jackfruit with cabbage-cilantro slaw and sweet pickled onions; La Mera...

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Gordon Ramsay Serves ‘Bottomless’ Vegan Pizza at New London Restaurant

Gordon Ramsay’s new London pizza restaurant, Street Pizza, features a vegan pizza option on the new menu — the Charred Aubergine pizza, made up of Josper charred aubergines, toasted pine nuts, wild garlic vegan pesto, and tomato. All of the pizzas on the menu are bottomless. Mixed olives and mixed nuts, as well as side salads, are also available as side dishes. Ramsay recently indicated he may be giving the vegan lifestyle a try in a post on his Instagram account. “Going to give this whole #vegan thing a try. Yes, guys, you heard that right. Gx,” the celebrity chef wrote. The announcement surprised...

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Boiling Lobsters Alive Could Soon be Banned in the UK

The UK government is considering a ban on boiling lobsters alive, as well as other crustaceans such as crabs and crayfish. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, is set to launch a consultation on the issue after pressure from animal rights campaigners. “This is an issue the Government is considering,” a spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs told the Mirror. “We are committed to the very highest standards of animal welfare and are taking strong action in this area.” Whilst many believe that crustaceans do not feel pain like another animal would, the Campaign Director of...

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Neiman Marcus to Open New Vegan Cafe in Beverly Hills

The American luxury department store, Neiman Marcus, is set to open a vegan cafe, Café on 3, in its Beverly Hills Los Angeles location on May 10th. Yvonne Ardestani, vegan chef and owner of Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen, made the announcement in a recent video post on her Instagram account. “Exciting news! @neimanmarcus in #BeverlyHills will be opening a new #plantbasedcafe #cafeon3 on May 10th, headed by Chef @alan.campos.arroyo,” Ardestani captioned the post. “We are pretty thrilled because our cakes and line of treats will be on the menu!!” “Yes, you can start your day AND end your delicious lunch or...

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Musician Solange Follows Beyoncé’s Vegan Lead With Cruelty-Free Vegan Leather Cowboy Boot Sneakers

Multi-faceted musician and artist, Solange, (Beyoncé’s sister) donned some vegan cowboy-boot-sneakers for her latest shoot with Dazed magazine in Jamaica. The singer has been recording in the country for her new album. “The amazing Solange hugging a tree in our #vegan cowboy sneakers @dazed Spring-Summer issue,” Rombaut, designer of the sneakers, posted on its Instagram alongside a photo of Solange. The amazing Solange 💚 hugging a tree in our #vegan cowboy sneakers for @dazed Spring-Summer issue. Shot by @jackie_nickerson styled by @katieshillingford #dazed #solange @saintrecords A post shared by ROMBAUT (@rombautofficial) on Apr 20, 2018 at 3:48am PDT The Boccaccio Cowboy...

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Australian Cricketer Adam Zampa Stars in New Vegan Bus Campaign ‘We Are All Animals’

Australian cricketer, Adam Zampa, will appear in new bus advertisements across Adelaide, Australia, asking people not to eat animals. The new PETA campaign, aimed at persuading people that “we are all animals”, features Zampa and the slogan: “Love them. Don’t eat them.” The cricketer, who has been a vegan for two and a half years and a vegetarian before that, also appeared in a video campaign for the animal rights organization. “Why am I a vegan?” he asks in the video. “I just don’t like exploiting animals.” “Waking up every day and not having that guilty conscience, knowing that...

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Cardi B, Ghostface Killah, and Beyonce’s Crew Couldn’t Get Enough of Coachella’s Vegan Food

Cardi B, Ghostface Killah, and Beyoncé’s crew were just some of the high-profile guests lapping up the vegan food at this year’s Coachella festival in California. According to Lauren Von Der Pool, founder of the vegan food truck, Food Art by Lauren, stars such as popular rapper Cardi B, either ordered dishes via text message or ventured one-mile out of the performing area to order her plant-based cuisine for themselves. Canadian artist Daniel Caeser, actor Jade Novah, singer Luke James, and former basketball player John Salley were also loving Von Der Pool’s vegan treats. “They loved my Coachella menu,...

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Vegan Celeb Will.i.am Questions the Ethics of Killing Animals for Food

Musician and new vegan, will.i.am, has posted a new video on his Instagram account questioning the ethics of killing animals for food. The frontman of the Black Eyed Peas states that whilst he initially switched to a vegan diet for health reasons, he has since become more aware of animal welfare, and the impact that the meat and dairy industries have on the planet. “If we didn’t have these fancy utensils, would I have the ability to go up to a living creature and like, savagely kill it to eat it? Could I do that?” will.i.am asks. Adding that,...

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Vegan Pizzas Launched in Netherlands to Support Sea Shepherd’s Marine Conservation

Netherlands national pizza chain, New York Pizza, is offering two brand new vegan pizzas to its customers. One euro from each pizza sale will be donated to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Sea Shepherd Vegan Veggie and Sea Shepherd Vegan Shawarma Pizza are the two new vegan options available. Where the latter includes vegan meat, a creamy vegan garlic swirl, along with vegan cheese and red onion, the former, for those who like to keep things simple, consists of vegan cheese, cherry tomatoes, and arugula. Whilst the company already offers 4 vegetarian options to consumers, the Sea Shepherd vegan...

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UK Burger Chain Byron to Launch Its First Vegan Burger

UK burger chain, Byron, is launching a new vegan burger as part of its new menu this week. A beetroot falafel patty, named the Beetnik, will be served with avocado, pickled red onions, tomatoes, baby kale, red pepper ketchup, and lime-dressed rainbow slaw. “This is our most significant menu launch yet,” Byron’s Head of Food, Paul Mason, told Vegan Food and Living. “Byron has always been a pioneer of proper burgers and this menu aims to reflect the growing breadth of modern British burger tastes. Whether you’re a meat-lover, veggie, vegan or simply having a meat-free Monday, you’ll find...

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Over 40,000 People Sign Petition to Get Vegan Impossible Burgers at McDonald’s

An online petition urging US McDonald’s to add the vegan Impossible Burger to its menu has gained over 40,000 signatures. The petition, launched on Care2, requests the fast-food giant to join the popular East Coast chain, White Castle, in offering the Impossible Burger as a plant-based option to consumers. “Every time a restaurant decides to add vegetarian options to their menu they are not only helping the environment but helping to save a life,” the petition notes. “And the bigger the restaurant, the bigger their impact. The impact White Castle is making pales in comparison to the potential impact...

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Food Industry Leaders in Asia Commit to Sourcing Cage-Free Eggs

Food industry leaders in Asia and around the world have committed to sourcing their eggs from cage-free environments, the Humane Society International (HSI) reports. HSI recently brought together leading restaurants, food service, and hospitality companies in Indonesia for the country’s first-ever corporate animal welfare roundtable. Cage-free eggs, in particular, were a hot topic at the meeting. “We’re thrilled to host Indonesia’s first corporate animal welfare roundtable and bring together forward-thinking companies that are committed to higher animal welfare standards in their supply chains,” Dawn Neo, HSI’s corporate outreach manager for farm animals, said in a statement. She added, “We want to help ensure...

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The Future of Car Interiors is Vegan, Says Bentley’s Design Director

The future of car interiors is vegan, according to Bentley’s design director Stefan Sielaff. In an interview with American luxury lifestyle magazine, Robb Report, Sielaff was asked if he envisioned a new direction for the types of materials used in Bentley’s cars. The answer from the design director was a clear yes. People are shifting their lifestyles to be more cruelty-free, he noted, and car interiors need to keep up. “We all want to be sporty; we want to look younger than we are. Maybe you eat everything organic, sustainable, vegan, animal-free – and yet we’re using 15 hides...

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YouTuber Casey Neistat Thinks Vegan Impossible Burger Is Better Than Beef

YouTuber Casey Neistat, who has over 9 million subscribers, has revealed he prefers the vegan Impossible Burger to a cheese beef burger. Neistat conducted his taste test at fast food chain White Castle in Brooklyn. The vlogger purchased both the White Castle Impossible Burger and the regular White Castle cheeseburger, which he sampled first. The cheeseburger tasted “more like a mush” according to the star. “I will say there’s nothing distinguish-ly beefy about this,” he noted. However, the Impossible Burger, in contrast, both looked better and tasted better than the real meat version, according to Neistat. “It smells beefier...

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The Majority of Chilean Citizens Oppose Animal Testing, New Poll Reveals

The vast majority of Chilean citizens oppose animal testing for cosmetic purposes, a new poll by Cadem consultancy has revealed. The poll was carried out on behalf of the Humane Society International (HSI) and NGO Te Protejo. 86 percent of those surveyed by the consultancy firm believe that Chile should take steps to outlaw the practice. The country is the second largest cosmetics market in South America. The new poll supports HSI and NGO Te Protejo’s campaign, #BeCrueltyFree Chile, launched in 2017, that aims to make animal testing in the country illegal.  “In Chile, it remains perfectly legal for...

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Vegan Food Promoted by IKEA for a Sustainable Earth Day

Swedish furniture giant, Ikea, is promoting vegan food in preparation for this year’s Earth Day (April 22nd). A newsletter recently distributed by the company read: “Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd with mouth-wateringly healthy recipes made from plant-based ingredients you can grow at home. These recipes will boost your body and mind while bringing you closer to nature.” Plant-based recipes for Green Power Juice, Layered Chia Pudding, and Raw Cashew Cream with Thyme, were all promoted on Ikea’s website. This is not the first time the international chain has promoted vegan food to customers. In February, Ikea announced the...

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Vegan Celeb Kat Von D to Support Animal Liberation on Stage in New York

Vegan celebrity, Kat Von D, is to support the international resistance, Animal Liberation Front, on stage in New York. The make-up artist and musician will be performing in the city alongside Iamx on April 21, 22, and 23. Von D will be donning an Animal Liberation Front t-shirt for at least one of her performances after she put out a request for one on her Instagram account. “NEW YORK!! If anyone knows where I can get an Animal Liberation Front shirt in NY to wear on stage, please lemme know in the comments below!” Von D wrote. Her wish...

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Walmart Files Patent for ‘Robot Bee’ Pollination Drones

U.S. retail giant, Walmart, has filed a patent for the development and use of pollination drones, aka, ‘robot bees.’ The patent, which is yet to be approved, describes small drones which would collect pollen from plants and redistribute the pollen just as a bee, or other insect pollinators, would. CB Insights, a machine intelligence platform, has commented on the new patent put forward by Walmart in March. “Drones could spray pesticides across a more targeted set of crops, rather than the blanket approach used today,” CB Insights reported. “The [Walmart] patent notes that ‘chemical spraying of crops is expensive...

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UK Government Pledge £61.4 Million to End Marine Plastic Pollution

The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pledged £61.4 million to fight plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The announcement was made in a speech on Sunday, The Independent reports. May also announced that the first countries to sign up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) include New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, and Ghana. The alliance is designed to help developing nations to manage, and improve, their handling of waste. Of the £61.4 million budget, £25 million will go towards scientific, economic and social research into marine plastic pollution; £20 million will help developing countries cut their plastic use and...

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Postmates Permanently Cease All Deliveries of Foie Gras

Postmates, a US-based nationwide delivery service, has put an end to all deliveries of foie gras. This decision follows action from the animal rights organization, PETA, which reached out to the company to educate it on the inhumane practices required to create this dish (foie gras is made through a process of force-feeding birds). Postmates has also agreed to remove its advertising billboards that made light of veganism. The advertisement read: “When you’re ‘vegan’ but you’re drunk. Carnitas tacos. We get it.” “Postmates is proving that it can keep its sense of humor without mocking people who eat with their consciences,”...

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New 5-Part International Documentary Series: ‘Vegan Round the World’

The first ever international vegan documentary series, Vegan Round the World: The Series, is set to be released in Spring 2019. The series has already begun filming. Over the next six months, a team of filmmakers will be traveling to over 10 countries around the globe to put together the documentary series, aiming to compile five episodes of inspirational footage for viewers. For every mile the Vegan Round the World team travels, a donation will be made to Trees for the Future – a non-profit with provides aid to impoverished families in rural Africa, giving them the resources to...

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One Direction’s Harry Styles Surprises Support Act with Vegan Pie Prank

Singer and former member of One Direction, Harry Styles, surprised his support act, Mabel McVey, with a vegan pie in the face on Monday whilst she was performing to a crowd of 15,000 people in Dublin. “When Harry Styles pranks you on stage and throws a cream pie in your face whilst you’re singing,” McVey posted on Twitter, alongside the clip of the incident. “At least it was vegan,” she added, implying that the singer herself may follow a vegan diet and lifestyle. Whilst Styles has not made any recent indication that he may make the switch to veganism,...

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70% of People Believe Factory Farming Pigs Is Wrong, Finds Survey

Seven out of ten people believe that the conditions of many pigs kept on factory farms are both upsetting and wrong, according to a survey conducted by Voodoo, on behalf of World Animal Protection, an animal welfare non-profit. Regular acts of animal cruelty and the use of antibiotics and gestation crates were particularly shocking to the survey participants. Around 10,000 people around the world were surveyed by the reporting company, with interviews conducted in several countries, including the UK, the US, and China. Many shoppers stated they would change their buying habits after discovering the conditions some pigs are...

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Vegan Singer Mya Weighs Up The Pros and Cons of Veganism

Singer and passionate vegan activist, Mya, has appeared in a recent video discussing veganism for Black news and opinion magazine, The Root. In the video, titled “Mya’s Secret to Looking Like Mya: Veggies”, the singer discusses what it means to be vegan and weighs up the pros and cons of the lifestyle for viewers. “Some of the pros of veganism? Let’s start with clarity in the mental space, even spiritual connection with the rest of the world, environmentalism, it takes about 25,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef,” Mya explains. “There [are] all these things attached to veganism.”...

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Vegan London Real Host Talks Benefits of Plant-Based Diets for Athletes

Vegan London Real host, Brian Rose, discussed the benefits of a plant-based diet for athletes with personal trainer to the stars, Roger Frampton, on Friday’s episode of the show. Rose requested advice from plant-based Frampton and shared his own progress with the lifestyle. Grazing, ditching a 3 meal a day diet, and eating a diet full of plants, and not just “coke and French fries”, were hot topics for the pair. “I’m eating a lot of plants,” Rose stated. He added, “I think a dirty secret in the vegan world is sugar and gluten, they just stuff on it....

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Victoria Beckham Celebrates Her Birthday With A Raw Vegan Cake

Victoria Beckham has celebrated her birthday this year with a raw vegan watermelon cake. The fashion designer and ex-Spice Girl uploaded a video post on Instagram of her vegan cake, with the caption addressed to her husband, David Beckham, and her children. “Love from a very lucky mummy x I love u all so much x kisses,” Beckham wrote. Whilst watermelon cakes are undeniably juicy, birthday cakes don’t have to be raw, to be vegan. A chocolate caramel popcorn cake can even be veganized if desired, or if you’re after something more simple, a vegan vanilla cake is an...

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New All-Vegan Market Opens in Florida

A new all-vegan market and café, Vegan Fine Foods, is set to celebrate its opening in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend. The mayor and mayor pro tem will be in attendance at the opening. Vegan Fine Foods was created to fulfill consumer demand, CEO Steven Smith, claims. “I saw an opportunity for an all-vegan market because I knew that shopping was a lot of work and very time-consuming for those wanting to maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle,” Smith, a vegan himself who initially made the switch for health reasons, said in a statement. “I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be nice...

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Eminem Serves Vegan Mom’s Spaghetti to Fans at Coachella

US rapper and Coachella headliner, Eminem, served up a vegan treat to fans prior to his Sunday night set at the festival: “Mom’s Spaghetti” with “Rabbit” meatballs. Eminem’s pop-up, named after the famous line in his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself”, first launched at the end of 2017. When the stall appeared at Coachella last weekend, fans knew instantly it must be associated with the artist. “I just assumed it was related to him because we’d never heard ‘Mom’s spaghetti’ anywhere else,” one festival-goer, GiGi Garcia, told the LA Times. “I want to know if it’s just this year because...

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42-Year-Old Organic Food Store Opens Vegan Kitchen and Juice Bar in Brooklyn

New York organic and natural foods store, Perelandra, has opened a new vegan kitchen and juice bar in Brooklyn. First established in 1976, this independent, community-driven, local business has expanded to serving plant-based eats. Its new 650 square-foot kitchen and juice bar now serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as coffee, cakes, and pastries. A minimum 95 percent of ingredients used at Perelandra are organic. The business is also committed to sustainability, ensuring customers that all of its packaging is completely recyclable. Further, all unsold food is donated to a local charity, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, that caters for...

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New Orleans Vegan Soul Food Restaurant Sells Out on First Day Open

New vegan soul food restaurant, Sweet Soulfood, based in New Orleans, has proved to be such a hit in the region that it sold out completely on its first day of opening. The restaurant, which opened its doors on April 7th, posted on its Facebook page: “Thank you ALL so much for coming out to support us today! So much so we ran out of food!” Since the opening, the new business has received nothing but rave reviews from its customers. “My husband, son and I visited this sweet spot for dinner. Amazing food and wonderful service. It felt...

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New York City Vegan Drag Show to Raise Funds for Animal Rights Organizations

A New York City fundraiser, titled the “NYC Vegan Drag Show Fundraiser”, is due to take place on Tuesday 17th April. Big Fat Vegan Radio host, Honey LaBronx, The Vegan Drag Queen, will be performing at the event at PS Kitchen, along with special guest and fellow drag queen, Danity Diamond. Whilst there is a suggested entry fee of $20, a donation of any size is welcome. Star of the show, Honey LaBronx, is a vegan, animal rights, and LGBTQ rights activist. Through her Youtube channel, The Vegan Drag Queen, and podcast, Big Fat Vegan Radio, LaBronx aims to...

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Pret A Manger to Launch New Vegan Lunch Options for Spring

British high street coffee chain, Pret A Manger, is launching new vegan options as part of its spring menu, including its first-ever vegan cookie. The new Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cookie, “combines vegan dark chocolate with almond butter and a little sea salt,” Pret’s Head of Food Development, Hannah Dolan, told Vegan Food and Living. The new menu includes vegan breakfast, lunch, flatbread, a ‘Mango and Banana Sunshine Bowl,’ and a new Chef’s Special of avocado, olives, and tomato on a baguette. “We’re thrilled to be launching a new range of products this spring,” said Dolan. She added, “I’m...

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The World’s First Ever Vegan Football Club is Looking for a Plant Based Chef

The world’s first ever vegan football club, Forest Green Rovers (FGR), is looking for a new head chef. The club, owned by environmentalist Dale Vince, has enjoyed great success since turning vegan, securing a place in the English Football League last spring for the first time in 128 years. FGR’s previous head chef, Em Franklin, is leaving her position after three years with the club. Franklin has big boots to fill, after her Q Pie, a Quorn and leek pie made with soya milk bechamel, won an award at the British Pie Awards. The pie is now considered FGR’s...

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7 Vegan and Animal-Friendly Activities for Your Sightseeing Trip to Nairobi, Kenya

Are you planning on taking a dream trip to Kenya? Perhaps you’re looking to soak up some culture or take a safari in a national park? If so, Nairobi, the nation’s capital city, has plenty to offer a vegan traveler. From elephant orphanages to giraffe hotels, life in, and just outside, the city, is teeming with opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat. Furthermore, vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurants are located across the city. See below for our list of vegan-friendly activities you can get up to during your stay in Nairobi. 7 Vegan and Animal-Friendly Activities for Your...

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Influential National Geographic Photographer Campaigns for Protection of Marine Life

National Geographic photographer and co-founder of ocean conservation organization SeaLegacy, Paul Nicklen is campaigning for the protection of marine life against the driftnet fishing industry. The photographer recently shared a photo of a mola mola fish trapped in a net off the California coast to his 4.2 million Instagram followers. “There is no telling how long this mola mola struggled to escape this drift net,” Nicklen wrote. “It amazes me that such inefficient and cruel fishing practices are used so close to the shores of California. This fishery has an incredibly high by-catch rate. For every swordfish pulled on...

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Pioneering Israeli Clean Meat Researcher Receives Rare Honor in Washington

Yaakov Nahmias, an Israeli biomedical engineer and pioneering clean meat researcher, has been inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), headquartered in Washington DC. Nahmias, a professor at the Hebrew University, is the fourth Israeli to be inducted into AIMBE – the ceremony took place on Monday. AIMBE, a non-profit organization founded in the 1990’s, “[represents] the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering.” The current vision of the organization, as noted on its website, is to “provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the...

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New Undercover Investigation Exposes Hidden Reality of Driftnet Fishing

A new undercover investigation, carried out by animal rights and marine conservation groups, has discovered the hidden cruelty of the driftnet fishing industry. The investigation is the first of its kind. Mercy for Animals, Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaLegacy, and Sharkwater, carried out the investigation off the coast of California. Together, the organizations discovered that besides the targeted swordfish, other animals also suffer at the hands of driftnet fishing. Dolphins and sea lions become trapped in the nets and drown as a consequence, seabirds are also injured, after they become entangled and unable to break free. Furthermore, other sea...

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Vogue Lists Vegan Fashion and Beauty as Top Trend to Invest In

Fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue Australia, has listed vegan fashion and beauty in its top ten trends to invest in this year. Vegan pouches from The Daily Edited, an Australian luxury fashion brand, nail polish from Kester Black, a cruelty-free Australian nail polish brand, and lip tint from Herbivore Botanicals were all recommended by the magazine giant. “From nail-polish to faux leather, the vegan movement is taking over more than menu choices this year,” Vogue noted. Over the last few months, the global beauty and fashion industries have been changing. With vegan and cruelty-free products becoming sought-after commodities by...

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Virginia Passes New Law to Significantly Reduce Animal Testing

Virginia has passed a new law to significantly reduce the number of animals used in product testing. Bill HB 1097, signed by Governor Ralph Northam, requires companies to abstain from animal testing where possible and make use of other available methods for testing beauty products and household cleaners, as well as industrial chemicals. Virginia is the fourth state to pass a law of this nature, following California, New Jersey, and New York. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) commended Northam and the state for passing the new bill. “By minimizing animal testing and instead focusing on the use...

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Plant-Based Diet May Reverse Nerve Damage, Says Influential Doctor

A plant-based diet may alleviate symptoms of nerve damage and help to speed up the healing process, according to one influential California doctor. Top chiropractic expert, Dr. Randall Winchell, of California’s Winchell Chiropractic & Wellness Center, has responded to a new study from the Academy of Neurology in England which linked a gluten diet with peripheral neuropathy, aka severe nerve damage. Winchell, chiropractor to many top athletes, noted that in his experience, in addition to non-invasive laser treatment and electrical therapies, a low-meat, plant-based, gluten-free diet can reduce inflammation and eliminate symptoms of nerve damage, such as pain, numbness,...

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Vegan Restaurants and Activities in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The northern Thai city of Chiang Mai has long been a backpacking hotspot in Southeast Asia. With its beautiful scenery and laidback hippie vibes compared to the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, Chiang Mai is an unmissable destination on your adventure around Thailand. Even more so, if you’re a vegan. With over 100 vegan and vegetarian restaurants on offer in the city, Chiang Mai is a vegan travelers paradise. Traditional Thai, Chinese, Burmese, Japanese, and Western are just some of the vegan cuisines available according to HappyCow – a website and app created especially for vegan and...

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Bee-Killing Pesticides Unnecessary for Major Crops, New Study Finds

Researchers from European universities have discovered that pesticides used for corn crops, that have adverse effects on pollinators such as bees, are unnecessary in many cases. The study, published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research, stated that only 1 percent of corn acres are lost due to ‘pests’. Poor drainage and high organic content can put crops at risk from damage, however, the researchers believe that even in these cases, simple management practices, such as not planting crops into recently converted pasture, can be implemented instead of pesticide use. It is vital that pesticide use is cut, maintain the...

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North Carolina Restaurants Compete in Month-Long Vegan Menu Challenge

The 2018 Bull City Vegan Challenge is underway in Durham, North Carolina. For the entire month of April, ten restaurants in the city will compete to be crowned as the city’s best venue for vegan dining options. The participating, meat-centric, restaurants include Dos Perros, Grub, Unscripted, Counting House, Juju, and M Kokko, amongst others. The restaurants will be judged in three categories: Best Overall Entrée, Best Appetizer, and Best Use of Theme. The theme for 2018’s challenge is “sustainability.” Durham’s restaurants will each offer specific dishes for the vegan challenge which customers can order, and then vote on the...

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Vegan Celebs Mya and Alicia Silverstone Encourage Thousands to Go Meat-Free for VegWeek

VegWeek, a U.S. nationwide campaign run by Compassion over Killing and endorsed by celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone and Mya, is taking place between April 16-22. Thousands of people have already signed up to take the week-long pledge, with the current total standing at more than 16,000. The idea behind the campaign is to encourage people to go meat-free for just one week, to begin with. “There are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make one of them meat-free?” The campaign’s website states. “That’s the idea behind VegWeek, a nationwide (and increasingly international) campaign empowering thousands of people...

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