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Is MEAT POISONING Our Water?

Freshwater makes up a small fraction of the earth’s water. The UN estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the global population will live in areas affected by water scarcity. Another issue is that it disproportionately affects People of Color, and the situation is expected to get even worse. Only 0.007% of water is available to a population of 6.8 billion people.

NFL Referee SAVES Animals From CRUELTY

This week's news: NFL referee John Hussey created a platform that connects animal rescue campaigns with funders. Barcelona-based food tech start-up CUBIQ Foods has secured €5 million in funding for its vegan SMART FAT. The European Commission is also looking to promote sustainability through plant-based and alternative proteins. Hong Kong-based company Green Monday is making vegan spam and pork shoulder under its Omnipork brand. A U.K. lamb farmer-turned-vegan-activist is working to end livestock farming. In Ghana, more than 500 cases of coronavirus have been traced to a tuna cannery. Nurses in Delaware called for slaughterhouses to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wuhan has officially banned the sale and consumption of bats and other wild animals. Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are reportedly expecting their first child together. The vegan couple has also backed Beyond Meat's Feed A Million+ campaign. Leonardo DiCaprio is working to protect Virunga National Park’s endangered mountain gorillas. Animal lovers are paying tribute to Natasha Brenner, a fixture in the New York animal rights movement who died this week at age 98.

Is DOG MEAT DONE for Good?

Across Asia, an estimated 30 million dogs are slaughtered each year as meat and sold for human consumption, but attitudes are starting to change. Though China hosts the controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival every June, 64% of the Chinese population wants the festival to end. Over half of China's population want to see dog meat banned altogether. In April 2020, Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat. Zhuhai quickly followed suit. Experts are calling it a 'watershed moment' and are hopeful that this will lead to a domino effect across the country.

DUNKIN’ VEGAN DONUTS

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.

Why HISTORY’s Greatest Minds Didn’t EAT MEAT

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.

NICK CANNON Opens VEGAN SOUL FOOD Restaurant

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.

17 Celebrities Call to SHUT DOWN Wild ANIMAL MARKETS

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.

ICELAND Killed Its ‘LAST’ Whale?

This week on LIVEKINDLY News: Icelandic whaling company IP-Utgerd has announced it is ending whaling for good. Austria closed its last-remaining coal-fired power plant in favor of green energy. Dublin’s Trinity College is urging Ireland to ditch meat to reduce global greenhouse emissions. Meat plant workers are pushing back at Trump's executive order to keep slaughterhouses open. Fast-food restaurant chain Wendy’s is facing major beef shortages due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are speaking out about the factory farming industry, noting that it is much worse than wild animal markets. Joaquin Phoenix spent a weekend grilling vegan barbecue from Crossroads Kitchen. Olivia Colman recently helped to deliver vegan meals to London’s most vulnerable communities. McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski revealed the chain is getting ready to launch vegan options in the US. A vegan hotel is set to open this summer in Mykonos, Greece.

How COVID 19 Is Killing BIG MEAT

This week's LIVEKINDLY news: James Cameron's new documentary was just release about the world’s only all-female anti-poaching rangers unit. Pamplona, Spain, has cancelled its annual “Running of the Bulls” event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courteney Cox and Leonardo DiCaprio speak out against the illegal wildlife trade. The coronavirus has forced six meat giants to close processing plants across the US. The dairy board calls upon the government as milk supply exceeds demand by at least 10% in the U.S. Sir David Attenborough is teaching quarantined kids about geography and animals for the BBC. KFC China launched vegan chicken nuggets—made by major U.S. meat producer, Cargill. Starbucks China adds Beyond Meat items to its menu. Luxury parka brand Canada Goose is finally ditching virgin fur.

FEMALE WARRIORS Fight POACHING In New JAMES CAMERON Movie

This week's LIVEKINDLY news: James Cameron's new documentary was just release about the world’s only all-female anti-poaching rangers unit. Pamplona, Spain, has cancelled its annual “Running of the Bulls” event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courteney Cox and Leonardo DiCaprio speak out against the illegal wildlife trade. The coronavirus has forced six meat giants to close processing plants across the US. The dairy board calls upon the government as milk supply exceeds demand by at least 10% in the U.S. Sir David Attenborough is teaching quarantined kids about geography and animals for the BBC. KFC China launched vegan chicken nuggets—made by major U.S. meat producer, Cargill. Starbucks China adds Beyond Meat items to its menu. Luxury parka brand Canada Goose is finally ditching virgin fur.

How NATURE Is THRIVING During COVID-19

While humans are stuck in quarantine, the planet has benefitted from society slowing down. Turtles are hatching on empty beaches, uninterrupted by beach-goers. Ocean life is swimming through areas that have been overcrowded by noise and boats. Animals have taken to the streets in large numbers across the world. They are even taking over national parks - like the lions found sleeping in the streets at Kruger National Park. Pollution has taken a major dip. Cities across the world have been on lockdown, and the lack of cars on the road has resulted in a drastic decline in air pollution. Some residents in Jalandhar are seeing an unobstructed view of the Himalayas for the first time in their lives. Have you seen an increase in wildlife activity near you? Let us know about it in the comments.

DOG MEAT Finally BANNED In CHINA?

This week's news: Dog and cat meat have been banned in a second Chinese city - Zhuhai, China. World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall says ‘disrespect for animals’ caused the coronavirus pandemic. Queen’s lead guitarist, Brian May believes veganism is the “way forward” from the coronavirus pandemic. Smithfield Food Inc. is closing its Sioux Falls-based pork plant indefinitely as hundreds of slaughterhouse workers test positive for coronavirus. Snoop Dogg is helping Beyond Meat donate vegan burgers to hospital workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Activists have launched a legal challenge against the Scottish government for inhumane calf exports. The government of Abu Dhabi is investing $100 million in indoor farming. A new study finds 75 percent of people who consider going vegetarian do so for their health. Filmmaker Kevin Smith is officially opening a real-life version of the fictional fast-food joint, Mooby’s.

How Many EARTHS Sustain YOUR Lifestyle?

If everyone around the world lived the same lifestyle, how many Earths would it take to sustain us? In honor of Earth Month, we dive into this question and all aspects of our everyday consumption. Is it actually better to drive an electric car? Is taking transit a greener commute? What role does diet play in terms of environmental impact? What about plastic and fast fashion? Watch our latest video to find out more.

DOCTORS Fight to SHUT DOWN Animal Markets

This week's vegan news: Dr. Fauci demands a closure to wet markets. A team of 225 doctors have submitted a petition to end wild animal markets in the United States. Restaurants can now deliver 5lb bricks of vegan impossible burger to customers. Over 70,000 sea turtles have nested on beaches emptied by COVID-19. A UK-based coffee and donut brand delivers vegan donuts the size of your face. A new report reveals New Zealand's need to lean into "green protein." Dogs are not classified as livestock in China. DC has banned the sale of ivory in an effort to spare elephants and rhinoceroses. Paul McCartney regularly checks in on Lisa Simpson to make sure she is still vegetarian. There are new rumors of Kerry Foods making plant-based ham.

‘TIGER KING’ = BLACKFISH For Zoos?

Netflix’s “Tiger King” will be remembered for getting many of us through a few hours of what seems like eternal quarantine. It hits all the points that make for good television: dynamic characters and fascinating plotlines that include murder, mystery, and, of course, tigers. Lots and lots of tigers. But what it offers in daytime-television-worthy cliffhangers, it misses in addressing the issues with animals in captivity. And that may make its most lasting memory turn out to be an abject failure for animals.

HOW MEAT Causes PANDEMICS

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, questions have been raised about the virus' origin. Experts believe the novel coronavirus stemmed from wild animal meat sold at a wet market in Wuhan, China.

BILLIE EILISH & Mom Launch a VEGAN Charity

This week's vegan news, now featuring COVID-19 updates: Vegan Grammy-award winner Billie Eilish and her mom have launched a vegan charity to feed the front lines and those in need. Vegan meat sales have surged by nearly 280% due to the coronavirus pandemic. Keegan Kuhn, co-director of the 2017 documentary “What The Health,” is making a documentary that links pandemics to factory farming. China’s dairy imports are expected to fall by the double-digits as a result of COVID-19. Lewis Hamilton has compared self-isolation during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak to the lives of animals in captivity. The Mexican Senate unanimously passed a bill banning animal testing for cosmetics. Actor Jack Black is ditching red meat for the planet. This startup is growing vegan bacon from mushrooms.

VEGAN Omega 3 Sources BETTER Than FISH

Can you get all of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids on a plant-based diet? Omega-3s are important for your physical and mental health, and there are three types that our bodies need - ALA, EPA and DHA. According to the National Institutes of Health, adult males require 1.6 g of ALA each day, and females require 1.1g each day.

MCDONALD’s and KFC’s “VIRAL” SHUT DOWN

This week's vegan news: McDonald's and KFC in the UK have completely shut down, including its drive-thru operations, in order to protect employees and customers from the coronavirus. Sainsbury's meat counters have closed in order to divert resources during the pandemic. Chicken sales have fallen 50% in India as rumors of a link between poultry and the coronavirus have spread.

What The CORONAVIRUS Teaches Us About the CLIMATE CRISIS

The Coronavirus has changed everyday life as we know it. Borders have closed, non-essential travel has been banned, non-essential businesses are closed, and schools have been put on pause for several weeks (or for the rest of the school year).

HARRISON FORD Ditches MEAT

This week's vegan news: Harrison Ford no longer eats meat or dairy. The Star Wars and Indiana Jones star made the announcement on the Ellen Show. Los Angeles banned the use of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. Calvin Klein, AllSaints and other major fashion labels have officially ditched fur.

Do ENVIRONMENTALISTS Actually Need to DITCH MEAT?

Is it possible to be a meat-eating environmentalist? As the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned us, we have less than 10 years to mitigate climate catastrophe. The report called for “unprecedented changes” to all aspects of society to prevent warming beyond this level. Should ditching meat be part of this?

DAIRY Just Made LENA DUNHAM Vegan AF

This week’s vegan news: Nike launches a new line of vegan shoes made from trash, called “Space Hippie.” Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech made Lena Dunham go vegan, and Lewis Hamilton praises the actor for his activism. The FDA will allow the adoption and transfer of healthy, retired lab animals to sanctuaries.

13 of The BEST Vegan FINE DINING Restaurants

With Valentine’s day around the corner, here are 13 of the best vegan fine dining restaurants. Across the globe, vegan fine dining is gaining popularity. Sophisticated high-end cuisine comes in multiple courses, and is often accompanied by vegan wine. Here are the top 13 vegan fine-dining restaurants around the world.

Joaquin Phoenix DESTROYS Dairy Industry

Joaquin Phoenix destroyed the dairy industry in his Oscars acceptance speech. Here are Joaquin Phoenix’s top vegan moments. The vegan actor delivered an unforgettable performance as Arthur Fleck in Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” From press tours to acceptance speeches, Phoenix has used his time in the spotlight to shed light on important issues - including veganism, animal rights, and climate change.

These 11 HIP HOP Icons are VEGAN

These 11 hip hop icons are vegan. The hip hop genre has always addressed major political and social issues. So if there’s one music genre where veganism -- a movement about animal rights, but one that also advocates for health and human rights too.-- seems to have taken off more than any other, it’s hip-hop. From the Wu-tang Clan being 80% vegan to Mýa’s vegan diet and activism, hip hop is a platform that can influence social change.

Meghan Markle Gives MEAT the Royal Snub

Meghan Markle is a proud flexitarian - someone who follows a mostly plant-based diet but occasionally eats meat and dairy. She told Best Health in 2016: “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends. But at the same time, it’s all about balance.”

DOUBLESPEAK: Meat and Milk’s BIG Secret

Doublespeak is language that obscures the meaning of words, in an effort to make the truth sound more agreeable. The term is inspired by George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel 1984, and since then, doublespeak has found its way into marketing efforts - particularly in the animal agriculture industry.

The GOLDEN GLOBES Go VEGAN?!

This week’s vegan news: The Golden Globes go vegan, serving a fully vegan menu at the 77th awards ceremony. Vegan actor Joaquin Phoenix thanks...

PIZZA HUT’S New VEGAN PEPPERONI

This week’s vegan news: KFC has launched a vegan chicken sandwich in all 900 locations in the UK. Pizza Hut UK has launched a...

Greggs Is VEGAN AF

This week's vegan news: Greggs launches vegan steak bakes, donuts, and soup. Nestlé drops dairy ice cream. Taco Bell launches vegan omnipork tacos in...

Top 20 VEGAN FRIENDLY Cities You Need To VISIT IN 2020

These 20 cities around the world are full of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants to explore. Grab a friend, pack your bags, and taste the...

Mercedes is VEGAN?

This week's vegan news: Mercedes-Benz could ditch all leather thanks to vegan Mercedes team F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Vegan climate activist Greta Thunberg is...

TOP 21 HEARTWARMING Movies For ANIMAL LOVERS

The holiday season is the perfect time to cozy up with these top 21 movies for animal lovers. From animated classics like Bambi to...

ROCKY STAR Dolph Lundgren Is VEGAN

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The Dairy Industry Is DEAD

The dairy industry is on the decline. Milk sales dropped more than $1 billion last year, and consumption is at an all-time low. Even America’s largest milk producer Dean Foods has filed for bankruptcy.

KFC’S Vegan POPCORN CHICKEN

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Why This Farmer STOPPED Killing CHICKENS

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Do You REALLY Need Vitamins On A Vegan Diet?

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JOE ROGAN’S Vegan Epiphany?!

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Kevin Smith WILL NEVER Eat Turkey Again

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Snoop Dogg Loves VEGAN SAUSAGE

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Paul Rudd REALLY Loves Ants

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Can a Vegan Diet REVERSE DIABETES?

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The BEST ERECTIONS Are VEGAN

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