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12/11/2017 AIRLINE ADDS VEGAN MENU TO MEET PASSENGERS' DEMANDS

Australia-based airline Jetstar announced this week the addition of a vegan menu to its international flights. The budget airline—a subsidiary of Qantas—is now serving falafel, lentil and quinoa salad, instant vegetable noodles, marinated olives, and cashew sesame snacks. "The feedback we were getting is that it can sometimes be hard to find vegan-friendly options while traveling," Jetstar chief commercial officer Catriona Larritt said. "Research has demonstrated that 'vegan' was googled more in Australia and New Zealand than anywhere else around the world. It's obviously of growing interest to our local customer base, and we wanted to respond to these insights." Jetstar will expand the vegan menu to domestic flights and those to Tasmania starting February 1. (vegnews.com)

12/08/2017 MARCH FOR ANIMALS!

On the occasion of International Animal Rights Day on Dec 9th, 2017, hundreds of people will march through the center of Zagreb to bring attention to the injustice that happens to animals every day. The long and loud march will start at 11 A.M. on Trg kralja Tomislava, calling everyone to take a stand for a better, more humane, and just world for all animal species. It will be the call for those who cannot speak for themselves – for all cows, pigs, dogs, chicken, cats, fish and other animal species tortured and killed in the food industry, fashion industry, laboratories, and entertainment industry. In other words, for all animals exploited by humans. Participants from Zagreb, Osijek and other Croatian towns will join the march. International support is expected too.

12/07/2017 INSTAGRAM CREATES NEW FEATURE TO FIGHT ANIMAL ABUSE

In honor of Wildlife Conservation Day, social media platform Instagram launched this week a new tool to fight animal exploitation. Instagram now displays a content advisory screen that informs a user about hashtags—such as #slothlife—that might be promoting animal exploitation. "Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram," the pop-up text on the screen states. "You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment." Instagram also set up a page in its Help Center to educate users about the exploitation of wild animals. The social media platform will use the tool to discourage users from purchasing wild animals for private use. (vegnews.com)

12/06/2017 JAMES CAMERON SAYS ANIMAL AG IS CHOKING THE EARTH

Vegan director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron penned a feature published this week in The Guardian wherein the couple outlined the environmental degradation caused by animal agriculture. "Animal agriculture is choking the Earth," the Camerons stated, "and the longer we turn a blind eye, the more we limit our ability to nourish ourselves, protect waterways and habitats, and pursue other uses of our precious natural resources." The couple explained the personal choices they have made—such as serving an all-vegan menu on the set of Avatar—in the previous five years to reduce their environmental impact. The couple urges political leaders to help fight climate change by urging citizens to adopt plant-based diets. (vegnews.com)

12/05/2017 SCIENTISTS TURN TOFU WASTE INTO MORE VEGAN FOOD

A team of researchers at the National University of Singapore recently developed a method to repurpose okara—a byproduct of tofu and soy production—into a nutritious plant-based food ingredient. Approximately 10,000 tons of okara are discarded annually in Singapore, as the product has an unpleasant odor, spoils easily, and does not taste good. To transform okara into a palatable food, researchers employed a "biofermentation" process in which the waste was treated with enzymes, steamed, cooled, and allowed to ferment. The transformed okara is high in fiber and lends itself well to be used in plant-based foods such as meat replacers and baked goods. (vegnews.com)

12/04/2017 CONSULTING FIRM EXPOSES COMPANIES THAT EXPLOIT ANIMALS

New nonprofit Cruelty-Free Investing (CFI) launched last week to help investors find companies that do not contribute to animal exploitation. CFI evaluates each stock traded publicly on the United States Stock Exchange and classifies companies in two lists: those that exploit animals and those that do not. CFI classifies a company as one that exploits animals if it meets any of its four criteria, including using and/or selling animal skins and byproducts in clothing manufacturing; using and/or selling products that are tested on animals; breeding animals for food and/or testing purposes; and manufacturing or serving food and/or beverages that contain animal products. Currently, government criteria used to identify socially responsible companies does not cover those that participate in animal cruelty, exploitation, or abuse. Several financial organizations currently exist for the sole purpose of funding plant-based companies. (vegnews.com)

12/01/2017 IRISH OFFICIALS BLAME DAIRY INDUSTRY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

New data released this week by Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals the major role of the dairy industry in growing greenhouse gas emissions. The figures show that the country emitted 61.19 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, which represents a 3.5 percent increase from 2015. In the previous four years, the number of dairy cows in Ireland has increased by 22 percent, and greenhouse-gas emissions have subsequently increased by eight percent during that time. Every nation in the world—excluding the United States—is currently working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight global climate change under The Paris Agreement. Eimear Cotter, director of the EPA's Office of Environmental Sustainability, said that the growing dairy industry is a major hindrance to the country's ability to meet its climate change goals. "The growth in this sector," Cotter said, "particularly for dairy and other cattle, points to very significant risks in relation to meeting our decarbonization objectives." (vegnews.com)

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