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08/17/2017 ALL SLAUGHTERHOUSES IN ENGLAND MUST NOW INSTALL CAMERAS

New rules enacted in England will require all slaughterhouses to install closed-circuit cameras in every area of the facilities by the end of the year. Footage obtained from these cameras can be accessed by industry watchdog group Food Standards Agency, and criminal charges could be brought should any facility be found in violation of animal-welfare standards. According to the BBC, slaughterhouses where chickens are bred for meat will be the first to install cameras, with those that breed egg-laying hens, pigs, dogs, and other animals to follow by the end of the year. The country's Environmental Secretary Michael Gove explained this move as a way to show the rest of the world that England has the highest animal-welfare standards. Last year, a historic bill was passed in France that required its 263 slaughterhouses be equipped with cameras by 2018. (vegnews.com)

08/16/2017 MORE THAN 1 MILLION EGGS PULLED FROM 15 COUNTRIES

More than 1 million eggs produced in the Netherlands and Belgium have been recalled in 13 European Union countries, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. The recall was issued after authorities found egg samples to contain fipronil—a prohibited substance used to treat lice on chicken factory farms. If ingested, fipronil can have side effects including kidney, liver, and thyroid damage. More than 100 egg farms have been closed in areas suspected of producing the tainted eggs, and an investigation is ongoing to determine the culprit(s) of the outbreak. Supermarkets across Europe have removed items made with eggs, including sandwiches and salads, from store shelves. Stateside, the 2015 bird flu epidemic had a positive silver-lining. Vegan eggless alternatives absorbed $74 million in profits from egg giant Cal-Maine Foods, which has not recovered demand for its products since. (vegnews.com)

08/14/2017 "FATTEST CITY" MAYOR INSPIRES LAUNCH OF NEW VEGAN GROUP

New vegan group Plant Based Health Mississippi (PBHM) recently launched in Jackson, MS. In March, finance company WalletHub named Jackson the fattest city in the United States, prompting actress Pamela Anderson to challenge the city mayor Chokwe Lumumba to go vegan for one month—a challenge the mayor accepted. Local eatery Cool Al's owner Kim Moroski was inspired by Lumumba's commitment to create PBHM with the mission to spread healthy eating habits throughout the city. PBHM will host its first vegan event on August 27, when they will screen popular vegan documentary What the Health, host a plant-based food tasting reception (featuring Moroski's vegan gumbo), and inspire guests with plant-based eating lectures given by vegan chefs, doctors, and personal trainers. (vegnews.com)

08/11/2017 NE-YO GOES VEGAN

This week, musician Shaffer Chimere Smith (Ne-Yo) emphatically announced via an Instagram Stories video he posted to Facebook that he is now "100% Vegan!!!" Smith went to the grocery store after watching the documentary What the Health to purchase plant-based foods. "Please send in recipes and restaurant recommendations," Smith asked his 2.4 million followers, adding, "because I ain't messin' with that meat no more. It's very mind-blowing how blissfully ignorant I was with the stuff that I was eating, not knowing that [it's] killin' us, ya'll." Smith revealed that he had tried eschewing animal products once when he lived in Los Angeles. Smith dedicated the last portion of his video to Los Angeles-based vegan eatery Doomie's and asked the restaurant to expand to Atlanta (where the musician currently resides). (vegnews.com)

08/10/2017 THE LAW ON EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES HAS COME INTO FORCE

After Animal Friends conducted a long campaign against the use of firecrackers on holidays, the first positive results are finally here. The Law on Explosive Substances and the Production and Trading of Weapons prohibits citizens from purchasing and using F3-category firecrackers/cartridge belts and pyrotechnic agents of category F4, P1, P2, T1 and T2 for personal use. The law prohibits pyrotechnic agents of categories F2, F3, T1 and P1 from being used in enclosed spaces and in areas where more people are gathered.  An age limit of 18 years is prescribed for the purchase and use of pyrotechnic articles of categories F2 and F3. Although the new law brings positive changes, Animal Friends continues to push for a complete ban on the purchase and use of pyrotechnic articles of categories F2 and F3.

08/09/2017 OKJA RELEASE SPIKES "VEGAN" GOOGLE SEARCHES BY 65 PERCENT

According to animal-rights organization PETA, animal-rights-themed film Okja is responsible for a 65-percent increase in Google searches for the term "vegan." The film was released mid-May and by late June, Google searches for the term "vegan" hit levels equivalent to those that occur around New Year's annually. The film—which stars actress Tilda Swinton and is produced by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho—follows the relationship of Mija (played by child actress Ahn Seo-hyun) as she forms an emotional bond with titular character Okja (a "superpig" that's destined for slaughter). PETA predicts that the increase in "vegan" Google searches will continue thanks to the vegan documentary What the Health, which has been recently credited for a boom in new vegan customers at restaurants across the Dallas, TX area. (vegnews.com)

08/08/2017 INSPECTORS PROHIBIT ANIMAL EXHIBITION IN ZATON OBROVACKI

The Ministry of Agriculture reacted quickly to a flood of citizen inquiries regarding the wellbeing of captive animals on the premises of the Anita Catering Facility in Zaton Obrovacki, Croatia, owned by Milan Anic. Official inspectors found that the owner of the catering establishment does not have a registered zoo and work permit, nor does he have any documents on the migration, health, treatments or eventual deaths of animals that are not duly marked. The inspectors further discovered that the animal feed is not stored under appropriate conditions, and there is no security for visitors or the animals kept there.  Visitors enter without supervision or any control, some even coming with pets. The veterinary inspectors banned the animal exhibition and ordered the owner to treat the sick ostrich and crane, likewise mandating the return of the male and female black macaque monkeys to the Zagreb Zoo. It is unknown whether the owner will be sanctioned for a long-term violation of the law.

08/07/2017 LAND ROVER EXEC CONDEMNS LEATHER CAR INTERIORS

In a recent interview with media outlet Stuff, Gerard Gabriel ("Gerry") McGovern, design director of British vehicle brand Land Rover, outlined a shift toward non-leather interiors occurring in the automobile industry. "The attitude toward animal byproducts is changing," McGovern said. "Personally, I'd be quite happy to move away from leather tomorrow. I don't like that we have to slaughter all those cows to create leather." While Land Rover still uses wool in its new fabric interior options, the perception that leather equates to luxury is changing, McGovern said, thanks to a growing demand of animal-free options and the positive response in developing them by companies such as Tesla, which quietly replaced all of its leather options with vegan materials last month. "If we can do it in a way that's responsible when the world is changing massively, and sustainable," McGovern said, "then I think that's a good thing." (vegnews.com)

08/04/2017 BILL GATES HELPS IMPOSSIBLE FOODS RAISE $75 MILLION

This week, food technology company Impossible Foods closed a $75 million investment round led by Singapore-based investment firm Temasek. The newest funding round also included Bill Gates, marking the third time that the billionaire invested in Impossible Foods. The company's debut product, the Impossible Burger, relies on a plant-based molecule called "heme" that CEO and biochemistry professor Ethan Brown said "makes meat taste like meat." Last month, Impossible Foods received a patent for its proprietary ingredient and has 100 additional patents pending. Currently, the company is constructing a new production facility in Oakland, CA that will enable it to produce 1 million pounds of burgers per month to help meet its goal of getting on 1,000 restaurant menus before the end of the year. Gates is also an investor in competitor plant-based meat company Beyond Foods, which is in the midst of its own rapid expansion of its vegan Beyond Burger across 600 Kroger stores nationwide. (vegnews.com)

08/03/2017 PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS MEATLESS MONDAY

This week, seven out of nine city council members in Pittsburgh, PA have pledged to go meatless on Mondays. The council members worked with local animal-rights organization Humane Action Pittsburgh which convinced the officials that ditching meat, even for one day per week, would set a good example for Pittsburgh residents. Pittsburgh's mayor Bill Peduto took the pledge last year, and Humane Action's current campaign helped councilwoman Darlene Harris’ entire staff get on board with Meatless Mondays. Argentine officials recently took the "Meatless Monday" idea a step further and implemented a "Vegan Monday" program where all 554 government officials—including the country's President Mauricio Macri—will dine only on plant-based foods in the Casa Rosada cafeteria one day per week. (vegnews.com)

08/02/2017 NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 LISA SHAPIRO AWARDS!

Calling all heroes! Animal Friends Croatia is a judge for the 2017 Lisa Shapiro Awards honoring the behind-the-scenes, volunteer animal rights heros who inspire us most. Winners receive a $2,500 cash prize, and their work and efforts will be lifted up to inspire others! Nominate your candidate at: thepollinationproject.org/hero- nominations open until August 13.

08/01/2017 DOG MEAT SALE BANNED IN BALI

Last week, Balinese governor I Made Mangku Pastika AO issued a decree to ban the sale of dog meat on the island nation. The initiative to end the sale came from activist efforts by Animals Australia, which launched a four-month investigation that revealed tourists in Bali, particularly from Australia, might have unknowingly been eating dog meat. The organization pressured the government to instate the decree after gathering more than 170,000 signatures from international residents on its petition against the dog meat trade. While the decree outlaws the sale of dog meat in Bali and pushes for education regarding the dog meat trade, consumption of the animal product is still legal. Various animal-rights organizations, including Animals Australia, hope that Bali’s stance will resonate with other nations that still allow the sale and consumption of dog meat. (vegnews.com)

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