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Europe has been a leader in introducing new, unique and sometimes odd ice cream dishes to market. The latest ice cream dish to be released in Europe is made from the reedlike plant called Lupin, making the ice cream completely plant-based. Lupin-based ice cream is supposed to taste more like a creamy dairy-based ice cream and according to informal taste tests it is living up to those standards. Those who are lactose intolerant have had the option of soy-based ice creams, however those often lacked in taste and texture appeal. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute believe they have solved the problem by using sweet blue lupin as a base. Plant-based ice cream using lupin has a higher-quality protein level than ice creams made from soy. This is what gives lupin-based ice cream a texture and creaminess closer to dairy ice creams, but allows those who are lactose intolerant to still enjoy a scoop without any nasty side effects.
Actress, animal-rights activist and celebrity vegan Alicia Silverstone is pushing for safe cosmetics and body products - for both humans and animals. Following in the steps of fellow activist Kristin Bauer van Straten, Silverstone recently wrote a letter to John Dalli, European Union Commisioner for Health and and Consumer Policy, asking him to uphold a ban that will make it illegal to sell cosmetics tested on animals, saying that, "This ban was put in place to advance and modernize the cosmetics testing and keeping it in place is crucial." Legislation for the ban, which is set to take effect in 2013, is already in place, but there are concerns that the ban might be delayed.
When she's not busy fighting crime on Bones, Emily Deschanel is fighting for animals in real life. The vegan star has teamed up with Farm Sanctuary to promote compassion for farm animals. The organization's annual Walk for Farm Animals includes fundraising and outreach events across the United States and Canada, and online fundraising as well. The proceeds go to support Farm Sanctuary's work rescuing and caring for farm animals at their sanctuaries in New York and California. According to a press release, Farm Sanctuary, also celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, has announced Deschanel is the official spokesperson for the 2011 Walk for Farm Animals, which will include walks in 35 cities as well as "virtual walks" online.
Whoopi Goldberg has reached out and adopted a kitten. This isn't your ordinary cat, but one that was thrown from a moving car last month in New York City. The View co-host was moved so much by the incident, she decided to take action and give him a home. The feline was rescued and found wedged by a barrier on the Verrazano Bridge, after being tossed out of a car. He was then taken to the New York Animal Care & Control center. The Russian Blue breed spent two months in the center, before Goldberg was allowed to take him home.
08/27/2011 HERE'S HOW TO GO VEGAN
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is launching a 21-day Vegan Kickstart on September 5. The kickstart is a three-week program designed to introduce participants to the joys of a vegan diet. The free plan will offer menu suggestions, nutrition webcasts, a vegan restaurant guide and daily tips from vegan celebs such as Alicia Silverstone, Rory Freedman, John Salley and Kris Carr. The plan promises to "feel great, taste delicious and offer all sorts of medical benefits." Everyone who signs up will receive daily messages starting September 5 with delicious recipes such as Speedy Black Bean Burritos, as well as tips on how many recipes to make each week, and how to adjust the meals according to your family’s size. The nutrition tips will spell out exactly what foods are and aren't allowed on a vegan diet and the plan also recommends cookbooks and other resources. For the vegan on the go, there's even a free iPhone app. Other bonuses include a healthy food quiz and info on the Flavors of India.
08/26/2011 THE VEGAN ZOMBIE COOKS UP VEGAN FOOD
The Vegan Zombie was started by a vegan chef looking to combine his love for horror movies and veganism. The site provides how-to videos for making various vegan meals, as well as what to do should you find yourself the victim of a zombie attack. He says, "Veganism is second nature to me. It's been part of my life for over 16 years now. I also have a love for the horror genre and film. After much thought of how I could create something fun and interesting that appeals to me and hopefully others, I came up with 'The Vegan Zombie'. TVZ is a project in the making that will attempt to put a vegan twist in the horror genre." You can also check out the trailer for The Vegan Zombie – The Movie!
Sonia Copeland Bloom has written a children's book for butterfly conservation, and Orlando Bloom is a huge supporter of his mom and her endeavors. They are both encouraging children to help save Britain's endangered butterflies. The book, titled Crystal, the Small Miracle, benefits Butterfly Conservation. The story illustrates a caterpillar's journey and its battle for survival in a dangerous world. As accurately as possible, it follows the life cycle of a butterfly and introduces young children, between the ages of 4 and 7, to the world of butterflies and moths.
To answer the growing demand for healthful plant based foods, the University of North Texas opened up a vegan dining hall! The dining hall is called "Mean Greens" and seeks to serve up delicious plant based foods featuring beans, nuts, seeds and leafy greens. Some colleges have the same few vegan options each day but Mean Greens wants to keep things interesting by changing up the menu often. Student response to Mean Greens has been great so far. Vegans and omnivores alike are enjoying the healthier meals.
On Saturday the new documentary "The Whale," a film about an orphaned orca named Luna looking for human friendship, premiered in the capital of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn. Why not L.A.? N.Y.? The film is narrated by Ryan Reynolds and has Scarlet Johansson as an executive producer. Turns out it was a decision to further the cause. The Faroe Islands are known for their annual pilot whale hunt. About 800 pilot whales are killed each year for food, even though the Islands' medical officers have warned that the whale meat contains dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs and DDT residues. However, at this point, the hunt is still considered to have cultural significance. The Faroese Animal Protection Organization invited "The Whale" to premiere on the island to bring more attention to the issue.
08/24/2011 BILL CLINTON SAYS HE'S NOW FULLY VEGAN
Former President Bill Clinton has had a legendary appetite. When he first took office his diet was a vegan's nightmare; steaks, hamburgers, chicken and a little bit of fish thrown in for good measure. Over the past two decades Clinton has gone from being an omnivore with a love of greasy hamburgers to a happier, healthier vegetarian and now, vegan. Clinton had often struggled with his wieght while in office, but wasn't his only health concern. In an interview with CNNs Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Clinton remembered how lucky he was that he did not die of a heart attack when he felt the first tightness in his chest before the quadruple bypass and the need to cut down on calories and lower his cholesterol. Clinton now enjoys a diet that includes no meat, no dairy, no eggs, and almost no oil. Since Clinton's change over to a vegetarian/vegan diet he has dropped 20lbs, is healthier, and claims he has more energy.
08/24/2011 PETA WANTS MARS TO BE AN ALL-VEGAN PLANET
PETA isn't just looking to make Earth a vegan planet, they have their sights set on Mars too. PETA recently sent out a press release about rocket producer SpaceX and their plans to send flights to Mars to create a colony. According to the animal rights organization, "the Martian colony is an opportunity to make a kind civilization in which humans don't exploit other beings. And since the animal agriculture industry is toxic to human health and to the environment, an all-vegan civilization would ensure that the new Martian citizens would have long and healthy futures." SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's response to PETA's letter was somewhat supportive of the idea. He told Space.com, "I'm a big fan of free choice for any future Martian colony. That said, it is likely that early Mars colonists would have a mostly vegetable diet, because of the energy and space needed to raise farm animals."
NASCAR driver Andy Lally and TRG Motorsports driver Spencer Pumpelly visited Farm Sanctuary to meet the many animals that call the farm home. Both Lally and Pumpelly are vegan and wanted to take the opportunity to promote veganism and compassion toward farm animals. According to the Huffington Post, Lally said "By this point in human evolution, we should be smart enough and kind enough to live without torturing other living beings just so we can enjoy lunch, especially when there are so many delicious plant-based options available." This was his first time visiting the sanctuary in Watkins Glen, and the second time for Pumpelly who said he is "honored to support Farm Sanctuary and the people who are devoted to defending others."
Starting in September, the Oakland School of Nursing will offer an online professional development course entitled "A Lifestyle Change to Improve Health: The Vegan Diet." It's a seven-week class that will focus on the health benefits of a vegan diet and how to create a well-balanced approach, as well as tasty vegan recipes. The class is designed to help students expand their palates and embrace new foods, not restrict their diets. Instructor Marilyn Mouradjian is a practicing vegan who has long taught the benefits of an animal-free diet in her classes. She says, "The vegan diet has the potential to extend an individual's health while making delicious choices in their food selections. There will be wonderful recipes for students, like a French silk tofu pie."
PETA is known for its campaigns against animal cruelty, but did you ever think they were in support of the porn industry? Well the organization is now working on a new project and it's none other than a porn site. You will be able to find the site at peta.xxx and it will be "a pornography site that draws attention to the plight of animals," PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt said. Instead of shunning the porn industry, PETA looks to embrace "adult entertainment" to help its overall cause. PETA is widely known for its "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" ad campaigns with celebrities like Eva Mendes and Khloe Kardashian showing off their skin and bones in support of animals. Will more skin be shown on the porn site? Well you’ll just have to wait and see.
Ohio County, Indiana, is home to an extraordinarily cruel event called "Snapperfest" scheduled for today, August 20. Every year at the Campshore Campground, wild-caught snapping turtles endure terrible violence at the hands of participants. The frightened animals are grabbed by their tails and repeatedly slammed to the ground. Their heads are yanked from their shells, and they are then swung around until "contestants" are able to wrap their fists around the animals' necks. PETA, without success, appealed to the compassion of the Ohio County commissioners. Now it's your turn. Please contact the commissioners and the campground and politely ask that they do the right thing and replace this cruel event.
08/19/2011 BO DEREK SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SHARK FIN TRADE
Actress Bo Derek in Sacramento spoke up for sharks. Derek and other advocates were in the state capital to voice their support for the bill AB376. The legislation would ban and trading, selling or possession of shark fins, most often used in shark fin soup. Finning has been denounced as cruel by many animal organizations and advocates as it involves cutting off the fin, then throwing the sharks back into the water, leaving them to slowly bleed to death.
08/18/2011 NYC VEGAN BODEGA COULD BE A REALITY
NYC has always been a place for new trends to emerge and spread to a hodgepodge of people. For Vegans, this could mean the start of vegan bodegas all over the country, starting in NYC. It seems like a dream, but it could soon be a reality. Eric Hopf and family have devised a plan of action to get the first vegan bodega up and running. First they will need $15k in start up funds, so they have started an Indiegogo Campaign to raise the money, promote awareness, and gain support. NYC is teeming with vegan friendly restaurants and vegan food stuffs, but having them all in one place is something that is missing from the city. The Hopf's appear to be on the right track to building a movement to change that.
Change.org has announced that less than ten days after their petition asking Food Network to stop using shark meat as an ingredient, the network has agreed. The petition created by Change.org member Jessica Belsky of California states "sadly, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as many as one-third of all shark species are threatened with extinction or are close to becoming threatened. Because shark populations are in such dire straits, there's no reason for people to be eating these threatened swimmers," and asks signers to "tell Food Network that you want a policy stating that shark will not be featured as an ingredient on air, in the magazine, or in recipes posted on Food Network-owned Web sites."
08/17/2011 SETH MACFARLANE ESTABLISHES CAT SANCTUARY
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is honoring his mother's memory by helping a cause she was passionate about: animal rescue. MacFarlane's mother, Perry, passed away in July 2010 after a protracted battle with cancer. Now, in honor of the one-year anniversary of her death, he is partnering with the Heaven on Earth Animal Society, a no-kill cat shelter, to establish Perry's Place, a cage-free sanctuary and adoption center for homeless cats. The partnership means that cats that aren't adopted from Heaven on Earth will get a second chance at Perry's Place. MacFarlane is working with Causes.com to fund the sanctuary; animal lovers can donate through the site. For each $1 donation, an anonymous donor will contribute an additional $10.
Kristin Bauer, star of True Blood, is also an advocate who speaks up for animals. Now, she is asking the European Union (EU) to uphold a ban on animal testing for cosmetic products. Legislation has been passed establishing a ban that will begin in 2013, but there is some doubt as to whether or not it will be delayed beyond that year. Kristen Bauer has voiced her support for the ban and is urging the EU to put the legislation into action in 2013. In Bauer's letter to John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, she says "No animal should suffer and die to test lipstick or eye shadow. That's why I'm writing to urge you to keep the European Union on the path to modern, innovative cosmetics testing."
Richard Branson teamed up with WildAid and swam with about three hundred sharks off of Cancun, Mexico to raise awareness about the horrors of the shark finning industry. Three hundred may sound like a big scary number, but Branson wasn't exactly swimming with Jaws. He took a dip with the whale shark, a species that can grow to be over forty feet long and is considered to be a gentle giant. Branson said in a video about the issue, "Believe it or not, some people cut the fin off these beautiful, beautiful creatures to eat and throw the rest of the whale shark back into the water to die. It's too sad for words." It's estimated that over seventy million sharks are killed in this manner each year for their fins. Many species are facing extinction due to overfishing. Currently the whale shark is listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
According to the Chinese media, a mother bear killed her cub before eventually killing herself, apparently in an attempt to save her baby from a life of pain and suffering on a bile farm in China. Reports claim the mother bear heard her cub’s cries while workers attempted to puncture the stomach of the creature to harvest bile, which is believed to have healing properties. The enraged mother bear broke free from her cage causing the workers to scatter in fear. She then made her way to her frightened cub and proceeded to make a futile attempt to free the scared animal. After efforts to free her offspring failed, she hugged her cub before strangling it to death. Witnesses allege the mother bear dropped her dead cub before killing herself by running into a wall head first.
08/13/2011 ELLEN DEGENERES LAUNCHES NEW VEGAN SITE
Ellen DeGeneres has started a new website – Going Vegan With Ellen. According to VegNews.com, Ellen is sharing "insight into her cruelty-free diet" with recipes, tips, and links to other resources and information for new vegans. She also lists some other celebrities who have joined the vegan party including Olivia Wilde, Alanis Morissette, Alec Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone, Joaquin Phoenix and more! Ellen's site also lists answers to the frequently asked question – Why go vegan? She says do it for the animals, the planet, and your health! If you're considering the switch to veganism, Ellen's suggests some books and movies with tons of information, as well as some yummy vegan recipes from Kathy Freston, Chef Tal Ronnen and more.
Pierce Brosnan seems to be getting into his latest role, animal and environmental advocate. He is calling for an end to Iceland's whale hunt. The actor has teamed up with the National Resources Defense Council and is leading their campaign to stop Icelandic whaling. Brosnan wants the president Obama to impose sanctions until Iceland stops defying the ban on commercial whaling, established by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. He has asked that the public speak up in order to get the president to take action to stop Iceland's hunt of endangered fin and minke whales, and provided a link to the NRDC's letter to President Obama that you can fill out and send online. Along with this current campaign, Brosnan also worked with the NRDC last year in opposition to a proposal at the IWC to re-legalize commercial whaling. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Animal rights organizations are speaking out against Ringling in reaction to an incident involving Sarah, on Sunday night in Anaheim. Sarah was being loaded onto a train when she collapsed and fell to the ground, according to activists who caught the fall on camera. Animal Defenders International (ADI) wants the USDA to check Sarah's condition. They also made reference to earlier examinations completed by veterinarians who found Sarah, along with others, to be ill or injured and improperly cared for. According to PETA, just weeks ago, two independent veterinarians with many years of experience with elephants analyzed video footage of Ringling's elephant walk and opening night performance in Los Angeles and determined that one of the elephants "is clinically lame to the point of being crippled. Her condition is painful and she should not be performing" and another elephant with "a lump on [her] left upper leg demonstrates obvious pelvic lameness."
Model and longtime vegetarian Christie Brinkley is launching a new line of cruelty-free, vegan skin care products. She worked with a former L'Oreal executive and other beauty industry insiders to create Christie Brinkley Skin Care, which is set to launch this summer. Brinkley's products aim to help those of us not blessed with supermodel DNA stay smooth-skinned. Her line will offer a daytime regime to awaken skin and nighttime products to repair damage and fight wrinkles.
Is Ian Somerhalder the busiest guy in Hollywood? In addition to filming his hit show, The Vampire Diaries, the actor has also started his own conservation foundation, filmed a series for Planet Green, spoken before Congress about species preservation and managed to snag an award at last night's Teen Choice Awards (as choice TV actor in a Fantasy/Sci-Fi series). And that's not all. His latest endeavor is aimed at getting kids involved in environmentalism. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation needs official shirts, and is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest to get them. According to the foundation's website, "The entire ISF team will vote and decide on the one design that will be made into shirts for everyone to rock!"
A hot dog billboard is causing a wave of controversy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR fans who show up for the races will now see a billboard featuring hot dogs in a cigarette pack logo'd with a skull and crossbones and the words "Warning: Hot Dogs Can WRECK Your Health." The website on the billboard directs you to www.CancerProject.org, but the warning isn't just for hot dogs. The billboard was sponsored by the Cancer Project of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that has long advocated to change the diets of humans to vegan diets.
08/08/2011 BOB BARKER HELPS FUND NEW CHIMP HABITAT
Bob Barker is inviting five Texas chimps to "come on down" to Louisiana. As part of a relocation effort, the former game show host and longtime animal-rights activist recently donated $230,000 to the Keithville, LA-based Chimp Haven sanctuary. The money will be used to expand the existing chimp habitat to make room for the new chimpanzees, who were living in a now-bankrupt Texas research laboratory. In addition to helping fund the expansion, his donation will also cover the Texas chimps' care for one year, and serves as the launching pad for Chimp Haven's plan to provide more homes to non-government supported chimps in need. According to Barker, Chimp Haven is a model sanctuary, featuring 200-acres of forest that allows chimps to live as though they are in the wild.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 76 people so far and killed at least one California resident is linked to contaminated ground turkey. These illnesses date back to March, when cultures of ground turkey from four retail locations "showed contamination with the same strain of Salmonella," possibly from the same factory. USDA has not issued a recall, claiming there is little epidemiological information linking the illnesses conclusively to any specific product or establishment. Meanwhile, the outbreak is spreading. According to the article, Michigan and Ohio reported the highest number of illnesses, with ten each. Other states reporting Salmonella illnesses attributed to contaminated ground turkey are Texas, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. There may be more cases as yet unreported.
Combining his passion for nature and travel, Somerhalder is hosting Planet Green's Blue August, which premieres August 21. The week-long series will explore the wonders of the ocean and aquatic life, with Somerhalder serving as guide both on air and online. Somerhalder has been vocal in his support for the protection of the leatherback turtle, and now viewers will get the chance to see why. Part of the Blue August programming includes his trip to Trinidad and Tobago to learn about the sea turtles' life cycle and watch as a beach is transformed into a nesting ground for them. The star is very involved with Blue August off-camera as well. The official partners for the program are the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and the Alliance for Global Conservation, for whom Somerhalder serves as spokesman.
A panel led by Sir Patrick Bateson, president of the Zoological Society of London, has concluded that over nine percent of all licensed experiments on monkeys between 1996 and 2006 in the United Kingdom were conducted without a benefit to science or medicine. Some scientists who conducted these failed experiments neglected to publish details of their research. The panel spoke strongly against such unscientific practice: "Researchers using NHPs (non-human primates) have a moral obligation to publish results - even if negative - in order to prevent work being repeated unnecessarily... the funders (of future experiments) should consider with particular care the likely balance of the animal welfare cost against the potential benefits arising from funding that application."
Hayden Panettiere has voiced her support for President Obama’s stance on Iceland's whaling. In 2006, Iceland resumed its whaling operations despite a moratorium on commercial whaling established by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. While many have criticized Obama for backing down on his campaign promises to protect whales and supporting efforts to lift the ban on commercial whaling, the president is now condemning Iceland's disregard for the moratorium. According to the Associated Press, Obama's administration "will cite Iceland under a domestic law that allows the president to act against foreign nationals or countries who flout international animal conservation rules." The United States has now threatened political and trade sanctions against Iceland. Hayden Panettiere, a vegetarian and spokesperson for The Whaleman Foundation's Save The Whales Again campaign, has said "We commend President Obama and his administration for taking this strong action against Iceland and its barbaric whaling industry... and we urge the President to take similar action against Japan and Norway as well!"
08/03/2011 WHOLE FOODS LAUNCHES CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
Austin, Texas-based health food giant Whole Foods Market recently launched a charitable organization aimed at improving child nutrition and fighting childhood obesity. The Whole Kids Foundation will work with schools and other charitable organizations to provide children with access to healthy meals. The first program for the organization, the School Garden Grant Program, will launch next month. The foundation is partnering with FoodCorps to help support schools that want to create gardens for students. The Whole Kids Foundation is also working to add nutritious options to school lunch menus. In addition, the foundation is launching a pilot program in Austin to help educate teachers about health, nutrition and cooking, with plans to expand the the program next year.
Ian Somerhalder, along with several other environmentalists, implored Congress to help fund species conservation. He was speaking in particular about H.R. 50, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2011, which would reauthorize several conservation acts from the 1990s. The actor-activist spoke about the protection of numerous species, including tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, marine turtles and great apes. He focused on the United States' role in protecting these species. He also called on his fans to support the reauthorization of conservation funds, asking them to send a message to Congress in support of the bill and urge representatives to take action immediately. Somerhalder's support of H.R. 50 is the latest in a growing list of environmental campaigns with which he is involved.
Chef and Food Network star Mario Batali is asking you to get healthy and save the planet by going veg... at least one day of the week. Batali has teamed up with Environmental Working Group (EWG) to promote the Meatless Monday campaign, started by the Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. According to the Meatless Monday website, their "goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet."
He may play broody, unbalanced and occasionally murderous vampire Damon on The Vampire Diaries, but in real life Ian Somerhalder is an environmental hero. The actor and activist is testifying before Congress on Thursday about species extinction, particularly the plight of the leatherback turtle. Somerhalder, who launched his own environmental foundation last year on his 32nd birthday, is very vocal in his support of environmental and animal-rights causes. In the past several months, he's worked to protect more than 300 acres of forest, spoken about sled dog cruelty in Canada and signed on as a spokesman for The Alliance for Global Conservation.
Alicia Silverstone has announced that she and husband Christopher Jarecki plan to raise their son, Bear Blu, as a vegan. Bear was born in May and has already been on a plant-based diet from the beginning! Silverstone says "Bear was grown on vegan food and we'll continue nourishing him with a healthy diet... He'll be eating an organic plant-based diet. I intend to take great care of his precious new baby body so I'm committed to giving him nothing but the purest and most healthy food possible. We want to keep his immune system strong so that he'll be super healthy – which is just one of the many reasons he'll eat vegan." Both Alicia and her husband are vegan.
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