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06/10/2021 Israel Becomes First Country Ever to Ban Fur

After years of persistent campaigning by the organization and local activists, Israel has banned the sale of fur, making it the first country in the world to do so. The historic ban represents a victory for so many. PETA Senior Vice President of Campaigns Dan Mathews and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson personally lobbied government officials in Tel Aviv and appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a ban on fur. Local activists have campaigned for years to achieve such a ban. Israel Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signed the bill into law today after an overwhelming 86% of Israelis showed support for the proposal. Most importantly, this victory belongs to animals—the rabbits, minks, foxes, and other vulnerable species who suffer and are killed for human vanity. (peta.org)

06/07/2021 Why no animal should be prevented from showing natural behaviours

No animal should be prevented from showing natural behaviours, kept confined, without choice. Boredom and stress spill into frustration and aggression, and when there’s no escape, every day is miserable. As part of their campaign ‘No Animal Left Behind’, Eurogroup for Animals releases the fourth demand today which focuses on natural behaviours. They demand that every animal should be able to express themselves. When, for instance, laying hens are kept in small cages without the chance to move around or perform natural behaviours like dust bathing, they get incredibly frustrated. As a result, laying hens will often obsessively peck at their own and their cage mates’ feathers. This behaviour strips them of feathers, and it can quickly turn into cannibalistic pecking as they begin to peck at the skin underneath. Farmers try to prevent hens from doing this by trimming their beaks when they are chicks. This is not a solution, and it just causes the hens a lifetime of pain and suffering as their beaks are highly sensitive and important tools. Laying hens should be given the space to explore, to perform natural behaviours like perching and dustbathing. Broiler chickens, often suffering from disproportionate bodies from growing so fast, have so little space to move that the opportunity for dustbathing, playing with other broilers or simply just spreading their wings and running around is completely removed from them. Also, farmed fish need to be given enough space to swim freely and environmental enrichment that allows them to explore, shelter, learn and play. Overcrowding and bad management quickly lead to poor water quality, and territorial instincts lead to aggression in several aquaculture species. Fish should be kept at appropriate numbers, feed should be provided in places and at times appropriate to the species, and the environment should be complex to allow fish to perform their natural behaviours. You can add your voice here to help us reach enough supporters to be heard by the European Commission.

06/04/2021 World Environment Day

On the occasion of World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5, Animal Friends Croatia will send a brochure "Food and Ecology" to all MPs with the aim of encouraging concrete efforts to preserve the environment, animals, and nature and prevent climate change. The brochure explains in an accessible way the connection between animal agriculture and burning problems such as world hunger, global warming, water consumption, and deforestation. And young environmental activist Greta Thunberg said in her latest video: "If we don't change, we are f **** d" pointing out that we're really not going to end well if we don't change the way we think about food and food production, if we do not turn to plant-based food. "Environmental protection is not something distant and abstract, but something very present and tangible in which we participate every day with literally our every bite," concludes Animal Friends.

06/01/2021 2021 WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION WILL BE POWERED BY VEGAN BURGERS

Sacramento-based vegan fast-food chain Burger Patch is partnering with the 2021 SBD World’s Strongest Man competition as its official local restaurant partner. The global competition takes place annually, and this year it is set to take place in Sacramento for the first time from June 15 to June 20. Through the partnership, Burger Patch will supply the World’s Strongest Man competition with on-site catering and serve as the preferred dining destination for event staff and competitors. “We’re excited to be part of this unique event that spotlights Sacramento with such incredible energy,” Burger Patch co-founder Danea Horn said. In addition to its Patch Match program—in which it gives a portion of its proceeds from each burger sold to a selected charity—last year, the company pledged to donate 100-percent of its profits for one month to the #OURSacramento Save Our Restaurants fund, which was established to help save local, independently owned restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. (vegnews.com)

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