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01/25/2022 Moncler drops animal fur and joins Fur Free Retailer

Animal advocates praise the luxury brand Moncler that will stop using real fur. With this commitment, the Italian brand pledges to remove animal fur, obtained from animals specially bred or captured in the wild, from all its collections after Fall/Winter 2023. After working together with Fur Free Alliance member LAV, Moncler announced today that it will permanently ban fur cruelty and join the global Fur Free Retailer scheme: “Moncler will phase out the use of fur in all its collections. The company will stop sourcing fur this year and the last collection to feature fur will be Fall/Winter 2023. This decision is consistent with Moncler’s ongoing commitment to responsible business practices and builds on the brand’s constructive and long-term engagement with Italian animal rights organization LAV as a representative of the Fur Free Alliance.” Today, more than 1,500 brands worldwide have renounced fur fashion and joined the international Fur Free Retailer program, sending a powerful message that fur inevitably belongs to the past. Moncler joins a growing international list of brands who have committed to exclude real fur from their collections including Armani, Gucci, Prada and global leader in online luxury fashion Yoox Net-a-Porter. 

01/21/2022 EP Plenary: disappointing vote on live animal transport

Yesterday the European Parliament voted on the Recommendation of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT), watering down an already weak text which won’t stop the suffering of billions of animals. The December vote didn't address several key issues linked to the live transport of animals, within and outside the EU, and today the Plenary missed the opportunity to strengthen the text approved by the ANIT Committee. Despite the EP now calling for 8h maximum journey time also for breeding animals, regrettably such a limit remains applicable only to road transport and animals transported via sea remain forgotten. Unfortunately, the EP also voted against amendments that would have called for a definition of journey time as the entire time of movement including the time of loading and unloading, against the European Commission interpretation that “time spent for loading and unloading should be included as to establish maximum journey time”, thus potentially watering down the impact such an 8h journey time limit could have. The EP also rejected amendments which would have forbidden the transport of pregnant animals at 40% of the gestation stage, and the call to ban the transport of very young animals (bovine, ovine, caprine or porcine, and domestic equidae) below the age of 35 days disappeared. The limit of 4 weeks to allow transport remains only for calves. (eurogroupforanimals.org)

01/18/2022 Animal Friends strongly opposes organ transplantation from animals to humans!

“On one hand, we suffer from heart disease, which is the result of eating pigs, and at the same time, we transplant a pig's heart to a man to save his life. Is there a greater absurdity?” Animal Friends are appalled. Although the recent heart transplantation of a genetically modified pig to man is seen by some as a great medical success, from that association, which strongly opposes the use of animals for experiments, it is seen as a diversion of science rather than a medical miracle: "It's a huge loss of resources that could be used to fund modern research, which could help people. The transplantation of a pigs heart into a human was preceded by many experiments in which pig hearts were transferred to monkeys, and most of them died from organ failure within mere hours or a couple of days at most. Numerous human and animal sacrifices through a long, painful, unsuccessful, and deadly history of xenotransplantation are clear evidence that such experimentation not only gives false hope of healing to human patients but also brings unimaginable suffering and painful death to animals", explain Animal Friends. They point out that there is already an ethical alternative, and that is the development of heart muscle tissue and other organs and parts of organs from human stem cells, which has the potential to save thousands of lives. Such new technologies could, and should, replace classic organ transplants.

01/14/2022 Cell-Cultured Beef Company Eyes 2022 Debut

Cell-cultured beef could soon be materializing on US shelves following much anticipation as one brand takes the lead. That brand is Aleph Farms, an Israeli start-up that has recently revealed its cell-cultured steaks may be rolled out as early as this year. It comes as the company’s CEO remarked how 2022 would be a crucial period for the industry. In an interview with Food Ingredients First, Didier Toubia confirmed Aleph Farms’ product will be ready for consumption by the end of this year. “The US market is a priority market. And we’re working closely with regulatory agencies to make this happen,” he explained. The launch comes at a time where society is at a “crossroads,” adds Toubia. This includes policymakers, educators, and food suppliers as they scramble to get sustainable meat alternatives to market. (plantbasednews.org)

01/07/2022 Someone new is signing up for Veganuary every 2.5 seconds

Currently, someone new is signing up to take part in Veganuary every 2.5 seconds. Veganuary is an annual campaign that encourages people all over the world to go vegan for the month of January and beyond. As of this week, the campaign has also received its two millionth sign-up since it launched in 2014. This means the campaign has nearly quadrupled since January 2021, when more than 582,000 people signed up to take part in Veganuary. Though Veganuary was first born in the United Kingdom, it expanded its efforts to the United States for the first time in 2020 when more than 50,000 Americans pledged to go vegan in January. Veganuary’s 2022 campaign has further expanded this year with India joining the US, UK, Germany, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina as campaign hubs. “As more Americans become aware of the incredible influence our food choices have on our day-to-day wellbeing and the health of our planet, attitudes towards eating vegan are changing,” Veganuary US Director Wendy Matthews said in a statement. “And while shifting our diets may seem daunting, signing up to Veganuary makes it much easier as our free pledge is filled with all of the tools and resources you need to make it fun and easy.” (vegnews.com)

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