December 30, 2018 - The Vegan Authority
The Vegan Authority: Top 10 Stories of 2018
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Over the last 12 months our readers have made it clear, two things matter: animals, and their liberation from slavery and cruelty, and our planet and its survival.
In both cases public sentiment, even among non-vegans, has become more pronounced and focused. On-the-ground sentiment matters, as it influences society across the board in many nuanced and not-so-nuanced ways. Yet as we look forward to 2019, we hope this strong "sentiment" is transformed into LAWS. Laws that liberate animals and help save the planet. Until laws are in place, all of us, including our animal friends, and our planet, are easy prey for corporate greed and corrupt players everywhere. So 2019, bring on the laws!
Chosen by our editors, theses are the top stories for 2018:
- Five countries contain 70% of the wilderness left in the world
Scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warned that Earth’s last wilderness will remain intact “only if it is recognised within international policy frameworks.”
Their report, published in the journal Nature, maps the five countries — Russia, Canada, Australia, the United States, and Brazil — harboring the last totally natural habitats. These top five countries alone, contain more than 70% of the world's remaining wilderness.
- What is the difference between cruelty-free and vegan
Vegans not only eat plant-based foods, but strive to live a cruelty free life wherever possible.
Those who choose to follow a vegan lifestyle, try to apply the same food-consumption ethics to what they wear and other products they consume. However,
not all vegan products are cruelty-free and some product claims in the marketplace can be confusing and purposely deceptive.
cruelty-free = no animal testing
vegan = no animal ingredients or by-products
- US Cattlemen's Association feel threatened by "Meat" Alternatives
The US Cattlemen's Association (USCA) of has filed a petition to the USDA arguing that any "products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered" should not be able to be labelled "Beef" or "Meat".
Most seasoned vegans don't want to eat anything resembling the flesh of tortured, slaughtered
animals anyway. So The Vegan Authority, for one, is okay with banning vegan products being labeled "meat" "cheese" or anything that causes confuson for the consumer.
- 60% of Mammals and 70% of Birds on the Planet are Raised to be Eaten: Study
Humans are simultaneously insignificant and absolutely dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth.
Despite the fact that, as of the study's release date (May 21, 2018), Earth's 7.6 billion humans equated to just 0.01 percent of all the world’s inhabitants, the species maintains a significant impact on other life forms.
- Chimera science foretells horrifying new levels of animal exploitation
Scientists at Stanford Univeristy announced that they have created human-sheep hybrids, meaning growing human organs inside other animals is one step closer to reality.
Greek mythology calls a hybrid creature composed of the parts of more than one animal a Chimera.
It was thought that the seeing of a Chimera was an omen for disaster.
But what is deemed as a "breakthrough" for gene science is a new level of horror for the human-animal hybrids that are being used for this research and what unfortunately seems like eventual large-scale organ harvesting.
- Survey found nearly half of Americans support ban on factory farming, yet still eat meat
A poll conducted just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday last year by the Sentience Institute (SI) showed that despite 90% of Americans eat meat, many are "surprisingly supportive of major changes in agricultural policy".
49% of Americans agree with the statement, “I support a ban on the factory farming of animals.”
47% support a ban on slaughterhouses.
33% support a ban on all animal farming.
- Non-Vegan Food Ingredients
A good philosophy is to stick to whole, plant-based foods wherever possible. The more natural, the better. And then there is the old adage, if you can not pronounce it, don't eat it.
But there are still many foods that vegans need to steer clear of - besides the obvious meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
Despite scrutinizing ingredient lists for animal based products, some are more obvious than others. Here are 5 examples of foods that you may not realize aren't vegan.
- Concern for Environment is pushing Britons to eat less meat
28% of Britons now identify as "meat reducers" according to a new study commissioned by More Than Carrots. For Londoners, the number was slightly higher - 32% or 2.3 million.
Surveying the respondents that identified as 'meat reducers' - 26% cut down on meat due to its carbon impact on the planet, while 15% wanted to help reduce deforestation.
Annette Burgard, Founder of More Than Carrots, added: "Climate change is at a tipping point and a lot of people are beginning to realise the enormous impact that reducing meat in their diet can have on the environment."
- Is Planet Earth Dying?
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, reports that climate change is happening faster than predicted. Instead of decades we now only have a few precious years to alter course and avoid catastrophe. Earth is now 1°C hotter than the pre-industrial period. Another 1° increase will result in dangerous climatic conditions and dramatic ecological changes, perhaps for decades, perhaps forever, or possibly may trigger a death spiral until life on Earth is snubbed out.
According to the IPCC "Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) needs to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching 'net zero' around 2050"
.. and the top story of 2018 was ...
- Vegan food in hospitals and prisons now the law in California
The legislation which passed the California State Assembly by a vote of 69-9, is now signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. It will require licensed California health care facilities and state prisons to "make available plant-based meal options containing no animal products or by-products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs".
This landmark bill "guarantees patients a healthful plant-based option at every meal" reported Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) who authored Senate Bill 1138, which was co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation.
"Whether to protect animals, our climate or our health, those of us who choose to eat a vegan diet can celebrate today with Gov. Brown’s signing of SB 1138," says Sen. Skinner.
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