World’s Largest Fishing Vessel Is Shut Down
Article by V-Dog Blog
Thanks to marine wildlife conservation group Sea Shepherd, the world’s largest fish factory ship, the Damanzaihao, was arrested and seized last week. Capable of killing 547,000 tons of fish per year, the blacklisted vessel is subject to a federal criminal investigation. The ship is currently prohibited from leaving its port in Peru.
The Damanzaihao’s illegal fishing acts had previously led to a multi-million dollar fine issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Production in 2016. The vessel has also been accused of pollution through illegal discharge of waste.
Sea Shepherd is gathering information to assist the government and help put an end to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The organization has highlighted data indicating that up to 26 million tons of fish and seafood are caught illegally every year.
“IUU fishing often occurs in marine protected areas and effects non-target species including sharks, dolphins, rays, Bryde’s whales, whale sharks, and turtles. These animals often become trapped in illegal fishing nets, die, and are discarded.”
In addition to marine conservation, Sea Shepherd maintains an animal rights focus. All of the food served on Sea Shepherd vessels is vegan.
“Peru is taking a strong stance in its efforts to bring the Damanzaihao to justice,” said Sea Shepherd. “Under the Peruvian Penal Code, successful conviction carries a penalty of three to five years of incarceration. Sea Shepherd applauds Peru’s commitment to combating IUU fishing and continues to provide support to Peru to help bring an end to the rampant over-exploitation of the oceans.”
Vegan Actress Madeline Petsch Takes On Gordan Ramsey In A Vegan Cook Off
Article By Nadia Murray-Ragg, Live Kindly
Internationally-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, who has taken a hard stance against veganism in the past, has shocked the digital space once again by making another public announcement in favor of plant-based cuisine.
Ramsay’s YouTube cooking show just hit one billion views, and to celebrate, he surprised fans by having a plant-based cook-off with longtime vegan and actor Madelaine Petsch.
Petsch is known for her leading role on the wildly popular CW teen drama television series, “Riverdale.” She has been following a vegan lifestyle since the age of 14 and recently accredited her plant-based diet for powering her through the demanding on-set schedule.
In the cook-off with Ramsay, the two were both given a mystery box of vegan ingredients and challenged to cook their best vegan dish in a set amount of time.
Ramsay mentioned to Petsch during the episode that he heard she was a foodie, much like himself. She responded, jokingly, with “didn’t you know I’m a vegan?” Both the celebrity chef and Petsch, a home cook, showed off their impressive skills in the kitchen, each creating unique and technical dishes meant to wow the judges. Petsch experimented with greens, creating a kale pesto to garnish kelp noodles. Ramsay went for something more familiar to his typical style of cuisine: a marinated cauliflower steak complimented by a side of chickpeas.
The pairing of the two celebrities was unexpected by both of their fanbases, however, the cooks revealed that they are actually old acquaintances. Petsch started her career in entertainment behind the scenes, working as a production assistant on Ramsay’s show “Master Chef Junior.”
Despite Ramsay’s past history of bashing the vegan “trend,” he has recently shown somewhat of an affinity for plant-based cuisine. In April, he stirred up a frenzy of attention from the media when he tweeted: “Going to give this whole #vegan thing a try. Yes guys you heard that right. Gx.” Later that month, he noshed on a bottomless vegan pizza at his new London pizza restaurant, Street Pizza.
Ramsay’s “Vegan Masterchef Cookoff” is available to stream both on Ramsay’s and Petsch’s YouTube channels. Who will reign supreme? Watch to find out.
Eminem Serves Vegan Mom’s Spaghetti At Couchella
Article by Live Kindly
Eminem bought fans food as well as music over the weekend at Coachella. The rapper setup a pop-up restaurant called ‘Mom’s Spaghetti’ where he served fans a vegan treat before his set on Sunday night.
Eminem’s pop-up, named after the famous line in his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself”, first launched at the end of 2017. When the stall appeared at Coachella last weekend, fans knew instantly it must be associated with the artist.
“I just assumed it was related to him because we’d never heard ‘Mom’s spaghetti’ anywhere else,” one festival-goer, GiGi Garcia, told the LA Times. “I want to know if it’s just this year because he’s playing, or if they will be here next year too. I bet the spaghetti is good.”
“It’s a brilliant name for a spaghetti restaurant,” another guest, Megan Black, from Toronto, informed the publication. “We were drawn to it because of the name.”
The rapper initially teased his fans with a post on Twitter of the Mom’s Spaghetti billboard, but officially stated the location on Saturday on Twitter and Instagram.
“COACHELLA STANS – CATCH US ACROSS FROM THE DO LAB STAGE #MOMSPAGHETTI + STAN MERCH,”Eminem wrote.
Vegan options at Mom’s Spaghetti were not the only choice for meat-free guests on Sunday. The Herbivorous Butcher, Moby’s Little Pine Restaurant, and Ramen Hood are just some of the vegan vendors currently in attendance at the festival in Palm Springs, which closes this coming weekend.
Eminem is not the only artist who has been promoting vegan eats either – in March, fellow headliner Beyonce announced she was going to eat plant-based in order to prepare for her performance at the festival.
“44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!! Click on the link in my bio to join me!” the star posted on her Instagram account to an audience of 112 million followers.
Impossible Foods Raises $114 Million To Expand Into International Markets
Food-Tech startup Impossible Foods has secured $114 million dollars investment to help the company expand their products across international markets.
The company, which was founded in 2011 by Stanford biochemistry professor and former pediatrician Dr. Patrick O. Brown, develops plant-based meat and dairy products made without animals. Its flagship product is the Impossible Burger, which is currently only available in selected restaurants and sporting venues across the US.
The new cash injection takes total investments to nearly $400 million including approximately $214 million in the past 18 months. The company’s newest investors include Temasek and Sailing Capital. Open Philanthropy Project, Temasek, Bill Gates and Horizons Ventures have invested in multiple rounds of funding. Early investors include Google Ventures, UBS and Viking Global Investors.
Founder and CEO, Patrick Brown, commented in a press release, “Our world-class investors enable us to ramp up rapidly and accomplish our urgent mission. We are proud of the progress we’ve made — but frankly, there are still millions of restaurants and billions of people who want meat. We won’t stop until the global food system is truly sustainable.”
According to Brown, the demand for the Impossible Burger is still outpacing production. Brown plans to add an additional shift at the company’s Oakland, Calif. facility to increase supply. In regards to its Asia debut, Brown assured that the move is strategic. Asia is responsible for 44% of the global demand for meat, and this demand is growing faster than any other region. Brown hopes to satisfy this meaty craving with the plant-based Impossible Burger to dramatically reduce the environmental and ethical consequences of eating animals.
The Impossible Burger is unlike many veggie burgers out there. Its unique plant-based formula replicates the look, taste, texture, and even smell of animal meat – so much so, often the most dedicated carnivores struggle to tell the difference.
Source: Live Kindly
First All-Vegan Neighborhood Forms in Downtown Toronto
An article by Anna Starostinetskaya, VegNews
One city block in downtown Toronto will be home to a number of vegan businesses by the end of the year, making it a tourist destination for the cruelty-free crowd.
The Parkdale neighborhood of downtown Toronto is now officially called “Vegandale.” The initiative was launched by The 5700 group—a collaboration between local vegan businesses that operate on the same block, including Los Angeles import Doomie’s, retail shop The Imperative, and recently opened Mythology Diner. “This premiere destination for the vegan and vegan curious is the only one of it’s kind, promoting a world where animal exploitation is a thing of the past,” the group’s newly launched website stated. “With our roots in abolitionism, our unapologetic messaging is the connection between each project we touch.” The group also hosts the annual Vegandale Food Drink Festival (formerly Vegan Food & Drink Festival), which will expand to its first event in Houston in June. “We’re ready to move one step closer to world vegan domination with our upcoming festival season,” The 5700 owner Hellenic Vincent De Paul said. “Vegandale couldn’t be contained to just one city block, so we’re packing up and taking our vegan utopia on the road.” By the end of 2018, the group plans to open several additional vegan businesses in Vegandale, including the Vegandale Bracitorium, Prohibition Pie, and Not Your Mother (NYM).
Lacoste Replaces Iconic Logo to Help Save 10 Most Endangered Species
To support the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), alongside BETC Paris, Lacoste is temporarily replacing its iconic green grinning crocodile logo with the image of 10 different endangered animals.
“Save Our Species” kicks off a three-year partnership between Lacoste and the IUCN. The campaign spotlights 10 of the most endangered species that will appear in a series of limited-edition polo shirts. The French clothing company calibrated the number of shirts produced for each series to the population of the remaining animals in the wild. Each sale will go toward the preservation of its species.
The ten critically endangered animals featured include
- The Sumatran tiger
- The Kakapo parrot
- The Vaquita dolphin
- The Burmese roofed turtle
- The Northern sportive lemur
- The Cao vit gibbon
- The California condor
- The Saola
- The Anegada ground iguana
- The Javan rhinoceros
15 Celeb Tweets About Veganism
An article by Nadia Murray-Ragg, Live Kindly
There’s no shortage of people sharing their love for veganism, or asking for help to go vegan on what seems like every social media platform there is.
However, in 140 characters or less, tweetin’ about the vegan lifestyle and movement is very prevalent.
And of course, like most trends and global hot topics, celebs are no stranger to hopping on and sharing their input.
So, here’s 15 celebrities who have dropped the internet a line about veganism.
It might not seem obvious at first as to how this tweet is about veganism, but Rose’s tweet references to a genuine leather Prada bag, which is believed to have her face on it. She later stated that she would be releasing a vegan version of the bag, as she is vegan herself.
Possibly one of the greatest vegans alive.
This was tweeted back in 2014, and guess what? Booker did commit to veganism after all.
Mya is loving her vegan lifestyle and the positive ripple effect on her life.
Yep, even Zendaya can’t resist some of that animal-free goodness.
Plant-powered team AF. Go, team!
This long-time vegan celeb has spoken out about her lifestyle on many occasions – but this tweet was too cute to resist.
We’re loving that playful vegan humor.
Hit ya’ boy up with some good food places!
Everyone loves Moby’s vegan restaurants (celebs included)!
Ellen is said to eat a vegan diet, while this tweet doesn’t explicitly mention veganism – we know what she’s getting at here!
Tyson may not be vegan anymore, but he was vocal about his lifestyle for a while.
Funnyman Russell finds nothing funny about animal welfare and his health.
This gal and her also vegan partner Liam Hemsworth are the epitome of couple goals.
Does he like sprouted black eyed peas?
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Meat publication admits that animal farming is to blame for a third of global water footprint
An article by Charlotte Pointing, Live Kindly
The adverse effects of animal agriculture on the environment have been well known for some time now. A recent study even revealed that the meat industry is having a bigger impact on the environment than oil. The information that meat is bad for our planet has contributed to many people across the world choosing to reduce their meat intake drastically. New research has even confirmed that around 58% of Americans are now turning away from animal sources of protein.
However, it is not simply pollution that is a concern in terms of animal agriculture, the meat industry is also harming the planet’s water, too. It turns out, 92% of our water footprint is caused by agriculture, with the production of livestock making up around a third of that figure. According to Global Meat News, ‘on a per gram of protein basis, beef’s water footprint is six times that of pulses.’
Furthermore, back in August, a report was released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that named Tyson Foods as one of the major culprits behind the biggest ever ocean dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The meat giants and supplier to McDonalds, are responsible for 104 million tons of manure entering the water ways in the last 10 years, contributing to water scarcity. On 8th February, the company and their shareholders will meet for their annual general meeting. Global Meat News state that at this meeting ‘shareholders will urge the board of directors to adopt and implement a water stewardship policy to reduce the risks of water contamination.’
Tyson are also looking for alternatives to traditional meat production and have invested in the clean meat brand Memphis Meats and the creators of the popular ‘bleeding’ vegan burger, Beyond Meat. The CEO of the company, Tom Hayes, even stated towards the end of 2017 that he was ‘very excited’ about the future of plant-based protein. He said it was ‘an affordable, sustainable technology to leverage to help feed the world on a sustainable basis.’ And an effective method of keeping our water ways free of manure it seems.
With hope, these new investments from one of the worlds largest meat producers represent a large shift occurring in the world of animal agriculture. One that reduces the human water footprint and helps to significantly lessen the amount of animal suffering in the process.
What Activists Are Doing Wrong
An article by the Little Green Seedling
If you are an activist, you probably spend a lot of time encouraging people to stop doing things. I know I do! ‘Stop supporting animal exploitation’, ‘don’t use disposable plastic’ and so on. And sometimes this approach does a lot to raise awareness and get people thinking. But is it really effective activism? All too often, it seems somewhat lacking when it comes to getting people to actually change their behaviour. And the key problem with this approach is that it focuses on the negatives – ‘don’t do that’ or ‘[insert thing]‘ is really bad for the environment’.
This can sometimes make people feel helpless. They can see why something is bad, but they have no idea what to do about it.
At one Earthlings Experience demo I did, a passerby became very upset and frustrated. She could see that the footage was awful, but there were no members of the outreach team available to talk to her. This left her feeling at a loss as to how to avoid the cruelty she had witnessed.
I’ve realised that simply pointing out what’s bad isn’t effective activism – we also need to provide viable alternatives.
Consider the following ways of phrasing a statement, for example.
‘Eating meat is cruel, bad for the environment and unhealthy. Consider eliminating it from your diet.’
‘Eating meat is cruel, bad for the environment and unhealthy. Consider replacing it with alternatives like soya products, or swapping it for lentils and beans in your favourite recipes.’
The difference is that the second option offers a clear pathway to eliminating meat, whereas the first does not. It tells people what to start doing, rather than what to stop doing.
‘We should stop growing crops as monocultures because it has a negative impact on biodiversity.’
‘We should switch from monocultures to permaculture to help promote biodiversity, increase food production and reduce our reliance on pesticides.’
Which is more convincing?
Applying these lessons
One of the most successful animal activist events I ever took part in was a free vegan food stall. It removed the confrontational element often present in street activism, but more importantly, it helped to show people that there is an alternative to the way they currently eat. We had so many great conversations, and it felt like truly effective activism – it was more positive than any other event I had participated in.
You’ll never convince everyone
Of course, some people remain resistant even in the face of viable alternatives. They will make all sorts of excuses about why they can’t possibly change their behaviour.
There was a segment on the radio the other day about charging more for takeaway coffee cups to encourage people to bring their own cups. One enraged listener phoned in saying there was no way she could bring her own cup because it ‘wasn’t convenient’ and ‘didn’t fit with her lifestyle’.
She also said it was unfair to expect people to pay more for their coffee. When the idea of bringing a flask instead was suggested, she complained that she didn’t want to spend money on buying a flask – even though it would have saved her a fortune in the long run!
Some people just won’t be convinced, no matter how compelling the alternatives. In these instances, it’s probably best to focus on someone more receptive – for the sake of your own sanity, if nothing else!
The takeaway here is that most people want to minimise disruption to their lifestyles, so we must help them to do that if we really want them to change. It may seem selfish when someone won’t give up plastic for the sake of the environment, for example, but we must try to see where they’re coming from. We can suggest convenient alternatives they may not have considered, like bamboo toothbrushes and metal drinking straws. And lifestyle changes can be contagious. Someone who switches to zero-waste toiletries may take their whole family with them, and those family members, in turn, may influence their friends. Change is far-reaching, so let’s create as much of it as we can.
Vegan Olympians Encourage People To Quit Dairy
An article by Jemima Webber – Live Kindly
Olympian Dotsie Bausch, with the help of fellow plant-based athletes, is encouraging people to ditch dairy for the #PlantMilkChallenge.
The challenge lasts ten days and was created as a “fun, interactive, and informative” way to get people involved in greener living.
Ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll hopes the campaign will inspire people to “think more deeply about their daily food choices”. He also spoke about his personal experience with ditching dairy: “I felt drastically better – my energy levels improved, my sleep intensified and even my mental acuity was enhanced”.
Another notable supporter is Rebecca Soni, who has won Olympic Gold and Silver Medals in women’s swimming. Soni ditched dairy after discovering that many ‘truths’ about dairy milk are “just marketing campaigns”.
For her, stopping dairy consumption cured her recurring stomach aches which she had struggled without throughout her competitive swimming career. Additionally, opting for plant-based milks helps Soni to “recover faster and feel better” in general.
Professional hockey player Sasha Kozorez “never looked back” after switching to a vegan diet. After transitioning, he noticed that his recovery time had “decreased tremendously”. He explained that his muscles improved in a range of ways, and so did his brain function. “It felt like I was seventeen again. The benefits of treating your body right with plants are undeniable!”.
When Dotsie Bausch won silver in cycling at the London Olympics, she was a fully-fledged vegan. She has stated that upon switching to veganism her recovery time sped up dramatically; “I was recovering in half the time of my teammates, who were all 10 years my junior!”.
Bausch told Organic Authority that she hopes that each participant will be left with a “newfound appreciation and passion for plant-based products”, and ideally, will continue on with a vegan diet.
The challenge includes daily challenges, exclusive videos from the athletes involves, information on the dairy industry and free giveaways from various plant-based milk and cheese brands. You can learn more about (and join!) the challenge by clicking here.
The #PlantMilkChallenge states: “It’s never too late to live your values, and, sometimes turning over a new leaf means turning over a new life”.