Vegan Majority News Survey – Jan 24, 2016

A round up of the latest news from the past couple weeks.

Tesla investor Mark Peters told Business Insider in an email, “The vegan interior issue isn’t a casual ‘lifestyle choice,’ but a critical change needed for survival of life on our planet.”[1] The Herbivorous Butcher, the first vegan butcher shop in the US, opened in Minneapolis[2] — and is getting rave reviews.[3] The first vegetarian pub in Britain opened in Bristol. The pub is vegan except for some dishes with animal cheese.[4] A cow that was captured by the police after escaping a New York City slaughterhouse has found a home at an animal sanctuary in New Jersey.[5] Ecorazzi announced they’ll be relaunching on January 25th “with an unapologetically vegan perspective!”[6]

Russel Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, released his new book, “The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life.”[7][8] Animal rights activists from across the country traveled to New York to stage massive #StormSkansa protests at the home and office of the head of Skanska USA, a multi-billion dollar global construction company hired by the University of Washington to build a $90 million underground animal research facility in Seattle.[9] A new fad diet for carnists who want try to feel better about animal exploitation — Climatarianism — is garnering attention.[10] Actor Danny Trejo, known for his roles in the “Machete” movie franchise, launched a vegan-friendly taco restaurant in Los Angeles.[11] Men who follow a vegan diet are a third less likely to develop prostate cancer, according to a new study by Loma Linda University Health.[12]

Activists continue to protest Laurie Glimcher, dean at Cornell Medical College, who abandoned and left 66 chimps to die in Liberia while on the board of the New York Blood Center (NYBC).[13] An Austrian travel firm has taken down their website after the Austrian animal rights group Association Against Animal Factories (VGT) exposed their hunting trips culminating in sex with prostitutes.[14] Animal rights activists forced The Africa Show, an African trophy hunting show, to change venues three times before it finally took place this week just north of Toronto. About two dozen activists blocked traffic and attendees, carrying signs and yelling at people as they headed into the show.[15] In Wisconsin, the top “producer” of mink fir in the U.S., a two month undercover investigation at Dillenburg Fur Farm in Shawano County found horrific conditions ending in grisly methods of killing the minks and foxes there.[16] Tyson Fury, current world heavyweight boxing champion, was seen wearing a knee-length coat made out of chinchillas. This follows outrage over his “rants” and comments about women and homosexuality.[17]

Gwyneth Paltrow launched her vegan, organic line of beauty products.[18] The Village Voice interviewed Brenda Beener, founder and chef of Harlem restaurant Seasoned Vegan.[19] Another vegan fast food restaurant, with aspirations of going nationwide, is opening in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego. [20] The number of horse’s held and forced to pull carriages in New York City would be significantly reduced confined to a new stable within the Central Park under a deal announced this week by the city administration.[21] Animal rights activists across India welcomed the Supreme Court’s stay this week on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and other bull-related sports in other states, vowing to continue their fight to protect the animal.[22]