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]

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About a dozen animal rights activists made their voices heard at the Pennsylvania Farm Show during PA Governor Tom Wolf’s opening ceremony speech. [1] The first vegan butcher shop in the U.S. will open in Minneapolis Jan. 23. [2] Jennifer Aniston said she is “riveted” by the vegan taco cleanse, saying “I can see that being something.” [3] Two chimpanzees have been returned to their captors following a 2-year legal battle to have them declared legal persons. [4] published “15 reasons why 2016 could be the Year of the Vegan in Philly.” [5] The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit against the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services over newly-released dietary guidelines. [6] PETA staff delivered vegan jerky to the armed “militiamen” occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, carrying signs that read “The End (of Animal Agriculture) Is Nigh: Get Out Now!” [7] Chef Chloe Coscarelli will open her second and third by CHLOE fast casual vegan restaurants in Manhattan in 2016, in a wave of “vegan dining on the rise in New York City.” [8] Read More

A Note from the Editors

Welcome. We’re thrilled you’ve found us. Vegan Majority seeks to amplify the voice of the global vegan community at a time of perhaps unprecedented progress and hope — and also of nearly unfathomable greed, destruction and despair.

We will focus on the hope. Hope in the form of a burgeoning global community of vegans and those on their way to becoming vegan. Hope in the volume and reach of communication and conversation around animal rights and the importance of moving to a plant-based diet and away from the exploitation of and violence against animals. Hope in the expanding awareness that we already know how to end the worst problems plaguing humanity — and by extension, our non-human animal friends and neighbors: climate degradation, species extinction, poverty and starvation, the global health crisis, as well as violence and war.

We at Vegan Majority are inspired by and share the view of leading thinkers and activists like Will Tuttle, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and so many others who see both the growing compassion in the world and the community forming around that — as well as the unconscionable horrors being inflicted on non-human animals at an unfathomable scale by the animal exploitation industries, sanctioned by anachronistic cultural norms. While some may focus on the latter, we — like those who inspire us — choose the former. While we mourn every victim and are heartbroken at the sheer scale of the destruction, we recognize the current state of affairs for what it is: the last desperate efforts of a carnist culture in its death throes.

It is important to emphasize here that while Vegan Majority centers on living harmoniously with non-human animals and the planet, our values embody care and compassion for all living beings — including, of course, our fellow humans.

Our aim is to collaborate with our ever-growing community of contributors — which includes you — to amplify the message of hope and to inspire and support one another in taking action. Whether you read, comment on and share the stories you find here, submit pieces for publication or support our collaborative efforts in other ways, please join us.

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Thank you –
Iris de Lis, Co-founder and editor
Cricket Casper, Co-founder and editor