Coronavirus – Totally Vegan Buzz

Novak Djokovic loses Australia deportation appeal following COVID vaccination dispute

Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the court’s ruling stating it will “help keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe.” Plant-based athlete Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia after he lost his final bid to avoid deportation on Sunday. The chief justice of Australia’s Federal Court, James Allsop, dashed the athlete’s dream of a …

Now deer in several US states test positive for coronavirus: ‘unsettling’ scientists say

The new findings are alarming and highlight the ‘grave’ fact that deer are capable of becoming new hosts for COVID. Not only could this easily infect other wildlife species, but also, more worryingly, it could spill back to humans. According to recent studies, humans have infected the free- range wild deer with Covid-19 in a …

500,000 animals dead in UK’s ‘largest ever’ bird flu outbreak

The virus has affected chickens, turkeys, pheasants, ducks, geese, and swans in over 40 premises across the nation. More than half a million birds have been culled in the UK due to an unprecedented outbreak of the H5N1 virus, which causes avian influenza or bird flu. According to the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) …

Selfie-taking tourists risk giving critically endangered orangutans COVID-19

“The virus can spread from people to animals during close contact. People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife.” Tourists are jeopardizing the lives of critically endangered orangutans by posing too close for pictures and selfies, according to a study. The warning comes after a team of …

87% of UK vegans have had at least one COVID jab, survey reveals

The top reasons for refusing the vaccine were fear, distrust, and ethical reasons Nearly 90% of UK vegans aged 16 and over have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to new research by the Vegan Society. A good 62% have had two doses of the vaccine. This is amid a wider …

British Columbia is phasing out its fur farming industry

The announcement comes due to the COVID-19 risk posed by mink farms. British Columbia is phasing out mink fur farming following “recommendations of public health officials and infectious disease experts.” The announcement follows data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, which identified the potential for the COVID-19 virus to mutate in mink and be …

Zoo animals to get experimental vaccine against COVID-19

Over 100 mammalian species will receive a vaccine developed by veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis using an experimental drug. Nearly 70 zoos across the US are inoculating over 100 mammalian species including big cats, great apes, bears, skunks, badgers, and ferrets among others against the coronavirus with an experimental vaccine. They include zoos in Denver, Oakland …

WHO calls for ban on market sale of live wild animals as an ’emergency public health measure’ against COVID-19

“Traditional markets, where live animals are held, slaughtered and dressed, pose a particular risk for pathogen transmission to workers and customers alike.” The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging food markets to stop selling live wild animals as an ‘emergency measure’ against emerging infections. The call comes after a WHO team visited China’s Wuhan city …

Eating vegan leads to weight loss, glowing skin, and increased libido, study says

The study found that nearly half of the respondents went vegan for their health. More than one in 10 adults said COVID-19 made the lifestyle ‘more appealing’. A new study has found that going vegan leads to multiple benefits – the most attractive of them being ‘weight loss, glowing skin, and increased libido’. These findings …

Tesco reports record vegan Christmas sales as COVID boosts interest in sustainability

“The increased interest in plant-based and vegan products, and the company’s success in reducing plastic, reveals just how important sustainability is to contemporary grocery retailing in the UK.” Tesco has reported having a “record” vegan Christmas as sales of the retailer’s largest-ever Plant Chef range spiked by more than 90%. The data comes after the …

Greta Thunberg says climate experts are being ignored despite the pandemic showing ‘we cannot make it without science’

“We are not listening to climate scientists, we’re not listening to scientists who work on biodiversity and that, of course, needs to change.” Greta Thunberg has accused the world of not paying attention to the climate crisis despite the pandemic showing the importance of listening to science. She states that nations are listening to ‘one …

Veganuary on course for biggest year as COVID fuels vegan surge

“Being vegan is a great way to support the natural world and to live sustainably.” Veganuary- the world’s foremost and biggest month-long pledge to adopt a vegan lifestyle, is predicted to witness its best year next month, with a record number of consumers opting for plant-based foods following greater concern about health and the environment. …