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Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix expose link between factory farming and zoonotic diseases in new film

‘With this film, we hope to shine a light on the extent to which animal agriculture and environmental destruction contribute to (future pandemics).’ Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are now part of a documentary that delves ‘the connection between animal agriculture, environmental destruction and the emergence of zoonotic diseases’. The vegan power couple are executively …

Vietnam bans wild animal imports and markets in COVID-19 crackdown

‘This rapacious appetite for wildlife is endangering not just these species’ survival, but is endangering people’s lives too’ A new directive signed by Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc bans wildlife imports including eggs, organs or body parts.  It also announces a crackdown on illegal hunting, killing or advertising of wild animals. The move comes …

UK health officials confirm first COVID-19 infection in pet cat

‘There is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans’ The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed a female Siamese cat contracted coronavirus in the UK after the feline tested positive on Wednesday 22 July. While the government announced the infection was confirmed at the Animal Plant Health Laboratory, it added …

Dutch parliament votes for early closure of all 128 mink fur farms following COVID-19 outbreaks

‘Waiting until 2024 for the mink ban to take effect would have been unjustifiable and irresponsible’ Dutch MPs have “overwhelmingly” voted to close all of its estimated 128 mink farms by the end of the year following coronavirus outbreaks that spread to 15 more farms after being first detected on two farms in April. The …

German slaughterhouse reports mass outbreak of new coronavirus cases after lockdown rules eased

‘As long as you don’t change this structure, you will always have these mass outbreaks in the meat industry’ Germany is facing its largest local Covid-19 outbreak after more than 650 slaughterhouse workers tested positive for the virus at a meat processing plant in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Toennies, the company that owns …

Chinese boycott salmon after it is linked to second COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing

‘We have yet to find out whether human beings transmitted the virus to salmon, or salmon contracted the virus first’ Imported salmon has been implicated in the latest outbreak of COVID cases in the Chinese capital. Experts have also warned the public from consuming the fish while it has been taken off the shelves in …

Carbon emissions ‘rapidly’ surge as corona lockdown rules ease

‘Very few countries still have stringent confinement. We expected emissions to come back’ CO2 emission levels are shooting up ‘rapidly’ as COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually relaxed around the world. A study published last month in the journal Nature Climate Change reported that global emissions were 17% lower in April amid peak lockdown period when …

Big meat’s COVID crisis gives tofu sales a pandemic boost in America

‘For price-sensitive, health-conscious consumers, this (buying tofu) is a viable option for adding more protein to their diets’ The pandemic has had serious repercussions on the meat supply chain. After high infection rates in slaughterhouses forced the closure of more than 20 plants around the country in early April, the lockdown dried up meat demand …

Bristol based Oowee Vegan launches its second UK outlet amid COVID-19 crisis

‘Our mission is to bring people together with our culture and our food’ Oowee Vegan, winner of Deliveroo’s 2019 ‘Restaurant Of The Year’ award, is now operating at Stoke Newington Road in Dalston, East London. The eatery, which debuted as a virtual vegan offshoot of burger joint Oowee Diner in a Deliveroo Editions site soon …

25% of millennial Brits say a vegan diet is more appealing following COVID-19

‘Cutting out animal protein may be seen as a way of tackling the climate crisis, showing compassion for nature, and boosting one’s own nutrient intake.’ According to Mintel’s new research, which was carried among 2,000 British internet users aged +16 between 23rd April – 7th May, over one in 10 Brits (12%) agreed the COVID-19 …