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Musician Joan Jett blasts SeaWorld for sexually abusing animals

“Dolphins and whales who must carry out their forced pregnancies is disrespectful to these forms of intelligent life, heedless of these wonderful animals’ rights, and just plain wrong.” American singer-songwriter Joan Jett has slammed SeaWorld for its ‘repulsive and indefensible sexual abuse of whales and dolphins’. The legendary musician – who maintains a “nearly vegan …

New Zealand to tax burps of cows, sheep to tackle climate crisis

“Almost half the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, mainly methane.” New Zealand has proposed to put a price on sheep and cow burps to tackle one of the island nation’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. If the draft plan is passed, New Zealand will become the first country to levy a …

Walmart drops coconut milk brand linked to forced monkey labour

Vegan charity PETA led two investigations and found ‘the use of chained and caged monkeys in Thailand’s coconut-picking industry’. Walmart has dropped a major coconut milk brand after allegations of forced monkey labour surfaced. The American supermarket chain no longer sells Chaokoh – one of Thailand’s most popular coconut milk brands – in stores and …

Nation’s first 100% cruelty-free, vegan 24/7 convenience store opens in California

“It’s time for retail to robustly advocate for sustainability, animal welfare and healthy products that aren’t derived from abusing animals.” For the first time ever, a 24/7 vegan convenience store has opened in North America’s San Francisco Bay Area to help champion sustainability and animal welfare whilst catering to consumers’ everyday needs. Located in a …

One more vegan ad banned this week – this time for showing animals in distress

The watchdog banned ads by Vegan Friendly UK and Tesco amid claims of gratuitous violence and misleading information. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned one more vegan TV ad this week over claims that it shows “graphic imagery and gratuitous violence” towards animals. This censure comes on the heels of the UK watchdog banning …

Tesco rapped by ad watchdog for plant-based products’ environmental claims

According to the Advertising Standards Agency, the chain made misleading and unsubstantiated claims about their plant- based range being more environmentally friendly than their meat counterparts. Ads for Tesco’s Plant Chef range have been banned by Britain’s advertising regulator over misleading and unsubstantiated benefits. Tesco released six adverts that featured on television, radio, print, Twitter, …

British airports reject anti-animal cruelty ad as it is ‘prejudicial to a business carried on at the airport’

Airport authorities claim the anti-animal cruelty advert is too political and can potentially evoke ‘negative customer reaction’. Every UK airport has refused to display PETA’s anti-leather advertisement, the vegan charity claims. The animal rights organisation created a “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly”   campaign to educate travellers on the impact of their fashion and accessory choices. The …

Hugh Jackman backed Laughing Man Coffee launches all-vegan cafe

The new vegan café is a sign of changing times and mainstream acceptance of plant-based cuisine. Laughing Man Coffee backed by actor Hugh Jackman has opened a new vegan café in NYC. The company’s new venture is called Laughing V cafe and is located on Duane Street in the exclusive Tribeca neighbourhood. The café is …

‘Landmark’ ivory ban comes into force today – but unscrupulous traders can still evade it, campaigners say

According to campaigners, ivory peddlers may continue to sell elephant tusks by passing their products as derivatives from unprotected mammals such as walruses, narwhals, and hippos. The UK has finally banned trade in elephant teeth and tusks in a bid to tackle poaching and help protect elephants but campaigners say the move doesn’t go far …

Bulgaria bans breeding and import of mink to protect biodiversity

The American mink, which is widespread throughout the EU has caused significant adverse impacts on native wildlife, after animals escaped from fur farms. Bulgaria has banned the breeding and importing of American Mink following concerns over animals escaping from fur farms and damaging native ecosystems. The decision will lead to the closure of Bulgaria’s last …

Kim Kardashian launches vegan skincare line with 9-step Skkn

Kardashian created her new vegan minimalist and sustainable range after her skin struggles became the ‘catalyst’ for her  journey of skincare. Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to join the vegan skincare bandwagon with her latest venture Skkn by Kim. Though she is entering a whole new category of the beauty industry, the socialite and …

The UK’s first vegan cheesemonger debuts range in major UK supermarket

“We are ecstatic that our range of cheeses are now on the shelves at Waitrose, providing authentic dairy alternatives using traditional methods, but modern ingredients!” The UK’s first vegan cheesemonger has rolled out a new supermarket range of its artisanal cheese recipes. La Fauxmagerie has stocked its range in 20 select Waitrose stores with a …