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Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Almond Milk Labeling Lawsuit

May 6, 2019
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Hamburgers don’t have ham. Hot dogs don’t have dog. But calling it a ‘veggie burger’ is misleading?

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Source Animal Legal Defense Fund
Written by Nicole Pallotta, Academic Outreach Manager



In an unpublished opinion issued December 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the of a against Blue Diamond Growers.

The lawsuit alleged that the company’s almond milk products were mislabeled under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) law, and use of the term “almond milk” misled consumers into thinking the products were nutritionally equivalent to dairy milk. The claimed that almond milk should be labeled “imitation milk” to prevent consumers from being confused about the differences between almond milk and dairy milk.

The appellate court affirmed the district court’s dismissal on preemption grounds. The court found that “almond milk is not a ‘substitute’ for dairy milk . . . because almond milk does not involve literally substituting inferior ingredients for those in dairy milk.”

Thus, the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) does not require almond milk to stop using the term “milk,” include a nutritional comparison of almond milk to dairy milk, or use the words “imitation milk.” The ‘s claims, which sought to impose these additional requirements, were “not identical to” federal law and were thus preempted.

The appellate court also agreed with the lower court that no reasonable consumer would “assume that two distinct products have the same nutritional content” and affirmed the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims under California’s consumer protection laws.

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The dairy industry cowers,
As it reaches its final hours!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

 



Death Row

April 29, 2019
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Source YouTube , Kinder World



Please note that this video is not “visually” graphic; it depicts the moments before a cow is killed. He waits for his death in fear, sadness, and terror, not knowing or understanding what he did to deserve such a painful existence and indifferent death. I wonder that, too.






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Please we do not want to die
We want a chance at life’s great
Dance,
Please see the terror in our eyes
It would be yours too if
You were I.
A heart is all it really takes
Cruelties cause the worst
Mistakes

Karen Lyons Kalmenson




25 Amazing New Vegan Products Coming in 2019

April 22, 2019
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Source Some Vegan Girl
By Hannah Sentenac



I recently attended Natural Products Expo West for the first time ever. Holy hell, what a smorgasbord!

Expo West is an annual food show that draws some 80-100,000 people and six thousand brands. It’s massive and sprawling and totally cray in the best possible way.

Because it’s so huge and so prestigious, this is where all the brands — big and small — roll out and test their new vegan products. There are vegan product samples everyyyyyyywhere you turn.

So much deliciousness, so little stomach room!

If you didn’t make it this year, I highly suggest you make plans for 2020. But either way, I’ve got you covered as far as what you need to buy.

Of the dozens and dozens and dozens of new vegan products I tried, here are my top 25 picks. Some are already available, some are coming soon.

(And before you ask how you can get your hands on these amazing vegan products, here’s my response: store locators! Basically every company on this list has a store locator on its website, so you can type in your zip code and find out what deliciousness is available near you — or if it’s available for online order. VeganEssentials.com is also an amazing resource!)

Eat your heart out.

CedarLane Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Mac & Cheeze — This brand is new to me, and while I’d never tried any of their vegan products before, I was blown away by this mac and cheese. Creamy, flavorful, and definitely one of the best I’ve ever had.

So Delicious Dairy Free Oatmilk Peanut Butter & Raspberry — I thought it couldn’t get any better than So Delicious Cashew Milk frozen treats … but I may have been wrong. The company’s new line of oatmilk vegan products is totally delicious. Super creamy and so much better for you than dairy ice cream.

Tofurky Ham & Cheddar Plant-Based Pocket — The company we’ve counted on for decades is rolling out some new-and-improved products, including cheesecake and pockets. I was a huge fan of the previously released pockets (like Hot Pockets, but better and vegan), but the new variety is even more doughy and delicious.

Sweet Earth Veggie Lover’s Pizza — Sweet Earth (maker of many frozen vegetarian and vegan products) is rolling out more and more vegan options by the day, including an amazing new pizza! It’s topped with veggies and non-dairy cheese and it’s delish.

Foodies Vegan Organic Pumpkin Seed Tofu — Foodies is an incredibly impressive female-owned brand that makes some amazing vegan products including the brand new, game-changing pumpkin seed tofu (known as PUMFU), various flavors of vegan frittata (tomato basil, corn chipotle, carrot dill, etc.), plus artichoke burgers. Their products are in some stores including Kroger and Earth Fare, but the tofu has yet to be released. But keep an eye out for it — it’s DELICIOUS and the first-ever tofu option that’s soy-free!

Loma Linda Fishless Tuna — Created by the same company behind the NEAT egg and meat replacers, Loma Linda is a new line of vegan protein products that’s about to blow everyone away. Particularly impressive (and unique) is the seafood line, which includes Tuno in a can (Lemon Pepper, Spring Water, Sriracha), and an array of other packaged “seafood” products like Thai Sweet Chili Fishless Tuna. Yum.

Beyond Meat Beyond Beef — You’ve probably already heard the buzz about the newest product from the best company EVER. Beyond Beef is packaged ground beef that looks, tastes, and acts like traditional ground beef. But it’s all vegan! And it is RIDICULOUS. The Beyond Meat booth was one of the most popular on site; its vegan products are changing the game! And the world!

Wildbrine Cultured Cashew Brie — Holy. Shit. I couldn’t BELIEVE my taste buds after a bite of this vegan brie. It has a rind, it’s cultured, and it tastes exactly how I remember dairy brie. This product is going to change the vegan cheese game, and it might actually be my all-time favorite from the Expo.

Kite Hill Everything Almond Milk Cream Cheese Style Spread — Pretty much everything Kite Hill makes is awesome — and with nuts as their key ingredient, they’re good for you, too! The new everything cream cheese is just that, EVERYTHING. So flavorful and delicious, it’s by far my top choice among their different flavors.

Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Cream Cheese — Follow Your Heart’s lineup of vegan products has exploded in recent years — much to my delight. There are lots of new additions, but the cream cheese is a stand out! They were serving it lox-style with carrots, capers, and onions and it was absolutely scrumptious.

Daiya Homestyle Breakfast Burrito — I’m a Daiya girl all the way and am SO stoked that they’ve expanded into a.m. offerings! There just aren’t enough vegan breakfast convenience foods … but that’s changing, and fast. Breakfast burritos are life, and Daiya is rolling out two: Homestyle and Fiesta. Both flavors were spot on. I am loading up on these as soon as I see them in the store!

Gardein Southwest Saus’age & Veggie Breakfast Bowl — Another awesome new vegan breakfast option, this bowl was drool-worthy. Again, Gardein has never made a bad product (not that I’ve tasted!) so I’m not surprised that this bowl was so delish.

Good Planet Dairy-Free Garlic and Herb Slices — This was my first introduction to Good Planet, a new line of plant-based cheese made from coconut oil. FYI, it’s delicious. There are never too many yummy vegan cheeses on the market, so I’m stoked for more. The lineup includes Garlic and Herb, Hot Pepper, American, Cheddar, and Smoked Provolone slices, plus Mozzarella, Smoked Mozzarella, and Parmesan shreds.

Fry’s Meat-Free Sausage Rolls — New to the U.S. (but already popular in the UK and beyond), Fry’s Family Foods are going to make a lot of Americans very, very happy. The company has an extensive line of seriously impressive vegan meats and plant-based proteins. It includes Sausage Rolls (a UK tradition), Nuggets, Burgers, Prawn-Style Pieces, and more.

Red Moon Vegan Cuisine Beef Analog — So this one may disappoint y’all, because the product doesn’t actually exist yet. Eeeeek! Bummer, I know. BUT the brand was using the Expo as a testing ground, and hopefully they decide to run with it. The company’s beef (used in a delicious, Asian-inspired beef and broccoli recipe) tasted exactly like beef. We need this in our lives.

The Honest Stand Spicy Nacho Dip — Ummmmm delightfully creamy queso much?! This stuff is impressively delicious, and they use super-natural ingredients like veggies and nuts to make it. Hard to believe, but true! Tastes indulgent, but it’s totally good for you. Win!

Very Good Butchers Pepperoni — This British Columbia-based company has been making bean-based “meats” for awhile, and it’s earned a stellar reputation. Their Pepperoni was my fave, but everything the company served up was good enough to impress any omnivore.

No Evil Foods Bloody Mary Jerky — This Asheville, NC (my former residence) based plant meat company has a special place in my heart! Founders Sadrah and Mike are ridiculously fabulous humans and their products are equally so. The brand has blown up in popularity over the last couple of years. Its newest vegan products includes a line of jerky (Bloody Mary, Cherry Teriyaki, etc.) that’s going to make a gaggle of new fans. They also make a lineup of other delicious products: the Comrade Cluck ‘No Chicken’, The Stallion ‘Italian Sausage’, El Zapatista ‘Chorizo’, and Pit Boss ‘Pulled ‘Pork’ BBQ.

Myrtle Greens Sweet Teriyaki Vegan Jerky — I’m a fan of jerky in general, and it’s so awesome that we’re getting so many delicious vegan options! This particular variety had a delightful sweetness that I loved. The texture was spot on, too!

Cosmos Creations Sour Cream & Onion Rings — Sour cream and onion is a flavor mix I miss in a snack food. These puffed corn rings had all of the flavor, none of the dairy, and a really gentle crunchiness that I was into. This was the very first intro for these, so let’s hope they hit stores soon!

My Mo Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Dessert Salted Caramel — Mochi has always been my jam, and I’ve rarely had any stuffed with vegan ice cream. Welp, I’m addicted. There were a bunch of yummy flavors but salted caramel was my FAVE. So yum.

Sheese Vegan Cheddar Style with Garlic & Chives — I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — we can never have too many vegan cheeses on the market! And this one was a serious standout. They hail from Scotland and are FINALLY bringing this yumminess to the U.S. The best part is, they already have a huge lineup of products, including blocks, wedges, grated varieties, and in an array of flavors.

Siete Food Grain Free Tortilla Chips Ranch — I don’t know about you, but Cool Ranch Doritos were a staple in my childhood. Now, there’s a vegan (and grain free) ranch chip! The company’s entire line is vegan, and they also have a cheesy flavor. Super great for snacking.

Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems — There’s a new vegan peanut M&M in town! And it is perfection. This is the candy you’ve been waiting for, I promise you, Allergen-friendly, vegan, and that amazing sweet salty flavor.

This is my full haul from the Expo. Mind. Blown. But Enjoy Life chips are pictured.

Enjoy Life Lentil Chips Dill & Sour Cream — Again, I reiterate that sour cream is a flavor I miss in my snack foods. These delightful lentil chips are super crunchy and have a lovely flavor that I’m not officially craving.

The Impossible 2.0 at Monty’s Good Burger!

BONUS: Impossible 2.0! I didn’t add this item originally as I’ve been lucky enough to try the new version of the Impossible Burger before the Expo. BUT, it absolutely qualifies as one of the best new vegan products of 2019! The 2.0 burger is identical to a beef burger; no omnivore would know the difference, and it’s coming to retail soon! Between Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, beef is on its way out.

There you go — my top 25 vegan products from Expo West, coming to stores soon (some already in stores!). Be on the lookout, and stock that pantry, baby!

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food for thought
in every way
have a happy, healthy
and humane,
earth every day!

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Breaking: Australian police have seized a baby calf and arrested animal rescuers, please sign petition

April 17, 2019
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Please click HERE to sign petition

Please click HERE to watch brief video about Theo and James

Source Direct Action Everywhere
By Cassie King



My friend James found a sick calf collapsed on the floor of a veal farm. He named him Theo and rushed him to medical care. Now, Australian police have thrown James in jail and are searching for Theo. They’ve already removed one calf from a loving family — a calf they believe is Theo — and now that baby is alone and destined to be slaughtered. But the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, has the power to call off the hunt for Theo.

Contact Premier Mark McGowan now and ask him to protect Theo.

Authorities in Australia and around the world are cracking down on animal rights activists for simple acts of compassion. Governments need to know that when they side with animal abusers, the public does not support them. They should be protecting animals like Theo and supporting animal rescuers like James. Please help Theo by sharing this video and contacting Mark McGowan today.

If you’re in Australia:

Call (08) 6552-5000

Additionally, everyone can go to Mark McGowan’s Facebook page and comment directly on his posts with #ProtectTheo.

Thank you,

Cassie





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When the law is the crime
Please take the time
To see just in justice
At last.
Time goes by,
Far too fast

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 



Call to Action: Your Voice is Important

April 15, 2019
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Source Up on the Woof
By YeloDoggie, C.A. Wulff



When I think back to the times when I’ve been strongly motivated to advocate for animals, I find that they coincide with particular stories of animal abuse in the news. Stories that hit me in the gut. My current project is no different. For it to be successful, I need to make a lot of noise and to reach a lot of people. To do this, I need your help: the help of other advocates, animal rescues, and animal lovers. Today I am going to give you the opportunity and a clear path to help me and make a difference.

Jeffrey-Nally-Jr-mugshot-35765165.400x800 (1)In 2011, I covered a story out of West Virginia for Pet Pardons News. It was about a young man, Jeffrey A. Nally, who’d been arrested for obtaining animals from “Free to Good Home” ads and then torturing the animals to death. Many of the victims were puppies. Police found the remains of 29 dogs and a cat on his property. If you want to read more about the details of the case, you can do so HERE. (Be warned, it’s gruesome). The case had a prosecutor who really cared. He worked hard to be the voice for Nally’s helpless and innocent victims, and was able to have the man sentenced to 10-45 years in prison. That’s almost unheard of.

Nally comes up for parole in April of 2021. You may not know this, but psychiatric and humane professionals agree: animal abusers are five times more likely to move on to commit other violent crimes like assault and murder. In Jeff Nally’s case, he already has other violent crimes on his record, and given the fact that he’s been quoted as saying, “Killing dogs makes me feel good,” I think you’ll agree with me that the world is a safer place if he remains behind bars and serves his entire sentence.


That’s why I’m putting out this CALL TO ACTION.

1. Sign the petition I’ve started on Change.org and then share it via your social media.


2. Write a letter to the WV  Division of Corrections parole board asking them to deny Jeffrey Nally early parole.

You should address your letter to “Honorable Members of the Parole Board“. Tell them you’d like for them to deny parole for Jeffrey A. Nally, Offender #3507601.

Ask that Nally  be given a “set-off” and be required to serve his full sentence. Tell the parole board why you think Nally is a danger to society, and how you feel about his cruel crimes. Sign your letter and mail it to:

Parole Board
WV Division of Corrections
1356 Hansford St. Suite B
Charleston, WV 25301

Neither the offender nor his attorney will see your letter — only the parole board. Personal letters carry the most weight with the parole board, but if you need help, send me an email and I will provide you with a letter you can sign and mail.


* Alternately, please click HERE for three sample letters targeting the parole board, which need to be  modified/personalized for greatest impact.


3. Make a donation to the GoFundMe that I’ve set up for this project. Donations will be used to purchase pre-printed postcards to the parole board. The postcards will be provided to individuals and groups to share with others to sign and mail in. If there is enough in the GoFundMe, the remainder will be used for postage to mail the postcards.


4. If you are an individual or a member of a group who wants postcards to pass out, please send me an email with your mailing address and the number of postcards you think you’d be able to get others to sign and mail.


5. If you are an official of a rescue or humane group who updates your members with emails or a newsletter, I will provide you with an article upon request.


6. If you are a teacher who would like me to speak to your class about this campaign and advocating for animals, contact me.


7. Share this blog post with others via your social media.

About yelodoggie:

I am an artist, author, and animal advocate. In addition to Up On The Woof, I am the author of Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins: How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness, two true-life chronicles of the challenges and joy of  animal rescue and living with an ever-changing house full of pets. I’ve written about advocacy in How to Change the World in 30 Seconds: a Web Warrior’s Guide to Animal Advocacy Online. which outlines practical steps for advocating for shelter animals in as little as 30 seconds per day, and Finding Fido, which is a guide for people who are looking for a lost pet.

My partner and I have been involved in companion animal rescue since 1986, sometimes sheltering as many as sixteen animals at a time in our home. Currently, we share our lives with five misfit dogs.

I used to say, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’
Then I realized I am somebody.







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This thing has forfeited his right to
Be a member of the human race,
He needs a barren prison asteroid
Of his own,
Alone in space.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 




We Animals: The Farm in My Backyard

April 8, 2019
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Source We Animals , We Animals Facebook



Today we’re launching The Farm in My Backyard, a new short film that looks at the devastating impacts that the mink farming industry is having on waterways, animals, and communities in Nova Scotia.

We’ve wanted to tell this story for a long time.

It’s a story of mismanagement, missed opportunities, and government turning its back on common sense and the pleas of its citizens. Our hope is that this film will not only uncover this forgotten story, but also provide a tool to those fighting for change on this issue. Change for animals, for fragile ecosystems, and for coastal communities.

In many countries around the world, markets for fur are closing down as demand wanes. But in the tiny Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the government is putting its own citizens’ well-being second to this controversial industry, doubling down on its support for the fur industry despite its devastating impacts on the environment, animals, and the local residents pleading for change.

We Animals is working with leading groups in Canada and around the world to end fur farming. Sign up to stay informed: weanimalsmedia.org/the-farm-in-my-backyard







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Fur belongs on whom it was born, not by the vain and frivolous worn

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 




This man has 40,000 tattoos for the number of animals killed every second

April 1, 2019
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Source Live Kindly
By Jemima Webber



Fifty-one-year-old writer, thespian, and vegan activist Alfredo Meschi has 40,000 tattoos on his body — and the reason why might bring you to tears.

Meschi did it for the animals.

Meschi is covered head to toe in 40,000 tiny tattoos – black crosses – each carefully inserted with vegan ink and completed within a year. Speaking to European magazine Cafébabel, the activist explained the reasons behind his choice.

“Why do I have 40,000 tattoos? Because 40,000 non-human animals are slaughtered in the world every second, just to satisfy our appetites,”  Meschi, who has been vegan since 2014, said to the publication.

“It’s as if our awareness of injustice, compassion, and empathy is a tap that gets turned on and off … And every second, there are no fewer than 40,000 non-human animals killed for us. I wanted to capture that, preserve it forever on my skin – that awareness of that number, every second.”


Tattoos And Activism



The activist has led an interesting life. Born in a small town in Tuscany into a family of fishermen and hunters, Meschi has been employed by information technology company IBM, worked as a theater teacher, and after spending the last 50 years fighting for animal rights, now uses his body as a “permanent performance piece, a political manifesto,” Meschi said to Konbini.

There is barely a gap of unmarked skin left on him. Using his body as a canvas for his message, the self-titled “artivist” – a person who uses their artistic talents to challenge injustice and oppression – believes that in addition to their aesthetic appeal, tattoos can be a powerful tool for creating awareness.

The permanent nature of tattoos drew Meschi to the art form, along with the political and social connotations that come with having a tattoo, according to Tattoodo.

The symbol of an X is meaningful, too. “I chose the ‘X’ because it’s a ‘checkmark,’ a neutral symbol that we use when we are finished with something, counting something, or killing ‘something,’” Meschi said to Cafébabel.

Meschi’s body art attracts a lot of attention. “When people see me or my picture, they react with great enthusiasm or with ferocious criticism,” Meschi explained. “Yet either way, the important thing is that they pay attention. Starting conversations, asking questions – to me these are all precious opportunities to start a path towards awareness,” he said.

He added, “I’m an anti-speciesist activist 24/7,” referring to the form of discrimination whereby people give varying levels of importance to different animals based on their species. Those who are anti-speciesist argue that the species group one falls under has no moral significance. Specifically, it addresses the widespread belief that humans are superior to animals simply because they are humans.

Meschi counts all of these reactions as achievements. Speaking to Magzter, he explained, “I express my art through my body, and my activism through the bodily involvement and emotional communication of my performances.” He holds experiential workshops, “participatory” photographic exhibitions, and performs theater pieces to further voice his message.

“Each time someone stops to look at me, I achieve something. Each time my 40,000 X’s are seen and shared on social media, I achieve something. Whether it’s just once, or a hundred times, or a thousand times, or a hundred thousand times… Every time I start a conversation about veganism or animal rights, I achieve something,” he explained.


Are Tattoos Vegan?



All of the tattoo ink – as well as the disinfectants – used for Meschi’s work is vegan, but not all tattoo ink is free from animal products. Non-vegan tattoo ink can contain bone char, gelatin from hooves, glycerin from animal fat, and shellac from beetles, according to animal rights organization PETA.

Animal-derived ingredients can appear in other areas of the tattoo process, too. The stencil paper user by tattoo artists is commonly made from lanolin, which comes from sheep’s wool, and disposable razors can have glycerine in the razor strips, according to The Vegan Society.

Ointments and soaps could also contain animal-based ingredients. Speaking to The Independent, Dina Dicenso, owner of Gristle Tattoo, a vegan tattoo shop in Brooklyn, New York, recommended having a conversation with the artist beforehand to find out what kind of products will be used. Artists are “usually happy to provide the brand names of the products they use,” Dicenso said.

With more people going cruelty-free, vegan tattoos are becoming more popular and a growing number of parlors advertise whether they are vegan-friendly. Website Vegan Tattoo Studios allows you to search for venues near you that use animal-free ink.

Opting for a vegan tattoo won’t disrupt the experience in any way, according to Dicenso. “The tattooing and healing process is exactly the same” when using vegan ink, she said.

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Few weeks ago KJ2, a female bear, was murdered inside an italian national park by the park police, just because she was behaving like a mother should. The majority of the local population wasn't even disturbed by this event. I did this "Crime scene" photo installation in the same area, to bear witness, to not stay silent, to speak out our hypocrisy. Untill we will consider an Animal murder as an human murder, no one Bear, Wolf, Deer, Fox… can be safe even in nature sanctuaries. STOP KILLING MY PEOPLE! Photo by @massimo.giovannini #jk2 #shameonitaliangovernment #shameontrento #stopkillingmypeople #untillallarefreenooneisfree #antispeciesesistartivism #alfredomeschix #40000x #byanymediumnecessary #misothery #antispeciesism #animalliberation #untilallarefree #stopanimalholocaust #veganactivist #vegantattoo #artivism #artivismo #tatuaggiovegan #2017vegan #veganartivism #someonenotsomething #bodyart #projectx #alfredomeschi

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Meschi’s tattoos aren’t the only way he has raised awareness about the meat industry. He has participated in photoshoots inside of slaughterhouses whilst wearing a cattle tag in one of his ears. He has dunked himself into freezing seawater to address issues of overfishing. Other photo shoots see the Italian wearing a pig mask on his head “in loving memory of those 1.5 billion pigs killed every year for our insane appetite. Bacon? Ham? Sausages? No,” the artist said online.

Meschi insists that people must band together and do their part to make a difference. “The era of ‘present moment art’ begins. And in the present moment, we all need to face the biggest challenge of our history – saving a planet that is dying, and interrupting a holocaust of sentient beings,” he said. “The first step in accomplishing these two perspectives is becoming ethical vegans. And we can do it now. Every second counts.”

Meschi isn’t alone in using confronting figures to trigger a conversation about animal issues. Last year, fashion brand Lacoste launched a line of polo shirts meant to raise awareness about ten of the world’s most endangered species. The critically endangered animals included types of dolphins, tigers, parrots, turtles, condors, rhinoceroses, and lemurs, among others. The number of polos Lacoste produced aligned with the remaining population numbers in the world. Only 1,775 shirts were made.

Meschi is also not alone in using tattoos as a means of promoting a shift away from animals, either. Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D now promotes vegan tattoo inks and tools. The hashtag #vegantattoo has nearly 170,000 entries on Instagram.

Vegan tattoo studios are also popping up. Last year ocean animal conservation group Sea Shepherd opened a vegan tattoo parlor.

The tattoo parlor was initially announced on the Sea Shepherd Facebook page in 2017. “Very soon you will all be able to go to Amsterdam and get an official Sea Shepherd tattoo!” the group noted. “Our very own campaign veteran, artist and board member, Geert Vons will be available to tattoo Sea Shepherd supporters coming from Amsterdam, with all profits going directly to Sea Shepherd. What do you think? Need to go to Amsterdam Soon?”

40,000 Animals A Second


More than 150 billion animals are slaughtered every year for food, according to The Vegan Calculator, which displays a live counter online of the number of pigs, rabbits, geese, farmed and wild caught fish, buffaloes, horses, and cattle, among various other animals, being killed for food.

An average non-vegan or vegetarian person living in a developed country will eat roughly 7,000 animals during their lifetime. However, more people are choosing to ditch animal products in favor of plant-based foods.

Veganism is surging around the globe; in the U.S, the number of vegans went up by 600 percent in three years. In the UK, rates of veganism boosted by 700 percent in two years. Animal welfare remains a leading driver for those choosing to go without meat, dairy, and eggs. It was the main reason that nearly 80,000 meat eaters signed up for last year’s Veganuary campaign. The 2019 initiative was even more popular, with a quarter of a million people signing up to try veganism.

A number of factors are pointing people toward a vegan diet. Many are giving up animal products for health reasons — consumption of animal products is linked to a number of health risks including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

But concern for the environment is also inspiring people to ditch animal-based foods. Last year, the largest-ever food production analysis, completed by a team of Oxford researchers, found that going vegan was the single biggest way” consumers could help to reduce their impact on the planet.

Some estimates point to livestock production as the single biggest contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions crises. All total, animal agriculture has been estimated as contributing 51 percent of GHG emissions worldwide. The estimate comes from the Worldwatch Institute.

According to the paper, which was not peer-reviewed, scientists have “significantly underestimated emissions of methane expelled by livestock,” notes the Independent. The researchers argue that the “gas’s impact should be calculated over 20 years, in line with its rapid effect – and the latest recommendation from the UN – rather than the 100 years favoured by Livestock’s Long Shadow. This, they say, would add a further 5bn tons of CO2e to livestock emissions – 7.9 per cent of global emissions from all sources.”








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a broken world of tattoos
drowning in tears
as we mourn all those
that should be but
are no longer,
here.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 



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