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on 18 May 2018

In recent years, egg production has been in the spotlight for animal welfare issues. While the number of European farms with free-range hens has increased, in Spain, 93 percent of laying hens are still caged. This also contributes to the industry's environmental burden. In the rest of the EU, the figure is much lower (40 percent) due to a growing concern for animal welfare. A team of Spanish scientists has reported the environmental cost of egg production in a typical farm in Spain. The scientists of the University of Oviedo analyzed the effect of intensive egg production on 18 environmental categories, among which are ozone depletion, climate change, terrestrial acidification, human toxicity and land occupation, among others. "The most affected were the transformation of water and land toxicity," says Amanda Laca, a researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at the University of Oviedo to Sinc. (phys.org)

 

on 26 April 2018

The UK could impose a ban on the export of live animals for slaughter after Brexit, according to Michael Gove. The environment secretary has launched a consultation into a ban and called on industry experts and campaigners to submit evidence. The consultation will also look at the possibility of introducing higher welfare standards for the transportation of live animals. Current rules of the European single market currently stop the UK from preventing the export of live animals for slaughter. Last year up to 20,000 live sheep, but no cattle, were exported to Europe. Live exports count for only a small proportion of the UK’s £2.4bn trade in meat and livestock products with the EU. Launching the consultation, Gove said the UK already had some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world but the government was committed to a manifesto promise to improve them further. “All animals deserve to get the respect and care they deserve at every stage of their lives,” he said. “With all options being considered, I am keen to hear from industry, the devolved authorities and charities on all possible options and evidence on this vital issue.” (theguardian.com)

on 12 April 2018

A new report by British company Compare the Market, Limited—with support from Gersham College—found that seven percent of United Kingdom residents, which amounts to 3.5 million individuals, now consider themselves vegan, with 14 percent (seven million people) identifying as vegetarian. The new report focused on changes that UK residents have made—particularly in relation to dietary habits and modes of transportation—in an effort to be more environmentally conscious. When presented with the choice between not eating meat and not being able to drive, the report found that nearly half of the population chose the former. “From farm to fork and beyond, food accounts for about 20 percent of all of our greenhouse gas emissions,” Gersham College Professor Carolyn Roberts said. “Estimates suggest that if all of our meat eaters-switched to a vegan diet, it would roughly halve total greenhouse gas emissions associated with food.” The vegan population in the UK has grown exponentially in the previous decade. In 2016, The Vegan Society found that vegans comprised just one percent of the UK’s population (or 542,000 people)—a number that then represented a 360-percent increase since 2006. (vegnews.com)

on 06 April 2018


The annual Ottawa Vegan Film Festival will debut on October 14 at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Canada. Event organizer Shawn Stratton was inspired by vegan documentary Forks Over Knives and set out to make a positive impact for the animals and planet. “I want to utilize the festival to inspire more people to live a vegan lifestyle, motivate vegans to keep up the lifestyle, and support vegan-themed filmmakers by giving them an avenue to get their videos in front of more people,” Stratton told VegNews. During the event, short and feature-length films will be shown from categories such as Health and Nutrition, Environmental Protection, Animal Advocacy, and Lifestyle, with awards presented for Best in Show, People’s Choice, and other categories. “I would like the films to deliver authentic stories with a sense of hope,” Stratton said. Attendees can expect to leave the event inspired and educated about living a vegan lifestyle. A portion of the festival’s profits will go to support various charities.

on 17 March 2018

During the annual AMA conference held in Chicago it was announced that based on scientific study, all hospitals and medical institutions should not only start to offer plant based foods in every facility but should also remove all meat, dairy and eggs from their menus. The conference is held every year by the American Medical association and is attended by world leading physicians who are responsible for developing our understanding of human health. Neal Barnard, M.D. (president of the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine) quoting from the conference said: “Plant based foods should be offered to every patient in the hospital. Bacon, sausage , eggs, ham and other processed meats should be removed” Several Doctors at the conference also confirmed, “This is exactly what we need” referring to plant based diets based on information provided by the World Health Organisation that state animal based products cause Colorectal (CRC) cancer and contribute to other heart related issues. (inourishgently.com)