News of Note

i Jun 3rd by



Oly Vegan: ‘It’s more than just food; it’s a complete lifestyle’
Since December, downtown Olympia has been home to Oly Vegan, a store that is more than vegan food. Owner Lesli Baker, 42, calls it a vegan lifestyle store.

Activists protest against animal research outside Vancouver symposium
Demonstrators on Sunday gathered outside a downtown Vancouver hotel where a symposium on animal research was being held.  The animal rights activists, some holding signs and one wrapped in a white sheet splashed with red, stayed on the sidewalk in front of the Wall Centre on Burrard Street during the noon-hour protest where the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS) was having an annual four-day series of meetings.


California’s egg-farm law prompts a push for national standards
If the federal legislation is signed into law, it would create one national standard and invalidate state and local laws, such as Proposition 2. Some animal-rights groups believe California’s law could be replaced by a weaker standard. The proposed federal legislation, HR 3798, does not carry the threat of jail time, as Proposition 2 does, and it would prohibit states from banning cages.  It also would give farmers up to 18 years to phase in the changes, which some animal-rights groups say is too long.


Animal rights activists started chasing Magnotta years before mutilation murder
This body-parts story is a thoroughly horrible business, but it is somewhat cheering to see how many people worked long and hard — though unsuccessfully — to try to prevent the tragedy from happening.  As soon as a kitten-killing video was posted to YouTube, in December of 2010, people around the world started to work together on websites, sharing information and trying to track down the guy who killed the cats.


Trainer filmed abusing horses banned from show for life
A Tennessee walking horse Hall of Fame trainer was banned for life from the most important horse show for the breed after ABC News showed a video of him abusing horses and he pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of cruelty to animals.

Federal regulations reduce meat served in schools
Officials in a Florida district say they will need to raise lunch prices to comply with a new federal law, and also will be offering new foods and smaller portions, particularly of meat. Some school board members and officials say they are concerned that students could react negatively to being served less meat. Sean Prevatt, food-services assistant director, said the new guidelines will “be a shock to (high school) boys.”


Beyond meat: Americans preoccupied with protein
Spurred by trainers, diet gurus and weight-loss plans, Americans are seeking more– and more unique — sources of protein, from almonds ground into milk and soy reshaped as pasta, to peas and whey turned into powders and shakes. And food producers are happy to oblige.


The Vegan Lounge: A New Kind of Experience
Who says vegetarian food is boring? How about a karaoke lounge mixed with healthy meals? The drinks are not alcoholic but those seeking a smoke free environment while still having a good time will appreciate the quirky elements that the Vegan Lounge brings to Ulaanbaatar.


Service dogs help Wash. soldiers battling PTSD
When the walls shrink and the panic sets in, Specialist Mike Ballard reaches for his service dog, Apollo, to help him get through his worst symptoms of the post-traumatic stress disorder that is a remnant of an explosion in Afghanistan that ended his career as an Army medic