News of Note

i Jan 14th by


2013: Year of the vegan?
Move over, bacon-flavored chocolate. If trend trackers — who are predicting an increased interest in mock meats, vegan foods for infants and other animal-free options — are correct, 2013 just might be the year of the vegan. Even the Cooking Channel is getting in on the act. The popular cable channel recently aired the first mainstream vegan cooking show, “How to Live to 100.”


How to Go Vegan
When I first heard former President Bill Clinton talk about his vegan diet, I was inspired to make the switch myself. After all, if a man with a penchant for fast-food burgers and Southern cooking could go vegan, surely I could too.


Could You Go Vegan For Two Weeks?
You can’t understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, the old saying goes. It’s an adage that can be applied to our conversations with our vegetarian and vegan counterparts, who have foregone animal products in their diet for a multitude of reasons. Braver than I are two meat lovers, Danielle Beard and David Hayden, who tossed their beloved burgers, bacon, leather boots and cosmetics in order to complete a two-week vegan challenge they started on Jan. 14.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel Endorses Rip Esselstyn’s Vegan Plan
“Essentially, what I’m trying to do is to get America to eat healthier. Right now we’re just drowning ourselves in dairy products; too many animal products; red meat; processed refined foods; [and] so we need to become a nation of plant-strong responsible eaters,” Esselstyn said about his diet.


Animal rights activists plan direct action against beagle imports
Animal rights activists are planning direct action against any airline that agrees to bring a consignment of beagles into the UK, where they will be used to test new medicines, the Guardian has learned.  A facility in Sweden that houses the animals and is owned by the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is closing and the firm is moving around 300 beagles to the UK.


How Much Is a Pet Worth? Texas Supreme Court to Rule on Dog’s Sentimental Value
A case that may reflect a pet owner’s worst nightmare has made its way to the Texas Supreme Court, which must decide if a family can place sentimental value on a pet that was accidentally euthanized.

What’s More Important: Fried Chicken or Animal Rights?

It seems, even in this Pamela Anderson-approved PETA age of battery cage awareness, fast food chains still have their fans. Their weirdly aggressive, over-eager fans. That got us thinking: what’s more important: fried chicken or animal rights?


No Longer a Target, Whales Are Collateral Damage
The whaling industry has changed beyond recognition since 1970, when 39,000 whales a year were being killed. In 2012, the worldwide total was 1,000. But far more whales are dying every year because of human activities, and the problems that caused whale populations to plummet worldwide are now affecting fish.


State senator cited for violating Horse Protection Act
Tennessee Walking Horse enthusiast and Kentucky state Sen. Robin Webb has been cited for allegedly violating the Horse Protection Act after two of her horses were found to have scars that may have been caused by soring. Webb denied having any involvement with soring. She has opposed a bill that calls for banning pads, chains and other “action devices” that can be used in soring horses. The AVMA has supported such a ban.

For Feral Cats, a Few New Places to Call Home
Eight New York City architects and designers proudly displayed their new low-cost houses at a show in Manhattan on Thursday, and not a single client was present. Feral cats are like that.  No matter, like all good designers, the ones whose work was on display at “Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter,” a daylong event at the Steelcase showroom in Midtown Manhattan, had taken pains to address the needs of the users.


300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No.
If you are picturing a crazy lady living among mountains of newspapers, with a pack of yowling cats stinking up the place, forget it.  Even on a winter day, there is a pine-scented breeze. The wood-burning stove keeps everything so cozy that the windows and doors are open, so the cats (42 at last count) and dogs (seven) can come and go as they please.  Roger Manley, the curator of the Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University, where Ms. Scarpa’s ceramic art will be exhibited next fall, calls her “the Mother Teresa of animals” and compares her to Albert Schweitzer, “taking care of everybody, out in the woods.”

ETHS adds vegetarian lunch options as part of Meatless Monday campaign
For the first lunch of the new year, Evanston Township High School students had additional vegetarian options as part of the school’s participation in a national meat-free meal campaign. The school’s Meatless Mondays campaign was started by the Humane Society of the United States, a national non-profit that advocates for animal rights.