Big news: UK bans live exports … plus plant-based diets the most healthy and the avocado crop in trouble – covering w/e 19th May 2024

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This week has been momentous for the animal rights movement and there’s so many vegan stories to choose from, I had trouble narrowing it down!

The big story in the last 7 days is the UK’s move to ban live exports plus we also have a look at the plight of our avocados and it wouldn’t be a VS update without highlighting yet another study showing plant-based diets are the healthiest option 🙂

Plus the rest of the week’s vegan round up … enjoy!

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This Week’s Top Story

It’s been a long road for live exports campaigners and there’s no turning back

A momentous victory for animal rights this week, in no uncertain terms.

Over more than 50 years of relentless campaigning from people like CIWF (Compassion In World Farming), the UK has finally accepted the suffering of animals in the live exports trade is unacceptable.

The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill passed its final Parliamentary stage on May 14th and will soon be cemented into UK law when it receives Royal Assent.

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Marking a truly historic moment for the UK animal rights movement, the bill demands an end to the cruel export of cattle. sheep, pigs, horses and goats for fattening and slaughter.

These ill-fated animals endure high-stress conditions before, during and after the export process. High temperatures, rough seas and overcrowding makes it next to impossible for some animals to rest with many unable to access food and water.

Not to mention the physical and psychological torment experienced. Lots of animals are injured during the journey enduring hours in cramped conditions which can cause respiratory issues and heatstroke.

Close up of a pig behind a metal grill.

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This is a huge win for animal rights campaigners in the UK and across the world as we show strong leadership on the issue. Many other countries are following the same path too.

It just goes to show that people power can overcome all odds. There are some very powerful lobbies who’ve been pushing back against this for decades but we’ve beaten them down.

Compassion and empathy have won through and the rejection of animal ag companies putting profit above welfare is yet another step towards the ultimate goal of total liberation … the only logical end point.

But while nothing should take away from this historic victory, the fact remains that live exports would simply not exist if the demand for meat wasn’t there.

The only way to eliminate that demand?

Well … we must stop eating meat and consuming dairy products. Only then will these unscrupulous profit mongers be put out of business.

This is why I’m vegan. It’s a very small thing I can do to directly influence the direction of market forces.

… and y’know what? To be vegan is the very least we can do … for the sake of the animals!

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Have a great week from all at Vegan Slate …

– Rohan McAvee

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Around The Vegan Web This Week Ending 19th May 24

Vegan Fest in South Texas Draws Hungry Crowds to Elsa …

The third annual Vegan Fest in Elsa, a Rio Grande Valley town, presented an alternative to the meat-centric stereotypes common in Texas. Local vendors dished up favorites like barbecue, bistec tacos, and sweet bread. The event showcased the Valley’s appetite for vegan food, bridging the gap between carnists and plant-based enthusiasts. As the Cumbia-style cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” played, attendees reveled in guilt-free indulgence. Event organizer Canda LePage, who moved from Washington, saw the turnout explode. “The area had been wanting a vegan festival,” she said. This year, the fest relocated to Elsa’s Garden at Pacific Trails and was a runaway success.

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Reviewed: TCX ClimaTrek Surround rugged vegan boots

This week’s hot review from Motorcycle News takes a look at the TCX ClimaTrek Surround boots. Most vegans know how difficult it can be to get decent cruelty-free footwear. They’re rugged, comfortable, and perfect for any terrain. But here’s the kicker: they’re also incredibly durable. Steve Herbert-Mattick, who tested them for 22 months and 6000 miles, said “The ClimaTrek surround really are tough as old boots. Nothing has worn, frayed, broken… not even the laces”. These boots are proof that high-quality, durable products can be made without harming animals. So, whether you’re a biker or a hiker, give these boots a try. Let’s tread lightly on our planet, one step at a time!

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Avocado Armageddon: Climate Change is Smashing Our Avo’s

Vegans lament! Our beloved avocados are under siege. A new report from Christian Aid reveals that climate change is devastating the avocado crop, with a projected decline of 14%-41% in global growing areas by 2050. Imagine a world with fewer avocados, a fruit known for its high fibre, healthy fats, and wealth of vitamins. As Jolis Bigirimana, an avocado farmer in Burundi, puts it, “We are experiencing hot temperatures, heavy rain, and erosion which is having a terrible impact on farmers’ productivity and their income”. Choosing a plant-based lifestyle helps reduce the emissions driving this climate crisis. I’m vegan for the avo’s!

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Avian flu outbreak in Michigan: A fowl challenge for farmers …

Michigan faces an avian flu crisis as the virus spreads among chickens and dairy cattle. The outbreak has left farmers grappling with tough decisions. While some advocate culling infected birds to prevent further spread, others emphasize vaccination and bio-security measures. Dr. Emily Johnson, a veterinarian, warns, “We must strike a balance between safeguarding public health and respecting animal welfare.” Amidst this turmoil, the vegan community calls for a shift towards plant-based protein sources. Can we protect both our feathered friends and human health? Time will tell, but it’s running out fast.

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New study: Plant-based diets: A prescription for heart health?

In a comprehensive review of 48 scientific papers, researchers found that vegetarian and vegan diets are linked to better cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risk, and even lower mortality rates. There is some debate over the statistical strength of this association due to the range of studies reviewed. But to quote the authors, “Our study evaluates the different impacts of animal-free diets for cardiovascular health and cancer risk showing how [a plant-based] diet can be beneficial to human health and be one of the effective preventive strategies for the two most impactful chronic diseases on human health in the 21st century.”

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“Do Goodly” Plant-Based Meals Now Available at Tesco

Tesco supermarkets across the UK now stock plant-based meal pots from Welsh brand Do Goodly. The three delectable options – Chip Shop Curry, Mushroom Carbonara, and Mac and Greens – grace the shelves alongside a tantalizing Chip Shop Curry Sauce. Do Goodly, founded by Richard Abbey and Michelin-trained chef Scott Davis, has already made waves with its dips in Tesco stores. Now, this exciting Welsh small business takes another leap forward, bringing sustainable plant-based meals to an exponentially growing market. “These listings mean that our award-winning products are in more shoppers’ hands and enable us to continue to grow our business.”

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