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10/16/2019 CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN FUR

This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 44 into law, which will make California the first state in the country to prohibit the sale and manufacture of new fur statewide. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2023 and violators will be fined up to $1,000 and/or serve up to six months in jail. In December 2018, California assembly member Laura Friedman introduced AB 44, which is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and supported by organizations In Defense of Animals (IDA), Animal Hope in Legislation (AHL), and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (AHWF). This week, Newsom also signed SB313 (known as the "Circus Cruelty Prevention Act") into law, making California the third state—behind New Jersey and Hawaii—to ban wild animal circuses. SB 313 was authored by Senator Ben Hueso, and sponsored by animal-rights groups People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL). Additionally, Newsom signed AB1260 into law which bans the import and sale of certain "exotic" skins, including those derived from lizards, caimans, and hippopotamuses, a bill also sponsored by PETA and SCIL. In September, Newsom signed into law The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 (AB 273), making California the first state to ban fur trapping. (vegnews.com)

10/14/2019 LEWIS HAMILTON PLEADS: "DON'T SUPPORT HORRIBLE DOLPHIN SHOWS"

Vegan Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has urged his fans to boycott shows featuring marine animals. The star, who is currently in Japan, took to Instagram to share a video of dolphins performing at a marine park and called on his followers to educate themselves about the horrible things that happen to animals in captivity. "The culture, the people, the food and cities are wow. But do you know, this happens here in Japan. Please please don't go and support these shows around the world, don't buy tickets to show your kids. Instead, educate them of these horrible things that have happened to the dolphins, whales, and other sea life. These beautiful creatures shouldn't suffer." (plantbasednews.org)

10/11/2019 HARVARD LOOKS TO VEGAN FOOD TO SLASH GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 2030

Harvard University recently became the latest signatory of the Cool Food Pledge (CFP)—an initiative that focuses on promoting plant-based foods with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2030. "Addressing the emissions associated with our food choices is a focal part of Harvard’s holistic approach to using our campus as a testbed to address climate change and sustainability," Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp told university news outlet The Harvard Gazette. Several students have taken initiatives to educate classmates about the environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet. On-campus cafeterias and eateries have followed suit by offering and developing additional plant-based options to help the school uphold its part of the CFP. Harvard aims to implement a variety of programs that will help achieve its 2030 goal. CFP was created last year by a cooperative of environmental groups, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and UN Environment, and counted ten founding signatories that collectively serve 60 million meals annually at their dining facilities. In addition to Harvard, signatories currently include global financial institute World Bank, co-working company WeWork, furniture retailer IKEA, the University of Pittsburgh, UCLA Health, and the City of Ghent in Belgium, amongst others. (vegnews.com)

10/10/2019 STELLA MCCARTNEY UNVEILS VEGAN FAUX FUR MADE WITH PLANTS NOT PLASTIC

Eco-conscious fashion designer Stella McCartney recently unveiled the world's first eco-friendly faux fur made using plant-based ingredients. The Koba Fur-Free Fur debuted as an onyx black faux fur coat at McCartney's Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. The innovative material, made with DuPont Sorona plant-based fibers and recycled polyester, was developed by Ecopel, a global faux fur textile and apparel manufacturer which has also creates "high-end faux fur" for more than 300 top fashion brands that have stopped using real fur. It claims to have a more luxurious feel than existing faux fur alternatives and is made up of 37 percent Sorona fibers, which means it uses 30 percent less energy and 63 percent less greenhouse gases than conventional synthetics. The Koba Fur-Free Fur can also be recycled at the end of its life, which helps ensure that it does not end up in a landfill. "I am incredibly excited about this new eco-friendly, bio-based Fur-Free Fur. It is another big step toward the future of fashion being sustainable and animal-free," McCartney said. (vegnews.com)

10/04/2019 VEGAN PICNIC ON WORLD ANIMAL DAY

World Animal Day in Croatia will be celebrated again this year at the Zagreb Lake Bundek and it is organized by the City of Zagreb. On Saturday, October 5, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Animal Friends Croatia invites all citizens to spend time together with animal protection associations and plenty of good vegan food. Some of the dishes that can be tasted at the Veggie Picnic are soparnik, vegan fritters, legumes, burgers, pumpkin soup with lentils, apples and plums strudel, bulgur and quinoa with vegetables, four types of vegan cappuccino, and many more healthy, delicious meals good for humans, animals, and the environment. As part of an all-day event visitors will be introduced to numerous associations that care for animals and promote their adoption and protection.

10/02/2019 EVERY SINGLE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL BANS PROCESSED MEAT

The New York City Council recently adopted Resolution 238, an initiative that calls upon the Department of Education to remove processed meat such as bologna, pepperoni, and hot dogs from public school menus citywide. The initiative was spearheaded by Brooklyn Borough President and vegan Eric L. Adams and supported by three council members, including Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx. "We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life," Adams said. "We must feed our kids nutritious meals that will nourish their bodies and help them perform better academically. Kids want to be healthy and strong, so let's help them get there by feeding them healthy meals." In March, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Adams announced that all 1,700 NYC public schools would serve meatless meals on Mondays, along with a selection of vegan options. NYC's ban follows similar legislation adopted last year by California's Santa Barbara Unified School District. (vegnews.com)

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