Category: Animals & Environment

Los Angeles Bans Sale of Fur

Los Angeles Bans Sale of Fur

Just passed! Los Angeles will be the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur. The city council has voted unanimously to move forward. The motion by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, co-presented by Councilmember Paul Koretz and seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, will prohibit the sale of products such as apparel and accessories made in whole or in […]

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Meat eaters admit they couldn’t take the life of an animal themselves

Meat eaters admit they couldn’t take the life of an animal themselves

Meat is everywhere and Americans are eating more and more of it; according to the US Department of Agriculture, the average consumer will eat 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry in 2018 alone – surpassing a record set in 2004. But how meat conscious are we, really? Sure, we know roughly where it comes from (farms), and where to […]

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California State Assembly Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

California State Assembly Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, sending the bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. The bill passed in the State Assembly with a 80-0 vote and a procedural concurrence vote in the Senate. Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation, […]

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Ugly Truth Behind The Dog Meat Trade

Ugly Truth Behind The Dog Meat Trade

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Meat and Dairy Surpass Oil Companies as Largest Pollutants

Meat and Dairy Surpass Oil Companies as Largest Pollutants

  The world’s five biggest meat and dairy producers emit more combined greenhouse gases than ExxonMobil, Shell, or BP, the top three oil production companies, according to a new report by GRAIN and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Researchers tracked greenhouse gas emissions for 35 of the largest producers of beef, pork, poultry, and dairy. Researchers found […]

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The Happiest Man Alive? Josh Balk, VP of Farming Practices at The Humane Society of the U.S.

The Happiest Man Alive? Josh Balk, VP of Farming Practices at The Humane Society of the U.S.

Josh Balk, V.P. of Farming Practices at The Humane Society of the United States, is perhaps the happiest man alive.  His outlook for animals is bright! Josh and I discuss how to feel empowered on a daily basis, how people show up for animals and which political party cares more about animals, and why some upcoming major legal hurdles could […]

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Activist James Aspey on Eating Like Cavemen & Tips for Going Plant-Based

Activist James Aspey on Eating Like Cavemen & Tips for Going Plant-Based

Activist extraordinaire James Aspey lays it all on the line in this episode of Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano.  He outlines the way we get our food today, how little we have advanced in this area, and his favorite snacks, go-to meals and tips for going vegan.  Listen in and watch! SUBSCRIBE to Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano on iTunes […]

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Interview with Famed Author of Animal Liberation, Peter Singer

Interview with Famed Author of Animal Liberation, Peter Singer

It was difficult to get an interview with famed philosopher and author Peter Singer, but he agreed to sit down with Elysabeth Alfano on  Awesome Vegans!   From his home in Australia, Peter discusses the basis for speciesism (https://youtu.be/RE-hJu4lpvw) as noted in his famed book Animal Liberation, his pet X-lab rats and how to take on big government of food politics (https://youtu.be/6FjU-JQNTww) Listen in […]

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Groundbreaking New Sanctuary for Abused Animals Unveiled in Mississippi

Groundbreaking New Sanctuary for Abused Animals Unveiled in Mississippi

In Defense of Animals has unveiled brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities to care for the Deep South’s most abused animals at Hope Animal Sanctuary in Carroll County, Mississippi. The organization has rescued and rehabilitated animals in Mississippi since 1993, and this weekend it revealed a cutting-edge sanctuary that will support animals and the local community for many years to come. Members of […]

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The Future is Vegan, says Farm Sanctuary’s New CEO Kera Melrose

The Future is Vegan, says Farm Sanctuary’s New CEO Kera Melrose

Science has illuminated the health and environmental impact of factory farming, confirmed the benefits of plant-based living, and increased awareness of the inhumane treatment of farm animals. It’s within the context of this elevated public consciousness that Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, names Kendra “Kera” Melrose Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. The announcement comes at a […]

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