The average American ate more meat in 2017 than ever, and meat-eating Americans are on track to do it again. Companies like the Good Food Institute are rallying to find a viable meat replacement, and now, their efforts are being recognized by the likes of Y Combinator. [Fast Company]
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- 🦒 A juvenile giraffe, fully taxidermied, recently sold for $7,500 in the U.S. and the sale was totally legal. Between 2006 to 2015, 40,000 giraffe parts were imported to the U.S. The giraffe trade industry is booming, in part, because of a ban on the sale of elephant parts. [New York Times]
- 🌎 The Arctic is warming twice as fast as—well, anywhere. It’s polar bears natural (and only) habitat, and this year, we’ve lost more than 500,000 square miles of sea ice. [Independent]
- 🥛 Milk consumption is down 22% around the world, while plant-based milk consumption tripled. Don’t take our word for it. That’s according to Cargill, animal feed extraordinaire. [VegNews]
- 😸 Between 40,000 and 80,000 puppies are sold every year by pet shops and online vendors—both devoid of the necessary animal welfare regulations—in the UK. A proposal to end puppy and kitten trade called Lucy’s Law just passed Parliament and is out for consultation. [BBC]
- 🎉 The animals on the Barnum’s Animals crackers box will no longer be in cages. Last year, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down after 150 years of protest from animal advocates. [NPR]