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Welcome to the Vegan Capital of the World

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A new report from Chef’s Pencil has crowned a new vegan capital of the world using Google search data.

Veganism is more searchable than ever. According to the report, the popularity of vegan-related searches on Google jumped 35% over the past two years. This means more people are searching vegan in more places around the world.

The World’s Largest Fast Food Companies Are Failing Chickens

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A new report from World Animal Protection identifies the cruel mistreatment of chickens by suppliers to eight of the world’s largest fast food companies—including Burger King, Domino’s, Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, Nando’s, and McDonald’s.

Every year, billions of chickens live and die on factory farms. They spend their lives crowded into industrial feeding operations where they barely have enough room to flap their wings. Many suffocate and die to due overcrowding. Then over the course of just 40 days, they reach full size. This unnaturally fast growth cycle and lack of mobility take a toll on their bodies. Many develop lameness and are in constant pain.

Fast Food’s Not-So-Secret Vegan (and Vegetarian) Menus

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Making the most out of a not-so-good thing can feel, well, kinda good, like ordering off of the secret vegan and vegetarian menu at your local fast food joint. It’s not healthy, but at least it’s vegan. Where else can you get a Spicy Potato Soft Taco for $1?

At burger spots like White Castle, eating vegan is trendy. Ads for the Impossible Slider, made with a mini plant-based Impossible Burger patty, featured the Wu-Tang Clan and Kal Penn, co-star of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

At $1.99, the Impossible Slider increased White Castle’s market share at locations selling the Impossible Slider by 250% when it was first released. It’s now available in all 377 White Castle locations nationwide.

But not everyone makes it easy to order vegan. Why are they keeping all these vegan options secret, anyway?

The Impossible Burger 2.0 and the Next Generation of Food Tech

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This year’s big ask from alternative meat maker Impossible Foods? Cheat on beef. On Monday, the new Impossible Burger 2.0 made its debut at CES 2019.

The plant-based food company promises less fat, absolutely no gluten, and the same texture and juiciness as animal meat from their latest burger recipe. The “new new” Impossible Burger wasn’t the only future food innovators imagined this year, but it just might be the brightest.

A Letter to the Most Factory-Farmed District in the United States

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Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

There are more farm animals than people in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, represented by none other than Steve King.

If you know what a factory farm is, it probably does not surprise you that animals outnumber people in this rural farming district. It’s on those 750,000 people to stand up for animals against the cruel policies of politicians like Rep. King.

The eight-term Congressman, formerly representing the 5th District, won the 4th this year by his narrowest margin yet. In 2018, a total of 10,523 votes (3.4%) separated King from Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten, who supports family farmers over factory farms and the need to balance environmentalism with what we eat.

Here’s Why Animal Advocates Should Be Excited for 2019

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Don’t get me wrong: 2018 was a big year for animals. Animal advocates will have even more opportunities to support animal friendly businesses, politicians, and political activists in 2019. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

Over the past year, animal advocates ate more plant-based products, passed more animal friendly legislation, and began to imagine what a world without animal farming will look like. But there’s still work to do. Here’s a short list of what’s in store for animal advocates this year.

Big Dairy’s Version of Animal Welfare

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The dairy industry is having a hard time keeping up with the welfare of its animals, according to a new post from industry outlet Dairy Herd Management.

In the post titled “Animal Welfare Demands Will Keep Coming,” Nigel Cook, a veterinarian and animal welfare specialist, accuses animal welfare activists of attacking food companies by linking them to cases of animal abuse. He writes off the documented abuse and calls for food companies to protect their brands.

It Was a Record Year for Vegans. Why Are We Still Eating So Much Meat?

Americans will eat more meat in 2018 than any year on record. But even in the face of such a big meat problem, veganism is on the rise.

This much is spelled out by climate scientists, dietitians, and animal advocates across the globe. Eating more plants is part of the solution. Eating more meat, on the other hand, is not. Even the most modest plants like beans produce up to 46 times fewer greenhouses gases per gram of protein than beef. It’s easier to replace animal protein than ever, whether it’s with a can of beans from the back of both cupboard or brand new plant-based burger.

Almost anyone who wants to eat plant-based can eat plant-based—and making the switch now is way easier than waiting to see what the world will look like at peak meat.

Glenn Greenwald and Sentient Media to Create Series on Animal Rights

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We’re incredibly honored and excited to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, vegan, and animal rights activist Glenn Greenwald will join Sentient Media’s very own Grant Lingel for a brand new video series about animal rights.

Every week, Glenn and Grant will sit down together in Rio de Janeiro to unpack the biggest issues in animal rights—factory farming, food politics, animal advocacy, veganism, and much more. We can’t wait to hear what they have to say for the future of the movement.

The Farm Bill Is a Big Win for Animals. Here’s Why.

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When legislators introduced the 2018 Farm Bill to Congress in June, animal advocates had a lot to worry about. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was out to wreak havoc on interstate animal welfare laws.

But with the help of 119 Representatives, 32 Senators, and 166 state and local organizations, the King amendment will be shut out of the Farm Bill, yet again.

Animal advocates, time to celebrate. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill signals the resilience of animal protection laws on a national level, something advocates have not seen the likes of on a farm bill since 2002 when Congress reassured the enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

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