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Juliet Gellatley, founder of Viva!, goes undercover to witness first-hand the tragic life of British egg-laying hens
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GISELLE SANCARI. an Argentinian living in Mexico City, has launched TODO VEGANO, an online directory for vegan ventures in Latin America and an educational YT channel in Spanish.   Just launched – international house sit and house swap website for vegans and vegetarians: KINDRED SPIRITS HOUSE SIT OR SWAP – www.kindredspiritshouse.com n Viva! supporter GEOFF KNIGHT is campaigning against the extremely cruel animal sacrifices carried out at Lomisoba in Georgia. To find out more or to help, go to www.occupyforanimals.net   Well done Viva! supporter HEIDI STEPHENSON for her excellent poem, Don’t Eat Meat, published in the International Times and in which she kindly mentions Viva! www.internationaltimes.it/dont-eat-meat I ate here Our hugely popular and colourfullittle cards – a thank you to restaurants that serve good vegan food and an encouragement for them to continue to do so – can be ordered online from www.vivashop.org.uk/iate-herebusiness-cards. The only charge made is for p&p – 50 cards will cost you 65p, 100 cards 91p.   Too good to be true Last year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health & Human Services revised its dietary guidelines and the draft recommended a diet largely based on fruits, vegetables and legumes (reported in Viva!life). For the first time ever, meat was excluded from the recommended category. To say that a furore ensured would be an understatement. When the final recommendations appeared, meat was back on the agenda. Dr. Walter Willett, head of the Harvard School of Public Health issued a damning statement: “Unfortunately, the USDA has censored the recommendation of the Scientific Advisory Committee to consume less red meat. In fact, the dietary guidelines promote consumption of red meat as long as it is lean, which is not what the science supports. There is strong evidence that red meat consumption increases risk of diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, and some cancers (especially processed meat), and there is not good evidence that this is simply due to the fat content,” Willett added. “This appears to reflect the powerful influences of the beef industry. Unfortunately, the public is being misled.   Obituary Mary Brynak (March 13, 1924 – November 14, 2015) Our good friend Mary was an individualist, a passionate veganic gardener, a staunch vegan and a stalwart member of Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans. As Mary O’Brien (her maiden name), with her mother and two brothers, she helped to create Glen Park Nurseries in Leicester. When Donald Watson founded the Vegan Society in 1944 and produced its first newsletter, the membership was 25, of which she was one. Today veganism is blossoming and you helped to bring that about, Mary. Thank you on behalf of all living creatures. It has been an honour to know you – we will miss you greatly. Mike Wright   Merry Christmas! Viva!’s annual Christmas lunch was again a jolly get together of dining, drinking and fund raising. Philip McCulloch-Downs talks about his painting ‘One in a Million’ prior to its auction. Phil’s painting wasbought for £530 by Andreas Setzer, who runs Animal Activism Art, a Stuttgart-based collection promoting veganism. Artist Ann Richmond kindly donated her stunning painting ‘Rainbow Badgers’ which raised £480. See Phil’s work at: www.viva.org.uk/artforanimals. Brilliant! Tracy Cassidy set up a ‘GoFundMe’ page and shared it on the Manchester Vegan FB pages to promote veganism. It resulted in this super billboard on Great Ancoats street in Manchester for two weeks from February 1. Brilliant! Veggie France The huge French hypermarket chain, Carrefour, has announced the launch of its first-ever, all-vegetarian own-label range – prompted by growing consumer demand, it says. The ‘Carrefour Veggie’ range features around 15 what they term ‘simple and easy-to-cook’ products, 11 of which are vegan. They include wheat and onion nuggets, cereal and vegetable pancakes and vegetable and soya balls, all priced between €2.10 and €3.50. The idea sprang from consumer research it undertook in 2013 to mark its 50th anniversary. And on the seventh day… Seventh Day Adventists are a Mecca for health researchers as most are vegetarian and avoid smoking and alcohol and believe in exercise. In the case of 101-year-old retired Californian heart surgeon, Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, it all worked splendidly. He retired only five years ago and describes his vegan diet as being ‘the fountain of youth’. He walks without a stick, says his balance is great, is sharp-witted and still drives. Pass the tofu! Poor old Bernard... According to figures from Company House, turkey producer Bernard Matthews is having a few difficulties. Group sales up to June 28, 2015, were down by about £30 million, to some £276 million for the corresponding period of the previous year. Its net assets for the same period were almost halved to a little over £11 million. I do hope we have contributed to the slump. Cardiff’s 1st vegan café The city’s first 100 per cent vegan restaurant has opened for business. Called Anna-Loka it is in Albany Road and was the baby of Hare Krishna monk, Adam El Tagoury. Its menu, however, is more prosaic than the name might suggest and you can indulge in a full English breakfast or even pork sliders – whatever they are – as well as vegan alternatives to classic dishes. You can also indulge in traditional freefrom breads, custom-made pizzas, pancakes, doughnuts and smoky, crispy vegan rashers. Also on the menu is cinnamon pad pie, scrambled tofu on toast and sweet potato hash browns. The café has a very modern edge and industrial feel with carvings and sculptures on the walls and a corrugated iron ceiling, in which is housed its 20 tables. It was got off the ground by a crowd-funding campaign which raised £6,000. Give up meat, says Arnie Having delivered such scathing lines as “you hit like a vegetarian”, mister muscle man, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has changed his mind. Having probably devoured several herds of bullocks, he is now telling people that they should slash their meat consumption. Cries of ‘hypocrite’ resound from the rafters but change is to be welcomed. Few of us started off life in the perfect way. Speaking at the climate change talks in Paris, he stated that seven million people are dying every year because of climate change and a good way to reduce the total was to cut our meat consumption. Of course he was asked if he would possibly have been as muscly as he is as a vegetarian. He replied: “Luckily, we now know you can get your protein through vegetables if you’re a vegetarian. I have seen many body builders that are vegetarian and they get strong and healthy.”
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UK poultry producers have increased their use of antibiotics related to drug-resistant bacterial infections
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A couple of years ago, Unilever (owners of Hellmans) declared legal war on a small San Francisco outfit called Hampton Creek, a company set up specifically to develop innovative new plant foods. Its crime was to introduce a product called Just Mayo which, Unilever argued, was unfairly stealing Hellmans’ market share because it did not contain eggs and could not therefore be called mayo.
Their action outraged the public and generated millions of dollars of free publicity for Hampton Creek and Just
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BAFTA – the award goes to a vegan dinner Head chef of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Anton Manganaro, served up a superb vegan dinner choice for celebrities at the February awards.
A-list vegans included Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain and Joaquin
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In a recent piece entitled Cows, Conspiracies and Greenpeace, Greenpeace’s UK campaigns director, Robin Oakley, tried to explain why his organisation avoided the word ‘vegan’.
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Thank you to everyone who came along to our Viva! Vegan Festival in Birmingham on Saturday. It was our best attended regional event EVER! We will be back next year in a bigger venue.
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They’re dairy cows called Ailsa and Meadow Sweet and that’s only the start of the deception being perpetrated in Bristol by an ‘artist’ called Nessie Reid.  
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Eat your way to a better planet, inspired by Earth Day! (Which fell on the 22nd April).  After all, in a world affected by rising global temperatures  - with recent Nasa statistics showing that 2015 was even hotter than 2014, a previous record-setter – action needs  to be taken to stop ecosystems being destroyed and the planet damaged. And do you know that you can make a difference with what you eat?
The Earth Day network, which established the annual event and related campaigns over 40 years ago, has been emphasizing the importance of planting trees, reducing fossil usage and slowing dangerou
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The leafleting event went really well on Saturday, when Claire and Jenny from Viva!, supporters and other vegan activists handed out Viva!
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I’ve recently had cause to think a lot about democracy and how close the rights
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Wed, 20/04/2016
Over 3,500 people attended the Northern Vegan Festival (www.northernveganfestival.com) last year, and it now returns to 5 venues
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By Viva! India Contact  BY HJSRIKANTH At the end of 2011 I went vegan.  Having been a vegetarian since birth I was surprised to discover that giving up dairy was such a big step for me; but it was a step I had to make, as I was becoming a vegan for ethical reasons. While transitioning into a vegan diet, the craving for milk products was the biggest challenge I had to overcome. However, whenever I struggled, I remembered the animals that were suffering when I consumed dairy products, simply to please my taste buds....
By Viva! India Contact  BY HJSRIKANTH  
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Juliet goes undercover to witness first-hand the tragic lives of British chucks      
My stomach churned as the moon-lit silhouette of ominous-looking industrial sheds loomed ahead in the black of night. I clambered over hedgerows and stumbled in fields towards hell.
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​What breaks through your barriers? I know how important it is to protect ourselves from pain. How else can we get by in a world that callously incarcerates billions of animals and so casually takes their lives? When we know their lives are full of misery and relentless suffering. I know it is a big ask, but I am pleading with you to watch what is happening right now to 90% of British pigs. Now, in 2016. In civilised Britain. Why? Because you can be a part of making change happen. Part of something exciting.
You, me, all of us, can force the collapse of the pig industry. We have to. Because no one else will protect these fiercely intelligent creatures from a life of torment.
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In the last year there has been a giant surge of interest in the amount of exciting, innovative vegan food being produced. From the advent of aquafaba (see below), to the improvement in meat and cheese alternatives – it’s a vegan revolution! Innovation driven by compassion. Meat and dairy replacements may not be your cup of tea, but if these foods save animals then I support them.   
The days of vegan cheese resembling tile grout are numbered now we have pioneers such as California-based gourmet restaurateur and vegan food expert Miyoko Sch
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I grew up on a traditional mixed family farm in the 1950s and 1960s, and loved all the animals we kept – cows, pigs, poultry, horses, dogs, and cats. From a very early age I would help my Dad feed and bed down the animals. They grazed in the fields in summer and lived in the roomy traditional stone buildings on straw in the winter. I made pets of them, and as my Dad treated them well, they were mostly very tame.
I got upset and cried when they went to market, and wouldn’t eat meat from our own animals.
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Kris Townsend Kris has been working as a Director of the Natural Health Clinic in Bristol, a Director of a schools mental health and character education programme called Engaging Minds and the MD of an independent record label called Reel Me Records. Over the last 2 years he was also a co-founder of a non for profit community ‘Health Hub’ which offers accessible holistic treatments, education and information about health and wellbeing as well as a vibrant organic vegetarian, vegan and raw food café. Why I’m Vegan I was brought up for several years of my childhood living in a caravan and mobile home around the hills of Dorset. My mum was a single parent and I was raised as an only child. As such I used to spend a lot of time in nature, running around the fields with cows and sheep a plenty. Then I was raised as a vegetarian and used to see the animals as my friends and equals.
I left home when I was 15 and for a while I ended up squatting and it is then that I decided, for survival's sake, to eat what I could and was no  longer able to make that conscious
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By guest blogger Emily Oldfield Viva! nurtures young people who are enthusiastic about promoting animal and vegan issues; and as part of this programme we have invited Emily Oldfield, 20 of Burnley to be a guest blogger. Emily is a copywriter and freelancer, with plans to finish a degree in English Literature in 2016. As a passionate advocate of cruelty-free products, it would be easy to assume that I would be overjoyed about the recent news that coffee shop chain Costa has released a cake bar – ‘The Fruity Crumble’ – which has been stamped with an official Vegan Trademark. That status itself is a good thing and could be seen as an important step in making vegan options more commercially available. However, the product seems to fall into the same trap as so many other ‘manufactured’ vegan options – it brings a choice, but seems to chuck out balance. 
Need for a better balance         
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By guest blogger Emily Oldfield Viva! nurtures young people who are enthusiastic about promoting animal and vegan issues; and as part of this programme we have invited Emily Oldfield, 20 of Burnley to be a guest blogger. Emily is a copywriter and freelancer, with plans to finish a degree in English Literature in 2016. About Emily Oldfield My name is Emily and I have been a vegetarian for nearly 3 years.  From walking the neighbour’s dogs to helping at a local sanctuary, I have worked with animals for much of my life, developing an ever-deepening respect for them and the diversity they bring. Animals play an inspirational part in so many people’s lives, and it’s time people recognised this.  It was through thinking about the positivity and personalities animals bring, yet also the pain they suffer at human hands, which prompted me to become a vegetarian. If you respect animals, it makes no sense to eat them. Being a vegetarian has changed my life for the better, opening up new communities and contacts – as well as a whole world of flavours and ingredients I had not tried before. Viva! is vital, spreading the positive message of a cruelty-free lifestyle to many. It is a powerful partner to learning more about vegetarianism and veganism, providing the resources and a welcoming community which I am proud to be part of. How the media turns animals into ‘television material’ is immoral. In a high-profile example of animal cruelty, contestant Ferne McCann ate a live water spider in the final episode of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here’. More than 500 complaints have been received by the Broadcast regulator Ofcom and yet the awful thing is that animal cruelty like this takes place for the sake of television entertainment far more often than people realise. What is important is to address the culture underlying these acts; the assumption that animals are inferior and open to exploit.
The ‘I’m a Celebrity’ ‘Bush Tucker Trial’ in question could be considered an epitome of all that is unpleasant about television’s treatment of animals.
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When Viva! recently again exposed the conditions of factory farmed pigs, mothers incarcerated, piglets trapped in cages and the awful abuse of these wonderful animals - no one accused Viva! of being speciesist. But when we fight for the kangaroos, a tiny minority voice that accusation. It is they, therefore, who are being speciesist.
My view is that all life matters. It may help in this debate to understand the reason Viva! has long fought for kangaroos. Not so long after Viva!

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