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We are delighted to announce that the awesome Dr Michael Greger has accepted the appointment of Honorary Scientific Adviser to Viva!. Michael has built an incredible global reputation with his free health advice website.
A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, an international speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health.
Fight bull fighting!
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“Pope Francis, show your concern for creation by condemning the bullfight and directing that your Bishops officially proclaim your condemnation”. The petition couldn’t be clearer and is being promoted by Virginia Bell of Catholic Action for Animals. If you wish to support it, you can send an email to the Pope via Fr Frederico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office at Lombardi@pressva.va.
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Britain’s international think tank on foreign affairs, Chatham House, issued a call in 2014 for a drop in meat consumption, saying it was essential to limit the effects of climate change. What was our government’s response? Or the governments of Europe for that matter? Silence. Now China, on the other hand, has staggered everyone by announcing a strategy to slash its population’s meat consumption by 50 per cent by 2030. The primary reason is to reduce the growing epidemic of degenerative diseases but the ensuing climate implications are gratefully received, too. Film director James Cameron said: “This would not only have a huge impact on public health, it is a massive leadership step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions.” It also, of course, means millions of animals saved.
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It comes around sooner and sooner every year: Earth Overshoot Day, previously known as Ecological Debt Day. It’s the day on which we’ve used up more natural resources (through deforestation, emitting more CO2 than forests can store, and overfishing) than the Earth can regenerate. It was September 8th in 2008; last year it was August 13th, this year it's August 8th. What will it be next year?
At the rate we’re going, we would currently need 1.6 Earths. Shame we only have one.
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When a new study prompts media headlines like "Being vegan isn’t as environmentally friendly as you think", it's time for a closer look at the science. By Dr Jeanette Di Leo
A recent modelling study, published in a low-tier journal, reported that more people could be fed on a partly omnivorous diet (where up t
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Do you know what makes a pig happy? If people really understood pigs – what they enjoy doing, who their friends are, how they like to play, would they still consider them ‘food’? Most of us would do anything to stop someone harming playful, friendly and intelligent animals such as dogs and cats. With a clearer understanding of who pigs are – how they experience joy, excitement, play, and even loss, pain and fear, and how they suffer so badly on farms, most of us would step forward to protect them.
This year, Viva! aims to change the status quo with regards to how we see pigs.
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I can’t wait to get started Today marks the first day of our Veganisata journey together – how exciting! I’m Hannah. I’ve been a vegetarian for around a year and have now decided that after a few months of dipping my toes in, it’s time to dive into the world of all things vegan! This means that, just like many of you, I am trying a lot of this stuff out for the first time.
As a society, I think it’s become normal not to question where our food comes from.
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Pig Sick – our new year-long investigation reports on the state of UK pig farms and it’s not pretty reading By Juliet Gellatley, founder & director Viva! and zoologist
This month Viva! publishes my report Pig Farming: The Inside Story, a detailed investigation into the UK’s pig farming industry.
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Resistance is coming and we are running out of time. We’ve seen the future and this is it: Swine (http://www.watchswine.today), our latest film, is a terrifying exposé of the global health crisis posed by an unregulated factory farming industry’s misuse and abuse of antibiotics.
We’ve already attracted some support from high profile friends: @RealMattLucas
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Some big news came into the Viva! office this week! A statement by the supermarket Tesco announcing an end to the selling of eggs from caged hens by 2025.
You read right .. 2025. That’s nine long years away.
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Long-time Viva! supporter, Joyce Moss, here guest blogs about a successful day for her local wildlife hospital. Joyce has worked with Viva! to end the persecution of wild boar in Britain (Justin Kerswell, Viva! campaigns manager).
Successful Open Day for local Wildlife Hospital
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From a purely vegan perspective China is often seen as a land of contradictions. Historically – arguably due to widespread poverty – it is a country with comparatively low meat and dairy production but also has a generally terrible record on the treatment of the animals they kept for slaughter and other cultural activities
Recently, with new-found economic prosperity and the rise of a more capitalist society, the amount of meat and dairy the average Chinese citizen eats has rocketed and it now sits on the list of to
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Guest-Blogger: Hjsrikanth Harambe, a western lowland silverback gorilla was shot dead by Cincinnati zoo officials to ‘’rescue’’ a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla’s enclosure. They could have diverted Harambe’s attention and  rescued the boy, or they could have  tranquilized him, instead the park officials chose to shoot and kill.
The gorilla did nothing other than  protecting the child the whole time,  but was misunderstood by the authorities who had no clue about primate behaviour
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A report from the National Obesity Forum is trying to get us to put butter, cheese and beef back on the menu, but government experts and scientists are having none of it.
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Viva! takes undercover investigation to streets of Bedford
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Have you ever looked at pictures of tiny calves in single hutches or pens like those below and thought “That’s not Britain, it’s America. We don’t do things like this.” Well, you might not be the only one. I only recently realised how strong this perception is and that people outright refuse to believe this is a standard practice on UK farms.  
A calf would naturally suckle from her mother for nine months to a year but calves born on dair
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There you are backstage in a room lit by those energy sapping, curious strip lights full of dead flies. You have been sat in the back of a van for ten hours. Your only break, the occasional motorway services with their strange luminosity – and that’s just the food.
Backstage is silent. It’s damp.
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Dr Michael Greger is a physician, author and internationally recognised speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He runs the popular website NutritionFacts.org, a non-profit, science-based public service. He introduces his superb new book How Not to Die
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​ Make no mistake, a vegan diet is the healthiest possible for infants, children, women, the elderly and men – yes, men! There is no magic ingredient in meat or dairy that benefits men’s health. In fact, the saturated fat, growth hormones and harmful chemicals in meat and dairy are linked to a wide range of men’s health problems so here are 10 good reasons for men to go vegan.
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Vitamin B12 helps make red blood cells and keeps the nervous system healthy. A deficiency can lead to extreme tiredness, lack of energy, pins and needles, muscle weakness, depression and impaired memory, understanding and judgement. It can lead to raised levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Everyone needs a reliable source of this important vitamin. Vegans and ALL people over 50 should take a supplement or ensure they get enough from fortified foods.
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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.”