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Dairy Farm Blaze Kills Hundreds Of Cows In Canada

'I go to open my door, and I heard cows just screaming'

Hundreds of cows have been killed after a fire broke out in one of the largest dairy farmsin the province of Manitoba, Canada

Around 60 firefighters responded to the blaze at Pennwood Dairy, which has reportedly destroyed multiple barns that held around 1,000 cows.

'A sizeable loss'

According to CBC, Steinbach's Fire Chief Kelvin Toews claimed the blaze was 'probably the largest barn fire' he has ever had to deal with.

"There were probably about 1,000 animals in the barn at the time, and they were able to get 200 out," he added.

"We've had barn fires where we've lost one or two barns, but this is quite a sizeable loss... What happens is the wood frame burns, the tin falls in, and you've still got pancakes of stuff burning inside."

-Plant Based News

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British Airways Holidays has stopped selling tickets for SeaWorld and other attractions that feature captive wild animals

Claire Bentley, managing director of British Airways Holidays, said: 'Our customers tell us they have concerns about wild animals being kept in captivity, and increasingly see animal performances in particular as outdated.

'We are delighted to have worked with Born Free to develop our new strategy which allows our customers to make more informed choices and we are contacting all our hotel and attraction partners about our new approach.'

The decision to scrap ticket sales to SeaWorld and other attractions that feature wild animals follows an online petition that pleaded with BA Holidays to stop supporting SeaWorld.

It was set up by Kathleen Haase and Whale & Dolphin Conservation UK and attracted almost 300,000 signatures. 

Footwear Giant Gola Launches Vegan Shoe Range

The collection has been approved by the Vegan Society to 'give customers additional reassurance'

British footwear giant Gola has launched a range of cruelty-free shoes.

The new collection, which has received certification by the Vegan Society to 'give customers additional reassurance', has undergone 'rigorous' Ve-Map chemical testing. 

The process can identify any trace of animal DNA from chemicals within the shoe itself and from the manufacturing process, including 'chemicals used in the fabrics, other materials such as the sole, dyes, adhesives, and finishing components'.

'The rise of veganism' 

-Plant Based News


BY STEPHEN LEAHY 17 JULY 2019

BY STEPHEN LEAHY 17 JULY 2019

HOW TO FEED THE WORLD WITHOUT DESTROYING THE PLANET

The world’s population will hit 10 billion in 2050. A new report offers solutions for how more food can be grown sustainably.

• Dramatically reduce the estimated one-third of food that is lost or wasted. From scaling up solar-powered cold-storage units on farms, to using natural compounds that inhibit bacterial growth and retain water in the fruit in order to extend shelf life at retail stores, improvements can be made all along the supply chain.

• Shift the diets of high-meat consumers toward plant-based foods. Meat, particularly from cattle, sheep, and goats, is very resource intensive. For growing populations to have access to some meat, others will have to consume less. There are now burgers made up of 20 to 35 percent mushroom and all-plant burgers that taste as good as, if not superior to, all-beef burgers, the report notes. It also says governments provide nearly $600 billion in annual subsidies to agriculture and those that favour meat and dairy production should be phased out.

• Boost crop yields and dramatically increase the output of milk and meat. To prevent more land from being used for agriculture will need major improvements in feed quality and grazing management. It also requires finding ways to get more than one crop harvest per year, which in turn will require better crop breeding techniques. For example, CRISP-R technology enables the fine tuning of genes to maximise yields.

• Improve wild fisheries management and aquaculture. Overfishing can be reduced by eliminating much of the AU$50 billion in annual global fisheries subsidies. Certification and better enforcement to eliminate illegal and unreported fishing could save an estimated 10 to 23.6 million tonnes of fish lost to it. Aquaculture can include the use of algae, seaweed, or oil seeds-based fish foods rather than relying on small fish to feed larger ones like salmon.

-National Geographic


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The Wanderer > Dog Nutrition > How to Choose the Right Dog Food

Recently, the FDA released a report on the effects of certain brands of grain-free dog food and their potential link to a heightened risk of heart failure. This can be really scary for pet parents, so we want to do our part to help.

There’s a lot of information out there about the FDA report, and you can find the full report here and a breakdown of the key facts by the AKC here. Instead of repeating the same information, we are going to take a different approach and talk about dog food in general.

Choosing the right dog food can be a major headache. There are isles upon isles of dog food at your average pet store. What do you get? What if you make the wrong decision? Well, your dog probably won't complain too much, but the food you choose really is important. Much like people, dogs need a balanced diet. One that hits on all their nutrient needs and uses safe ingredients.

-The Wanderer

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose hope
— Martin Luther King JR.

How Feeding Your Dog a Vegan Diet Can Lower Your Carbon "Pawprint," According to an Expert

BY SOPHIE HIRSH

There's plenty of evidence that humans can thrive on plant-based diets — but can our dogs? The matter is often contested, with conflicting information leaving vegan, vegetarian, and eco-conscious dog parents confused as to what the best diet is for their companion animals. To learn more about both the health effects and the environmental impacts of feeding dogs plant-based diets, Green Matters spoke with Lindsay Rubin, vice president of V-Dog, an all-vegan dog food company. 

V-Dog was founded in 2005, and the San Francisco-based company makes allergy-friendly and vegan dog food that is free of corn, soy, wheat, gluten, and other fillers. V-Dog's food is powered by high-protein whole foods like peas, oats, lentils, brown rice, flaxseeds, quinoa, and millet.

-Green Matters

The only difference between the animals you love and the animals you eat is your perception.
— @greenwithsoul
 

This Is What the Meat Industry Will Look Like in 20 Years, According to a New Report

Lab-grown meat and plant-based meat are on the rise.

BY SOPHIE HIRSH

Over the past few years, countless plant-based meat alternatives have hit the market, and customers' increased demand for more ethical and environmentally-friendly products are slowly starting to disrupt the meat industry. And according to a new paper, it's predicted that 20 years from now, the market for vegan meat and lab-grown meat will actually surpass the market for animal-based meat. 

In fact, the report predicts that only 40 percent of the meat we eat in 2040 will come from the bodies of animals, while 35 percent will come from lab-grown meat, and the other 25 percent will come from plant-based replacements.

The paper, conducted by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, explains that of all the crops grown in the world, 46 percent of them are used as feed for livestock. If we used those crops to directly feed humans instead of filtering the nutrients through animals, we could feed about 7 billion additional humans, on top of the current population of 7.6 billion people. (Which is a relief, considering the U.N. projects that the human population will reach 10 billion people in 2050.)

-Green Matters

 

Your dog's food may be linked to canine heart disease

FDA identifies 16 dog food brands

When the FDA first alerted the public in 2018 to cases of DCM, the agency didn't mention specific brands; only foods labeled as "grain-free" and containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds and/or potatoes as the main ingredients.

As part of that investigation, the FDA has now identified 16 brands of dog food which had the most frequent reported cases of DCM. The top three brands, according to the FDA, are Acana, named in 67 reports; Zignature, named in 64, and Taste of the Wild, named in 53 reports.

-CNN