The new year is bringing in some good news!
Here’s something to put a little extra pep in your vegan step!
Ag-Gag Law Overturned
The 2012 law that banned undercover video recordings inside agricultural production facilities in Iowa has been struck down! People can now document the horrors that take place inside of factory farms and puppy mills.
“Ag-Gag laws are a pernicious attempt by animal exploitation industries to hide some of the worst forms of animal abuse in the United States. Today’s victory makes it clear that the government cannot protect these industries at the expense of our constitutional rights.”
-Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells
Americans are Ditching Dairy
There’s a 1.4 billion pound cheese surplus in the U.S. right now; that’s an all time high!
Why? Because SO many folks are switching to plant-based foods! Now that’s something to celebrate!
Carl’s Junior Now Sells Vegan Burgers and Vegan Buns
Yep, you can score a vegan burger at Carl’s Jr. nationwide, just hold the cheese and sauce, and BAM… the Beyond Famous Star Burger is vegan!
We know people are looking for options – in fact, roughly one-third of consumers identify as flexitarians – and we’re thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat to bring more delicious, irresistible flavors to our menu. The new Beyond Famous Star is a true industry game changer, and we’re proud to add it to our roster of innovative offerings and build on the legacy of mouthwatering flavors.”
– Jason Marker, CEO of Carl’s Jr. parent company CKE Restaurants
Taco Bell is Introducing New Vegan Options
Not only is Taco Bell introducing new vegan options, this year, they’re creating an entirely separate, dedicated veg/vegan menu! In the meantime, here are a few vegan goodies you can order at Taco Bell right now.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will not hear a challenge to California’s 2004 ban on the production and sale of foie gras. After years of legal battles, the 2017 rule upholding the ban, which originally passed in 2004, will stand. This is great news for ducks and geese.
“Foie Gras” means “fatty liver” in french – and it’s produced by jamming tubes down birds’ necks and force feeding them until their livers expand many times larger than they should be; a horrifically cruel process. Thank you for letting the California law stand, United States Supreme Court!
So, chin up, vegan-buttercup. There’s a lot of work still left to do, but there are many victories to be grateful for, too.
Times they are a changin’! Compassion for ALL.
Jackie Day, vegan for 30+ years and author of the bestseller The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan). Amazon currently has free shipping on it right now, so check it out… and Go Vegan!