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Breaking! Beyond Meat & JUST Egg Partner With Peet’s Coffee To Launch The All Vegan ‘Everything Plant-Based Sandwich’ In The United States

Photo from Peet’s Coffee

Yesterday, Peet’s Coffee, together with Beyond Meat and JUST Egg, announced the launch of the Everything Plant-Based Sandwich as part of its 2021 Spring menu, harnessing the plant-based movement. The fully vegan twist on a traditional breakfast sandwich, which boasts 21 grams of protein, is now available at participating Peet’s coffeebars throughout the United States.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Beyond Meat and JUST Egg to bring Peetniks a delicious breakfast sandwich made with all plant-based ingredients,” Lori Fulmer, Senior Food R&D Manager of Peet’s, said in a statement. “As consumers continue to demand more plant-based options, we have expanded beyond alternative dairy, setting our sights on a plant-based breakfast sandwich that is not only better for the planet, but also every bite as delicious as your typical animal-based breakfast sandwich.”

The plant-based food market is booming. With 79% of millennial consumers choosing to actively reduce their meat consumption, demand for plant-based innovation is growing at a rapid pace. While other coffee retailers have introduced options that feature plant-based meats paired with conventional cheese and egg, the new Peet’s Everything Plant-Based Sandwich features all plant-based ingredients, leveraging the power of the Beyond Breakfast Sausage, JUST Egg Folded, and vegan cheddar.

“We are thrilled to partner with Peet’s Coffee to introduce Beyond Breakfast Sausage as part of their new plant-based sandwich item. Together, we are increasing accessibility and providing more choice to help meet the growing consumer demand for delicious plant-based options,” stated Tim Smith, Vice President of Foodservice Sales, Beyond Meat.

As a leader in plant-based meat, Beyond Meat uses simple plant-based ingredients without GMOs, soy, gluten or cholesterol to make its irresistible Beyond Breakfast Sausage patty. Seasoned with a blend of savory herbs and spices, the Beyond Breakfast Sausage provides the craveable taste and texture of traditional pork sausage but with less saturated fat and sodium.

Delicious, and sustainable, JUST Egg Folded is made entirely of plants and contains as much protein as a conventional chicken egg. Not to mention, the plant-based JUST Egg uses 98% less water, has a 93% smaller carbon footprint, and uses 86% less land than conventional animal sources.

“Peet’s Coffee is not just satisfied with checking the box on plant-based,” noted Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just. “They understand the importance of delivering a high-quality, delicious offering to their consumer and we couldn’t be more thrilled that JUST Egg met their expectations.”

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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WAN Exclusive With Patty Shenker About L.A. City Banning The Use Of Barbaric Electric Prods, Shocking Devices & Other Cruel Instruments On Animals In Rodeos

This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the cruel use of electric prods, shocking devices, flanking straps, spurs, and other barbaric instruments from rodeos.

The motion, put forth by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell in December of last year, now moves to the Los Angeles City Attorney to draft the ordinance.

WAN talked with Patty Shenker who, along with Heather Wilson, has been advocating for animal rights for decades. Both Shenker, who spoke at the council meeting, and Wilson, were among those working with Blumenfield to pass this critical measure.

“The writing of the ordinance is just the beginning,” Shenker told WAN, explaining the relevance of a similar law that passed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1992. While the law prohibiting the use of tools of torture on animals in rodeos did not categorically ban rodeos, it did effectively stop them from occurring in the state.

“I was planning to talk to the city council about how dangerous rodeos are and how they are not only an animal issue, but a public safety issue as well,” Shenker told WAN, explaining that while waiting to virtually testify in favor of the ban, she learned from Wilson that the council passed the motion.

When it was Shenker’s turn to speak at the meeting, she graciously thanked the council for advancing the new legislation, and stated: “As violence continues to grow in our country, we need our leaders to lead us to a kinder more compassionate world for all, including animals, you just did that, thank you!”

As noted on a petition that was created by Last Chance For Animals, “rodeos and rodeo-type activities are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of competition. Due to events like bull riding, wrestling, calf roping, and steer tailing, calves, steers, bulls, horses, and other animals suffer horrific psychological and physical traumas including broken limbs, cardiac arrest, punctured lungs, torn ligaments, ruptured organs, broken necks, crushed tracheas, and more.”

“We should be able to relate to these animals that go through the same insolence, pain, and abuse that humans are sometimes subjected to,” said Shenker who met with Councilmember Blumenfield, his assistant, and Wilson, regarding the ban prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now is a great opportunity to take care of this before things begin to open up again.”

Help urge the Los Angeles City Council to prohibit the staging of rodeos and rodeo-type activities in the city by signing the petition HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! Massive Oil Spill Off The Coast Of Israel Wreaks Havoc Covering Sea Turtles In Thick Tar; Rescue & Cleanup Efforts Are Underway

Photos by: Yaniv Levi, Shlomi Amran, Shlomi Ben Shimol, and Nadi Kansky from Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Facebook

Israel is in an urgent race to save wildlife after an oil tanker leaked in the Mediterranean Sea. This is Israel’s most serious ecological disaster in recent years.

As per a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, sticky, black tar began washing up and contaminating the beaches last Wednesday, as a result of the stormy weather. It is feared that another storm with high waves will begin this week.

Thousands of trained volunteers across Israel are helping with beach restoration efforts, which include rescuing marine animals. Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that it is treating multiple turtles covered in tar.

The organization, which is affiliated with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation (INHF), is urging the public to immediately report any sea turtle found “alive or dead” to its 3639 hotline.

“Live turtles must come to treatment at the rescue center as soon as possible, while the dead turtles are important to document, so that we learn the scope of the disaster,” the wildlife sanctuary shared in the post.

Sadly, out of 190km of beach in Israel, 170km were hit by the oil spill, from Rosh Hanikra to Zikim. The nature reserves affected include: Shakmona, Habonim, Rosh Hanikra, Tel Dor, Palmachim, Nitzanim, Zik Gedor, Hasharon Beach.

As noted by the Nature and Parks Authority on its Facebook page, field assessments report that it is evident that these complex and strenuous operations will be required to continue over a long period of time. The Authority is working with EcoOcean and other organizations that are involved in the clean-up and are setting up information and volunteer stations at several centers along the beach.

If you are currently in Israel and would like to volunteer to help in the cleanup efforts, please find more information HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Urgent Action Needed! WAN Talks With World-Renowned Scientist Dr. Reese Halter About The Controversial Wolf Hunt That Just Began In Wisconsin & How To End It

Tragically, yesterday, hundreds of gray wolves in Wisconsin became prey to greedy and callous hunters in the state’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The abhorrent and senselessly cruel hunt runs through Sunday or until the state reaches its appalling kill limit’ of 200 innocent lives.

The controversial hunt was ordered to take place after a Jefferson County Circuit Court decided last week that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources violated state law by refusing to schedule a winter 2021 gray wolf hunt when the gray wolf was delisted from the Endangered Species Act by the Trump administration on January 4, 2021.

WAN had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Reese Halter, a world-renowned scientist and eco-stress physiologist specializing in Earth’s life support systems, as well as the author of the recently-released book, The Gen Z Emergency.

   

“This is heartbreaking and all because of a loophole,” Dr. Halter passionately explained to WAN, freely using adjectives such as vile and disgusting to address the hunt, as well as some well-earned expletives when referring to the sick people who participate in them.

According to Dr. Halter, people need to respect science, pay attention, and understand that wolves are among some of the two million different forms of life that humans need to exist.

“Wolves are gatekeepers, curators of the wildland,” noted Dr. Halter, who has spent more than four decades studying nature. “The wolves are helping us!  People also need to realize that we have the best of the best after 1.1 billion years of reproductive evolution.”

That is not something to interfere with, nor, as per Dr. Halter, is it anyone’s right to take away a child’s birthright to have clean air, clean water, old growth forests, thriving wildlife, and coral reefs.

Biodiversity is key to sustaining a healthy planet.

“It is time to act like adults. Humans make mistakes but we must learn from them,” stated Dr. Halter. “We need decency.”

Referencing one of his heroes, Dr. Halter noted that Sir Roger Moore described it best when he shared his thoughts on the atrocity that is trophy hunting, stating that: “Sport hunting is a sickness, a perversion, and a danger, and should be recognized as such. Thankfully, those of us with a conscience are appalled by the idea of gunning down animals for the sake of a thrill or a photo.”

One of Dr. Halter’s many messages to those he calls ‘loathsome and entitled hunters,’ is to “get a camera” and shoot photos of animals that are alive in their natural habitats. Now, that’s a thrill!

WAN and Dr. Halter also agreed that an urgent call to action must ensue. People across the country who oppose this vile wolf hunt should contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and ask him to stop it, as well as permanently ban wolf hunting throughout the state. For those with the time and fury to do so, Dr. Halter suggests sending a hand-written letter to the Governor. Hand-written letters are required to be logged by the Governor’s office and responded to.

Contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers at his Madison Office: (608) 266-1212. His mailing address is P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI, 53707. People can also contact the Governor’s Milwaukee Office: (414) 227-4344. The mailing address is 819 N 6th St, Ste. 560, Milwaukee, WI, 53203.

People are also encouraged to contact United States President Joe Biden, HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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The Jane Goodall Act Was Recently Introduced In Canada & Would Become One Of The Strongest Animal Welfare Bills If Passed!

Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair has partnered with Dr. Jane Goodall to introduce the Jane Goodall Act, which, if passed, will become one of the strongest animal laws in history. This bill could send shockwaves that transform the legal standing of animals, not only in Canada, but across the world.

We need to urge the Canadian Senate to pass this landmark bill to give elephants, dolphins, great apes, and other animals the right to live free from hunting, captivity, and abuse.

The Jane Goodall Act, S218, would ban new captivity of great apes and elephants, and the use of them, including cetaceans, in performances. It would also strengthen an existing but flawed ban on the importation of elephant ivory and other hunting trophies, and would grant legal standing to great apes, elephants, whales, and dolphins. Granting animals legal standing would be a watershed event that would transform the landscape of animal protection in Canada.

Great apes, elephants, and cetaceans are all intelligent animals capable of suffering, they also have rich emotional and social lives. Yet sadly, in the case of animals in zoos, they are forced to live their lives imprisoned behind bars, then shipped away or killed when they are no longer needed. In the case of the trade in exotic species, animals are kidnapped from their homes, separated from their families, and condemned to a life behind bars, or are killed outright for their horns or fur.

More broadly, this bill would formalize a new language in the discourse of animal protection, one that acknowledges their sentience, and their emotional and social intelligence. It would be founded on the principle that animals deserve to be treated as individuals with legal standing and rights.

Unfortunately, it will grandfather in animals who are currently in captivity, and it allows for exceptions to the ban on captivity for the sake of “conservation, welfare, or non-harmful scientific research.” All of this is lamentable and must be remedied with time.

The bill has been structured to allow the government to extend provisions to other species kept in captivity, such as big cats, through the Noah Clause. Additionally, to stress a crucial point, the bill would point the way towards a transformation in how Canadian society treats and regards animals.

Not only does this bill have to make it through the Senate, it will also have to make it through the House of Commons, facing opposition from animal exploitation industries including zoos, hunting, and safari organizations.

While Senator Sinclair retired on January 31, he is projecting confidence that there is “very broad” support for the bill across the Canadian Senate. Should the bill ultimately pass the Senate, Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith has said he will sponsor the bill in the House.

Should it pass, the Jane Goodall Act will join the ranks of the most important pieces of animal protection legislation in world history.

You can help by urging the Canadian Senate to pass this landmark bill to protect animals!

1. If you live in Canada, please call the Canadian Senate to urge swift passage of the Jane Goodall Act at 1-800-267-7362

Additionally, you may wish to also call George Furey, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, to urge him to expedite the passage of the Jane Goodall Act at 613-992-4416

2. Please sign In Defense of Animals’ letter to all the members of the Canadian Senate to urge passage of this bill by signing HERE!

Content courtesy of In Defense of Animals. Help them continue fighting for animals, people, and the environment by making a donation HERE!

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Breaking! Primarily Primates’ Issues Urgent Plea For Generators, Water & More After Animals At The Sanctuary Die During Historic Texas Freeze

Primarily Primates, a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas, that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals including 32 chimpanzees, is among millions without power in the state after an Arctic blast created blackouts due to frozen power lines, natural gas production freezing under pressure, pipes bursting and increased demand for power.

Sadly, the sanctuary has been without power since early Monday morning. While the staff and volunteers work tirelessly around the clock to evacuate dozens of animals from the 78-acre sanctuary and use heaters and generators to keep the remaining animals warm, they are also mourning the loss of approximately 12 animals, including monkeys and lemurs.

Tragically, 58-year-old Violet, Primarily Primates’ oldest chimp, also passed away, but it was determined that she did not die from hypothermia but most-likely a stroke. While Violet, who was formerly used in biomedical research, had pre-existing conditions, it is reasonable to conclude that the extreme cold may have contributed to her having the fatal stroke.

“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, which has managed the sanctuary since 2007, said in a statement. “We know this unprecedented Arctic blast is taking a toll on humans, which is why we are so grateful to the San Antonio Zoo staff for helping us transport and care for animals, as well as the more than 60 volunteers who have organized meetups and driven their 4x4s in treacherous conditions to bring us supplies. Their kindness brings some comfort during this nightmare. They are heroes, and so are our staff members.”

Primarily Primates’ Executive Director Brooke Chavez reports that currently all of the chimpanzees and other primates that remain on the property are doing well and keeping warm with properly ventilated propane heaters. Staff members check on them every 20 minutes around the clock.

As previously reported by WAN, Primarily Primates agreed to take eight of the chimps from the now-closed Wildlife Waystation in California, providing that they have the financing needed to expand their facilities to accommodate them. Three of the chimps have already been transferred while the remaining five are still waiting to be moved.

Primarily Primates is still currently without power and in need of the following items, as well as monetary donations. If you have any of the requested supplies below and have a four-wheel drive vehicle, please deliver them to 26099 Dull Knife Trail in San Antonio.

– GENERATORS- this is the most important item on the list!

– Peanut butter, bread, jelly

– Camping lights

– Propane tanks that are filled or help taking empty tanks to be filled

– Small disposable propane heater bottles

– Salt for de-icing pathways around the sanctuary

– Water

Monetary donations can be made HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! Whale Entanglement Prevention Act Aims To End The Suffering & Death Of Endangered Marine Life Off The Coast Of California

This week, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, along with co-sponsors Social Compassion in Legislation and The Center for Biological Diversity introduced AB 534, The Whale Entanglement Prevention Act.

The measure was created because of changing ocean conditions and the fact that while California has long been a leader in wildlife conservation and sustainable fishing operations, the crabbing industry continues to use antiquated trapping gear that needlessly kills and injures critically endangered whales, sea turtles, and other marine species.

This critical bill will require the California Dungeness crabbing industry, and other trap fisheries, to use ropeless gear by November 1, 2025, effectively making California a leader in whale protection.

“California is a global leader in technology and innovation, yet we continue to trap crabs with archaic technology that puts our cherished marine wildlife at risk,” Assemblymember Bonta said in a statement sent to WAN. “As we move into the future, we can have both productive crabbing operations and oceans that are safe for whales and sea turtles. Whale-safe ropeless crabbing gear is already available; now we’re just implementing a deadline that crabbers can work with to make the necessary transition.”

Ropeless gear is the only way to eliminate the risk of entanglement while permitting crabbing to continue. The gear allows traps on the seafloor to be remotely called to the surface and removes the static vertical lines in the water column that entangle whales, sea turtles, and other marine animals.

Either a stowed rope and buoy, or a lift bag, sits on the seafloor attached to a trap which contains an acoustic modem and GPS that records its location. When fishers return to that location, a signal from a second paired modem on their boat using high-frequency sound waves triggers the buoy or lift bag to come to the surface. The traps can then be hauled up using traditional crabbing practices.

“It is heartbreaking that so many whale entanglements are happening off the coast of California,” stated Leah Sturgis, Vice President of Wildlife Protection, Social Compassion in Legislation. “It’s unbelievable that we have tolerated the loss of so much marine life, in particular the endangered pacific blue whale, of which there are only a few thousand left. So many lives could be saved with the use of this technology.”

Following several years of record-breaking numbers of entanglements reported off the coast of California, the Department of Fish and Wildlife recently enacted regulations to reduce the number of endangered blue whales, humpback whales, and leatherback sea turtles becoming entangled in commercial Dungeness crabbing gear.

However, the regulations have not eliminated entanglement risk and rely heavily on constant data collection and analysis to inform the implementation of potential risk-reduction measures. This may only trigger management actions after entanglements occur, and also rely on closures, including delaying the start of the season or ending it early, as the primary way to reduce risk which creates uncertainty for crabbers about where and when they will be able to crab.

“Whales and other marine life have long been exploited by humans, nearing the point of extinction,” said Judie Mancuso, CEO and Founder of Social Compassion in Legislation. “It’s time we prioritize and protect our most magnificent ocean creatures and put whale entanglements in the past.”

Various types of ropeless crabbing gear are currently being tested in Canada and on the East and West Coasts of the United States, and such gear is currently being used in a lobster fishery in Australia.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! Dallas Safari Club Holds Vile Ego-Driven Trophy Hunting Convention Virtually February 10-14 Auctioning Off Threatened & Endangered Species

Photos by: Katie Cleary

Tragically, despite the pandemic, Dallas Safari Club’s annual trophy hunting convention is taking place again this year February 10-14, but this time virtually. The notorious trophy hunting organization is once again auctioning off hunts of some of the most beautiful, rare, and endangered species on the planet, all to raise an estimated 3.5 million dollars for their organization. The Safari Club promotes the ruthless killing of defenseless animals, with guns, as well as bows and arrows, for so-called ‘sport,’ putting the future of our wildlife in jeopardy.

In 2017, WAN went undercover at the Safari Club Convention in Las Vegas and saw shocking displays of endangered dead animals, deplorably deemed ‘trophies’ by some; a wide array of easily accessible guns and ammunition; fur coats with the faces and feet of animals still attached; and wildlife outfitters that target hunters wanting ‘opportunities’ to kill wildlife for obscene amounts of money. Making matters worse, the promotion of the senseless violence associated with trophy hunting, took place amidst a flurry of men, women, and horrifically, some children.

“While walking into the Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas, the feeling of horror and anxiety was overwhelming,” said Katie Cleary, President and Founder of Peace 4 Animals and WAN. The glorification of killing some of the world’s most endangered and threatened species on the planet was on display in such a shocking and heartless manner, it is a wonder how any human being can participate in such a cruel and selfish industry. We must do something to end the travesty of trophy hunting once and for all.”


“As we looked around at the massive crowd of 20,000 plus attendees, we couldn’t help but wonder what the method to the madness was,” continued Cleary. “There seemed to be a common thread throughout the convention with many trophy hunters justifying their actions based on what they claim to be ‘conservation,’ saying that if there wasn’t a value or price put on these animals, then there would be no incentive to protect them in the wild. The incentive to protect these animals lies in eco-tourism and photo safaris which brings in more money per year than trophy hunting ever will.

“Many of the species that were on display at the convention are listed on Appendix I of CITES, including: Snow Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and others like African Leopards, Polar Bears, Wolves, and African Lions. Many other imperiled species were stuffed and put on display, others were said to be realistic replicas.”

As noted by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) in a new shocking analysis of the 2021 Dallas Safari Club annual convention, beginning tomorrow, trophy hunters, hunting outfitters, and other businesses from around the world will gather online to buy, sell, and auction the opportunity to kill iconic animals, including canned hunts in the U.S., South Africa, and Argentina. Canned hunts involve the victimization of captive animals who live inside a fenced in area and have no way to escape the hunter. They are also refereed to as captive hunts, estate hunts or high fence hunts.

 

  • 849 exhibitors from 32 countries will participate virtually.

  • 351 of those exhibitors will offer hunting trips to kill 319 species, including critically endangered black rhinos, cheetahs, brown bears, and kangaroos, in 70 countries.

  • 183 hunts in 24 countries were donated for auction to kill over 200 animals from leopards to bears.

“The pandemic is not slowing down the vile trophy hunting industry and the shameless conventions that celebrate the violent, needless slaughter of wild animals,” said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, in a statement. “As millions of people struggle to survive the pandemic, trophy hunters spend millions of dollars on grim globe-trotting trips to shoot beloved, iconic animals for bragging rights and collections of heads to hang on their wall.”

The HSUS/HSI analysis shows that the over 800 exhibitors registered to participate in the convention will also sell wildlife body parts and products such as taxidermies, knives made of giraffe bones, furniture made of ostrich skin, boots and belts made of shark skin, and elephant leather, as well as other home décor and fashion accessories made from animals.

The 185 items that are expected to be auctioned off include donated hunts to kill at least 205 animals in 24 countries, among them: elephants, giraffes, hippos, Cape buffalos, and crocodiles. There are at least 16 U.S. canned hunts being auctioned off. Eight are in Texas. The remainder which include the hunting of elk, exotic sheep, and various antelope and deer species, are in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Pennsylvania,

Among the most expensive hunts for auction are a $70,000 excursion for desert bighorn sheep in Mexico and a $52,850 brown bear hunt in Alaska.  Other deplorable hunts include killing elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia, giraffes in South Africa, and leopards in Namibia. Items like firearms; apparel made of beaver, mink, and lynx fur; Swarovski Optik equipment such as a riflescope; and an $80,000 diamond necklace are up for auction as well.

“When WAN witnessed the disconnect to our natural world and the lack of compassion while undercover at the SCI convention, we realized that there’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done to create and enforce laws to protect our most threatened species in every country and continent around the world. Most of us are born with compassion in our hearts but it has to be nurtured. We can help foster compassion by educating others about the plight of these incredible species and spread knowledge to have respect for all living beings. If we work together in a collective effort, we have the ability to change the hearts and minds of those who do not share the same love for animals. But, it has to be done with compassion first,” said Cleary.

A summary of progress made in 2020 to stop the trophy hunting industry is posted HERE!

Members of the public who are opposed to this senseless cruelty can sign the pledge against the trophy hunting of wildlife HERE!

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Peace 4 Animals, SCIL, NRDC & FOE Introduce California Anti-Deforestation Bill To Protect Critical Rainforest Habitat & Endangered Species

Following a year of devastating fires throughout the Amazon rainforest and the forests throughout Indonesia, as well as continued degradation of boreal forests throughout North America, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and bill co-sponsors, Peace 4 Animals, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Counciland Social Compassion in Legislation, announced the introduction of Bill AB 416, The California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act.

“By introducing this bill, we’re giving California the opportunity to take real leadership in the fight against tropical and boreal deforestation and primary forest degradation by making our purchases – and our global impact – more transparent, more sustainable, and more ethical,” Assemblymember Kalra, said in a statement sent to WAN. “AB 416 asserts our California values and extends environmental leadership to the protection of tropical and boreal forests, sending a powerful signal to global markets that illegal and destructive commodity-driven deforestation will no longer be tolerated.”

If passed, all California state contracts involving commodities that put tropical and primary boreal forests at risk, such as palm oil, soy, cattle, rubber, paper/pulp and timber, would require contractors to maintain a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy, and provide evidence that their operations in sensitive tropical and boreal regions are not linked to forest destruction and degradation or abuses of indigenous peoples’ rights.

Environmental advocates and industry leaders alike agree that such policies are the best way to prevent ongoing forest destruction. A version of the bill introduced in 2019 achieved strong bi-partisan support but failed to pass the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The world’s forests are in crisis. Tropical forests cover roughly 7% of the Earth’s surface but harbor close to half of all species on Earth. An estimated 18 million acres of forestan area one-fifth the size of California—is lost every year, largely due to the expansion of agribusiness plantations. Tropical deforestation and related land-use changes are responsible for nearly a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions, and are a major contributor to the global biodiversity crisis.

Boreal forests account for one-third of the world’s forested areas and, after mangroves, are the most carbon-dense forests on earth. The Canadian boreal forest alone stores twice as much carbon as the world’s oil reserves and is the nesting ground for billions of migratory birds. Logging in primary forests is one of the major contributors to carbon emissions and the decline of critical species. In North America, only 15 of 51 boreal caribou herds have sufficient habitat to survive long-term, primarily due to industrial logging, while 33% of boreal birds have declined in the last 50 years.

“I have seen first-hand the heartbreaking effects of tropical deforestation while traveling and filming throughout Indonesia,” stated Katie Cleary, Founder and President of Peace 4 Animals. “We will lose vital species such as endangered orangutans, tigers, and rhinos if we do not take meaningful action to end the destruction of our rainforests. The Deforestation-Free Procurement Act will help to aid in the protection of critical habitat thus preserving species and forests for future generations.”

“The loss of our forests is not just damaging for us, it’s also a loss of habitat for countless species of animals,” stated Judie Mancuso, CEO and Founder of Social Compassion in Legislation. “We caused the devastation, which means we need to do everything in our power to protect all the vulnerable and endangered species. The Deforestation-Free Procurement Act is a powerful step forward to begin the healing and end the destruction.”

“California’s Deforestation-Free Procurement Act is a visionary but extremely pragmatic and direct contribution to halting the global deforestation crisis,” said Jeff Conant, Senior International Forests Program Manager at Friends of the Earth. “This bill is not merely timely, it’s long overdue.”

“The actions of the marketplace in California and across the U.S. will critically define the fate of forests around the world, from the lush tropical rainforests to the majestic boreal,” explained Jennifer Skene, an Attorney with the Canada Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This Act recognizes that interconnectedness and moves toward ending the wasteful destruction of the forests that are the ancestral homelands of many Indigenous Peoples and play such a vital role in protecting our climate and the world’s biodiversity for future generations.”

The principal co-authors of AB 416 are Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), and Alex Lee (D-San Jose), and Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), and Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles). The bill is also co-authored by Assemblymembers Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), and Luz Rivas (D-Arleta), and Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz).

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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U.S. Senator & Noted Vegan Cory Booker Appointed To Senate Agriculture Committee Focused On Sustainability, Our Environment & The Health Of Americans

United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has been appointed to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. A known vegan, Booker has inspired positive change in the plant-based movement throughout his career as the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and now a U.S. senator.

In addition to Booker, Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) was also appointed to the committee, marking the first time in history two African-Americans will serve simultaneously on the panel.

“Our food system is deeply broken. Family farmers are struggling and their farms are disappearing, while big agriculture conglomerates get bigger and enjoy greater profits. Meanwhile, healthy, fresh food is hard to find and even harder to afford in rural and urban communities alike. In the richest country on the planet, over 35 million Americans from every walk of life are food insecure,” said Senator Booker in a statement.

“Everyone eats, and with agriculture and food policy at the center of its work, the Senate Ag Committee touches everyone’s lives – from the Central Ward of Newark to the middle of the Corn Belt,” continued Booker.

“I can’t wait to get to work on this committee building diverse coalitions of stakeholders to begin addressing these urgent issues and making change for the people of this country, of New Jersey, and my neighborhood in Newark,” concluded Booker.

As Mayor of Newark, Booker witnessed first-hand how our broken food system harmed local residents, as large sections of Newark were essentially “food deserts,” where communities had no access to healthy foods. He was instrumental in helping to bring several supermarkets to the area that helped increase access for Newarkers to healthy foods. He also spearheaded the creation of community gardens and urban farms.

Throughout his time in the Senate, Senator Booker has been an advocate for agriculture and nutrition reform. Most recently, he introduced the Justice for Black Farmers Act to enact policies to end discrimination within the USDA, protect remaining Black farmers from losing their land, provide land grants to create a new generation of Black farmers, restore the land base that has been lost, and implement systemic reforms to help family farmers across the United States.

In 2018 and 2019, Booker introduced the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act to put an indefinite halt on large agribusiness, food and beverage manufacturing, and grocery retail mergers and acquisitions. Booker also introduced the Farm System Reform Act which would, among other things, strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act to crack down on the monopolistic practices of multi-national meatpackers and corporate integrators, place a moratorium on large industrial animal operations, sometimes referred to as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and restore mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements.

Booker is also the author of the Climate Stewardship Act which would support stewardship practices on more than 100 million acres of farmland by investing tens of billions of dollars through existing voluntary USDA conservation programs to empower family farmers and ranchers to be part of the solution to climate change.

In response to rising food insecurity and supply chain disruptions witnessed during the coronavirus pandemic and stemming from our hyper-consolidated food system, Booker introduced the Local Food Assistance and Resilient Markets (FARM) Act to expand food assistance to vulnerable Americans and increase support for the local and regional food systems that have proven most resilient during the COVID-19 crisis. Booker also introduced the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act to protect worker, consumer, and animal safety by suspending all current and future USDA waivers and regulations that allow companies to increase production line speeds at meatpacking plants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Booker introduced the Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to allocate federal funding for projects that educate students while connecting them to healthy food practices, with a priority given to schools in neighborhoods with high rates of childhood diet-related illnesses and those in which 40% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals.

Booker and Lee also introduced Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) Improvement Act to reform the EQIP program, which provides farmers and ranchers with federal cost-share grants to implement environmentally-beneficial conservation practices on working agricultural lands, in order to better prioritize taxpayer dollars to support the most effective farm conservation practices.

WAN and Peace 4 Animals are grateful to Senator Booker for has advocacy and commitment to bringing more sustainable plant-based initiatives to the mainstream. We believe his new role in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will strengthen his mission to better protect our planet, animals, and the health of Americans.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! PepsiCo & Beyond Meat Partner To Launch ‘The PLANeT Partnership’ To Create New Plant-Based Protein Offerings

Today, PepsiCo, Inc. and Beyond Meat announced that they will form The PLANeT Partnership, LLC, a joint venture to develop, produce, and market innovative snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein. The joint venture will leverage Beyond Meat’s leading technology in plant-based protein development and PepsiCo’s world-class marketing and commercial capabilities to create and scale new snack and beverage options.

“We are thrilled to formally join forces with PepsiCo in The PLANeT Partnership, a joint venture that unites the tremendous depth and breadth of their distribution and marketing capabilities with our leading innovation in plant-based protein. We look forward to unlocking new categories and product lines that will inspire positive choices for both people and the planet,” Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO of Beyond Meat said in a statement. “PepsiCo represents the ideal partner for us in this exciting endeavor, one of global reach and importance.”

The new joint venture follows efforts by PepsiCo to help build a more sustainable food system. Among the key pillars of that effort are using positive ingredients; expanding the company’s portfolio of products that have been grown and made sustainably, through tools and techniques like regenerative agriculture, net water, and carbon-neutral production plants; making it easier for consumers focused on health and wellness to consume products on the go.

“Plant-based proteins represent an exciting growth opportunity for us, a new frontier in our efforts to build a more sustainable food system and be a positive force for people and the planet, while meeting consumer demand for an expanded portfolio of more nutritious products,” stated Ram Krishnan, PepsiCo’s Global Chief Commercial Officer, who recognized Beyond Meat as a cutting-edge innovator in this rapidly growing category.

Beyond Meat shares PepsiCo’s passion for creating products that are good for both people and the planet, using simple, plant-based ingredients, with no GMOs or bioengineered ingredients. The company believes that there is a better way to feed our future and that the positive choices we all make, no matter how small, can have a great impact on our personal health and the health of our environment.

While WAN and Peace 4 Animals were previously wary of promoting PepsiCo due to its former use of Conflict Palm Oil, in February 2020, the company notably pledged to no longer purchase palm oil from any direct or indirect supplier involved in deforestation over the last four years. A step in the right direction.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! 30 Slow Lorises Reportedly Kept As ‘Pets’ Are Rescued & Released Back Into The Rainforest In Indonesia

A team of conservationists has reintroduced 30 Javan slow lorises back into their rainforest home in Indonesia. Mount Halimun Salak National Park (TNGHS) carried out the release operation, along with the Center for Natural Resources Conservation (BKSDA) and International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia. 

As per Ammy Nurwati, the head of BKSDA, most of the lorises had been surrendered by members of the community to various sections of BKSDA in West Java, and had been entrusted to the IAR Indonesia Primate Center in Bogor to undergo treatment and care. Before being released back into the wild, the lorises had undergone a recovery and treatment process to stimulate their natural behavior. Starting with medical examinations and time in quarantine, they also underwent behavioral observations until they were declared healthy and ready to be translocated for habituation and then final release.

“During the habituation process, the team in the field continues to observe and record their progress every night. If, during the habituation period, all lorises are active and don’t have any abnormal behaviors, then they can be released into the wild,” Ammy shared in a statement sent to WAN. “They have to go through this long process to restore their natural instincts and ensure that they can survive and reproduce in their natural habitat.”

Ammy further explained that the slow loris release program was created to support the sustainability of ecological processes in the conservation area, as well as to maintain and increase the population of primate species whose numbers are decreasing.

Ahmad Munawir, Head of the TNGHS Office, said that the release of rehabilitated animals and conflict animals in Mount Halimun Salak National Park has become one of the most important programs in terms of saving wildlife. The slow loris is one of the wild animals that is vital to maintaining the balance of the ecosystem in the National Park. The release area has an ecosystem considered suitable as a place for the preservation and protection of slow lorises in terms of area security, availability of food and shade, habitat carrying capacity, and the level of predator threats. The hope is that with this release, the slow lorises can reproduce and thrive.

In order to minimize all risk of disease transmission, the safety procedures at IAR’s primate center in Bogor have been strengthened even further due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

“The health and safety protocols in this release activity were improved to minimize the risk of disease transmission. From the animal-side, a swab-test was carried out in the laboratory facility of the Center for Study of Primates – IPB University, and the results were all negative. From the human side, the implementation of all protocols was carried out correctly,” stated Alan Knight OBE, IAR Chief Executive. “All adjustments in this release procedure are part of efforts to eliminate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 and other zoonotic infectious diseases, so that our release and other conservation activities can continue, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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