Vegan News Jan. 13, 2024


South Korea Bans Dog Meat Trade: In a groundbreaking move, South Korea’s parliament has passed a ban on the production and sale of dog meat, set to take effect in 2027. This decision, influenced by growing concerns over animal rights and the nation’s international image, has sparked a heated debate. Dog farmers are opposing the bill and planning protests, while animal rights activists celebrate this as a move toward greater respect for animals.

The legislation reflects a significant cultural shift in South Korea, where dog meat consumption, a centuries-old practice, is increasingly seen unfavorably. The government promises assistance to those affected in the dog meat industry, but the specifics remain to be determined. Read the AP story for a detailed account.

Bullfighting Returns to Mexico City: Mexico City is set to reintroduce bullfighting, overturning a 2022 ban. This decision has sparked conflicts between animal activists and those who value cultural traditions above animal welfare. The ethical vegan community views this as a step backward in the fight for animal rights, emphasizing the need for non-exploitative entertainment practices​​. in a strange twist of language, judges said that the fights caused “imminent and irreparable damage.” They also ruled that prohibiting bullfights restricted the rights of people connected to the industry.

US Appeals Court Revives Ag-Gag Law Banning Undercover Recording on Farms: A U.S. appeals court revived an Iowa law that increases penalties for unauthorized recording on farms. This decision has sparked controversy, as animal rights activists argue that such laws hinder their ability to expose animal abuse in industrial farming. This reflects an ongoing struggle not only about animal exploitation but also about the strength of property rights even when great harm is being done on a property. The law is being challenged as unconstitutional because it violates free speech. Read more on Reuters.


Campaign Challenges Norm of Animal Use in Northern Ireland

A bold advertising campaign by the vegan advocacy group Go Vegan World is currently stirring conversations across Northern Ireland. Launched on 100 buses, the campaign features slogans like “It’s Not a Personal Choice When Someone is Killed” and “Dairy Takes Babies From Their Mothers.” Through factual information, the campaign seeks to provoke public thought and prompt a shift in the socio-cultural norms of animal use. Read about it on Derry News


Red Lentil Tofu

Try this unique and easy-to-make red lentil tofu recipe. This soy-free alternative, boasting a neutral and slightly sweet flavor, is ideal for those with soy allergies or looking to add variety to their plant-based diet. Made with just red lentils and water, this tofu can be sliced, crumbled, or diced and perfectly incorporated into stir-fries, salads, and curries. The recipe is on Plant Based News.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones: Not your average dry and flavorless scones! These fluffy soft vegan chocolate chip scones are a decadent breakfast treat. They are not exactly a health food, but they are easy to make and they can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge​. For variations, try blueberries or blackberries.​ Find this culinary wonder on Short Girl Tall Order.​


First US recognition of animals as legal persons happened in 2021

In 2021 in a groundbreaking legal move, animals were recognized as legal persons for the first time in a U.S. District Court, where approximately 100 hippos were granted rights to protect them from slaughter. This decision marked a significant step in acknowledging animal rights on a legal level. ​The case and decision are a bit complicated. The Animal Legal Defense Fund breaks it down.


As food companies known for exploiting animals begin to invest more in vegan foods, how should we respond to this shift? Should we commend them, knowing their actions are driven by economic interests? Or should we point out that they are responding to a meaningful change in societal values?

Stay informed and keep advocating for a more vegan world. See you next week with more updates!

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