Vegan News May 11, 2024


Who Is California’s Prop 12 Good For? California’s Proposition 12, which requires more space for pigs, egg-laying hens, and veal calves, global pork pork producers are clambering to get certified so they can sell their products in California. While Prop 12 may represents a modest reduction in the horrors faced by some exploited animals, it does nothing to prompt a fundamental shift away from animal exploitation. It might even exacerbate the problem by framing animal exploitation as ethical. Read about some of the unintended negative consequences on Sentient Media.

US Consumers Open to Novel Protein Ingredients: A McKinsey report found that most US consumers are willing to try food and drinks containing novel protein ingredients like precision fermentation proteins, biomass proteins, and fungi proteins. Over 60% would try animal-free proteins, and many are willing to pay more for products with these ingredients. Increasing consumer awareness could boost adoption of these alternatives to animal products. The report indicates that novel protein foods can appeal to a broad consumer base. Read a summary of the report on vegconomist.

The Rise of Seitan in the UK: Seitan, a protein-rich food made from wheat gluten, is gaining popularity as a versatile and nutritious protein source. New seitan products from Tofoo and Temple of Seitan are hitting UK supermarkets, making this traditional Asian food more accessible to mainstream consumers. In addition to contributing to an end to animal agriculture, seitan offers a soy-free option for those with allergies and contributes less to climate change than animal-based proteins. As more people discover the benefits of seitan, it could play a key role in the shift towards vegan eating. Read more about seitan on Plant Based News.


Spain Cancels National Bullfighting Award

Spain has canceled its annual National Bullfighting Award, which included a €30,000 government prize. The decision reflects growing public awareness of animal welfare and opposition to animal abuse as entertainment. Attendance at bullfighting events is declining, and the average age of supporters is rising. While animal advocates welcome this step, they emphasize the need for further action, such as ending all public funding for bullfighting. Spain’s move sets an important precedent and contributes to the ongoing global conversation about our use of animals in entertainment and traditional abuses of animals. Check out the Animal Reader for more details.


The Complete Guide to Chinese Cooking Sauces, From Hoisin to Char Siu: Chinese cuisine is beloved for its bold flavors, many of which come from its diverse array of sauces. While not all Chinese sauces are vegan, there are plenty of delicious plant-based options to explore. From savory black bean sauce to sweet and tangy orange sesame, these condiments can elevate your stir-fries, noodles, and tofu dishes. Learn how to make your own vegan versions of takeout favorites like hoisin sauce and char siu, and discover the rich history behind these flavorful sauces. VegNews has the recipes.

Apple Jack Shake: Start your day with a refreshing and nutritious Apple Jack Shake. This easy vegan smoothie combines the natural sweetness of frozen banana and apple with the goodness of spinach and a hint of cinnamon. Blend it up in just 5 minutes for a delicious breakfast or snack that’s a gluten-free, soy-free, and kid-friendly way to pack in some extra fruits and veggies. Find the recipe on Happy Herbivore’s blog.


NYC Mayor Eric Adams Has Initiated Vegan Programs Throughout the City

Since taking office in 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who follows a plant-based diet himself, has launched several initiatives to promote vegan eating across the city. He implemented plant-based default meals in all 11 public hospitals, resulting in a 95% patient satisfaction rate and a 36% reduction in food-related greenhouse gas emissions. Adams also introduced Vegan Fridays in NYC public schools and launched a $44 million lifestyle medicine training program for doctors. Most recently, he announced a $100,000 initiative to train prison foodservice workers to cook healthy plant-based meals, aiming to improve the health of incarcerated individuals and reduce the climate impact of the prison food system. Through these multiple initiatives, Mayor Adams is demonstrating the potential for rapid institutional change when there is political will.


The cancellation of Spain’s National Bullfighting Award marks a shift in public attitudes toward animal welfare. Do you think this reflects a broader trend of reconsidering traditions that harm animals? How can we evolve other practices to align with our values? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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

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