Ghent In Belgium Has Been Called ‘Europe’s Veggie Capital’

News outlet Mic has given the Belgium city this title after an initiative called Donderdag Veggiedag, which translates as ‘Thursday Veggie Day’. This event sees more than 90 restaurants, 20 hotels, and 50 percent of the city’s population observing vegetarianism for the day.

Mic reports that before Veggiedag was set up (almost a decade ago) it was difficult to find meat-free meals in the city.

The initiative, which was implemented by environmental Ethical Vegetarian Alternatives changed all that in Ghent. They promoted plant-heavy eating by creating veggie eating guides, as well as setting up Veggiedag.

Many of the city’s chefs are now trained in meat-free cooking, and parents and children are offered free veggie cooking courses. Teachers are also given a course dedicated to recipes and tools to promote vegetarian and vegan cooking in the classroom.

EVA organiser Melanie Jacques told Mic: ‘We’ve seen that those active in veggie days move further into vegetarianism.’

‘Polls over five years show that those who participate in Thursday Veggie Day spend an average of three days per week as a vegetarian.’

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BLOG: Why Damaging Dogs Is Not An Effective Way To Better Diagnosis And Treatments For People With Osteoarthritis – Dr Lindsay Marshall

Blog by Dr Lindsay Marshall, Humane Society International 

To artificially create an arthritic-like knee in a perfectly healthy dog requires an awful instrument known as the dropping tower. This device drops a 2 kg weight onto the bent hind leg of an anaesthetised dog – most commonly a beagle, but Labradors, golden retrievers and German shepherd dogs are also used for this. The beagle in the photo is about to have more than 2000 N of force applied to her flexed knee. To put this in some context, a person bench pressing 100 lbs uses around 450 N of force.

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BLOG: Animals In Laboratories – Charlotte Chapman

Back in April I took part in the amazing march through Birmingham city centre for the”World day for animals in laboratories”. So many people turned up, the majority of people had either made signs, had leaflets to hand or even dressed up in lab coats stained in blood. This was the first big protest I had been on and I felt quite emotional at times, it was such an intense day where fellow animal right activists were shouting the same heart felt chants to the city of Birmingham.Animal testing can be a very touchy subject, of course this is understandable. We all know someone who has had to suffer through awful diseases such as cancer or heart disease, and like everyone else I wish that did not have to happen, but how is it right to push all that pain, terror and torture onto innocent, voiceless and helpless beings?

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Say NO to charity experiments on animals! #CuresNotCruelty

Today is the launch of our new campaign, Cures Not Cruelty, in which we will be exposing the chilling truth animal experiments taking place in laboratories all over the country by, or on behalf of, British Heart Foundation – the single biggest funder of cardiovascular research in Britain – and Cancer Research UK the world’s largest independent cancer research charity. These charities each have a £600 million income and spend much of this money on cruel and archaic tests which actually holds back medical advancement.

Today we are asking you to make a special donation for our campaign, so we can tell the truth about these multinational corporation charities.

Many medical charities like British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK who rely for their funding on the goodwill of the general public go on to use this money to support animal research in the mistaken belief that animal experiments will yield data that is relevant to human disease. Yet animal ‘models’ are misleading and the consensus today among scientists who work in areas associated with drug development and disease research is that animals have NO predictive value. This is supported by empirical evidence, complexity science and evolutionary biology.

The Cures Not Cruelty campaign will involve raising awareness on the two charity’s extensive and unnecessary use of animals through informative materials and the media, as well as putting pressure on both to end funding extreme animal cruelty.

It is an ambitious campaign. And it relies entirely on you.

British Heart Foundation’s ‘Fight for every heartbeat’ ..
Despite British Heart Foundation saying that funding animal research is not a decision they “take lightly”, thousands of rats, ferret, pigs, rabbits, mice .. even dogs, continue to be used in their cruel, heartless experiments each year. Often hidden away in university laboratories around the country, animals are burnt, poisoned, starved, deprived of sunlight and their mother’s love. Many will spend their entire life locked away in barren, ‘sterile’ cages and all will want freedom. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure. Each undercover investigation inside a laboratory has revealed a catalogue of abuse on an almost unimaginable scale –  tiny rodents being live decapitated, dogs beaten, cats blinded, animals waking up in the middle of surgery … These are just some the horrifying things that happen every day.

Cancer Research UK .. missing a trick?
Cancer is a largely preventable disease. Smoking is the number one cause of cancer, and eating meat is the second. Should significant changes in lifestyle be made through effective public education, potentially 95 per cent of all cancers could be avoided. In late 2015, the World Health Organisation, announced that red meat should be classified as a carcinogen. It therefore makes sense to invest primarily and as a matter of priority in public education and public awareness campaigns. Yet shockingly, Cancer Research UK’s Annual Report last year failed to even mention the link between meat and cancer. The charity spent only 41 million on activities that increase knowledge and awareness of cancer and contribute to its prevention. That is only 6 per cent of its total income!

Will you support this new campaign to end animal use by British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK?
Our team of volunteers are working around the clock but we are operating on a shoestring budget. We urgently need your donations to fund educational materials, press work, outreach events and research. We desperately want to produce Cures Not Cruelty materials for every town, and to provide every campaigner with what they need to carry out effective outreach.

Please become a laboratory animal advocate today. Countless animals are depending on you!


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Gucci Goes Fur Free!

Bosses of Italian fashion house, Gucci have pledged to stop using fur by 2018.

Mark Bizzarri spoke at a London College of Fashion event that the move was part of a commitment to ‘sustainability’. They have said that they will auction off all their remaining animal fur items, following a stop in production for their spring-summer range in 2018.

The proceeds of the auction will go to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV. Kitty Block, president of Humane Society International welcomed the brand’s ‘compassionate decision’ and said that ‘Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer’.

The International Fur Federation, which represents the global fur industry, has said that to them, the decision makes no sense. ‘Claiming that they have done this for environmental reasons makes no sense’. They stated that ‘it comes from nature and lasts for decades’.

However, the Fur Free Alliance said ‘Gucci is taking a bold stand for animals, showing the world that the future of fashion is fur-free’.

Hopefully now that such a huge name in fashion has made this important pledge to no longer be part of this cruel and inhumane practice, many others in the industry will follow.

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BLOG: Animal research, the “3Rs” and Imperial College London – Daisy Hall, Senior Researcher, Animal Justice Project

The Reduction, Refinement, and Replacement of animals in laboratories is a concept that has been in existence since the 1950s. And whilst compassionate and intelligent members of our society would without-doubt agree that the main focus of this concept should be the total replacement of animals in research, the reality is that many U.K laboratories are actually increasing the amount of animals they are using in research year-to-year. And this year, Imperial College London have congratulated themselves on what they perceive to be their ‘achievements’ in relation to the 3 Rs principle.

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London’s Royal Parks Have Culled Over 10,000 Animals

London’s biggest parks have been accused of ‘callous slaughter’ after figures have revealed that over 10,000 wild animals have been killed by rangers in the last four years.

The Royal Parks authority have eight open spaces, these include Hyde Park and Richmond Park. Since January 2013 rangers have exterminated more than 8,400 animals, including: 1,734 deer; 2,657 rabbits; 3,679 squirrels and 330 foxes.

Animal rights campaigners, Animal Aid have urged the Royal Parks to adopt alternatives to culling such as removing food sources for problem species and urging members of the public against feeding them. It is suggested that the removal of some species, such as foxes is pointless because it will simply cause others to move into the area.

Long-standing government policy also advises against culling, stating that the ‘most effective strategies have primarily relied on non-lethal methods’.

Over 77 million people visit these parks every year, and for many of them these visits offer a rare opportunity to see and interact with wild animals.

A spokesperson for the Royal Parks insists ‘humane’ culling is essential to maintaining ecological diversity in its open spaces.

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