Meat Consumption Declines

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This is such great news to start off the New Year!!

According to a recent Daily Livestock Report, 2010 marked the fourth year in a row that meat consumption declined in the United States and the fifth decline within a six-year period. Now, a new report shows this trend is expected to continue in 2012. Although the biggest drop is expected for beef, poultry and pork consumption are also expected to decline dramatically. All of this despite the fact that the US population continues to grow.

Source: Nathan Runkle’s post at Mercy for Animals

And why not? It makes sense to eat a plant-based diet: it’s more economical, healthy, sustainable and compassionate!

If you’re looking to start off 2012 right with resolutions for healthier eating, visit us at One Veg World to try out our delicious vegan dishes. 🙂

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Happy Birthday to Elaine Hendrix!

Elaine Hendrix is a talented vegan actress who has been in “The Parent Trap,” “Inspector Gadget 2,” “What the Bleep Do We Know?!” and “Joan of Arcadia.” But her greatest passion is off-screen, working for the humane treatment of animals. She shares her home with her adopted rescue cats and dogs.

She also founded the non-profit animal rescue organization, Animal Rescue Corps. Elaine believes in maintaining a healthy balance of work, play, spirituality, and shopping. Isn’t she fabulous? 🙂

One Veg World staff had the honor to meet Elaine at “The Real Love” musical event that we catered. She was one of the MCs and had shared her story of turning veg  onstage:

“I had no idea what was really happening to animals. They just existed, and I thought they were wonderful and life was grand. But when I saw this on the screen, I was so taken aback. It was as if somebody had kicked me in the stomach, and I doubled over and I just started sobbing uncontrollably. But it was that moment, that very poignant moment, that I said, ‘My life is changed forever.’ And from that moment forward, my diet’s changed, I bought a new car to get rid of my leather interior, I threw out all the leather out of my closet. I went through all of my cabinets and found every single product that had been tested on animals and I threw that out, and on and on and on. And so, now my life is so enriched and so incredible because of this relationship that I  have with animals now.”

 

 

We certainly hope you get your birthday wish, Elaine! ❤

India Bans Animal Dissection!

 

The University Grants Commission, a government agency that maintains educational standards across the nation, has announced the phasing out of all animal dissection for experimental purposes at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In its place will be humane methods such as computerized, or virtual dissection, which has already been shown to be less costly and more effective in the teaching of anatomy. Experts have said that such a ban on the cruel and antiquated practice will save the lives of at least 19 million innocent insects and animals every academic year.

This is wonderful news!!

We await the day when there is no more animal experimentation.

To read more:

www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2704638.ece

www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article2661412.ece

www.nature.com/news/india-to-cut-out-animal-dissection-1.9680

Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi to Launch Vegan Pet Food

Yes, your dog and cat can be vegan too! We’re glad that Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi are venturing into this idea for a vegan pet food line. Here’s more about it on Ecorazzi.

In the meanwhile, you can try this veggie dog food for your canine companions: Vegetarian Formula from Natural Balance. It’s Dick Van Patten’s (Eight is Enough) vegetarian line.  America’s favorite dad is also a big animal lover 🙂

Just Discovered: “The Daily Bean” Web Paper About All Things Veg

Thanks, Jesse, for covering our post! Wishing you continued success in spreading vegetarianism through The Daily Bean! 🙂

One Veg World Caters for Animal Acres Gala

One Veg World was recently invited to cater for Animal Acres‘ Gala on September 11.

It was a star-studded event with many veg celebrities and animal lovers coming out to show their support for the animal sanctuary. Performers and presenters included: Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde‘s new band, JP, Chrissie, and the Fairground Boys, Persia White, comedian Elayne Boosler, James Cromwell, Jorja Fox, Shelley Morrison, Charlotte Ross, Carol Leifer, Hal Sparks, ‘Weird Al” Yankovic, Elaine Hendrix, Debra Wilson, Tony Kanal (No Doubt) and Erin Lokitz. Check out Animal Acres’ video above to see what some of these famous vegetarian rockers had to saw about respecting animals.

Chrissie Hynde: “I see the world in two categories: meat eaters and non-meat eaters. Meat eating is in the mode of darkness so it is characterized by ignorance…ignoring the source of what you are getting and where it came from in the first place.” “As human beings we are here to protect the defenseless and to be guardians of our environment.”

Mike Ness: “I love all animals. A cow or a pig or a chicken…these animals don’t have a voice. They can’t talk and say “I am suffering.” “I don’t see pigs or cows or these other animals as any different from a dog or a cat. I think they have just as much right to be on this earth as we do. That’s why I don’t eat them.”

Animal Acres Gala - Sept. 11, 2010

As for food, One Veg World served up an elegant gourmet vegan meal:

Hor’s doeuvres

Vegan Ham & Cheez Rolls
Chick-un Drumsticks with BBQ sauce
Open-faced Pesto Sandwiches
Crudités with Chipotle Cashew Cheez Dip (raw dish)
Summer Rice Paper Wraps (no soy/no gluten dish)

Dinner

SALAD: Herbed seitan strips over organic baby spinach with roasted beets, heirloom tomatoes, gala apples, candied walnuts, and a tangy raspberry vinaigrette.

ENTRÉE: Stuffed soy chicken with creamy pear sauce, seared wild mushrooms in garlic sauce, wild rice pilaf, roasted rosemary potato, and kabocha squash.

DESSERT: Scrumptious Vegan Carrot Cake

Tony Kanal (No Doubt) & Erin Lokitz trying out some of One World's hors doeurves

Tony Kanal: “I think there is a disconnect between what you are actually putting on your plate and where it came from and what this animal actually went through…a place like Animal Acres raises that awareness and it informs and educates people.”

It was great to meet so many like-minded people with kind hearts. Many of us also had a chance to meet up close and personal the farm’s resident cows, pigs, and turkeys. It was really cool! Looking into their eyes, you’re just melted by their love.

Thank you Animal Acres for having us and for all the wonderful work you do!

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