In today’s Veggie Athletic Weekly News Digest: SeaWorld polar bear dies after being thrown into isolation; Theresa May wants to bring back hunting; Why do vegans eat things that ‘look like’ meat?; Article claims vegan children at risk of ‘irreversible damage’.
A SeaWorld polar bear has tragically died at the park in San Diego, just weeks after her companion was moved to another zoo.
She reportedly suffered from a loss of appetite and energy for about a week before she passed. Up until February, she shared her enclosure with the parks only other polar bear, Snowflake.
Snowflake was moved to Pittsburgh zoo, after 20 years of sharing her enclosure with Szenja, the polar bear who died.
In the run up the the General Election on June 8th, Theresa May has been touring the country rallying support for her Conservative Party.
During a visit to a Leeds factory, the Conservative Party leader announced some grim news.
The Prime Minister said: “As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting, and we maintain our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party, to allow a free vote.”
“This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against.”
“It would allow Parliament the opportunity to take the decision on this.”
This is a question that I get asked pretty regularly. It’s a common question for meat-eaters to ask vegans and it’s often followed by their opinion that vegans shouldn’t eat things shaped as ‘burgers’ or ‘hotdogs’.
It’s a strange one though. Most often it’s said about vegan burgers, sausages and ‘meatballs’ which, the last time I checked, don’t have four legs and run around nor do they follow MRS NERG (the seven processes of life).
Childhood obesity is one of the countries biggest issues. Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese, and our NHS is struggling as a result. Yet, the media and certain nutritionists still seem to focus on the 110,000 vegan children within the UK (aged under 16).
‘The British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognise that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages.’
– Heather Russell, a dietician at the Vegan Society
Despite obesity being one of the biggest health issues to face British children, the nutritionist uses the fact that vegan children are leaner than their meat-eating counterparts as a negative.