In today’s Veggie Athletic Weekly News Digest: Dog meat banned at Yulin festival; Vegan Bentley’s a future possibility; Obama urges the world to ditch meat to help protect the environment; Are human teeth designed to eat meat?; Politicians in Denmark go vegan to combat climate change.
China’s Yulin festival takes place on the summer solstice of every year, meaning the festival is just weeks away from commencing. 10 million dogs and around 4 million cats are killed every year in China for their meat, a food considered to be a delicacy.
When the festival was most popular, we witnessed the slaughter of over 15,000 dogs in just a 7 day period.
Many of the dogs are stolen from people’s houses or are strays grabbed from the street. Typical practice sees the dogs caged, brutally beaten to death, skinned and then cooked whole.
However, traders at Yulin’s biggest dog meat market have confirmed that the Yulin government is set to prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the event.
Bentley’s are a luxury item that few are lucky enough to own, however, aren’t exactly vegan. With the interior being made with over 20 cow hides, Bentley has realised they’re excluding the vegan market. That means vegan friendly Bentley’s are now being considered for the very near future!
“You can’t sell an animal-containing product like a Bentley, with 20 leather hides, to someone with a vegan lifestyle”. – Stefan Sielaff, Bentley’s director of design
Bentley has reportedly seen an increase in demand for vegan-friendly interiors, mainly from their dealerships in California.
Bentley has also stated that they have a keen interest in satisfying their vegan customers, something which is extremely promising for the future of veganism.
In his first foreign appearance since leaving the Oval Office, former President Barack Obama spoke at the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, where he addressed, among other things, the undeniable connection between animal agriculture and climate change.
“I think people naturally understand that big smokestacks have pollution in them and they understand air pollution, so they can easily make the connection between energy production and the idea of greenhouse gases,” he said. “People aren’t as familiar with the impact of cows and methane, unless you’re a farmer.”
One of the oldest and most boring arguments I hear against veganism is the view that our teeth somehow demonstrate our innate design to eat meat. Are human teeth designed to eat meat? Umm, no. I have wanted to explain this for a very long time, and boy, it feels good to let it out.
A group of Danish members of parliament are taking a 22-day vegan challenge – similar to the one tested out by Beyoncé.
Politicians from both the Alternative and the Red-Green Alliance parties are giving up animal products in order to highlight how much damage intensive animal farming does to our planet.
‘No doubt that this will be a huge challenge, but I expect it to be quite a lot of fun as well, and it’ll definitely be to the benefit of the environment.