In today’s Veggie Athletic Weekly News Digest: 2.5 million Wicked Kitchen Tesco meals sold since January; ASOS to stop using mohair, silk, cashmere and feathers; Montreal to ban horse-drawn carriages; London foie gras restaurant to go vegan; Cruelty-free cosmetics act passes Canada’s Senate vote; 43 tons of wild-animal meat seized in global sting; Pizza Express launches new vegan dessert; California passes mandatory prison food bill; Over 4 million eggs have been recalled in Poland.
Tesco has sold over 2.5 million Wicked Kitchen meals since launching the new product line across the country in early January.
The 20-week period saw demand for the plant-based products skyrocket, with some suggesting the launch contributed to a rise in profits for the British supermarket giant.
Online fashion giant ASOS has announced that it will ban the sale of mohair, silk, cashmere and feathers on its site by the end of January 2019.
PETA Director of Corporate Projects, Yvonne Taylor, stated: “PETA applauds ASOS for leading the charge for compassion in fashion.”
Horse-drawn carriages will be banned from the city of Old Montreal as of 2020, after years of fierce debate between animal rights activists and carriage owners.
City of Montreal Councillor Craig Sauvé said: “We see there have been a lot of cases of horses being mistreated, horses dying while doing their calèche activities,”
French fine-dining restaurant Gauthier Soho has revealed it will be going vegan after the owner learnt about the horrors of animal agriculture.
Owner Alexis Gauthier was particularly disturbed by the process of producing foie gras.
This week, Canada’s Senate passed a bill which would ensure all cosmetics made and sold in Canada to be cruelty-free certified.
The act (Bill S-214) was first introduced in 2015 by Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, the Humane Society and the Animal Alliance of Canada.
A sting that took place across 92 countries has seized 43 tons of wild-animal meat, including bear, elephant, crocodile, whale and zebra meat.
Along with wild-animal meat, the sting also seized 1.3 tons of elephant ivory, 27,000 reptiles, almost 4,000 birds, 48 live primates, 14 big cats and the carcasses of seven bears including two polar bears.
Pizza Express has just launched its new summer menu, which includes a summer-inspired pizza along with a completely vegan dessert.
The pizza, the Leggera Vegan Giardiniera, is topped with artichokes, mushrooms, red onions, black olives, tomato, vegan mozzarella, and a drizzling of garlic oil.
The California Senate has unanimously passed bill SB 1138, which would require facilities such as nursing homes, prisons, and hospitals to provide at least one plant-based food option.
Plant-based medical group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine supported the bill, which was authored by California state senator Nancy Skinner.
On Friday 15th June, around 4.3 million eggs were recalled by Poland’s veterinary service, due to the eggs being contaminated with an antibiotic.
The recall comes just days after Dutch eggs were removed from supermarket shelves in Germany.