News

Animal-Rights Legend Honored by LA City Council

Nathan Runkle—who founded animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals when he was just 15-years-old—received recognition from the city of Los Angeles for his lifelong work in fighting for animals.

Animal-activist Nathan Runkle received official recognition from the city of Los Angeles for his vegan activism and work to protect animals in the food industry. The LA city council presented Runkle—who founded animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals (MFA) when he was 15 years old—with a certificate that listed seven resolutions recognizing his work. “Through his work with MFA,” one resolution states, “[Runkle] has been an outspoken advocate for vegan eating, featured in hundreds of newspaper, television, and radio interviews.” Other resolutions highlight Runkle’s work as an inspiring speaker, his involvement as co-founder of food-advocacy nonprofit The Good Food Institute, and his work with Circle V—an all-vegan festival Runkle co-founded with vegan musician Moby in 2016. “I'm honored and humbled to be recognized by the city of Los Angeles,” Runkle tells VegNews. “This resolution isn't for or about me—it's about MFA as an organization and a movement. It symbolizes the mainstream acceptance that farmed-animal rights and veganism is gaining in Los Angeles and around the nation.” Runkle recently debuted his autobiographical book entitled Mercy For Animals: One Man's Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals, which details his journey as an animal-activist, the hardships endured by undercover investigators working to protect animals through MFA, and the major victories of his organization. MFA has been instrumental in exposing and preventing cruelty in the animal-agriculture industry for more than two decades through its graphic undercover videos, successful awareness campaigns, and work with legislative bodies to improve animal welfare laws.

More News

Seychelles Lifts 25 Percent Tax on Plant-Based Milk

The island nation off of East Africa has lifted its tax on plant-based milk in order to encourage healthy habits.
Read More »

New Data Shows Vegan Barbecue Is Top Summer Trend

Market research firm Mintel reveals that one-third of Americans plan to ditch meat this barbecue season.
Read More »

A&W Adds Vegan Beyond Burger to 925 Locations

Beyond Meat's partnership with A&W Canada will put its vegan patty on the menu at 10,000 points of distribution.
Read More »

Sweden's Top Fast-Food Chain Debuts Vegan Milkshakes

Max Burgers' new vegan milkshakes will eventually replace all dairy-based milkshakes and are part of a longer-term goal to increase the plant-based options on its menu.
Read More »

French Foie Gras Restaurant To Go Vegan

London-based fine-dining restaurant Gauthier Soho will go vegan after owner Alexis Gauthier learned of the horrors inherent in animal agriculture, particularly in foie gras production.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »