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Lebanon Adopts First Animal-Protection Law

The country implements laws that protects domestic and wild animals for the first time in its history.

Last week, Lebanese president Michel Aoun passed the country’s first animal welfare law. The legislature was the result of several years of lobbying by animal-rights nonprofit Animals Lebanon. “With this law, Lebanon's regulations are as strict, if not stricter, than other laws in the region,” Animals Lebanon Executive Director Jason Mier told media outlet Agence France-Presse. The law sets forth penalties—up to four months in prison and fines up to LL100 million ($66,000)—for mistreating both companion and wild animals used for entertainment in zoos and circuses. The law also bans keeping wild or endangered animals as companions—a move that could disrupt the massive rare-animal trade currently happening in Lebanon. “We do not expect to see any improvements next week or next month,” Mier said. “But now we have the tools, and we have a path.”

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Vegan Fashion Brand VAUTE Profiled on PBS

The brand's founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart spoke about her mission to create functional and fabulous vegan clothes to eliminate animal cruelty in the fashion industry.
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New Investor Coalition to Combat Meat Problem in China

Toronto-based Dao Foods International will promote plant-based and clean meat in China to curb the country's growing appetite for animal products.
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IKEA Debuts Plant-Based Hot Dogs

The furniture giant debuted the new animal-free option at a single store in Sweden with plans to expand the offering across Europe by August.
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Rooney Mara Launches Luxury Vegan Fashion Line

New fashion brand Hiraeth includes faux-leather pants, velvet garments, and combat boots—all made ethically in Los Angeles.
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