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MRIs Show Dogs and Humans Have Similar Emotions

A neuroeconomics professor proves that animals and humans have closely-related emotional states.

In the past, scientists have only been able to study dogs’ psyches by observing their external behavior. But now, Doctor Gregory Berns of Emory University is monitoring canine cognition firsthand using a custom-made MRI machine in his living room. According to The New York Times, Berns’ research has already revealed a marked similarity between dog and human brain function, specifically in the caudate nucleus—the region of the brain associated with happiness. Berns reports that these findings indicate the depth of animal intelligence and emotion, and notes that it should convince people to treat animals with greater equality. “We can no longer hide from the evidence,” writes Berns in his NYT opinion piece. “Dogs, and probably many other animals (especially our closest primate relatives), seem to have emotions just like us. And this means we must reconsider their treatment as property.”

Starbucks to Release Plant-Based Food Line this Year

Heeding the demands of animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing (and at least 30,000 people ), the international coffee chain announced it would launch a plant-based food line during its shareholder meeting.
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World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies

Horn poaching has led to the decimation of the rare subspecies of African rhino, with only two females left on Earth.
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Virgin Trains Debut Their First Vegan Cooked Breakfast

Commuters in the United Kingdom can now enjoy a hot pot of vegan hash browns, beans, mushrooms, and spinach aboard west coast Virgin Trains.
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50 Percent of Meals at One CA School District are Vegan

Children in Santa Barbara school cafeterias are raving about vegan brand Hungry Planet's soyrizo quesadillas, crispy chicken burgers, spaghetti and meatballs, beef nachos, and chicken alfredo.
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YouTube Stars Rhett and Link Veganize Arby's

The comedy duo's wildly popular Good Mythical Morning YouTube series heads to Arby's, Wendy's, and McDonald's for the vegan edition of their segment Fast Food Secret Menu Hacks.
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