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FBI to Treat Animal Abuse as Seriously as Murder

Data on crime-committers, trends, and effectiveness of programs will now be much more trackable.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is making history by tracking animal-abuse cases and classifying animal cruelty as a Group A felony—the same as homicide or arson—for the first time ever. The change came about after animal-rights advocate Mary Lou Randour lobbied for years for the FBI to classify animal cruelty as its own separate offense category—it had previously been simply classified as “other,” rendering any analyzing of trends nearly impossible amongst a cacophony of data on other crimes. Now, four categories of animal-cruelty crimes will exist: simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse, and animal sexual abuse. “There is overwhelming evidence that [animal abuse] is linked to crimes against people, including violent crimes and domestic violence,” Randour told The Washington Post. “It’s not about protecting people or animals, it’s protecting them both.”

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Chipotle Adds Quinoa to its NYC Test Kitchen Menu

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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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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.

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