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Study Finds Ag-gag Laws Hurt Farmers’ Trustworthiness

Simply learning about ag-gag laws lead to distrust of animal-based farmers.

A recent study conducted by academic publishing company Elsevier reports that awareness of ag-gag legislation reduces the trustworthiness of meat-producing farmers and increases negative perceptions of current farm animal welfare conditions. The report, titled “Awareness of ag-gag laws erodes trust in farmers and increases support for animal welfare regulations,” explores the relationship between legislation that restricts information coming out of farm facilities and consumers’ level of trust. More than 700 participants were divided into two groups, with one receiving information about ag-gag laws. Though many were relatively unaware of such laws, simply learning about their existence lead to unfavorable views toward farmers. Noteworthy was that findings didn’t vary across demographics—those of different political affiliations and who lived in urban, suburban, and rural environments all reported decreased trust. According to The Humane Society of the United States, six states have ag-gag laws on the books, with a federal judge recently striking down a piece of legislation in Idaho last summer. Notable political figures who oppose such laws include United States senators Barbara Boxer and Cory Booker, and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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NYC All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Fest Offers Vegan Scoops

Three-day festival Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park will treat guests to ice cream of every variety, including dairy-free scoops from Van Leeuwen, Ben & Jerry's, and Häagen-Dazs.
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Animal Ag Companies Fined $29M for Destroying Amazon

The government of Brazil slapped a hefty fine on feed suppliers to meat and dairy companies that sell to McDonald's, Burger King, and Walmart for destroying the country's biodiverse Cerrado region for profit.
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Moby Retires from Touring to Focus on Activism

…and to make vegan smoothies every morning after waking up in his own bed.
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UK Version of Beyond Burger Expands Across London

British vegan brand Moving Mountains expands its B12 burger to five locations of meat-centric chain Dirty Bones—where it will be served topped with vegan mac and cheese.
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Legendary Canadian Rugby Player Starts Vegan Cheese Brand

Nick Blevins' vegan lifestyle improved his performance on the field so much that he established a plant-based cheese and yogurt company to educate others on the benefits of plants.
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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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