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Jungle Book Film Awarded for Sparing Animal Lives

Instead of using wild animals in captivity, the upcoming motion picture uses stunning CGI to bring beloved characters Mowgli and Baloo to life.

Director Jon Favreau has been recognized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for his role in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, created without the use of live animals. “Forward-thinking directors like Jon Favreau know that the future of film lies in technical wizardry, not in beating animals into performing,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said. “PETA calls on directors and producers throughout Hollywood to follow in Jon Favreau and Disney’s progressive footsteps.” The multi-million dollar film’s visual effects team relied entirely on computer-generated imagery to create its ultra-realistic animals, along with footage of movement of animals and actors, to sync dialogue and have the animals “speak,” prompting PETA to recognize and give thanks to Favreau with its Innovation in Film Award. “It’s amazing what they can do with [creating the appearance of] fur and live-flesh animals,” Favreau said. “And so every day I go into work it’s astounding what these visual effects artists accomplish.”

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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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