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Obama to Set Groundbreaking Limit on Animal Testing

A provision to a 40-year-old act will restrict animal testing and force the regulators to develop new alternatives.

A new piece of legislation is on its way toward providing unprecedented protections for animals. A provision to the Toxic Substances Control Act—which would reduce the use of animals in laboratory experiments to test the safety of chemical-laden products—has been passed by the House of Representatives and is up for review by President Obama. The provision, drafted by vegan Senator Cory Booker, would also urge the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and use whenever possible non-animal alternatives. “This is the first signal from Congress that it is a priority to move away from animal testing,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said. The news comes during an international push away from animal use in the medical and market sectors, as just last month, animals used for training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was recently made no longer mandatory and cosmetic testing in Brazil’s second largest state was banned completely.

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Tyson to Launch Plant-Based Meal Bowls

The meat company is disrupting itself to stay competitive as consumer habits shift toward animal-free foods.
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Pregnant Sisters Launch Vegan Dessert Sushi Brand

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats stand-in for sushi rice, and gelatin-free candies replace fish in creations made by sisters Kasia Mierzejewska and Emilia Augustyn for their allergen-free brand Sweet Sushi Factory.
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PG Tips Creates New Tea Aimed at Vegan Consumers

The nearly 90-year-old tea brand formulated a new blend that pairs perfectly with plant-based milk.
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Australia's First Vegan Hotel Restaurant Opens in March

New eatery Alibi—featuring a menu developed by vegan restaurateur Matthew Kenney—will occupy the ground floor of Ovolo Hotel in Sydney.
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Miami's Plant-Based SEED Food & Wine Festival Debuts in LA

SEED and Eat Drink Vegan will join forces this year to bring an epic vegan festival to 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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