Articles written by Hilary Pollack

Hollywood Fights Fur
Last Saturday, former Golden Girl Betty White joined the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles to benefit rescued animals and Animal Alliance's...
Forks Over Knives on DVD
On August 30, acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives, which has brought mainstream attention to the health benefits of a plant-based diet, will be released on DVD.
Minn. State Fair Veg Contest
Vegan cooking has made its way into an unlikely place this summer: The Minnesota State Fair, taking place from August 25 to September 5. The annual festival...
Animal Groups Prep For Storm
As the East Coast braces for tropical storm Hurricane Irene, animal rescue and welfare groups have been taking precautions to prepare for a potential onslaught...
Veg Menu Campaign
A new campaign from animal-welfare group Compassion Over Killing asks veg diners to express their desire for meat-free menu items at restaurants...
Animal Group's Surprise Gift
A lucky animal-welfare organization in Mount Isa, Australia, received a donation of more than $20,000 this week from a long-lost bank account opened...
Lower Cholesterol With Veg Diet
Although many Americans pop pills or avoid saturated fat in attempts to keep their cholesterol down, new research suggests that a vegetarian diet is a superior solution...
Food Network Ditches Shark Meat
Last week, the Food Network agreed to discontinue all of its recipes containing shark meat. Jessica Belsky of Change.org, a social-change website, launched a...
Plastic Chips Found In Beef
The US Department of Agriculture has issued a new beef recall, this time due to an unusual contaminant: blue plastic chips. According to Food Safety News...
Chipotle Beans Cause Concern
Chipotle will be changing its menus to identify their pinto beans as non-vegetarian after Maxim senior editor Seth Porges, who does not eat pork, tweeted to the world...
Study: Students Eating Veg
A new study by Technomic, a foodservice market research firm, has found that more than one fifth of college students are following a diet with limited or no meat.
Veg NASCAR Drivers Visit Farm
The world of race-car driving may seem like an unlikely place for veganism, but vegan drivers Andy Lally of NASCAR and Spencer Pumpelly of The Racer's Group...
Bikers Fight Animal Cruelty
Tomorrow, Baltimore-based Peacekeepers Motorcycle Club is partnering with the city’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission for a city-wide ride raising awareness...
USDA Humane Standards Raised
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Monday that it will be taking greater measures to ensure the humane treatment...
University Offers Vegan Class
This year, Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., will be launching a professional development course about veganism in its school of nursing. The seven-week online class...
Veg Store Opens in LA
San Diego vegetarian eatery Spread has recently opened a retail store in Los Angeles exclusively featuring gourmet vegetarian and vegan spreads. The store stocks more than...
Animal Export Protests
Rallies took place all over Australia this Sunday calling on members of parliament to ban the nation’s billion-dollar industry of trading and exporting live animals.
5 Must-See Summer Movies
This year's late-summer film releases are packed with veg-friendly fodder.
NYC Vegan Bodega
Ever wished that a bodega stocked with fresh produce, cruelty-free household products, and by-the-pound meat and cheese alternatives awaited you...
India Implements Veg Labels
This month, India has mandated that all food manufacturers must provide clear indicators on packaged foods denoting whether or not the product contains...
Organic Agriculture Safer
A new study in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed what experts have long suspected; that the widespread use of antibiotics on cow and chicken farms...
Veg Proteins Fight Diabetes
Harvard researchers have found that replacing the consumption of meat with nuts and whole grains can significantly lower one's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Poll: Farm Animal Welfare
A poll conducted earlier this year by the Center for Applied Rural Innovation found some interesting perceptions (and contradictions) about animal welfare.
New Babycakes Coming to LA
Renowned vegan cupcake bakery Babycakes has announced that it will be opening a fourth location this winter in the Windsor Square area of Los Angeles.
Ellen Launches Vegan Website
Actress and television personality Ellen DeGeneres has been a vocal vegan for several years, and this month she has introduced Going Vegan with Ellen, a blog that offers...
Salmonella-Tainted Turkey
The US Department of Agriculture has traced a recent salmonella outbreak, which has killed one person and sickened nearly 80 others, back to ground turkey...
Canada's Welfare Labels
Canadians who shop at Whole Foods Market will now be able to use an integrated animal welfare rating system to determine the quality of facilities and practices of the farms...
Man Denied Veg Meals In Jail
A Mill Valley, Calif., man has gotten attention from activists this week—not for his recent release from jail after charges against him were dropped, but for the weight...
Toronto's Veg Comfort Food
Toronto vegan takeout spot Hot Beans, known for its small but satisfying burrito-and-doughnut menu, has expanded to a larger space in the form of The Hogtown Vegan...
FDA Redefines Gluten-Free Term
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that it will be re-examining the standards by which foods can be labeled "gluten-free" on....
New Tex-Mex Vegan Restaurant
On Monday, a new vegan restaurant opened its doors in San Antonio, Tex., offering cruelty-free Tex-Mex cuisine to the hungry masses. Vegeria is the first vegan restaurant...
New Jeffrey Campbell Vegan Line
Designer Jeffrey Campbell has unveiled a new eco-friendly, vegan line of shoes for Berkeley, Calif. boutique Convert. The Los Angeles-based footwear brand...
Blossom Expands in NYC
Blossom Du Jour, the casual counterpart to New York’s upscale vegan restaurant Blossom, has announced that it has two new outposts currently in the works.
Turtle Island Growing Fast
Turtle Island Foods, best known as the maker of Tofurky, will be expanding its operation in the coming months with a new 33,000-square-foot, eco-friendly plant...
Salley: Veg Diet Fights Diabetes
Retired basketball player John Salley stars in a new public service announcement from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that recommends vegan...
Canada Fights Crates
Last week, Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals announced a new partnership with the Manitoba chapter of the National Farmers Union (NFU) to put an end...
Offensive Milk Ads Parodied
Earlier this month, the California Milk Processor Board was forced to pull ads that many found offensive for their less-than-favorable depiction of women with PMS...
New Veggie Survey
The Vegetarian Society, an educational British charity focused on representing vegetarians, has launched the Big Veggie Survey, which aims to shed some light on why...
Consumers Want Labels
Most consumers support the idea of mandatory animal welfare labels on meat and dairy products, according to a new poll conducted by Kansas State University...
Hot Dogs Linked To Cancer
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks associated with hot dogs...
CA Bans Animal Sales On Streets
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law yesterday that will render it illegal to sell animals on any street, highway, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk.
Kalamazoo’s New Veg Spot
This fall, Kalamazoo, Mich., will see the opening of its first vegetarian restaurant in 20 years. The eatery, called Fuel, will serve a variety of cuisines including...
Veg Diets High in Nutrients
A study published this month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association challenges the notion that meat-free diets are lacking certain nutritional requirements.
Consumers Prefer Organic
A new poll conducted by Thompson Reuters revealed that consumers are more eager than ever to find organic, locally grown produce, but also have some qualms...
Top 100 Vegans
Culture club Carpe Vegan has commenced a countdown of the “Vegan 100,” a list that the group describes as “a celebration of the multifarious aspects of vegan...
Foie Gras Doughnuts Spark Outrage
Controversy erupted this week over a New York eatery’s decision to offer foie gras doughnuts on its menu. Do Or Dine, a restaurant in Brooklyn, offers the $11 doughnut...
Free People’s Vegan Leather Line
Clothing company Free People has debuted a collection of vegan leather items for those who crave a rock ‘n’ roll look without the use of animal products.
Chicago Vegan Chef Showdown
This Saturday, 20 chefs or teams will compete for the first ever title of Best Vegan Chef in Chicago to raise money for animal-welfare organization Mercy for Animals.
Kickstarter for Vegucated Doc
Marisa Miller Wolfson’s documentary Vegucated is already generating positive buzz from stars like Moby and Rory Freedman, and yesterday the filmmaker...
UK Bans More Animal Testing
British officials announced Monday that they intend to ban the use of animals in testing household products, such as detergent, air freshener, and cleaning spray.

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