Articles written by Joni Sweet

Petition to Ban Crates
More than 4,300 people have signed a petition urging pork-products company Hormel to ditch the practice of confining pigs to gestation crates. Sows are kept in the crates...
Veg-Friendly School Lunches
Offering home-style favorites and international fare, school cafeterias across the nation are serving gourmet veg options, enticing students to come back to school hungry.
Forbes Features Newkirk
Forbes published an article interviewing PETA's Ingrid Newkirk last week. Ecological writer Michael Tobias asked PETA's president her opinions on topics such as...
Veg Bakery Kickstarter
Omaha, Nebraska's Amanda and Mike Overfield are seeking funding via Kickstarter to open a vegan, gluten-free bakery. The couple started their project...
PETA Awards Actresses
PETA has honored actresses Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde with Kind Choices Awards for choosing to promote only cruelty-free cosmetics. The actresses signed on...
Time Includes Veg Book
Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation has been listed in Time magazine’s “All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books.” Published in 1975, the book has become known as...
Ohio Animal-Welfare Reforms
The state of Ohio has given final approval to a new set of animal-welfare reforms, brought on by an agreement between animal-welfare advocates and the agriculture industry...
Gore Says Eat Less Meat
Former Vice President Al Gore is urging people to reduce their consumption of meat in order to fight global warming. In an interview last Friday with Alex Bogusky...
Austin’s Veg Meal Service
Residents of the greater Austin area in Texas will soon be able to receive professionally prepared vegan meals right on their doorsteps via a new meal service, Veggytopia...
Juice Up
Craving fresh, flavorful fruit juice? Store-bought bottles pale in comparison to the homemade version, squeezed from ripe fruits and veggies. Here’s how to get started juicing up!
Dairy Farms Pollute Lake
A New Zealand lake is undergoing a $11.6 million project to clean up pollution from nearby agricultural runoff. Research from New Zealand’s National Institute of...
College Students’ Poor Diets
A new study shows that most college students consume less than one serving of fruits and vegetables each day. Conducted by Oregon State University researchers and...
Deschanel Supports Sanctuary
Bones star Emily Deschanel has been announced as the national spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals. The vegan actress hopes to raise...
Half of US Obese by 2030
A new report says that around half of American adults could be obese by 2030 if current trends continue. The four-part series published in the British medical journal...
Urban Veg Food Crawl
Los Angeles’ first Urban Food Crawl kicked off last week, showing people the best veg food spots in the city. The walking tour includes six stops, allowing participants...
Slow Food’s $5 Challenge
Last week, Slow Food USA announced its $5 Challenge in which participants are encouraged to get together with family, friends, and neighbors to cook a fresh meal...
Dairy-Free Video Contest
A new contest from Vegan Milk Revolution encourages participants to tell their experiences about ditching dairy. The contest asks participants to post a video...
Gardein Releases App
Vegan meat company Gardein released a new app yesterday to supply users with a constant crop of fresh veg recipes. The app will feature seasonal, balanced meals...
Frozen Treat Fest
Cool down in New York City this Saturday at food pop-up Cool Cravings’ Frozen Dessert Festival. Nine local companies will be serving up all-natural, frozen desserts...
Sheep Die Aboard Ship
As of last Thursday, more than 260 sheep have died aboard Al Messilah, a broken-down live export ship. Originally destined for the Middle East, 67,000 sheep were...
Vegan Bakery Kickstarter
Baker Stephanie Jarvis has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to make her dream of opening a vegan bakery become a sweet reality. If the seven-year vegan...
Animal Nonprofits Ranked
Two lists ranking the top 15 national and top 16 local animal welfare, rights, and protections nonprofits were released earlier this week by Philanthropedia, an organization...
MFA Fall Soirée
Mercy for Animals is planning a fundraising party to raise money for the launch of its new television advertising campaign on October 6. Hosted at a private...
Beef E. Coli Contamination
The US Department of Agriculture announced a recall of more than 60,000 pounds of beef potentially contaminated with E. coli last week. The Kansas-based...
Clinton Talks Vegan on CNN
CNN will air “The Last Heart Attack,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s one-hour special on former President Bill Clinton’s gastronomic journey from omnivore to vegan, this...
Poor Scores on Animal Welfare
According to a new study by the Humane Research Council, the US scores very low regarding its treatment of animals, with an average of 34 out of 100 possible points...
New Veg Video Series
The website Nutrition Facts is debuting a new video series to promote the benefits of plant-based diets this Monday. Michael Greger, MD, director of the Public...
Vegan Restaurant Road Trip
Next week, blogger Kristin Lajeunesse will embark on the trip of a lifetime—she will be eating at every 100-percent vegan restaurant in America, including Alaska...
Should You Join a CSA?
Check out our handy guide to see if becoming a community-supported agriculture member is right for you.
Kris Carr in New York Times
Late last week, The New York Times Magazine published a five-page article featuring vegan Kris Carr, author of best-selling book Crazy Sexy Diet. The piece
Vegan Pen Pal Project
The Vegan Pen Pal Project by Vegan Machine blogger Kaycee Bassett is revamping a retro way to connect with other vegans, via snail mail letters. She started the...
10 Hot New Vegan Restaurants
From cafeteria-style and comfort cuisine, to fine dining and more, there’s a new crop of vegan restaurants serving every type of food imaginable.
Deaths Per Calorie
A study was recently published by Scientific American showing how many calories farm animals produce during their lifetimes. While chicken tops the list at
Shop to Save Animals
Two new fundraising campaigns by well-known veg authors offer supporters unique items, while providing aid to animal organizations. Sterling silver...
Veg Stars Nominated
Two veg stars have been nominated for the Do Something! awards, which honor the nation’s top young world-changers. Vegan House actress Olivia Wilde
Vegetarian Co-op Opens
An Oregon couple is organizing a vegetarian dinner co-op in Eagle Creek. Sarah Brinkley got the idea when she found herself hungry at home, with no money to...
Vegan Dining Hall in Texas
While many college dining halls have vegan students heading to the salad bar day after day, the University of North Texas (UNT) is raising standards with its new all-vegan...
Animal Fight Attendance Ban
Late last week, a new bill was signed into New York state law, which takes the ban on animal fighting a step further—attending a dog or cockfight will now result in a...
New Vegan Knitwear Site
A San Francisco-based knitter has opened a new online shop to sell her vegan clothing and accessories. While five-year-vegan Kristen Blackmore has been selling...
Gucci Debuts Vegan Shoe
Gucci has recently released a new cruelty-free shoe for men. Made of shiny rubber and accented with silver, the designer moccasin forgoes traditional leather...
Road Trip for Animals
David DiNicola has pledged to ride his motorcycle across America this month to benefit two animal-welfare organizations beginning August 13. DiNicola’s paralyzed...
PETA’s Top Vegan Sandwiches
Late last week, PETA published a list of the top five vegan sandwiches from restaurants across the US, in honor of National Sandwich Month. PETA’s top five includes
Asheville’s VegFest
Asheville, NC, will host its first VegFest this Sunday starting at noon in Battery Park. Hosted by the Asheville Vegetarians group and Goat Mountain Sanctuary, the festival...
India Bans Bullfighting
In a recent ruling, India added a new animal to the Prevention of Cruelty Animals Act of 1960: the bull. The law already protects bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers...
Vegan Food Truck Nominated
Vegan food truck Gmonkey Mobile has been nominated to compete on The Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. The Food Network is currently accepting...
Kids Watch Unhealthy Food Ads
Most of the food commercials children are exposed to are for unhealthy products, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. Researchers calculated that...
Barker Funds Chimp Habitat
Longtime animal-rights activist Bob Barker has made a donation of $230,000 to Chimp Haven. The rescue habitat, located in Keithville, La., will use the money to...
Study: Sheep Solve Problems
Sheep are almost as smart as primates, according to a new study conducted by professor Jenny Morton and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge. While prior research...
Vegan Shop Fundraiser
Sacramento’s vegan shop, Never Felt Better, has launched an IndieGoGo campaign in order to raise funds for a relocation and expansion. The store carries 100-percent...
Report: Poultry Pollution
A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Environment Group has found that the industrial factory-farming of chickens produces millions of cubic feet of waste each year...

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