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Doctor Anthony Fauci Calls for Global Shutdown of Wet Animal Markets

“It boggles my mind how when we have so many diseases that emanate out of that unusual human-animal interface, that we don’t just shut it down,” Fauci said. 

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Shenzhen Becomes First City in China to Permanently Ban Consumption of Dogs and Cats

The city is enforcing a ban on the consumption of wild animals, cats, and dogs as a measure to prevent the spread of disease.

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US Humane Society Calls on Government to Make Animal Care an Essential Service

While it’s important that human health risks are minimized as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, several animal protection organizations are urging state and federal leaders to also address the welfare of pets and animals.

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Brooklyn Borough President, Mercy for Animals Give Out 2,000 Vegan Meals to Most Vulnerable New Yorkers Amid COVID-19

Eric Adams, Mercy For Animals, and community partners worked together to distribute meals from local vegan restaurants to food-insecure residents of Brooklyn, NY.

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Chicago Is One Step Closer to Banning Horse Carriages

The City Council’s Committee on License and Consumer Protection Committee unanimously passed an ordinance to ban horse-drawn carriages, and the deciding vote will go to City Council on March 18.

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Atlanta’s Slutty Vegan Is Helping Customers Register to Vote

“Slutty Vegan ATL is on a 50-city national tour and, with each stop, we are committed to doing two things: helping people reimagine veganism and registering people to vote,” Slutty Vegan Owner Pinky Cole says. 

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Nearly 50,000 People Want California University System to Ditch Beef

A widely distributed petition to ban the sale of beef across the University of California’s campuses follows a similar move in the United Kingdom—all in an effort to reduce the schools’ environmental impact.

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USDA Just Got Sued for Increasing Slaughter Speeds to 175 Chickens Per Minute

The government agency approved a 25 percent increase in the rate at which chickens are killed, putting animal welfare, worker safety, and the public health in danger.  

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China Permanently Bans Consumption of Wild Animals

As the coronavirus continues to spread, The National People’s Congress Standing Committee approves a permanent ban to stop the trade and consumption of wild animals, a $74 billion industry in China. 

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USDA Restores Critical Animal Welfare Database After Three-Year Blackout 

Records of animal abusers in labs, breeding facilities, and other places where animals are exploited are accessible to the public again. 

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Vegan NYC Council Member Funds Teens for Food Justice Program at the MLK Education Center

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California May Become First State to Ban Possession of Animal “Trophies”

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Dairy Board Criticized for “Milk Dispensary” Campaign as Thousands Sit in Jail for Marijuana Charges 

The “dispensary” will give out ice cream joints, micro-dosed butters, and “mood-enhancing” cheeses in California while 40,000 Americans are still incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis-related crimes. 

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Los Angeles City Council Votes to Ban Wild Animal Exploitation

A new city ordinance will assure that giraffes, elephants, and other wild animals are no longer used as props at parties.  

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Brooklyn Borough President Hosts First-Ever Plant-Based Rap Battle

The Brooklyn Healthy Rap Battle challenges youth to compose original rhymes about veganism while also promoting the lifestyle through food tastings and nutrition education events.  

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