Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …
1. PETA Wants Mars to be 100 Percent Vegan
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been talking about establishing a colony on Mars for years. Now that NASA is on board and Musk has a plan for a colony of up to 80,000 people, PETA is again jumping on the Mars bandwagon to promote veganism. Good news is “a vegan Mars is likely to be the norm and not just some pipe dream. Meat just isn’t sustainable or practical when it comes to space exploration,” the article says. NASA is even working a mostly vegan menu for the long journey.
2. Vegan Refuses Vaccination of “Religious” Grounds
“A customer service representative who is a vegan, similar to being vegetarian, was fired at a Cincinnati hospital for refusing a flu vaccination derived from chicken eggs.” It will be interesting to see how this case goes, as the worker is at a hospital, and refusing the vaccine could potentially put patients and other high-risk people in danger of getting the flu.
3. Miami Vegan Ultra Athlete to Munch Hummus, Sweet Potatoes During 62-Mile Race in Asia
I hope to transition back into running again as I lose weight, so I enjoy reading about vegan athletes like Chad Weller: “I’ll take a sweet potato, cut out the middle, and put salt in there with dates and agave. I store it in a backpack that I wear during the race. Then I eat the whole thing along the way like it’s an apple.” He only eats snacks like this at the beginning of the race. You know, like when you’re just getting warmed up at mile 25.
4. Steve-O Goes Vegan
Former Jackass Star Steve-O, the same guy that was once slingshotted into the air strapped inside a full port-o-potty, partnered with Farm Sanctuary to make a new documentary What Came Before (click link to watch the 11-minute video on youtube). The short video shows some graphic scenes inside slaughterhouses. I’ve never watched anything like this before, as I turned vegan for health reasons, so I was shocked.
5. Celebrity Vegans
R&B star Ne-Yo announced he is going vegan in 2013. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed a vegan meal plan put forth by Rip Esselstyn. “Essentially, what I’m trying to do is to get America to eat healthier. Right now we’re just drowning ourselves in dairy products, too many animal products, red meat, processed refined foods, [and] so we need to become a nation of plant-strong responsible eaters,” Esselstyn said about his diet.