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The Super Bowl, Undercover Vegans, Horse Meat, and Celebrity Chefs. Done Vegan Style!

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

1. Super Bowl

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With all the attention on the big football game this week, there’s no surprise to see articles like this popping up–“Football players go vegan, never felt better.” A few vegan football players according to the article: Seattle Seahawks guard Deuce Lutui, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Tony Gonzalez, Dallas Cowboys fullback Tony Fiammetta, and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams.

Foster said he’s faced a lot of criticism for the life change. “We’re emotionally attached to food, bad food. Think about every big event in America, it’s attached to food. Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, holidays,” said Foster. “That’s why people feel so strongly about it. They’re emotionally attached to it.”

Wing Bowl, a celebration of chicken wings held each year in Philadelphia the Friday before the Super Bowl, is expected to draw 20,000 people this year. PETA is heading to today’s event  to promote their message. “With all the delicious vegan options available, everyone should throw a flag on meat—and that includes football fans,” said Leila Sleiman, one of the “referees” PETA will have at the event handing out vegan chicken wings.

2. Vegan James Bond?

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Ever wonder about the spy work involved in getting undercover video from a slaughterhouse?  The Huffington Post ran an interview with Twyla François, the woman who ran an investigation team for the non-profit Mercy for Animals (MFA) Canada.

[We] uncovered thousands of pregnant pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small they were unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives; workers slamming piglets into metal poles or the concrete floor leaving them to slowly suffer and die; and workers cutting out the testicles and slicing off the tails of fully conscious piglets without the use of painkillers.

A three-member panel representing the agricultural industry defended all of these practices as being not only standard across the industry, but humane.
– Twyla François

3. Fast Food Trouble and Vegan Burritos

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Scandal broke out in Europe when it was discovered “the meat used in [some] Tesco burgers [contained] up to 29% horse DNA,” according to The Guardian. The story shone a light on the hypocrisy of having two classes of animals, wrote Ari Solomon:

This dramatic event shines a glaring light onto a sad societal hypocrisy: it’s considered acceptable to eat some animals–cows, pigs, and lambs, for example–but offensive to eat others, such as dogs, cats, and horses.

At least one fast food chain is looking to cater to the growing group of vegan customers. Chipotle is testing an organic, tofu-based filling for their burritos.

4. Vegans Chefs on TV

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Vegan cooking is seeping into the mainstream. ABC’s show The Taste, “a reality cooking contest similar to The Voice–featured vegan chef Dayna McLeod. The event marked the first time a vegan chef has been featured on a prime time cooking show,” wrote China Despain Freeman for ecorazzi.

Plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever’s new show debuted on the Veria network. Her show, What Would Julieanna Do? will “explore nutrition, cooking, fitness, yoga, fashion, beauty, raising kids, men’s health, women’s health, psychology, stress management, healthy living, travel, pets, and a whole lot more.” Whew.

She tweeted a hilarious parody of the popular song “Gangnam Style” redone as, “Vegan Style.” I had to share.


5. Milk and Quesadillas

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One Green Planet ran an articled called “10 Fascinating Facts About Cow’s Milk.” Among those facts were “countries with the highest dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis,” and “milk consumption in the U.S. has dropped 30 percent since 1975 and 3.3 percent in the last year alone.”

Finally, for those looking for an easy delicious dinner, I discovered an awesome quesadilla courtesy of TheVeganVentures. I never thought to put hummus on a quesadilla. It’s finger-licking good.

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