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

1. Radioactive Fish, Plastic Gloves, and Horse Meat . . . All in Your Food

The horse meat scandal continues to widen its net, with more food getting pulled off store shelves every week. This week it was IKEA pulling packaged meatballs after Chezch authorities found traces of horse meat in them.

But horse isn’t the only thing finding it’s way into our meat supply. According to the AP, “Smithfield Packing Co. is recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic,” and a report released by researchers at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station found that bluefin tuna tested positive for radiation nearly two years after an earthquake triggered a nuclear leak in Japan.

The article did caution consumers not to panic. “The report notes that the levels present in the fish are well below what public health officials would deem dangerous,” wrote Aaron Sankin.

2. Cooking Vegan in the Nude and the Sexiest Vegan Next Door

There’s a lot of competition in the food blogging world. One group decided to get a leg up on the competition by cooking vegan dishes in the nude.

“I’ve had issues with body image and eating disorders in the past,” Jess told HuffPost WeirdNews. “This has been a healing process for me. People are saturated daily with unrealistic images of how bodies ‘should be’ from magazines, advertisements, and the media.”

Naked Vegan Cooking isn’t the only one using sex to get some publicity. PETA is looking for their annual Sexiest Vegan Next Door. The sexiest vegan (one male, one female) will each receive a seven-night trip to Hawaii.

Contestants have until March 8th to submit their photos.

3. Joaquin Phoenix “Drowns” in new PETA Ad

The Oscar-nominated actor appears in a new commercial for PETA, reenacting the terror fish experience in the final moments of their lives.

“I was 3 years old. To this day it is a vivid memory,” Phoenix said. “My family and I were on a boat, catching fish . . . The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.”

According to the article, PETA wanted to air the ad during the Academy Awards ceremony, but they were rejected by ABC for being “too political and controversial.” What do you think?