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What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960′s brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story about what Earth Day is all about, and what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

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20 Ways To Celebrate World Vegan Month

(VEGAN) November is World Vegan Month and there is no better time to transition to a vegan diet. World Vegan Month celebrates the founding of the world’s first vegan organization. On November 1, 1944, The Vegan Society was founded in England by Donald Watson. He coined the term vegan and used it to refer to vegetarians who also abstained from eating dairy. Interest in a vegan diet is on the rise and more people are eating less meat. There are many reasons to enjoy a vegan diet, including health and environmental benefits. But for many, it is a matter of animal rights and boycotting an industry that treats animals inhumanely. Below are some tips to help transition into a cruel-free diet and celebrate World Vegan Month. — Global Animal

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Caramel Popcorn

(VEGAN) What is Halloween without some caramel goodness? Vegan caramel can be difficult to find in a store because it’s generally butter- or cream-based, but it is surprisingly effortless to make at home with simple substitutions. This creamy caramel popcorn recipe is easy to make because it doesn’t require a candy thermometer and is sure to satisfy any caramel craving. This crunchy, sweet treat is great for any holiday gathering and can make a great gift for friends and family! — Global Animal

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Students Vegging Out In School

(VEGETARIAN/GREEN) Just say no! To sloppy joes and chicken nuggets, that is! This is what students in Queens,New York are doing since their school decided the carnivorous options their city provided weren’t healthy enough. Public School 244 in Flushing is now serving vegetarian-only foods like roasted tofu and braised black beans, and the kids are thriving because of it. Since switching over in January, the students reportedly have longer attention spans, better academic scores, and according to the principal, the number of overweight and obese students has dropped two percent in just one semester. Not everyone has to veg-out though. Students are welcome to bring their own meat-friendly lunches from home, but only a small percent are opting to brown-bag it. So it looks like kids will eat their vegetables! All they need is a menu more creative than just plain peas and broccoli. If all schools did this kids would not only be more fit, but they’d also learn healthy eating habits that could stay with them for the rest of their lives. To create a similar meal plan in your school click here to go to the New York Coalition For Healthy School Food website, and for more on P.S. 244 read below and hear what some of the kids had to say about their delicious new plant-based diet. — Global Animal

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Tomato Basil Soup With Croutons

(VEGAN) Soup can be so satisfying on a cool day and is many people’s go-to remedy for when they feel a cold coming on. Tomato basil soup is an excellent choice in boosting your immune system, as both ingredients contain antioxidants that can protect against damage from free radicals. This is one of the easiest soup recipes to make, yet it tastes deceptively decadent. It is creamy, as any traditional tomato basil soup should be, and can be enjoyed as a full meal or paired with a sandwich or salad. Homemade sourdough croutons are the perfect complement to this rich, flavorful soup. Serve up a bowl for lunch, brunch, or dinner! — Global Animal

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Cruelty-Free Competition For Faux Fur Fashion

(FASHION/FUR) The Humane Society of the United States is hosting a design competition this year at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. The contest will concentrate on faux-fur fashions and will challenge students to develop a design that can be used as their thesis or other major project. It will also educate them on cruelty-free materials and fur alternatives. The contest launched in August accompanied by a workshop held by renowned faux fur designer Donna Salyers, and will continue until later this year. Read the full article below for more on this animal-friendly fashion contest. — Global Animal

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Fabulous-Furs Founder Talks About Her Faux Fur Success

(VEGAN FASHION/FUR) Fabulous-Furs founder Donna Salyers’ fashion company has become the leader of the faux fur market. In her Q&A with PETA, she ironically confesses how her company was founded as a result of a real-fur shopping trip. While driving to the fur salon to buy her first mink, Salyers heard a terrifying story about how kittens were skinned and used to pose for “mink teddy” coats. Terrified enough about the idea of potentially wearing one herself, she returned home and let go of the idea of ever wearing real fur. Continue reading below to learn more about her design process and the faux fur business. — Global Animal

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Migrating Monarchs Mourn Loss Of Habitat

(SKIES/WILDLIFE) A recent study on the Monarch butterflies’ winter habitat in central Mexico claims logging may be seriously threatening the winged creatures’ migration pattern. At its peak in 2005, logging destroyed as many as 1,140 acres per year throughout the region. A report in March said the number of butterflies arriving to Mexico this past year dropped 59 percent—the third straight year of declines for the butterflies and the lowest their populations has dropped in two decades. Read on to learn more about what can be done to prevent more of the butterflies’ habitat loss. — Global Animal

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