4. LA Schools Go Meatless on Mondays

Meat-free Mondays are taking over! Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Meat-free Mondays are taking over many U.S. school districts. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The Los Angeles Unified School District took its city’s resolution of making every Monday meat-free to the next level by eliminating meat from its school lunches on Mondays.

The second largest school district in America, which reportedly serves 650,000 meals in each K-12 school, joins 29 countries, numerous celebrities, and a handful of cities in America that have endorsed the Meatless Monday Campaign.

 

5. Anti-Whistleblower Bills Defeated

Ag-gag bills are popping up all over the nation. Photo Credit: whistleblower.org
Ag-gag bills are popping up all over the nation. Photo Credit: whistleblower.org

In order to keep the public in the dark about the animal abuse taking place in factory farms and slaughterhouses, agribusinesses pushed 15 anti-whistleblower “ag gag” bills in 11 states in 2013.

“Ag gag” bills are designed to prevent anyone from exposing animal cruelty by making it a crime to take a photo or video of abuse without permission, and by effectively making it illegal for an investigator to acquire employment at a factory farm or slaughterhouse.

Fortunately, none of the “ag gag” bills passed in 2013.

 

6. World Trade Organization Upholds EU Seal Trade Ban

Baby harp seals, native to the northern Atlantic, are prime targets during commercial seal hunting. Photo Credit: Nation Geographic
Baby harp seals, native to the northern Atlantic, are prime targets during commercial seal hunting. Photo Credit: Nation Geographic

In 2009, the European Union moved to end the cruel clubbing of seals by banning imported seal products.

This year, after Canada and Norway challenged the ban, the World Trade Organization upheld the EU ban, claiming it addressed, “public moral concerns.”

With the EU, 34 countries now ban imported seal products, and the ban’s impact on the seal hunt is becoming apparent. In 2012, 91,000 seals were killed—well below the government quota of 400,000.

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