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Vegans Vie For Dairy-free Pumpkin Spice Latte

(VEGAN/ACTIVISM) Vegans are asking Starbucks to wake up and smell the coffee with a petition on Change.org. They are calling for the company to make their fall favorite, the pumpkin spice latte, dairy-free. While consumers can substitute soy milk in the drink, the pumpkin spice syrup itself contains condensed milk, making it unsuitable for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. This year marks the tenth anniversary since Starbucks starting selling the pumpkin spice latte and the petition claims Starbucks baristas tend to be unaware that the syrup even contains dairy. Read on for more and sign the petition here! — Global Animal

Eco-Fashion Fridays: Because Your Body Isn’t A Graveyard

(GREEN/FASHION) Beyond Skin, a fashion-forward, vegan shoe company, successfully reached their funding goal with the help of Change.org in order to make their innovative and eco-friendly line a little more wallet-friendly. Beyond Skin’s 'vintage style aesthetics’ accommodate the lady who is hip, classy, and unique, but most importantly has a heart that throbs for animals. With 100 percent recycled material, this compassionate brand guarantees sustainable and fair production. Beyond skin is also launching a more wearable line. Their freshly released Autumn-Winter 2013 line utilizes bold geometric designs, tribal patterns, warm colors, and a spice for femininity. Not only will your purchase make you a smart consumer, but a portion of the proceeds also go PETA. Take that, Marc Jacobs! — Global Animal 

Fracking Fluid At Fault For Killing Fish

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL CONSERVATION) KENTUCKY — A recent study of the 2007 oil fracking spill in a Kentucky creek shows that the chemicals released were likely to have caused the deaths of several fish species in the area, including members of a threatened species. Nami Resources Company, who were fined for violating the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts in 2009, continue to blame the incident on the independent contractors that they had employed for the project. Read on for more on the toxic spill and learn how entire populations are put at risk with even smaller-scale fluid spills. — Global Animal

Tofurky Treats Guests To Meat-Free Weekend

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) The first annual Tofurkyfest is taking place this weekend in Oregon. The company is opening a new production plant in Hood River and is throwing a celebration starting Friday, September 6th. Tofurky, a brand of Turtle Island Foods, Inc. offers a variety of vegan substitutes for meats and cheeses, ranging from deli "meats" to whole pizzas. Read on to learn about the festival's wide range of events and special guest speakers. — Global Animal

The Best Way To Save The Planet From Gold Mining

(ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE) Did you know that gold mining generates approximately 20 tons of toxic waste for every gold ring produced? As the number one cause of mercury pollution, gold mining is destroying the Amazon rainforests and other natural environments—including poisoning ocean life. The solution? Gold miners could use more eco-friendly mining methods, or better yet, the world could simply recycle the gold we already have. Read the article below to learn more about how the high price of gold has led to a drastic increase in gold mining as well as pollution, and learn how ethical considerations and consumer pressure could play a big role for recycled gold. — Global Animal

McDonald’s Dishes Out Meat-Free Wraps

(VEGETARIAN) CANADA — McDonald's is now expanding its menu to include meatless veggie wraps in Canada. The vegetarian wraps contain cheese but it can also be omitted for a vegan option. The Mediterranean Veggie and the Santa Fe Veggie wraps will be a welcomed change since McDonald's has not introduced a vegetarian option in over a decade. Some are skeptical about the wraps, claiming any vegan or vegetarian support for McDonald's would be a contradiction due to their mainly meat-based menu. However, others are optimistic about the chance for meat eaters to be exposed to more veggie dishes and claim that it is a step in the right direction. For now, the wraps will only be served in Canada but some Americans are hopeful they will make their way south of the border to the United States. Read on for more on the fast food chain's other attempts to migrate menu items. — Global Animal

Busy Beavers Battle Climate Change

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) We all know beavers have heavy workloads. But scientists have found that beavers also play a prominent role in cutting carbon emissions. Approximately eight percent of carbon is reduced by the carefully crafted beaver dam, which is 18 percent less than the potential reduction rate if it were not for human disturbance to beaver environments. The recent study suggests these animals sufficiently help keep the environment resilient against climate change, drought, and wildfires. Read on for more on North American beaver populations and their significant impact on the ecosystem. — Global Animal

Top Reasons To Go Vegan: Fish Are Friends, Not Food

Prison’s Animal IQ Is A Crime

(VEGETARIANISM) If Orange Is the New Black, then fish is the new tofu—at least according to officials at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Connecticut who defy biology by claiming fish meat is not actually meat. Inmate Howard Cosby requested vegetarian meals due to his personal religious beliefs, but has been repeatedly denied as the prison continues to feed him seafood three times a week. Cosby enlisted the help of PETA after his complaints to the prison were ignored. Read on to find out why the prison is making a mistake by not adopting a more animal friendly diet. – Global Animal

A Cringing Cease in Evolution

(GREEN/ANIMAL CONSERVATION) Our planet is deteriorating at an exponential rate due to various factors including carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, deforestation, and so on. A recent study found that an increasing number of species are unable to evolve due to rapid climate change. And while some species are successful at adapting quickly and can thrive in a changing world, a shocking number of animals will no longer exist within the next one-hundred years. Continue reading about the evolutionary process and how it relates to climate change below, and click here to sign a petition to help put an end to global warming. — Global Animal

Kelly Osbourne’s Future Hubby Helps With Vegan Slimdown

(CELEBRITY) Fashion Police star Kelly Osbourne, who recently announced her engagement to vegan chef Matthew Mosshart, credits her fiance's influence in the kitchen for her remarkable slim down and for keeping the weight off in a delicious and creative way. Her recent introduction to vegan alternatives, with the handy tips and continuous support of her fiancé, has allowed her to shed the last few stubborn pounds. Read more to hear about her healthy transformation. — Global Animal

Where’s the Beef? Scientists Serve up Lab-grown Burger

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) LONDON — On Monday, scientist Mark Post introduced taste testers to a hamburger patty grown entirely in the lab. This alternative to farm-raised beef has animal rights activists and environmentalists talking. But the big question is whether vegans and vegetarians are interested in this alternative or if the new meat source will end up enticing more carnivores? Read on to see what vegans, vegetarians, and sympathetic carnivores are saying about the brand new burger. — Global Animal

Scientists Save Bats, And Us

(SCIENCE) A mysterious fungus has been crawling west from New York for a strong seven years now. The fungus attaches itself to it's carrier and makes it's way from cave to cave, eventually killing the animal through starvation. While the cause of the fungus has gone undetectable, scientists have recently identified an important missing link to this disease which leads experts closer to saving a small but vital part of the eco-system, the bat. Continue reading the article below for more scientific details on solving the mystery. — Global Animal

Cheers To Celebrity’s Green Invention

(CELEBRITY NEWS) Actor and environmental activist Woody Harrelson has invented a new paper option using only 20 percent wood—the most eco-friendly paper to date. The co-founder of Step Forward Paper claims a tree is saved for every two boxes of their “green” paper purchased. The copy paper is available now in the United States exclusively at Staples and the price is comparable to that of recycled paper. Read on to learn more about the product and its benefits for the environment. — Global Animal

This Sister Says ‘No’ To Animal Products

(VEGAN) It seems veganism is gaining popularity among celebrities and non-celebrities alike for two main reasons—happiness and healthiness. Actress and singer Tia Mowry has recently teamed up with PETA to share her experience of going vegan and the advantages of a vegan lifestyle. Read on to learn more about Mowry's experience with veganism and see the ad campaign yourself. — Global Animal

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