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Plant-Based Theme Parks

Disneyland Named ‘Most Vegan-Friendly’ Theme Park

Little by little, the world is becoming more vegan-friendly or aware of the lifestyle. With Disney recognizing that, they have gone above and beyond as of late to accommodate vegan’s dining choices at their theme parks. Because of that, PETA has named them the most “Vegan-Friendly Amusement Park.”

According to the organization, Disneyland offers vegan friendly dining options like egg-free waffles that are shaped like Mickey Mouse, a vegan gumbo dish, and even BBQ jackfruit sandwiches.

 

 

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Earlier this week, Foodbeast’s Constantine Spyrou broke news that Disney California Adventure would debut a 100 percent vegan meatball sub at its Food and Wine Festival. The sub will be made with Impossible meatballs, which further solidifies their effort to make more plant-based options available at the parks.

While PETA can be a bit off-putting to some with its notoriously aggressive marketing tactics and has been criticized for their in-your-face method of spreading their philosophy, their site is still a great resource for vegans and the vegan curious who need a little help finding good eats when out and about. If you need help finding vegan food in the wild, from Jack in the Box to Disneyland, PETA usually has your back.

For a full rundown of vegan options at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, PETA has a full list, categorized by each land.

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News Packaged Food

PETA Influences New Animal Crackers Packaging To Show Animals Roaming Free

There’s a good chance that Barnum’s Animal Crackers were a staple of your childhood. The iconic red and yellow box, with the cartoon animals are as nostalgic as it gets.

Well, there was a slight change made to those boxes, and you can thank PETA for it. From now on, those cute little circus animals will no longer be held in captivity of those constricting, drawn-on cages.

Yes, PETA fought to have the bars and circus trailers removed, instead going for a picture with the animals freely roaming in a very Lion King Pride Rock-looking scene.

In 2016, PETA wrote to Mondelez International, who is the parent company of the crackers, and asked to have the box cover changed.

The letter stated:

“Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats.”

Below is the mock-up that PETA suggested, and it looks like they did use the photo as a guideline:

 

 

 

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The Katchup

Here’s Why PETA Uses ‘Shock Tactics’ To Freak You Out

No one enjoys being called a murderer or likes being shown images of goats being beaten to produce milk, but PETA has never had a problem with those approaches in delineating their message, and has a reputation for such shocking campaign tactics. Hell, who can forget the “Don’t swallow, ditch dairy,” campaign where they depicted a woman with a face full of, um, bodily fluid.

These guerilla tactics are very much done consciously, and it is something PETA feels is necessary to bring attention to their animal-friendly mission.

PETA Media Director Ben Williamson joined The Katchup podcast, Thursday, and explained these “shock tactics,” and why they are done.

“We have to shake people up and wake them out of their comfort zone, just so they have this conversation,” Williamson said. “That’s what PETA has done for many years, and has been very successful.”

Williamson told The Katchup that in order to compete with major corporations, sometimes they have to shock the system.

From veganism becoming ever popular to their old school fur campaigns, their ways of getting their message across may feel questionable, but they’ve certainly been effective in getting people to talk about them.

And that’s exactly what they want.

“We are probably imperfect, but we see the situation as too urgent, too dire,” Williamson said.

The Katchup’s Geoff Kutnick asked Williamson about PETA being opportunistic and taking advantage of the news such as immigrant children being put in cages, and equating it to the treatment of animals. (12:12 in the podcast)

Williamson responded by saying it is all done in the name of grabbing people’s attention, and often fighting fire with fire:

“It is hard to reach people, as we all know. We could stand on street corners and hand people vegan recipes, but how many people is that ultimately going to change? PETA’s creative teams use sex, shock tactics, they use controversial methods ’cause we’re competing with wealthy corporations.”

While the podcast got a little tense with these topics, it was interesting to hear straight from someone at PETA why they believe all these maneuvers are necessary.

The Katchup conversation also gave insight on common PETA myths and stigma, such as them throwing paint on fur, and general conversations on how vegan food has evolved over the years.

For the full Katchup podcast, click here, and subscribe for more food conversations you will not find anywhere else.

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Hit-Or-Miss Now Trending

Cocky Chef Cooks A Deer In Front Of Angry Protesters [WATCH]

With a restaurant name like Antler Kitchen & Bar, this place is almost too easy of a target for animal rights activists.

A group of protesters stood outside the Canadian restaurant owned by Michael Hunter, and it probably wasn’t the type of attention he wanted around his establishment.

Guests inside the restaurant posted videos of the protesters, and seemed more amused than bothered, but Hunter still took a proactive next step to try and shoo away the picketers —a step that probably mortified the activists.

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Hunter grabbed a huge slab of deer meat, laid it on a table near the window where the picketers stood, and just started carving away to cook himself a nice medium-rare steak for dinner.

The protesters, who held signs that read “murder,” and “animals are not ours to use” were visibly and audibly disgusted, claiming that the chef was doing something illegal by prepping the meat in the dining area.

Police officers arrived on scene, probably because there was a large group of people causing a ruckus, but nothing escalated.

The chef ended up finishing his meal, and eating it in front of all the protesters, like a true gangster.

Antler is known for its Canadian wild game meat such as venison, boar, duck, and rabbit, and according to the Daily Meal, reservations have skyrocketed since videos of the incident started circulating.

This isn’t the first time Antler has seen protesters, as animal activists have proudly posted their displeasure in the past.

There is some serious shi.. hellhole out there I could’ve mentioned that @antlerkitchenbar menu looks like a scene from “Hannibal” but that’s not the point. Today while protesting we encountered quite an amount of people saying “Oh, but they’re selling wild meat which they’ve hunted, so it’s sustainable, better for the environment blah, blah, blah” Well, I have some news for you. No one hunted (or should I say “harvested”?) this meat. It’s illegal in Ontario to serve wild game in restaurants, so ALL these deers and boars were actually farmed. Yes, there is such a thing like deer, elk etc. farms and they’re not in any way different than, let’s say, beef farms. Animals are raised there as a livestock and killed for their meat while they’re only 1-2 years old. O, and they also serve rabbits and foie gras. Foie gras, Carl. In 2018. Did I say this place is a hellhole? #antlerkitchenbar #animalabusers

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When asked why he did it, Hunter told the Globe and Mail he was offended by the protesters acts, and decided to simply fight fire with fire.

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Animals Video

‘Free Range Eggs’ Is A BS Marketing Term, This Undercover PETA Footage Proves That

As animal cruelty issues have come to light, the food industry has responded by creating marketable terms that make their products sound more humane. “Free range eggs” is just one example of these terms, and while it sounds good for advertising, it may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

PETA recently went undercover at Nellie’s Free Range Eggs, named the top free-range egg brand by Forbes, to show what it means for your eggs to be “free range.” Nellie’s supplies their eggs to Costco, Whole Foods, Walmart, and other major grocers. PETA did not state which Nellie’s-owned farm was filmed as part of their project.

What’s shown here doesn’t fit the consumer image of “free range” too well. You’d probably think these hens have the ability to roam across acres of land, with plenty of space and indoor shelter as needed. Nellie’s restricted space and living conditions is clearly not that.

It may come as a shock, though, that from a legal standpoint, Nellie’s is following the letter of the law. Here’s the USDA’s definition of “free range eggs.”

For those eggs, we verify they are produced by hens that are not only housed in a way that allows for unlimited access to food and water and provides the freedom to roam within the area like cage-free hens but also gives the hens continuous access to the outdoors during their laying cycle.

Based on PETA’s footage, all of the above exist, even if the “access” to the outdoors is closed for most of the day and during the winter. The small hatches shown in the footage was described as merely “‘window-dressing'” by Dr. Holly Cheever, DVM, to PETA. She explained that the hatches allow the farm to be described as “‘cage-free’ and ‘free-range’ without any substantial improvement in the quality of the hens’ lives.”

The USDA’s definition isn’t even the most stringent that Nellie’s should be following. As a Certified Humane® egg producer, they also need to meet that organization’s definition for free range, which is as follows:

HFAC’s Certified Humane® “Free Range” requirement is 2 sq. ft. per bird.  The hens must be outdoors, weather permitting (in some areas of the country, seasonal), and when they are outdoors they must be outdoors for at least 6 hours per day.  All other standards must be met.

Nellie’s seems to fall a little bit short of the requirement here, with PETA reporting that the hens only had 1.2 square feet per bird. Former USDA veterinary inspector Dr. Lester Friedlander, BA, DVM, said in a statement that “1.2 square feet is to [sic] small for the chickens to roam freely.” However, hens had access to the outdoors (with the seasonal exception of winter) and access was given for about six hours per day. Thus, the farm fit within most requirements for the Certified Humane® tag, despite what consumers may think about the crowded interior and poorly treated chickens.

PETA’s undercover vid shows that “free range” isn’t the hen utopia we all think it is. If you’ve been paying a little extra for that label, what’s shown here may make you reconsider that choice.

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Animals Video

New PETA Ad Mocks ‘Humane Meat’ In Controversial Religious Sketch

PETA has been upping the aggressiveness of their marketing of late, especially when targeting fast food. The latest PETA ad, however, stirs up a bit of controversy to the group’s hard-nosed stance against eating meat.

The new commercial features a meat industry executive going to confession with a priest, portrayed by actor James Cromwell. After “confessing” that terms like “humane slaughter,” “sustainable,” “free range,” and other ethical meat terms are all a fraud and cheap marketing ploy. The exec then expects to receive forgiveness and penance for tricking millions of meat eaters. Cromwell, however, refuses to assign penance or forgive the man, saying that “we have to draw the line somewhere” before shutting the confessional window in his face.

PETA’s press release about the ad had some strong words against ethical livestock practices, calling humane meat a “myth.”

“Animals on so-called “humane” farms are typically mutilated without painkillers, artificially inseminated, kept in crowded conditions without access to sunlight or fresh air, separated from their offspring, and shipped in the freezing cold or suffocating heat to the very same slaughterhouses used by every other meat producer. There, they’re hung upside down and their throats are cut in full view of one another, often while they’re still conscious and struggling to escape.”

While the sketch and accompanying statement are powerful in delivering their message, there are a few things that PETA gets wrong in the matter.

Firstly, there are actually federal laws that dictate whether farms can make claims such as “free range” on their product. Not all of the claims are governed, like “all-natural,” but several are. Additionally, there are now “humane slaughter” programs in progress at slaughterhouses thanks to people like Temple Grandin, whose work drastically improved the conditions and practices of meat packing facilities nationwide.

PETA’s ad is also likely to draw the ire of many Catholic Christian organizations and factions due to their misappropriation of the sacrament of confession. Priests do not deny absolution or penance to those who admit their sins. While that is done in the commercial for theatrical effect, there are definitely those who will be offended by Cromwell’s priestly portrayal.

The PETA ad was scheduled to run during the Super Bowl, but cost negotiations with NBC have apparently stalled that effort, based on the activist group’s press release.

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Animals Hit-Or-Miss Now Trending

PETA Put A Dog’s Head On A Platter, Buses Refuse To Run The Ad

It’s well known that PETA is not afraid to make you feel uncomfortable while pushing their meat eater-hating agenda, but London buses refused to put up with a graphic ad that showed a roasted dog head being served on a silver platter.

In the controversial bus ad, PETA made the classic vegan argument that said, “If you wouldn’t eat your dog, why would you eat a turkey?” which is probably the ridiculous equivalent of, “You wouldn’t eat a poinsettia, why would you eat lettuce?”

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On its latest Instagram post, PETA UK said:

One hundred buses were meant to be serving up some food for thought from PETA this Christmas, but at the last minute, London Buses refused to run our advert on the grounds that it may cause offence.
What’s truly offensive isn’t the ad but killing millions of turkeys for Christmas dinner – who have the same capacity to feel pain as dogs and cats.

The bus company, Transport for London, had a legit reason for nixing the ad, though. According to Mashable, UK advertising standards prevent marketers from using shock tactics and fear to promote something. Shock value is PETA’s forte, so it’s a surprise they get any ads up in the UK, at all.

While the ads didn’t run on the buses, attention was brought to the photo, so PETA got the attention they wanted, anyway. Congrats.

 

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Fast Food Health Humor News

PETA Trolls Fast Food Restaurants By Placing Billboard Ads Right Next To Them

As an increasing number of people are willing to incorporate plant-based foods into their regular diets, PETA is hoping to take advantage and bring more people over to the vegan side. In their latest campaign to do so, PETA trolls fast food restaurants directly by placing their ads right next to locations.

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PETA’s strategically positioned ads attempt to convince people that animals like cows and pigs are “Me, not meat,” trying to get eaters to see that our burgers “are made of flesh and blood, feel pain and fear, have unique personalities, and value their own lives just as we do,” according to PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. So far, they’ve put signs up next to locations of McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Subway, and KFC in cities like Denver, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Phoenix.

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Of course, not everybody’s buying into PETA’s attempts to get them to stop feasting on animals. When PETA unveiled their crafty billboard campaign on Twitter, folks responded by declaring their love of meat.

Still, the call by PETA and others for less meat eating is reaching more ears. As fast food giants like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut add vegan items to their menus, the US killed 400 million fewer animals for food this year than in 2007, a 10% drop in that time span. So that message, whether it be on perfectly placed billboards or via new vegan food items, is definitely making an impact in today’s world.