Progress! New Popeyes Commitment Will Reduce Suffering for Chickens

Good news! This week Popeyes Louisiana Chicken—the third-largest chicken chain in the United States—has become the latest brand to adopt the Better Chicken Commitment, a set of standards that will meaningfully improve chicken welfare in the company’s supply chain.

By signing on to this commitment—to be implemented no later than 2024—Popeyes joins more than 200 brands, including Subway, Starbucks, and Papa John’s.

The Better Chicken Commitment addresses the most pressing welfare concerns associated with the treatment of chickens raised for meat. It includes a commitment to transitioning to higher-welfare strains of birds, improving living conditions, and ending the horrific practice of live-shackle slaughter.

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Millions of Animals are Dying from the Australian Fires

(CNN) In a grim video posted on Twitter, a man drives into the fire-ravaged town of Batlow, in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). Both sides of the road are covered with ash and lingering smoke. They’re also littered with the charred remains of animals killed in wildfires that have ripped through the region.

The blazes, which have been burning across Australia for months, have razed homes and wiped out entire towns. Across Australia, nearly 18 million acres of land have been burned — much of it bushland, forests and national parks, home to the country’s beloved and unique wildlife.

Volunteers around the world are sewing pouches for Australia’s orphaned or injured kangaroos, koalas and bats. Nearly half a billion animals have been impacted by the fires in NSW alone, with millions potentially dead, according to ecologists at the University of Sydney. That figure includes birds, reptiles, and mammals, except bats. It also excludes insects and frogs — meaning the true number is likely much higher.

The total number of animals affected nationwide could be as high as a billion, according to Christopher Dickman, the University of Sydney ecologist who led the report.

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Colorado’s First Gentleman on Veganism, Animals, and LGBTQ+ Rights

Marlon Reis, Colorado’s first gentleman and father of two, is the longtime partner of Governor Jared Polis. Polis became the nation’s first openly gay man elected as a nonincumbent in Congress nearly a decade ago and is now the first openly gay governor of Colorado (second openly gay person elected to governorship in the U.S.).

But Marlon Reis is much more than a first gentleman and father. He is a vegan animal rights activist who has made animal welfare a main priority in his current role. Reis also enjoys writing, his pieces having been published by USA Today, Politico, CNN, and The Washington Post.

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Pope Francis offered $1m charity donation to go vegan for Lent

Environmental campaigners have issued a challenge to Pope Francis: go vegan for Lent and receive $1m for the charity of his choice.

The purpose of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, led by 12-year-old Genesis Butler, is to encourage people to eat less meat and dairy in order to fight climate change. Global warming cannot be beaten without huge cuts in meat eating in rich nations, research shows, while reducing consumption of animal products also tackles pollution and the destruction of forests and wildlife.

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New Jersey Becomes First State Ever to Ban Traveling Wild-Animal Acts

With New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature, “Nosey’s Law” is officially on the books! Despite a setback for the bill under the former administration, the Garden State is now the first state ever to enact a ban on traveling wild-animal acts.

This monumental victory for animals comes after more than a decade of persistence by PETA activists, who worked resolutely to save the elephant whose story inspired this ban—Nosey.

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As climate warnings loom, new poultry plant last thing Canada needs

While much of America reels from recent news regarding potentially catastrophic effects of climate change in the White House-commissioned National Climate Assessment (NCA), Canadians are instead learning of a new $660-million poultry processing plant opening in Ontario.

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WOW! 300,000 People Expected to Sign Up for Veganuary in 2019

Without a doubt, 2019 will be the year of the vegan! Veganuary, a charity dedicated to helping people switch to a plant-based diet at the beginning of the year, expects a record-breaking 300,000 people to sign up on its website to spend the first 30 days of 2019 vegan!

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