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Idaho Ag-Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional

State's law that made reporting animal abuse illegal has officially been overturned.

Yesterday, a United States District Court of Idaho judge signed a final judgment declaring the state’s standing “ag-gag” law unconstitutional and in violation of the first and 14th amendments. Ag-gag laws—which are currently in place in seven states—prevent employees, journalists, and animal advocates from documenting animal and worker abuse in the agricultural sector. In August, Matthew Liebman—senior attorney for Animal Legal Defense Fund, one of the animal-rights organizations that filed the original suit against the state of Idaho—spoke out on Reddit to promote conversation about the importance of undercover videos. In addition to keeping the public informed, videos exposing animal cruelty—similar to the recent investigation conducted by Mercy For Animals at pork giant Hormel—have been pivotal in changing legislation regarding animal cruelty, assisting in the closures of slaughter houses, and indicting animal abusers on criminal charges.

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NYC All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Fest Offers Vegan Scoops

Three-day festival Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park will treat guests to ice cream of every variety, including dairy-free scoops from Van Leeuwen, Ben & Jerry's, and Häagen-Dazs.
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Animal Ag Companies Fined $29M for Destroying Amazon

The government of Brazil slapped a hefty fine on feed suppliers to meat and dairy companies that sell to McDonald's, Burger King, and Walmart for destroying the country's biodiverse Cerrado region for profit.
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Moby Retires from Touring to Focus on Activism

…and to make vegan smoothies every morning after waking up in his own bed.
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UK Version of Beyond Burger Expands Across London

British vegan brand Moving Mountains expands its B12 burger to five locations of meat-centric chain Dirty Bones—where it will be served topped with vegan mac and cheese.
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Legendary Canadian Rugby Player Starts Vegan Cheese Brand

Nick Blevins' vegan lifestyle improved his performance on the field so much that he established a plant-based cheese and yogurt company to educate others on the benefits of plants.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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