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We Stan Native Shoes

Native shoes are stylish, eco friendly and not only vegan but PETA approved! They also have a recycling programme, so you can send your old Native shoes back. By 2023, they aim to have every one of their shoes recycled through their The Native Shoes Remix™ Project.
They have a gorgeous range for both adults and children, check them out here.

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Meat the Future

Jane Goodall narrates a new documentary, Meat the Future. Unsurprisingly, this documentary focuses on what is considered the future of protein – lab-grown meat.
Filmed over a period of 5 years, Meat the Future, follows Dr. Uma Valeti, Co-founder and CEO of Upside Foods, and his team, as they break ground in this futuristic industry.
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8 of the World’s Best Vegan Restaurants

While many people travel to check out the local attractions, architecture or wildlife, vegan foodies are looking for that magical, vegan restaurant. Somewhere, where the food is the main memory of the holiday, leaving the taste of the entree and the texture of the dessert in the memory for years to come.
If this is you, check out this list of the top 8 vegan restaurants in the world put together by Lifestyle Asia here.
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Why The CO2 Shortages Make It The Best Time To Go Vegan

Gas price hikes are contributing to CO2 shortages that are affecting the meat industry in the UK and beyond. The cruel slaughter process relies heavily on CO2, and thus these shortages are causing backups and even leading to animals being “culled” on farms. Clearly, the food system that uses industrial animal agriculture is not sustainable and is unnecessarily inhumane. As these issues become increasingly and abundantly clear, the imperative becomes stronger for more people to go vegan. Read the full opinion piece here.

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Love Cannoli?

Who doesn’t love cannoli? But, have you heard of… cannoli dip?! Try it out here.

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Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation

Encompass has recently published this series of 16 essays by a diverse group of authors within the animal advocacy movement. It deals with topics from accountability to leadership. While fighting for the animals is the priority, it is important to never lose sight of the systems of oppression that are sometimes perpetuated within the animal advocacy movement. Check it out here.

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Cory Booker

It’s not often that we hear about vegan politicians, but then there’s US politician Cory Booker. A member of the Democratic Party, Booker went vegan in 2014 when he was 45. Before being voted into the US Senate in 2013, Booker was the Mayor of Newark for seven years. He stopped eating meat as a college student after reading Gandhi’s autobiography, “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, then committed to going vegan after learning of the terrible toll on the environment that animal agriculture has. Convincing most Americans to adopt a plant-based diet would be an incredibly hard sell, so Booker’s focus is on changes to the treatment of animals and intensive farming. In an interview with VegNews, he stated, “I believe that Americans do care about the cruelty to animals… so, I think there’s a lot of legislation we could be doing to [stop] corporate power from reigning over the power of individuals to have freedom of choice, to see more compassion, to see a focus on public health.”
In 2020, Booker ran for Democratic candidate for President of the United States, which was ultimately won by Joe Biden. With plenty of time left in his political career, could Booker be the first vegan president? We certainly hope so.
Written By IVWT Member Steve Phillips
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Billie Eilish

Insanely successful pop singer, Billie Eilish, can not only lay claim to winning a huge array of awards in her short career in music, but also to the equally impressive feat of never having eaten meat in her life. After being raised as a vegetarian, the singer ditched all animal products at the age of 12. After learning about the inherent cruelty and violence of industries that exploit animals, she was compelled to leave those products off her plate and off her body. Billie stated, “Once you know that kind of thing and you see it, it’s really hard to go back.”
Eilish has used her platform as a pop singer to promote the benefits of avoiding animal products, using social media to point out to her millions of followers the cruelty of industries that exploit animals to be eaten and those industries that exploit animals for their skin.
She has publicly criticised the mink industry and using animal skins in fashion. In September 2021, the singer caused fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, to stop using fur in his fashion creations. Eilish agreed to wear one of the designer’s dresses to the Met Gala in New York under the condition that the fashion house commit to excluding animal fur from their designs. After the event, Billie wrote on Instagram: “It was an honor to wear this dress knowing that going forward Oscar de la Renta will be completely fur-free!!!!” She went on to say: “I’m honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter. I urge all designers to do the same.”
Continuing her influence on fashion, Eilish recently teamed with Nike to launch Air Jordan shoes that are totally vegan.
Written By IVWT Member Steve Phillips

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