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New Year's Resolution for 2011

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 11:39 AM Comments comments (0)

Move over factory farms and hello green gardens!, in collaboration with consumer strategist Robin Avni, has pinpointed the top eleven trends for 2011 and reducing meat consumption comes in at number 6.


The website writes:

“What’s been bad for the economy has been good for the greenhouse and the self-effacing vegetable is an emerging star. As general interesting in home-grown, organic and heirloom vegetables continues to soar, this root-bound revelation is not just about growing your own. It seems consumers have taken a shine to veggie delights, and as a result are consciously cutting back on eating meat, too. Even restaurants are getting into the act with popular Meatless Monday offerings. The main consumer motivation is health, but the reality is: it’s good for the body, the bank account and the environment.”

So, why are people saying yes to beets over beef? Here is the breakdown:



1. Health (75%)

2. Cost (35%)

3. Concern with Obesity (32%)

4. Better Recipes Available for Meatless Meals (25%)

5. Environmental Impact (19%)


I’ll admit I’m a bit shocked that concern for animal welfare doesn’t rank on the top five reasons people are reducing their meat consumption, but beggars can’t be choosers. The animals do end up benefiting big time. So, let’s role with it.

Climate Action Programme article

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 3:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Meat free COP16 pushes for UN to act on the impact of livestock agriculture on climate

A campaign to spread the vegan message to delegates at the international talks in Cancun is anticipated to highlight the impact emissions from animal farming have on the planet.


Meat Free COP16 is the name given to the movement, which encourages global leaders at the 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) to make what campaigners call an ethical lifestyle choice for world health, for the environment and for animals.

The view from campaigners is that emissions from animal farming are not sufficiently taken into account in international climate talks, even though the United Nations has produced reports that suggest that animal agribusiness is detrimental to the environment and promotes global warming.


According to a recent report from the UN, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Production and Consumption: Priority Products and Materials from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), shifting to a meat and dairy free diet could be an effective approach to dealing with climate change and its consequences.


“Both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives,” states the UN report. According to the report, agriculture contributes 14 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

There is no question that to stop global warming, CO2 emissions need to be cut, however according to a 2009 New Scientist article written by Kirk Smith, only about half the warming that has occurred up to now is due to CO2. Methane and nitrous oxide are widely considered to be the most significant GHGs. According to the article, livestock agriculture is a major source of methane and nitrous oxide.


Smith writes that methane is an attractive target for manipulation because "methane is removed from the atmosphere much more rapidly than CO2, with a half-life of 8.5 years compared with many decades for CO2". Therefore tackling methane could have an earlier impact on the pressing issue of global warming, he suggests.


According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, as well as being a main emitter of methane, the animal agriculture industry is one of the largest users of land and water, and a major cause of deforestation and biodiversity loss. It also leads to wide-scale land degradation, and is a major polluter of our rivers, oceans and drinking supplies, states the UN department.


“Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency,” stated the FAO, in 2006.


The Meat Free COP16 organisation states that it hopes delegates in the conference will set a good example by making a stand against animal agriculture. Furthermore they will push for COP16 organisers to provide only plant based meals during the conference, to show their complete resolve to tackle climate change as well as other environmental issues.

In addition, the organisation invites all members of the public to adopt what they call an “environmental, healthy and compassionate choice”.


Although the UN makes statements regarding the detrimental effects of animal agriculture, the issue is not high on the agenda for discussions in COP16. Campaigners of Meat Free COP16 anticipate that highlighting the issue will raise its standing in international talks, so that policies and regulations could be put in place if a collective agreement is reached.


To read the original article on the Climate Action website, please click here

Most Powerful and Coolest Men in America are Vegan

Posted on November 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

(The following excerpt is from the Business Week article "The Rise of the Power Vegans")


The Rise of the Power Vegans

Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, Bill Clinton and a comparable cast of heavies are now using tempeh to assert their superiority. A look at what gives


By Joel Stein


It used to be easy for moguls to flaunt their power. All they had to do was renovate the chalet in St. Moritz, buy the latest Gulfstream (GD) jet, lay off 5,000 employees, or marry a much younger Asian woman. By now, though, they've used up all the easy ways to distinguish themselves from the rest of us—which may be why a growing number of America's most powerful bosses have become vegan. Steve Wynn, Mort Zuckerman, Russell Simmons, and Bill Clinton are now using tempeh to assert their superiority. As are Ford Executive Chairman of the Board Bill Ford (F), Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, venture capitalist Joi Ito, Whole Foods Market (WFMI) Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, and Mike Tyson. Yes, Mike Tyson, a man who once chewed on human ear, is now vegan. His dietary habit isn't nearly as impressive as that of Alec Baldwin, though, who has found a way to be both vegan and fat at the same time.


It shouldn't be surprising that so many CEOs are shunning meat, dairy, and eggs: It's an exclusive club. Only 1 percent of the U.S. population is vegan, partly because veganism isn't cheap: The cost comes from the value of specialty products made by speciality companies with cloying names (tofurkey, anyone?). Vegans also have to be powerful enough to even know what veganism is.


"CEOs are smart. There just hadn't been enough exposure for people to glom onto this trend," says Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "The information is everywhere now. Instead of 'Better buy this blue chip,' it's 'Better eat vegan.' " When Newkirk learned Wynn had become a vegan, she didn't think the news was crazy. "Having dolphins in a small tank outside a casino is crazy," she says. "Ordering vegetables is not."

To read the full article please click here.

Meat Free COP16 (UNFCC Conference)

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

With COP16 around the corner, delegates and world leaders from around the world will once again be meeting to discuss the current climate change issues our planet faces. One goal of this meeting is to strive in making sustainable choices, therefore, we ask that our representatives and world leaders attending the COP16 truly take the initiative and demonstrate courage in choosing to be vegan during their attendance of this historical conference. By choosing to do so our delegates make a powerful statement,that is that they are determined to halt climate change by eliminating the root cause: Animal Agriculture.


Furthermore we call on the COP16 organizers to only provide plant based meals during the conference to show their complete resolve to tackle climate change as well as other environmental issues. The world will be watching the participants of COP16 in hopes that the right choices and steps are taken, to avoid further climate change related calamities.


That's why SAAW International has launched a new website to petition the COP16 delegates and organizers to make this year's UNFCC climate change conference truly sustainable by providing only plant based meals. 


To let the organizers and delgates know how you feel please visit to sign and send the letter!



Glee star Lea Michele reveals secret to success

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

    In the February edition of OK! Magazine, Lea Michele reveals her best diet secret.

"I'm a vegan," Michele explains. "It makes me feel really good and bright."

The 23-year old actress is best known for her role in the Fox TV series, Glee. Michele told OK! that she credits her vegan diet for giving her the energy to play the peppy Rachel Berry. In addition to sticking to a plant-based diet, Michele has campaigned against animal cruelty by posing in an anti-horse-drawn carriage ad for PETA.


However, Lea is not the only Glee star that is vegan, co-stars Jenna Ushkowitz who plays Tina and Dianna Agron who plays Quinn Fabray are both vegan too. When asked in an interview with Mother Nature Network how she protects the planet, Jenna replied "Not running the water when I brush my teeth, not running the shower too long, and I’m a vegetarian". More recently, Dianna Agron (Quinn) topped the PETA2's sexiest vegetarian list before being knocked off the the top spot by Olivia Wilde. By the way Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta topped the list of PETA's sexiest vegetarian male of 2010.


It seems like the Glee cast are a caring bunch so don't forget to tune in to Glee and of course go vegan!



SAAW September Newsletter

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 2:03 AM Comments comments (0)

Since SAAW International's successful anti-whaling campaign we have been hard at work protecting animals and raising awareness on various issues.



Recently we teamed up with The Jane Goodall Institute in Taiwan to raise awareness of the plight of zoo animals. The event, attended by Jane Goodall herself, was held at Hsinchu Zoo. Members of the public were invited to spend sometime in a cage to experience, if only for a few minutes, what zoo animals go through, day after day. SAAW was present to represent other animals that spend there lives in horrendous conditions such as farm aniamls.



We have also produced and distributed a leaflet in Chinese and English entitled "Why vegan?". This will soon be available for download from our website so that you can help spread the word too.



We also collaborted and sponsored an activity by WSPA to improve the understanding of animal welfare principles by Veterinary School faculty and students across Taiwan, Representatives from the OIE and other institutions were in attendance.



Going back to one of our previous campaign "Meat free Monday Taiwan", we're getting ready to hand-over our petition to the President of Taiwan, the Taipei mayor as well as the EPA. However we haven't reached our goal of 4,000 signatures yet, so please take the time to click on the following link and sign our petition and please forward the link to your friends and family. Here's the link:



We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and supporters for their tireless efforts to protect animals. Please support our cause by getting more people to join SAAW via our membership page.



Yours sincerely,

SAAW International


How to feed the world by going veggie

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM Comments comments (0)

I don't eat bacon cheeseburgers. About three years ago I gave up red meat and pork. I am American, and brother do I love bacon cheeseburgers. But I decided that as part of the imperfect project of trying to live a decent, moral life, I could no longer chow down on bacon cheeseburgers. I could not put my preference for the taste of a certain type of protein above the hunger of starving babies, or the imperative of tackling climate change.


It is one of the great failings of the environmental movement—and successes of the food lobby—that most people have no idea that bacon cheeseburgers have anything to do with starving babies, or climate change. Meat production is incredibly energy intensive. According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, meat production accounts for 18% of annual greenhouse-gas emissions — more than transportation, which accounts for roughly 14%. What's more, millions of acres of rain forest are cleared each year for cattle ranchers and suppliers of animal feed, wiping out one of the world's great "carbon sinks" and further accelerating climate change. A simultaneous problem is that meat production is also incredibly energy inefficient. We feed far more calories to cattle in the form of grain than we consume from their flesh. In a world where hundreds of millions of people go hungry, we snatch food from the mouths of starving babies and feed it to plump beasts.


To read the full article please click here.

SAAW Anti-whaling Campaign - A Success!

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 1:23 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear SAAW Supporters,



We have great news for you and everyone that cares about animals and the environment!


As the IWC meeting in Agadir is now over, we have found out that the proposal to reverse the whaling ban has been rejected. Thanks to your efforts and the hard work of many concerned citizens and NGOs, we have managed to persuade the IWC member nations to keep the ban on whaling despite opposition from pro-whaling nations.


However the battle is not over, the pro-whaling nations are still allowed to hunt whales for so-called scientific purposes. Even though the Australian government has clearly shown and indicated that whales do not have to be killed to be studied.


With your support we will keep up the pressure on the IWC member states.


Thanks again!


To read press releases from the IWC meeting please visit

New UN report calls for global shift to vegan diet

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM Comments comments (0)

A new United Nations report entitled Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production is the first of its stature to actually stress the necessity of moving away from meat and dairy. Specifically, the paper says that “impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth [and] increasing consumption of animal products [...] A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”


For more information please click here


Martha Stewart Advises Reader On Healthy Meat-Free Diets

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (0)

During the past year or so, we’ve been pleasantly surprised to see Martha Stewart support a plant-based diet. Whether it’s hosting a vegetarian thanksgiving show or supporting vegan bakeries, it’s clear that Martha is happy to lend a hand to Team Veg!


In a recent column on, Martha was asked a question about preparing healthy foods for a vegetarian child. The reader asks, “My daughter doesn’t eat meat. What should she include in her diet to ensure she gets enough iron?”

Martha, having firsthand experience with her own vegetarian child, knew exactly what to say. She responded:

“There are plenty of iron-rich foods outside the animal kingdom, and a well-planned vegetarian diet can provide an ample amount. Spinach, kale, collard and similar leafy greens are all good sources, as are beans, nuts, eggs and whole grains, including quinoa and wild rice. Iron-fortified cereals and pastas are also worth seeking out.”


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