"A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter"
Vegetarian Society

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Australia Day lamb ad, starring Lee Lin Chin, attracts dozens of complaints from vegans

It has clocked up over 400,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded just two days ago and has gone viral on social media, but not everyone is happy with the latest lamb ad from Meat and Livestock Australia.
The ad features SBS newsreader and social media sensation Lee Lin Chin as she masterminds a plan to bring Australians home for Australia Day so they can eat lamb.

However, one particular scene has already been the subject of dozens of complaints.

It shows a team of special agents breaking into a New York apartment and using a blow torch on a table when the occupant protests that he is vegan.

Andrew Howie from Meat and Livestock Australia defended the scene, saying it was a bit of fun.

"The torching is metaphorical towards the kale in the bowl (on the table)," he said.

Read Full Story Here

Friday, 22 January 2016

Is this Britain's first vegan pub? From the beer to the bar snacks it's all veggie-friendly here

Put aside thoughts of bare lettuce leaves and bland pulses, the UK's first vegetarian and vegan pub is set to tickle the taste buds and change the way you think about meat-free food.

Based in Hotwells, the Adam and Eve is run by the team behind the craft-ale pub, Small Bar, and promises to be a top destination for herbivores and carnivores alike.

The pub on Chapel Hill, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, serves exclusively vegetarian food and drink.

From the bar snacks and the beer, to the main dishes and the wine, everything is meat free and up to 80 per cent of the menu is suitable for vegan diets.

Read Full Story Here

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Ely student launches new campaign to help people become vegetarian in 2016

Will, a student at Sussex University, has launched Veguary:Ely, a campaign to encourage local residents to switch to a plant-based diet for February 2016 by ‘pledging’ to go vegetarian or vegan.

Cambridgeshire residents can pledge at www.veguaryely.co.uk before Sunday January 17 to be entered into a free prize draw to win a selection of luxury vegan food.

Pledgers will receive a free welcome pack in the post, exclusive recipes, and offers on vegan options from participating local restaurants in the area for the month.

Will, who has previously campaigned against fast food outlets coming to the city’s new leisure complex, said: “Choosing a plant-based diet is the best way to live a cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, and healthier life. It’s understandably a big change to make with the busy lives we all lead, but this campaign aims to make that change as easy as possible.

Click to read full story here

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Letter from the Gazette: An appeal on behalf of vegetarians

I would like to make an appeal to food outlets on behalf of vegetarians.

As a veggie of many years' standing I have enjoyed numerous excellent meat-free meals in restaurants, cafes and takeaways.

But I have had a run of bad experiences in the last few weeks that has undermined my confidence in the food I am served.

On four separate occasions recently I have ordered dishes from the vegetarian options in a restaurant, a café and two takeaways - and each time I’ve found pieces of meat in my meals. This has included finding a chicken bone, with meat still attached, floating in a bowl of vegetable soup and a meatball in a vegetarian stir fry.

On each occasion I have raised this with the establishment concerned and, with one exception (when they tried to imply I’d ‘planted’ the meat – for what reason they didn’t make clear) the response was apologetic and genuine. However, I certainly lost my appetite after my ‘discoveries’ and on each occasion didn’t complete my meal.

I’ve also been reluctant to return to these places because I now lack confidence in their kitchen practices - if they can accidentally drop a lump of meat in my veggie dish how do I know they are not cutting my vegetarian sandwich with a knife just used to cut a meat sandwich, or frying my egg in a pan that’s still swimming in bacon fat from a rasher they’ve just cooked?

Read full letter here

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

World’s First Vegan Avocado Ice Cream Launches

Vegan ice cream made from cold-pressed avocados? We’d like to kiss the geniuses responsible for this delight.

Created by a family business named Cado Desserts, Cado Avocado Ice Cream is the first avocado-based ice cream brand and is currently available in nine states across the Midwest.

Read Full Story Here