Beyond Meat & KFC Launch The ‘Plant-Based Spicy Beef Wrap’ In More Than 2,600 KFC Locations Throughout China

Beyond Meat is continuing its ongoing partnerships worldwide with KFC China, collaborating on a new Plant-Based Spicy Beef Wrap. Available for a limited time, the wrap is available now in over 2,600 stores in 28 cities throughout China.

This latest product launch follows the first collaboration between Beyond Meat and KFC China last year with the release of the Beyond Burger in select KFC locations around the country. Beyond Meat is proud to partner with KFC China to help support the brand’s commitment to offering its customers more diverse and sustainable protein options. KFC China’s initiatives match up seamlessly with Beyond Meat’s principles for offering plant-based meat that can benefit both people and the planet.

The beef wrap has long been one of KFC China’s in-demand limited menu items. However, this year marks the first time that the beloved juicy wrap is available with a great-tasting plant-based meat filling. The

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Twelve Dead Whales Have Washed Up On Shore In Northern California This Year; Stronger Regulations Are Needed To Save Them

Photo By: Barbie Halaska, NOAA Permit #18786

Conservation groups and concerned citizens gathered at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco earlier this week to honor 12 dead whales that have washed up on shore in the Bay Area so far this year. It is believed that at least four died from ship strikes.

“Dead whales washing up on Bay Area beaches is a wake-up call. We answered that call at this event by demanding action to address ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and climate change,” said Steve Jones with the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “Whales are essential to healthy oceans because they spread nutrients and store carbon. The more we can do to protect them as their populations recover, the better off we will all be.”

A Wake for the Whales. Photo By: Mark Palmer

Against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, through which cargo

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Breaking! U.S. Senate Passes Ban On The Shark Fin Trade; Next Step Is To Pass The House Of Representatives

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (S. 1106), a bill that would ban the buying and selling of shark fins in the United States, as part of a broader legislative package known as the United States Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260). Similar legislation (H.R. 2811) has been introduced in the House of Representatives and currently has more than 130 bipartisan cosponsors.

“This is a great day for sharks and our oceans,” Whitney Webber, Campaign Director at Oceana said in a statement. “We are now one step closer to officially removing the United States from the shark fin trade.”

Webber applauded Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Shelley Moore Capito for their steadfast leadership on this important legislation, and Senators Maria Cantwell, Roger Wicker, and Brian Schatz for their support of the bill during committee markup last month.

“The House already showed its

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Join Mercy For Animals On June 10th For Their HOPE Gala Honoring Dr. Jane Goodall, Hosted By Tabitha Brown

Photo by: Vincent Calmel

Mercy For Animals, one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices, will hold its Mercy For Animals Hope Gala on June 10th. The event is hosted by NAACP Image Award winner, actress, and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown (Showtime’s The Chi).

This year’s one-of-a-kind virtual gala, which also includes an online auction, will celebrate Mercy For Animals’ 22nd anniversary and honor leaders in animal welfare and the plant-based food industry. Actors and activists Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara will present the Hope Award to Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, who is also a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

During the program, Mercy For Animals will also give awards to Miyoko Schinner, Founder of the popular dairy-free cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery; Pinky Cole, vegan restaurateur; and Erik Hastings, a former undercover investigator

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Breaking! More Than 100 Injured Donkeys Rescued From Slaughter For The Skin Trade In South Africa

Over 100 donkeys were recently rescued from being slaughtered for the barbaric skin trade by the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), with assistance from the Mooi River SPCA.

As per a statement by The Donkey Sanctuary, which supports and works with the NSPCA to help end the cruel and unnecessary global skin trade, the rescued donkeys, including several young foals, were en route from South Africa to neighboring Lesotho; a country where there has been an escalation in the illegal skin trade for the production of ejiao.

“The incident appears to signal a shocking return of the donkey skin trade after almost 18 months of apparent inactivity,” said Marcelle Meredith, Executive Director of the NSPCA, further explaining that the organization has been investigating the donkey skin trade for more than five years. “The manner in which donkey skins are obtained is gut-wrenching, starting

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A Canadian Woman Named Vanessa Rondeau Was Arrested For Selling & Smuggling Polar Bear Skulls Into The U.S.

Left photo from The Old Cavern Boutique’s Facebook page

On Friday, May 28th, 26-year-old Vanessa Rondeau, of Montreal, Quebec, was arrested and charged with the illegal sale and transportation of polar bear skulls to an undercover agent who was pretending to be a buyer based in Buffalo, New York. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

As per a statement released by the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York, Rondeau, who initially appeared in U.S. District Court in Vermont, was released on $50,000 cash bail. Rondeau’s next court appearance will take place in New York on June 15th.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant owns and operates a business called The Old Cavern Boutique in Montreal, which offers for sale a variety

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World Animal News TOP Stories Making Headlines

1. High Fashion Brand Valentino To Go Fur-Free By 2022 & Will Also Be Closing Down Their Fur Subsidiary, Valentino Polar

Iconic Italian fashion designer Valentino is the latest major fashion house to eliminate fur from its collections. The company will phase out fur by the end of this year, as well as close down its fur subsidiary, Valentino Polar.

This announcement comes as the UK government is considering making Britain the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur. Valentino joins a rapidly expanding group of fashion designers dropping fur, including: Prada, Gucci, Armani, Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Burberry, among many others. Most recently, British high fashion house Alexander McQueen and Spanish designer Balenciaga also declared a fur-free policy.

Humane Society International/UK commissioned a YouGov opinion poll that revealed that 93% of the British population rejects wearing real animal fur, and 72% supports a ban on

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The Body Shop Commits To Going 100% Vegan By 2023 & Will Launch Global Refill Stations Starting This Year

Earlier this week, The Body Shop announced that by the end of 2023, its entire product formulations portfolio will be certified by The Vegan Society and carry its Vegan Trademark. In 1989, The Body Shop was the first cosmetics company to campaign against animal testing. The company maintains the fundamental belief that animals should not be harmed in the pursuit of beauty.

The Vegan Society represents the global gold standard in vegan certification and takes an extremely thorough approach to certification, checking on every supplier and manufacturer of raw materials. For The Body Shop, that is over 3,700 raw materials. Currently, 60% of The Body Shop’s products are already vegan.

The company also announced that it is launching an ambitious rollout of refill stations across 500 stores globally this year, and another 300 stores in 2022. The Body Shop will extend its in-store recycling initiative Return, Recycle, and Repeat, 

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A Historic Rescue Operation As Animals Asia Saves And Transports 101 Bears From Bear Bile Farms In China To Their New Home

Animals Asia has successfully completed the largest operation of its kind by any animal welfare organization in the world. They just helped to transport 101 Asiatic black bears that were saved from bear bile farms in China to their new home in Chengdu.

The momentous rescue is the result of eight years of tenacious work and will provide an invaluable guide for animal welfare organizations around the world.

The Animals Asia team has been rescuing bears since 1994. They operate award-winning bear rescue sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, and are the only organization with a bear sanctuary in China. 

While the Animals Asia team was carrying out the historic operation on the ground, Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Lesley Nicol, Matt Sorum, Rick Wakeman, and many other actors, musicians, and animal advocates, waited for the news that their adopted bears were among the ones transferred to their

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Breaking! Cyberattack On JBS Foods Causing Slaughterhouses To Shutdown Throughout The U.S. & Australia

While a recent ransomware attack on JBS Foods, one of the world’s largest beef and pork companies, may result in a short-term meat shortage in North America and Australia, it is an extra opportunity for plant-based options to become more mainstream.

With so many delicious plant-based foods becoming increasingly accessible to people worldwide, the need and desire for meat may be on its way out. Through increased awareness, backed by scientific studies, more and more people are quickly realizing that it is neither humane nor healthy to consume animals, and that the wave of the future is plant-based.

Image from Vivera, Facebook page

According to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, the cyberattack temporarily shutdown beef plants located in Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

WAN’s research revealed that JBS Foods itself is already moving towards investing in plant-based alternatives to meat products.

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