“Improving lives of millions of hens, pigs, calves should be at top of voters’ pecking order.” So says one of California’s largest newspapers this week in a strong editorial urging Golden Staters to vote YES on Prop 12. If enacted by voters this November, Prop 12 would create the strongest farm animal protection law on the planet. There’s a lot at stake for animals in the congressional elections, too. See how your federal reps voted on animal protection issues here.
There’s good news as well in the private sector, as food service giant Aramark released new research this week finding that “the majority of our consumers want to eat more plant-based foods.” As a result, diners in their cafeterias can expect to see far more plant-based options, as the link above describes.
That’s great news for animals in the near-term, and in the slightly longer-term, things are moving in the right direction. The Adam Smith Institute is throwing its support behind clean meat (real meat grown from animal cells). In a new report on the topic, the free-market think tank observes: “For 12,000 years humans have reared animals for meat. In future they will not need to.”
Just who’s going to help fund and incubate those clean meat and plant-based entrepreneurs? Meet the vegan Saudi Arabian royal who’s investing in a more humane future. His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal is our latest guest on the Business for Good Podcast!
Have a nice weekend,
P.S. Video of the week: What happens when pitbulls meet babies?
P.P.S. Photo of the week: This month I’m glad to celebrate 25 years of herbivory. What a quarter-century it’s been!