Big Dairy to Pay $52 Million for Murderous Inflation Conspiracy | VegNews

The nation’s top milk producers killed 500,000 cows in order to keep the country’s dairy supply low while driving up consumer prices.

A class action lawsuit against the country’s largest dairy producers has been settled for $52 million after the National Milk Producers Federation was found to have been engaging in an illegal price-fixing conspiracy. The operation forced small dairy farms to kill off entire herds of cows in order to reduce the national milk supply and inflate prices of dairy products. By running the “dairy herd retirement program,” the National Milk Producers Federation has been responsible for the deaths of 500,000 cows and has cost consumers in 15 states and the District of Columbia millions of dollars. “The biggest dairy producers in the country, responsible for almost 70 percent of the nation’s milk, conspired together in a classic price-fixing scheme, forcing higher prices for a basic food item onto honest consumers and families,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman law firm. Animal protection organization Compassion Over Killing conducted initial research for the case filed in 2011, and says it is “pleased to see some justice for the half-million cows who were prematurely slaughtered, and the consumers who paid artificially high prices, all done merely to satisfy the dairy industry’s greed.”

Source: Big Dairy to Pay $52 Million for Murderous Inflation Conspiracy

Activist Seeks to Veganize Half of NYC’s Restaurant Menus | VegNews

Founder of Veganizer NYC says selling more plant-based food will save animals’ lives and boost restaurants’ profits.

Kiki Adami founded Veganizer NYC to pursue a very ambitious mission: convince every restaurant in New York City to make at least half of their menu items vegan. While Adami is driven by compassion for animals, her strategy for getting restaurateurs on board focuses on pragmatic matters such as attracting more customers and making more money. But rather than just tell restaurant owners that increasing their vegan options will improve their bottom line, she shows them by helping restaurants host vegan pop-up events. Adami has collaborated with five restaurants so far (including Pagani, Cabalito, Cafe Frida, and Keg 229) by connecting owners with vegan food suppliers and helping chefs veganize their existing menus, sometimes by simply replacing animal products with their vegan equivalents. Adami specifically targets meat-centric restaurants “to show people that if these restaurants can veganize, anything can veganize.” The pop-up events have brought in big crowds, persuading Veganizer’s partner restaurants to keep veganizing—and other restaurants to get with the program.

Source: VegNews.com

Elle Magazine: Why 12 Female Celebs Are Vegan | VegNews

World’s best-selling fashion mag highlights famous women’s reasons for being vegan—from animals and the environment to health and beauty.

Elle, the world’s best-selling fashion magazine, posted an article on its website entitled “12 Famous Vegan Women And Their Reasoning Behind The Lifestyle” that provides dietary insights from a variety of female celebrities. For singer Ariana Grande, actress Natalie Portman, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, the lifestyle change stemmed from ethical reasons. The latter went vegan after watching the documentary Earthlings, which includes undercover footage from inside factory farms. “You just see that, and you go, I can’t participate in that,” she told Katie Couric. “I can’t be a part of something that is suffering.” Pop superstar Miley Cyrus told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that she went vegan because she recognized the intelligence of her pet pig and blowfish, actress Ellen Page cites both animals and the environment as her reasons for being vegan, while British singer Ellie Goulding’s main reason for being vegan is health and fitness.

Source: Elle Magazine: Why 12 Female Celebs Are Vegan