Slaughter-Free Turkey Comes to the Table by 2030 | VegNews

Food technology professor Paul Mozdziak says his cultured turkey will be a viable alternative, hitting supermarket shelves in the foreseeable future.

A recent feature published in tech industry outlet Technology Review focused on North Carolina State University professor and food biologist Paul Mozdziak and his mission to bring a slaughter-free turkey alternative to consumers by 2030. Advancements in cultured meat—or what food advocacy group Good Food Institute now calls “clean meat”—have primarily focused on beef cells grown in-vitro. However, Mozdziak’s project sets out to address the cruel turkey production industry by growing 20 trillion turkey nuggets from one pencil-eraser sized biopsy of cells. Mozdziak received a grant of $118,800 from New Harvest—a company which focuses on advancing cellular agriculture—to make his project scalable. “Years from now, when people are [in] the grocery store trying to decide if they want to buy traditional versus cultivated meat,” Mozdziak says, “I am 100-percent sure that cultured meat is going to be just as cheap, if not cheaper.” Mozdziak hopes that his efforts will substantially reduce the suffering of turkeys raised for food within an industry slaughters upwards of 46 million birds annually for Thanksgiving alone.

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Marine Animal Park Charged with Five Counts of Cruelty | VegNews

Ontario SPCA charged aquatic park Marineland with several counts of cruelty for abusive treatment of peacocks, guinea hens, and black bears.

The Ontario arm of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) charged area aquatic park Marineland with five counts of animal cruelty on Friday under the Ontario SPCA Act. During a recent visit to the marine park, the animal welfare organization found a peacock in distress, neglected guinea hens, and malnourished black bears. The OSPCA did not have the authority to remove the animals in question, however, the organization continues to monitor Marineland to ensure the charges are addressed. “Reports of animal cruelty are taken very seriously,” OSPCA’s Senior Inspector Steve Toy says. “When we receive reports of cruelty that involve wildlife or exotic animals, we will utilize our experts as well as industry experts to assist us with our investigation.” While United States-based SeaWorld has received extensive attention for continued mistreatment of marine animals, these charges extend the conversation to all companies that benefit from the exploitation of animals for entertainment.

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UK Currency is Not Vegan | VegNews

The new £5 banknote will be made using rendered beef or mutton fat known as tallow.

New £5 banknotes containing “tallow,” or rendered beef or mutton fat, entered into circulation in England this September. The notes are printed using plastic polymer pellets for the materials’ stain- and water-resistant qualities. The Bank of England confirmed via Twitter on Monday that tallow was present in the banknotes. Concerned citizen Doug Maw launched a petition—which currently has over 100,000 signatures—on Change.org to remove the animal product. “This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK,” the petition states. “We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.” The petition will be delivered directly to the Bank of England urging them to remove tallow from the new banknotes.

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