Starbucks Tests New Vegan-Friendly Lunch Menu | VegNews

100 Chicago stores are the first to sample Starbucks’ new Mercato lunch program, which includes a certified vegan salad.

Starbucks launched a new “Mercato” lunch menu in 100 Chicago locations today. The menu is a step in diversifying options for patrons of varying dietary restrictions and preferences, and, according to a Starbucks representative, will focus on “meeting a variety of dietary lifestyles, including vegan, vegetarian, and high-protein.” Mercato items will feature Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches and salads, including a certified vegan Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad made with cauliflower rice, cucumber, tomato, canola oil, lemon juice, parsley, scallion, extra virgin olive oil, mint, salt, lemon zest, pepper, and will be tossed with arugula. Starbucks made inroads with its vegan customers last year after its introduction of almond milk and the development of several plant milk-based veganizable signature drinks. The coffeehouse giant also recently introduced several vegan food options—including overnight grains soaked in coconut milk and a guacamole-like avocado spread—to all locations nationwide.

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Cows Escape Slaughter and Find Refuge at Sanctuary | VegNews

Six cows headed for slaughter in St. Louis have been taken in by local animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn.

Six cows escaped Minnesota slaughterhouse Star Packing Company last week through an open gate. The cows led police on a chase for several hours through north St. Louis before being captured and returned to the slaughterhouse. The chase gained national news coverage and after negotiation with Star Packing Company, animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn was able to relocate the cows to its facilities. The Gentle Barn is asking local animal rescue organizations for help as they lack the space necessary (approximately 20 to 50 acres of land) to house the cows. Concerned citizen Adam Brewer created a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe—which has raised more than $17,000 since the incident—to help cover costs at the animal sanctuary which will ultimately house the cows. Last year, comedian Jon Stewart and his vegan wife Tracey helped rescue bull Frank Lee—who currently resides at the flagship Watkins Glen branch of non-profit organization Farm Sanctuary—after he escaped from a New York slaughter facility.

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Vegan Memes Increased by Nearly 7000 Percent in 2016 | VegNews

A new study revealed that an astounding number of vegan-related memes are currently being shared online.

Pop culture media outlet Konbini recently conducted research to ascertain the biggest meme—a photo with overlaid text—trends of 2016. Using a tool similar to that of Google trends on meme aggregator website me.me, Konbini found that the usage of the word “vegan” (in both positive and negative connotations) has spiked by 6,930 percent since January 2016. “Memes are significant in public discourse surrounding politics, pop culture and even mental health,” Konbini writer Lydia Morrish said. “And no matter how much we play down the sharing of hundreds of thousands of these basic, pixelated but charming creations, memes highlight important shared cultural moments for the internet generation and beyond.” Social media platforms—particularly Instagram—continue to be an effective form of animal advocacy and have been credited for inspiring younger generations to adopt plant-based diets.

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