13 Victories in Animal Rights and Environmentalism

Have you heard any good news lately? To get you into the grateful spirit of Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled thirteen victories to bring a smile to your face and a warm glow to your heart. We’d love it if you contributed further victories to be thankful for in the comments section.

Animal Rights Victories in the U.S.

A growing number of airlines are refusing to carry shipments of shark fins and Jet Airways joined their ranks earlier this month.
According to Humane Society International (HSI), India wildlife campaign manager, Chemudupati Samyukta, “…Sharks are important to the survival and maintenance of healthy marine ecosystems… We are thrilled that Jet Airways has taken this environmentally-responsible decision.”
By instituting this ban against the carriage of shark fins, Jet Airways has joined the growing league of environmentally conscious airlines such as Emirates, Philippines Airlines, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Qantas and Air New Zealand, all of whom have made a public commitment to stop carrying shark fins
If SeaWorld is looking to build a new park in California, it will be steering well clear of San Francisco, writes Laura Bridgeman. Following a campaign backed by scientists and hundreds of high school students, the City has declared cetaceans’ right to be free and ‘unrestricted in their natural environment’.

Environmental Victories in the U.S.

Paul D. Miller is a composer, performer, author, DJ, teacher, artist, film editor, activist, and software designer—often all at the same time.
His multimedia performances immerse audiences in a blend of genres, engaging them on topics ranging from climate change and sustainability to the role of technology in society.
“Music and art can be vehicles for provoking thought, overcoming inertia, and helping people engage with issues that are exponentially reshaping our information-driven world,” he says. “My art uses electronic music and digital media to help people make sense of a world defined by an explosion of data and hyper-accelerated change.”
President Obama has made it clear that we have a moral obligation to our children and future generations to leave behind a planet that is not polluted and damaged. That is why, as part of his effort to combat climate change, the President launched a Climate Action Plan last year to cut carbon pollution, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address this global challenge.
“We have shown that reducing meat and dairy consumption is key to bringing agricultural climate pollution down to safe levels,” says Fredrik Hedenus, one of the study authors. “Broad dietary change can take a long time. We should already be thinking about how we can make our food more climate friendly.”

Food Victories in the U.S.

These seven stories will inspire you and bring tears of joy to your eyes. Even though these people had been depending on dairy/meat industries to make their living, the call of their hearts was too strong to remain in the industry.
The Heath Toffee Bar that was once a central ingredient of the popular “Coffee Heath Bar Crunch” had to go. “It’s no longer Heath bar,” notes Ben & Jerry’s spokeswoman Kelly Mohr of the coffee crunch motoring through the automated assembly line in front of her.
To meet the non-GMO and Fair Trade standards, Ben & Jerry’s had to find new sources for some 110 ingredients that go into the chunky, funky flavors, no small change for a company that throws “Everything but the…” into its ice cream.
Susan Reese lost 30 pounds and helped University of South Carolina researchers prove a point. Reese was among the participants in a study to see which kind of diet was best for losing weight.
They were more interested in losing weight than backing a hypothesis. Many of the participants did both.
The study showed a strict vegan diet is more effective for losing weight than a vegetarian diet or those that include fish or red meat.

International Victories

Nearly five months after banning cosmetic animal testing within the country, India has now also imposed a ban on importing such products that test on animals and thus become the first country in south Asia to do so.
The central African nation of Gabon this week declared almost a quarter of its territorial sea off-limits to commercial fishing. This creates a first-of-its-kind network of marine protected areas in the region, which is home to several threatened species including great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and whale sharks.
Rapidly increasing concentrated livestock production in East Asia has taken a hard toll on the environment. In China, Thailand and Viet Nam 500,000 pig places were introduced to better managed livestock waste, improving livelihoods and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The organization 1 Million Women aims to get one million women to pledge to take small steps in their daily lives that save energy, reduce waste, cut pollution and lead change.
Since its creation in 2009, the organization has become the largest women’s environmental organization in Australia, with nearly 83,000 women having joined the campaign, and members have committed to cut over 100,000 tonnes of carbon pollution.
When they reach their ultimate target of a million women as members and over a million tonnes of CO2 pollution saved, this will be equivalent to taking 240,000 cars off the road for a year.
Two days after taking the pigs off of GMO feed, something very good was happening — the pigs were not getting diarrhea any more.
The farm was using two thirds less medicine, saving £7.88 per sow. Not just my farm but three other farms in Denmark that switched from GMO to non GMO feed have also seen the same.
Medication after the changeover in the weaners barn also went down dramatically by 66%. One type of antibiotic has not been used since.
We have seen an aggressive form of diarrhea disappear altogether from the farm. It affected young piglets in the first week of life, killing up to 30% of the animals. It has completely gone now for over three years.

What good news do you have?

What victories have you seen for wildlife?
What victories have you had in your own household?
Comment with triumphs globally, locally and personally. We’d love to hear all of your good news. The more detail, the better. We’ll take the best comments and incorporate them into this blog post. Looking forward to hearing from you!

19 Comment(s)

  1. Becoming a vegan. It is good for the animals, the planet and for yourself. :)

    Y.D. Jordan | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful things that are happening. This is how news should be reported it makes you feel good and inspired instead of feeling helpless and angry!

    Barbara | Reply

  3. I am thankful for the websites that are not only sharing the news but, active in change, in betterment, in health care awareness and so much more.

    It truly is a community. Then another community starts, and so on…

    vesta | Reply

  4. I convinced my landlord to buy a new energy-efficient refrigerator for my apartment, replacing the 30-year old one that hiked my energy costs by $30 each month. The new one will only use an eight to a tenth as much.

    Paul | Reply

  5. The Sunshine Coast of Australia is making themselves heard in response to a foreign company wanting to completely ignore our 1-year-old Town Plan and build high-rise accommodation on our beachfront when the community has made it clear we don’t want it. This will also directly impact a beach where turtles have been laying their eggs for the last few years. The final decision is not in yet via council but the community has banded together in a united and uplifting manner to make ourselves heard – and we will be victorious in this instance

    Megan Knight | Reply

  6. Made me really happy to read all this. It
    Just shows that we all are
    Making a difference :)

    Kaitlyn | Reply

  7. Love this news! Thank you for all that you’re doing!!

    Tina | Reply

  8. Thank you for the good news, I add you to the list of good news! Donna

    Donna | Reply

  9. I am learning to be vegan. I think we all should.

    mary | Reply

  10. I am thankful for organizations such as yours that are dedicated to raising the consciousness of so many people to consider the ripple effects from what they choose to put in their bodies.

    Sandra | Reply

  11. I was very thankful to spend my Thanksgiving at a raw vegan potluck of a couple dozen amazing people. I served raw carrot cake and raw chocolates. My mom brought a raw carrot slaw with a cashew-based “mayo”. There was a banana cream pie, cucumber noodles with avocado, berries with coconut, two different brownies, home-dried fruit with chocolate dip, soups, cashew milk, kale salad, cabbage-onion salad, etc, etc! :)

    Raederle Phoenix | Reply

  12. OUTSTANDING NEWS!!
    Thx for keeping us updated
    We’re thankful for all the bright people who work everyday to make our world better, safer, happier, more compassionate and cleaner …
    U R awesome :)

    MBIRD | Reply

  13. Just want to thank Austin stores Whole Foods (which recently lowered prices on fresh veggies), HEB (who has really boosted their organics in the year since I’ve lived in Austin) and Trader Joe’s (for trying hard to keep prices down and organics plentiful). Plastics are being reduced, packaging on a whole is improving and the people working in these stores seem genuine in their happiness to help their customers. We were able to have an all organic Thanksgiving! When the stores become leaders…all benefit.

    Penny | Reply

  14. Thank you for your blog post. I am thankful that because of people and organizations like yours, I fight this cancer with a better arsenal of information and foods than I would have without you.

    MistyAdana | Reply

  15. One of our subscribers wrote us an e-mail and said, “I am thankful for this list. I get very discouraged at time about animals, healthcare, and the environment. Thank you for this.”

    Trevor | Reply

  16. We are thankful in Oregon because the GMO measure is going through a recount and as of now we are only 800 disputed votes from winning. One TV station has already predicted that it would pass here.

    Lisa | Reply

  17. Kudos on a such a positive message. It’s a welcome change from the onslaught of negative message mainstream media issues daily. What we focus on we tend to create. I choose healthy change, positive outcomes and supporting my fellow travelers on this planet. Thanks!

    Ron | Reply

  18. Nice piece. Very thoughtful consideration for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Abundant Raw Life | Reply

  19. Thank you for giving me these things to be thankful for.

    Randy | Reply

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