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Croatia. The introduction of the new law comes after a 10-year-long phase out period. Despite strong resistance from the fur industry, the government listened to concerned citizens and animal rights groups in coming to its decision. Celebrity Sharon Osborne’s video in partnership with PETA was described as instrumental in bringing awareness to the cruel chinchilla fur industry there.

Bird Flu results in a cull of 22 million birds in South Korea More than 22.5 million poultry were killed amid the worst bird flu epidemic in farms across South Korea in recent times. Korea has suffered several bird flu outbreaks since 2003 but the outbreak in the winter of 2016, caused by the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of bird flu, has been described as the worst ever. The flu also spread to the local zoo which had to be closed. These diseases can spread to other wildlife and can also kill people. 36 people were killed in the last major outbreak in mainland China in 2013. In 2014 South Korea culled 14 million birds amid a bird flu outbreak. As of the end of March, 2016 the country had killed more than 156 million chickens and more than 9.5 million ducks, according to government data.

On Keeping a Vegan or a Vegetarian Diet by Matthieu Ricard “It just takes just one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare another's life. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate point of view.” My first Buddhist teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche, was a very strict vegetarian (meaning a vegan diet). I was inspired by him and also by a deep inner reasoning that suddenly became obvious to me. I never hunted in my life, but did go fishing sometimes when I was a little boy in Brittany. When I was 13 years old, a thought bloomed in my mind “How can I do something like that”? I realized that I was totally avoiding putting myself in the place of the other. And when I was 20, I gave up eating meat. That was 50 years ago. The heart of the Buddhist path is compassion. That means to value others. If you value others, you value their wellbeing and are concerned by their suffering.

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Vegan Sustainability Magazine - Spring 2017  

A free, online, quarterly magazine for vegans as well as non-vegans worldwide who are interested in the Environment and Sustainability.

Vegan Sustainability Magazine - Spring 2017  

A free, online, quarterly magazine for vegans as well as non-vegans worldwide who are interested in the Environment and Sustainability.

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