In this episode of the SoFlo Vegans Experience… Joaquin wins for best actor and uses his platform to speak out against social injustice, big news for Dolphins in captivity, PETA CEO Ingrid Newkirk appears on some unconventional media outlets, Dr. Neal Barnard shares information about his new book and upcoming SoFlo appearances, and Miyoko’s Creamery fights back against the state of California

All of this and more, on the SoFlo Vegans Experience.

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Vegan Pop

Vegan Pop is a segment where we focus on the top trendsetters in the vegan movement.

Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor at the Oscars

Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for best actor and used his acceptance speech to deliver a message centered on animal rights. He addressed issues present in all social-justice movements and focused specifically on the cruelty of the dairy industry. After the ceremony, both Joaquin Phoenix and his fiancee Rooney Mara protested the serving of In-N-Out burgers by holding up a card that read “Choose vegan. It isn’t a fad, it’s the future.” These cards were supplied by animal-rescue organization Farm Sanctuary. They did eventually have burgers from the all-vegan restaurant, Monty’s Good Burger. 


Dolphin Captivity

In some promising news for Dolphins, it was announced that Seaworld and the dolphin trading company Wersuit Seguni Indonesia are making big changes. Seaworld is going to end their Dolphin Surfing shows. This comes after a damning veterinary report reveals that marine animals suffer extensive bodily injuries when trainers ride on their backs like surfboards or stand on their faces. Seaworld plans to end the practice in the coming months. There is still a push from animal rights organizations for the park to release their dolphins and orcas to seaside sanctuaries.

Meanwhile, the Wersuit Seguni Indonesia Traveling Dolphin Circus will have to close its traveling circus after the Indonesian Ministry of Environment did not renew its permit after a decade of campaigning by animal activists. The circus still plans to have performances at a permanent facility located in Central Java.

Sources: VegNews, LiveKindly, EchoBeluga, Dolphin Project, CNA

Ingrid Newkirk

PETA CEO and former SoFlo Vegans Podcast guest, Ingrid Newkirk is making the rounds on prominent press circuits promoting her new book, Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion. This includes stops at Real Time with Bill Maher and The Breakfast Club. It was great to see the reception she received from both media outlets given PETA’s controversial reputation in the non-vegan community. The following is a clip from our interview with Ingrid Newkirk when she visited the South Florida area in 2018. 

Sources: HBO, Real Time with Bill Maher

Vegan Spotlight

This week, we spotlight Dr. Neal Barnard who took time out of his schedule to speak with us about his new book, Your Body in Balance. In this clip, Dr. Barnard talks about his new book and an upcoming tour in South Florida.

Vegan Food Report

The Vegan Food Report takes a look at some of the biggest veg-food news for the week.

58 Out of the Top, 100 U.S. Fast-Food Chains offer Plant-Based Options

According to a list compiled by the advocacy group, The Good Food Institute, 58 of the top 100 U.S. Fast-Food Chains now offer a plant-based option. Some of the noticeable chains missing from this list include McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out and Popeyes. A noticeable standout on the list is Panera bread that is committed to increasing its plant-based options to 50 percent of its menu in the coming years.

Sources: VegNews

Burger King Goes All in on Plant-Based

After rolling out their Impossible Whopper in August 2019 to all 7,200 locations, Burger King continues to experiment with other products. This includes Impossible Jr. Whoppers, and Cheeseburgers for its kids meal. There are even talks of an Impossible Croissan’wich. Most recently, the Impossible Whopper was added to the two for $6 promotional menu. This is a brand new category that Burger King is now leading globally. 

Sources: VegNews

Miyoko’s Creamery Fights Back

California Department of Food and Agriculture has ordered Miyoko’s Creamery to stop labeling its products as non-dairy, vegan cheese and butter. It says they need to stop using dairy words on its packaging and marketing materials. This also includes calling their spreads butter, removing lactose-free as a claim, and taking down a picture of a woman hugging a cow. Miyoko’s has filed a lawsuit in response to these claims. 

Sources: Sacramento Bee, Vegan Zombie

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