Petcurean Releases “Endless Valley,” a Food for Vegan Dogs!

Listen up, woof-ers!

Petcurean, a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes by making sure your companion animal’s health is put first, has released a vegan dog food! For all-veggie dogs to canines with sensitive stomachs or allergies, the “Endless Valley” food under the new GATHER line is now available as a perfect, animal-friendly option for your tail-wagging friends. Note that Endless Valley is formulated for adult and senior dogs, so if you have a veg-head puppy, we suggest seeking an alternative!

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Loving that we can see our logo on this beautiful bag!

Endless Valley contains certified organic pea protein and other pure and natural ingredients that are then crafted into a vegan certified (that’s us!) recipe for hungry canines. A plant-based diet can be a great option for dogs, their humans and the environment, and Endless Valley provides all of the essential amino acids and complementary ingredients that provide complete and balanced nutrition. Because the food is Certified Vegan, we at Vegan Action guarantee that Endless Valley does not contain any animal ingredients or animal byproducts, uses no animal ingredient or by-product in the manufacturing process, and has not been tested on animals in any way, shape or form!

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PomPom, Zoey Jane, Rex, and Paddycakes all lining up for some treats

Why pick a vegan dog food? Reasons can range from concerns about the environmental impact of using animals for food, the questionable contents of other dog foods, or dog friends with sensitivities to animal proteins (which is pretty common). A vegan diet for your four-legged friend can be a great solution to all of your worries. Vegan Action has four office dogs running about, all of whom have been eating plant-based for the majority of their lives, and all of whom are happy, healthy, and well-cared for. You can read more about feeding your dog a vegetarian or vegan diet by clicking this link!

Find out more about the Endless Valley dog food on Petcurean’s website, and be sure to check to see if any retailers near you can or already do carry it!


The Future of Dairy and the Environment

A Nielson report this year cited a 250 percent increase in almond milk sales in the last five years while the dairy industry lost more than $1 billion dollars! In addition the USDA reported that milk consumption has decreased by 37 percent since the 1970s.  This positive trend is attributed to an increase in consumers’ concern for animal welfare, health issues, and climate change. We know that our planet cannot sustain the demand for dairy that currently exists and surely will not in the future. The only thing that we can do as individuals is not consume dairy and meat products and encourage others to examine their carbon footprint!2



Recently Certified Products: July 20-July 27

Here we are for round three of our “Recently Certified” series. As we mentioned earlier, we’re going to start doing a weekly “round-up” of products we’ve certified! That way, you know what has the Certified Vegan logo, meets the standards, and know what cool, new things to keep an eye out for. And there are ALWAYS cool vegan things to keep an eye out for!

In the past week, we’ve certified:

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Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes line of perfumes, a gorgeous collection of small batch, handmade fragrances from the PNW that evoke scenes from your favorite literary classics. The story of Juliet, for example, stems from the Shakespearean play (of course!):

A starcross’d love encircled by balmy jasmine sambac flowers, orange blossoms and enchanting spices. Nips of fresh mango and a faintly glimmering sea shore lay the scene and fragrance in fair Verona.

The solid perfumes are beeswax-free and vegan as well, which are on-the-go people should be excited about. Try Phoebe (notes of lavender, maple sugar, and tobacco) and Emily (notes of almond, yuzu, and “honey”), two of our favorites.

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Rawpothecary‘s new “Probitonix” waters. The flavored waters are packed full of probiotics and delicious fruit flavors to keep you hydrated and your belly happy with over 2 BILLION vegan probiotics in each bottle. Check out Rawpothecary’s seed milks, cold-pressed juices, wellness shots and fiber-rich blends as well – all of their products are certified and perfect for a summer cleanse!

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Sayblee Darsale‘s handmade and natural hair care products for curls, kinks, coils and frizzy locs in need of some vegan TLC! The hair products also help to promote hair growth and suppress dandruff, another win-win for those of us with dry, itchy scalps or hair in need of stimulation. We bet the lime scent is also to die for. You can buy the haircare online for at-home use or get treated at Sayblee’s Hair Salon in Miami!

We’re excited about all of these and hope you are too!

Have any products you’d like to see certified? Email the company and tell them to get in touch with us!


Recently Certified Products: July 13-July 20

As we mentioned last week, we’re going to start doing a weekly “round-up” of products we’ve certified! That way, you know what has the Certified Vegan logo, meets the standards, and know what cool, new things to keep an eye out for. And there are ALWAYS cool vegan things to keep an eye out for!

In the past week, we’ve certified:

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Salt Way‘s ENTIRE skincare collection, ranging from body oils to bath bombs, salt scrubs and salt soaps. Salt Way’s products are a natural alternative to some bath and skincare items that use sulfates, dyes, and fragrances. Plus, everything contains himalayan salt, which has been getting a lot of positive press over the past few years for being a great skincare (and edible) ingredient. It’s even been reported that bathing in “pink salt” can stimulate your circulation and soothe sore muscles, so grab a bath bomb and get to soakin’.

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Willow’s Wonders Cookies, two classic cookie flavors (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin), free from gluten, dairy, egg, peanuts, and soy! For our gluten-free or nut-allergy vegans, these cookies would be perfect for you! The cookies are now being made in a dedicated allergen-free facility, though for our coconut-sensitive vegans, coconut is an ingredient. Other common allergens, however, won’t be found in these surprisingly-moist gluten-free treats! Vegan, GF, refined sugar-free, Kosher…perfect.

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Pleni Naturals is a bath and skin line for baby, toddlers, and children. With wholesome ingredients like fresh raspberries and cucumbers and no toxic ingredients in sight, little vegans will have a blast in the bath–and will be soft and sweet-smelling afterward! Pleni Naturals uses fresh fruits and vegetables to not only soothe the skin, but to also introduce little ones to veggies being, well, fun. Why the focus on these ingredients though? According to founder Allyson,

“Because what we put on our skin goes in our body. And our natural and organic fruit and vegetable ingredients are wholesome, nutritious and packed full of beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.”

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– THE BROWN CRAYON PROJECT is another great skincare lines for little ones, although it hasn’t launched quite yet! The line, which is all certified, contains bath products, moisturizers and a hair mist. And the best park about the company? The Brown Crayon Project is the first company to make organic products for all the babies of color out there! We can’t wait for the launch and hope the line meets a need that has yet to be met. You can keep up with their progress by signing up to hear about launch news.

We’re excited about all of these and hope you are too!

Have any products you’d like to see certified? Email the company and tell them to get in touch with us!


Recently Certified Products: July 6-July 13

We think we’re going to start doing product announcements for some cool things we certify! That way, you know what has the Certified Vegan logo, meets the standards, and know what cool, new things to keep an eye out for. And there are ALWAYS cool vegan things to keep an eye out for!

In the past week, we’ve certified:

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Sola Look‘s upcoming liquid-to-matte lipstick in collaboration with Instagram-fav @depechegurl! A beautiful neutral mauve launching this Friday, July 15. Vegan liquid-to-mattes are in no short supply, but we are always excited to see new ones hit the market – especially when they get certified! Christina’s (depechegurl) secret cosmetic project, Cryptic Cosmetics, also has vegan lipsticks that we certified and we cannot WAIT for the line’s reveal.

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Soups by Jus by Julie! You could simultaneously beat the summer heat and boost your antioxidant intake with the Roasted Tomato Gazpacho, which sounds amazing and contains ingredients to help your skin glow all summer long. The other soups look great too, and Vegan Action is currently working with Jus by Julie to get their whole product range certified, from juices to “booster shots.

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Energy bars and bites by Kiwicha Bar! Made from tasty kiwicha (amaranth), almond butter, dates and other goodies, these little guys will help keep you nourished and ready for the day ahead. They’re also definitely travel and hiker-friendly. Founder Leigh created the bars after trekking through the Peruvian Andes and eating kiwicha to keep her going!

“I trekked for days without access to supermarkets, restaurants or cellular phone service. I crossed the treacherous Salkantay pass at more than 15,000 feet.  My local guide fed me kiwicha. He told me it was the secret food that allowed his ancestors to climb the same mountains centuries before. I brought back what I learned in Peru and made Kiwicha Bar!”

We’re excited about all of these and hope you are too!

Have any products you’d like to see certified? Email the company and tell them to get in touch with us!


Recap: 2016 Richmond VegFest

Despite the heat, this year’s RVA VegFest went amazingly! It was the most attended to date, with anywhere from 13-to-14 THOUSAND people stopping by! Between awesome tablers and amazing food vendors, everyone who joined us at Bryan Park last Saturday had a blast.

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Beautiful artwork by Erin Hall, as always!

As the presenter of Richmond’s VegFest, we’re always looking to spice up our table. We tested out a few new things this year and were very happy with the outcome! This year, Vegan Action introduced:

Virtual Reality Technology

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Want to experience it? You can checkout iAnimal here!

We replaced our DVD and tablet pay-per-views of previous years with some more updated technology. With a Samsung VR headset, we were able to show iAnimal to festival attendees, and the technology enticed non-vegan/vegetarians who wouldn’t normally watch such footage to give it a shot! Lots of great conversations about animal cruelty and exploitation were had afterward, and we were able to squeeze 24 people into the headset between recharging sessions. The only cons? The footage, which takes place in a pig factory farm, could be a bit hard to stomach, and having only one headset led to a crowd patiently waiting to use it. We will continue to explore other VR footage in the future, and who knows, maybe we’ll invest in some more headsets! Curious about how animal rights and vegan organizations are using VR technology? Check out our article from a few months back.

A Call to Action

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“As patrons of Wegmans and citizens concerned with animal welfare Issues, we cannot continue to shop at Wegmans until this policy changes.”

Vegan Action invested in 500 postcards that asked for an end of live lobster sales by East Coast grocery chain Wegmans! The postcards were placed at the entrance tent and we left the festival with none remaining. Here’s hoping our call to action will convince the grocery chain that live lobster sales are unnecessary, unwanted and cruel. We hope that, if successful, other grocery stores will also consider ending their sale of live lobsters. Baby steps!

Photo Opportunities

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You can check out other great stories over on our main and local Facebook pages

We snagged some dry erase boards and asked attendees to stop by and let us know why they went vegan or vegetarian! There were lots of great reasons, from not wanting to harm animals to helping recover from disordered eating habits. Though not too many people participated, we think it was a great way for vegans to help inspire each other, build friendships, and of course, keep discussion in the community open and fun! Thank you to those who participated, it was a blast to meet you, talk to you, and learn your stories.

Did you miss the VegFest this year? Fret not! Join us next summer. Maybe we’ll have even more new goodies for you guys.

 


Natural Sins – The UN-Potato Chip!

“All it takes is two ingredients and our Costa Rican way of doing things for us to steal a few potato chip fans,” Natural Sins promises with their new line of Crispy Chips, which contain flavors like pineapple, mango, coconut and even beet! Their statement isn’t false; the fruit, which is sliced thinly and baked until crisp, mimics the classic potato chip, just without the carb-y, starch-y potato. The resulting chips are delicious, inherently gluten free, and of course, a better snacking option, all while being completely vegan (and certified, of course)!

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We agree that these chips are the “UN Potato Chip” and will be reaching for them when the craving for something thin and crunchy hits. Their Crispy Pineapple Chips are even baked with the rind and core; how many can say they’ve eaten a whole pineapple? We can, and we didn’t want to share the bag either!

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The Crispy Coconut Chips were even selected as a Finalist for a sofi Award this year, presented by the SpecialtyFood Association for Outstanding Sweet Snacks. This recognition confirmed that the Crispy Chips are among the Top Three fruit and veggie snacks in the world! You’ll have to try them yourself to see if the claim is true.

Happy snacking and Pura Vida!


WORLD OCEAN DAY

It’s WORLD OCEAN DAY – the perfect time to think about what you can do to make a difference – for the animals, for the environment, for your health – commit to reducing and eventually refusing all single-use products!

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WORLD OCEAN DAY


Vegan Action Visits Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

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Have you ever spent an afternoon with a gang of baby turkeys? During the summer of 2014, the board of Vegan Action visited Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, one of the few farm sanctuaries located on the East Coast. The chicks (baby turkeys are actually called poults!) were rescued and brought to Poplar Springs to be cared for among other feathered friends, including a flock of turkey toms and hens, peacocks and peahens, geese, ducks and, of course, chickens. Lucky for these baby turkeys, they were rescued and sent to the sanctuary to live their lives socializing (turkeys are very social creatures!) and running through the fields and forest.

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In addition to the turkeys, we met a flock of sheep, including Adam, one of the most affectionate sheep I had ever met, a litter of young pigs and a cow named Caroline. Located on 400 acres, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary provides care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abandoned or unwanted farm animals. Poplar Spring staff and volunteers educate the public on farm animal and wildlife issues and promote compassion and treatment for all animals.

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The Maryland-based sanctuary is part of a tradition of caring people responding to the brutality of factory farming. The very land where the sanctuary calls home was once a traditional farm sending many animals to slaughter each year.  In the US, factory farming dominates food production where animals face inhumane living conditions where they require large amounts of antibiotics to stay alive. In addition to the drugs administered to simply stay alive in unhealthy living conditions, the animals are also given drugs to grow unnaturally fast and large. This treatment of animals exists to maximize profits at the expense animal, environmental and human health. According to the USDA data, the number of dairy cows has remained relatively constant over the past five years (approximately nine million) however the amount of milk production has steadily increased during the same time period.

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To find out more about Poplar Spring’s work to care for animals rescued from factory farming, as well as the staff’s commitment to veganism, please visit their website or on Facebook.