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Vegan Mom Accused of Feeding Baby Only Fruits, Nuts

Family says Elizabeth Hawk wanted to live on 'water and sunlight' herself

(Newser) - A vegan Pennsylvania woman who was, per her family, determined to live on "water and sunlight" apparently took her extreme dietary views too far and has now been accused of starving her 11-month-old baby, feeding him nothing but fruit and nuts, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The child's father, who'... More »

Italy Might Jail Parents of Vegan Kids

Diet is 'reckless and dangerous,' says lawmaker

(Newser) - To make pasta, you need eggs, which are obviously not vegan. That might be enough to explain a proposed law in Italy that would jail parents for up to six years for imposing "reckless and dangerous eating behavior," including veganism, on kids under 17. Jokes aside, the woman... More »

Vegans Furious Over Doughnut Shop's Job Ad

'No non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions'

(Newser) - An Oregon doughnut shop is hiring—just not any vegans or vegetarians. A job ad for Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland describes the ideal candidate as someone with "a friendly, outgoing personality," but "no non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions" that "would stop you from tasting, accurately... More »

Vegan Climber Whose Wife Died on Everest: It's My Fault

Robert Gropel says he didn't realize how sick she was

(Newser) - The husband of a woman who died climbing Mount Everest earlier this month says he blames himself for her death, the Guardian reports. In an interview with Network Seven in Australia, Robert Gropel says wife Maria Strydom seemed exhausted from climbing when they were just 15 minutes from the peak.... More »

Everest Victim Wanted to Prove 'Vegans Can Do Anything'

Maria Strydom succumbed to altitude sickness near the summit

(Newser) - A fourth person has died on Mount Everest, and further details about the deaths are slowly emerging. Subhash Paul of India was being assisted overnight Sunday by Sherpa guides during a descent when he died of altitude sickness, the AP reports. Dutch climber Eric Arnold passed away Friday of the... More »

Vegan Restaurateurs Eat Meat, Get Death Threats

'A lot of vegans have a right to feel betrayed by this'

(Newser) - A couple whose string of trendy vegan restaurants in California is popular with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé, Emma Stone, and Woody Harrelson are under attack after it was discovered they've been eating meat for months, the Guardian reports. "This is a vegan restaurant company that's... More »

10 Celebs Gone Vegan

Bey, Jay are hardly trendsetters

(Newser) - Jay Z and Beyonce are currently eating vegan (although Beyonce's certainly not letting that affect the way she dresses ), but they're not exactly trendsetters. The Huffington Post rounds up 15 more celebs who eschew all animal products. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out... More »

Jay Z, Beyonce Going Vegan

For 22 days, at least

(Newser) - The latest celebrity vegans: Jay Z and Beyonce ... at least for 22 days. The couple is going "completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based," Jay Z wrote on his blog yesterday, as part of a "spiritual and physical cleanse." They started yesterday (the... More »

30% of Meat Eaters Refuse to Date Vegetarians

But only 4% of veggie lovers wouldn't date omnivores

(Newser) - When it comes to dating, meat eaters are actually pickier than vegetarians. Almost 30% of omnivores wouldn't go out with a vegetarian or vegan, whereas just 4% of vegetarians wouldn't date a meat eater, a Today and poll finds. Of course, it's not exactly a... More »

Vegans Turn to Bodybuilding

Animal-free dieters find ways to bulk up competitively

(Newser) - A new trend is sprouting in the sport of bodybuilding: veganism. A burgeoning group of competitive weight-lifters are turning to an all animal-free diet, reports the New York Times . It's a challenge because the vegan diet can be dauntingly limited for bodybuilders, who need a sufficient amount of amino... More »

Why We Stopped Being Vegetarians

A butcher, hunter, and rancher discuss the ethics of eating animals

(Newser) - For long stretches of their lives, Nicolette Niman, Tovar Cerulli and Joshua Applestone were all vegetarians or vegans. Now, they’re a rancher, a hunter, and a butcher, respectively, who “firmly believe food from animals can be healthful, environmentally appropriate, and ethical,” they write in the Atlantic . Their... More »

Guilty Verdict Stands for Vegans Who Starved Baby

Couple's baby died after being fed only soy milk, apple juice

(Newser) - In April 2004, the 6-week-old son of Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas starved to death, and Georgia’s top court today upheld the couple’s murder convictions and life sentences from 2007. A court initially found the first-time parents guilty of murder after investigators discovered they fed the boy mostly... More »

5 Claims About Vegans That Just Aren't True

They aren't rich, obsessive sissies

(Newser) - Vegans are rich, obsessive sissies, right? Not exactly, writes Carol J. Adams for the Washington Post . She lays out five myths surrounding the 0.5% of Americans who abstain from everything animal.
  1. Vegans have so many rules: It's the trickiness of avoiding all animal products that make this claim
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Why Bill Clinton Is Veganism's No. 1 Buddy

PETA pick shows need for 'indulgent' vegans

(Newser) - Most people snickered when PETA named Bill Clinton its person of the year , but it was a genius pick, writes Mary Elizabeth Williams on Salon . Most people also know the benefits of veganism, but what it lacks is a guy who can make it "seem realistic, accessible and, frankly,... More »

Denny's New Burger Cheered by ... Vegans?

They're mostly happy about getting a menu entry

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise. In an age of KFC Double Downs and footlong cheeseburgers, Denny's has put a "bona fide vegan burger" on its menu, writes Jason Best at Slashfood . Granted, it also has a Bacon Slamburger, he notes, but his survey of vegan blogs finds that people seem genuinely excited... More »

Meet Bill Clinton... Vegan?!

It would appear so, based on last night's interview

(Newser) - Well, vegans , get excited: None other than Bill Clinton , famous McDonald’s lover, appears to have joined your ranks. No more Big Macs for Bubba: He’s now on a “plant-based diet,” he told Wolf Blitzer last night on CNN . “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit.... More »

For Some, Veganism Hides an Eating Disorder

Those who undertake diet to lose weight are at risk

(Newser) - For most vegans, their diet is a way to avoid animal products, but for some, it’s become a way to avoid food—period. Veganism is becoming more popular in America, where 5% of the population follows the no-animal-products diet. Most of those people are making a healthy choice, writes... More »

Hey, Vegans, Plants Have Feelings, Too

It's time we give them the same due we give animals

(Newser) - It's hip these days to banish meat from the diet, chow down instead on the plant world, and congratulate ourselves for our enlightened morals. But what about the poor plants? They "no more aspire to being stir-fried in a wok than a hog aspires to being peppercorn-studded in my... More »

Vegans: To Bee or Not to Bee?

Debate over bee explotation risks deluting animal rights message

(Newser) - Although many vegans view buttered toast and milk as sacrilegious snack fare, a growing “flexitarian” attitude could loosen up the menu to include honey, writes Daniel Engber for Slate. Vegan hardliners argue consumption of the beekeeping byproduct amounts to supporting forced labor, while nectarous proponents counter that such logic... More »

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