This week Scottish parliament approved a new bill, entitled the Animals and Wildlife (Protections, Penalties and Power) bill. Under this, the shooting of seals would be illegal. This is a great step forward, as seal shootings are an unfortunately common practise in worldwide fish farms and are used to protect the stock on farms. Since 2011, it is estimated by the Scottish government that over 2,000 seals have been shot for this reason.
This is an important step for seal welfare and species protection, as the UK is home to over 40% of the world population of the endangered Grey Seal. It is also good to see that there will be an end to punishing seals for eating fish in their own natural habitat – often an act necessitated by the dwindling number of fish roaming freely in our oceans.
However, there are still major issues with this action, namely that this bill is being put in place to enable the continued international trade of fish between Scotland and the US. This is because of a recent bill passed in the US, entitled the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, that would come into effect in early 2022. This would mean that unless Scotland took steps to enable mammal welfare in the fishing industry, they would be cut off from fishing trade with the US.
Whilst Scotland may enjoy good press for protecting animals with cute faces, the environment and the fish are going to continue to suffer unless further and far more radical action is taken to abolish the fishing industry.
Adidas launches Vegan ‘Superstars’
This week it was announced that retail giant Adidas would release a vegan version of its iconic ‘superstar’ style of sneakers. These sneakers, originally made out of leather, have been around since the 1970s. Now they will be made completely free of animal products.
Additionally, the brand is going to launch vegan versions of the ‘samba’ and ‘continental’ sneaker styles. These shoes take inspiration from bold, 80’s design, and have also been streetwear staples across the world for decades. The Adidas website reads: “With the same look and feel as the original style, this version advocates for a better future with an entirely vegan design. The signature T-toe keeps them rooted in the football pitches of the past.”
Whilst this is a positive step, it is important to note that whilst Adidas is making its shoes Animal Cruelty Free, the brand does not have a good ethical track record and, according to Good on You, has ‘a long way to go before they can be considered a truly ethical brand’. Among the proposed improvements is paying workers a living wage, and reducing the use of plastics and waste in the production process. However, compared to other streetwear competitors such as Nike, Adidas is undoubtedly the more ethical and sustainable choice.
Vegan Activist Killed by Truck at Slaughterhouse Protest
In sad news, 65 year old vegan activist Regan Russell has been killed by a truck whilst attending a factory farming protest. A long time vegan advocate and member of Toronto Pig Save, on June 19 she was hit by a driver making his way through the gates of Fearman’s Pork.
Following the incident, UK activist Earthling Ed posted a moving tribute on Instagram describing her work:
There is an ongoing investigation into Russell’s death, although no information has been released regarding whether charges have been pressed.
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