Jasmijn de Boo
Jasmijn is the chief executive officer of The Vegan Society, the oldest Vegan Society in the world (established 1944). Jasmijn holds an MSc in animal behaviour and welfare, and a PGCE. She has advocated humane solutions to harmful animal use in education and research, and has led animal welfare education and research programmes worldwide since 2000.

Entries by Jasmijn de Boo

The 5p Plastic Bag Versus The Steak on Your Plate

(1) Comments | Posted 6 October 2015 | (13:30)

The Climate Change Act 2008 gave the government a mandate to impose a fee for plastic carrier bags in an attempt to cut down on waste and global warming. In England this measure has now been implemented. While the step in itself is laudable, its environmental benefits will be negligible.

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Taking Charge of Our Own Health

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2015 | (15:06)

Have we been asking the right questions about protecting our health? Are more doctors and nurses the answer, or extra NHS funding? The election debates barely touched on health issues, particularly inequality and healthy lifestyles. Key party pledges focused on inputs into the NHS, rather than improved health outcomes. Having...

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Vegan: The New Status Quo?

(1) Comments | Posted 31 October 2014 | (13:07)

On the first of November, World Vegan Day, which is followed by World Vegan Month, we celebrate a pioneering movement. The Vegan Society was founded in London in November 1944 by Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and four others. Concerned about the ethical implications of eating eggs and dairy products, they...

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This Monkey Business Is Serious

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (13:38)

The #MonkeySelfie has made headlines due to a stand-off between man and monkey, or rather man and WikiMedia.

The copyright of the selfie pictures is disputed, as the photographer who travelled to Indonesia argues that the pictures wouldn't exist had it not been for his equipment being set...

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One World, Many Lives, Our Choice

(0) Comments | Posted 4 June 2014 | (20:11)

On 5th June, World Environment Day, we are asked to raise our voice, not the sea level. We are shouting from the rooftops and occupying as much digital space as possible. We need action because our current food production and consumption patterns are unsustainable.

People love food. It's hugely...

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Why Everyone Is Falling in Love with Veganism

(64) Comments | Posted 5 May 2014 | (00:00)

Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi loves to Kiss Vegan - but what did other vegans make of the main message from our latest campaign: "You don't have to be vegan to love vegan lipstick"? For members and supporters of The Vegan Society, the world's oldest and largest Vegan Society,...

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Vegan Eats (or How to Tackle the Global Obesity Crisis)

(2) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (15:08)

N.B. Please add Macka.B as co-author

"Well me no eat no meat no fish no cheese nor no egg
Nothing with no foot no eye no wing nor no head
Nothing with no lip no ears no toe nor no leg
Prefer fruit and...

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Going Vegan Like Beyonce?

(2) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (20:17)

'Vegans on ice'; 'I'm a vegan celebrity - get me out of here'; 'BBC Vegan Breakfast', 'The One Vegan Show'; 'Come Vegan Dining With Me' and 'ITVegan' have not yet caught on, but the news that Jay-Z and Beyonce have tried a plant-based diet has sparked a lot of interest...

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Badger and Cow-friendly Solution to Bovine TB

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (15:21)

Veganism is the solution
This World Vegan Day (1 November), isn't it time we ask different questions about bovine tuberculosis (bTB)? Do we simply accept that it will always exist, although we may eventually reach a stage in which bTB is somewhat contained? It doesn't need to be. Other...

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The Future of Food, Why Lab Grown Meat Is Not the Solution

(47) Comments | Posted 10 August 2013 | (00:00)

In a 1932 essay called "Fifty Years Hence" Winston Churchill wrote of his vision of the world in 1982: "We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.'' Although Churchill was optimistic...

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A Nation of Animal Lovers? So Why Is Animal Testing on the Rise?

(5) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (16:26)

On 16 July, the Home Office released statistics regarding the types of 4.11 million scientific procedures on other animals used in 2012, which again show an increase compared to 2011 figures. Despite the so-called commitment to the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement), the number of non-human animals used has steadily...

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Open Letter to the G8 Leaders: You Can't Feed the World on Animals

(4) Comments | Posted 4 June 2013 | (18:12)

Dear Leaders,

Do you remember last night's lovely supper? Now imagine that a billion people might never have tasted such food, and probably never will. They may not even consume a basic meal once a day.

I remember a visit a few years ago to a community living on a...

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Vegan Veteran Wins Women's Race in North Pole Marathon

(4) Comments | Posted 15 April 2013 | (09:43)

On 9 April, vegan athlete Fiona Oakes, 43, won the women's race in the North Pole Marathon in -28°C, breaking a course record by 44 minutes despite the worst conditions in the race's history.

Fiona did not only win the marathon on 9 April in 4 hours 53 minutes, but...

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EU Cosmetics Testing Ban: A New Era for Humane Research?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2013 | (13:56)

We are celebrating today.

After 23 years of campaigning for an end to animal testing for cosmetics, the EU ban on the use of non-human animals in cosmetics testing has now come into full force. The testing ban on finished cosmetic products has been enacted...

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Veganism Is the Answer To the Inevitable Question

(254) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (23:00)

The horse meat scandal has dominated the news for over a month, and follows numerous other food scandals in Europe. As more and more dirty details are being unveiled, consumers are fearing that it has probably not reached its peak.

Those with a stake in keeping the animal-exploiting industries in...

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