In the first part of this series, we looked at the accomplishments of Vegan Soapbox.
The second part looked at some of the accomplishments of animal rights organizations.
This part will acknowledge some of the accomplishments of general society: businesses, celebrities, and the general public. As I was writing this article, I came across the VegNews article on the same subject. So when you’re done reading the list below, check out their similar list.
Now, to the accomplishments:
- The Las Vegas Weekly published a cover story on veganism!
- The mainstream people at Good Housekeeping have decided that veganism is mainstream enough to publish a cookbook on the topic! It’s called, “Good Housekeeping Simple Vegan!: Delicious Meat-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes Every Family Will Love” and is available now for pre-order.
- Compass Group, the world’s largest food service company, launched its “Be A Flexitarian” initiative in which the company increased its vegetarian options at its accounts nation-wide, while encouraging its customers to eat more plant-based foods.
- In 1984, about 17 million animals were euthanized in “shelters.” Now, the number is closer to 5 million. While the exact number for 2010 is unknown, the progress made to encourage people to adopt shelter animals instead of buying pet store animals is working! Ending shelter killing and the businesses that fuel it – puppy mills – is a mainstream issue that’s winnable! This is an area where the animal rights movement is clearly succeeding.
- Longtime animal advocate Betty White was named Entertainer of the Year for 2010.
- Nearly 1 million American kids are vegan. And the number is growing.
- The Animal Rights Conference set a new record in 2010. More than a thousand participants and visitors from throughout the U.S. and eight other countries attended the Animal Rights 2010 National Conference, held on July 15-19th near Washington, DC.
This is an incomplete list. There were tons of accomplishments of 2010 but I only have so much time to write about them all. If there’s something important to you that you’d like to share, please tell us in the comments below!