Media Releases

Seattle Ignores Restaurant Air Pollution and It’s Threats to Human and Environmental Health

After an investigation and documentation of unregulated toxic air pollution coming from many Seattle restaurants, including Whole Foods* and the Nickerson Saloon and Grill, that cook meat, Green Vegans petitioned both the city council and the mayor’s office to address the problem. They have not responded, so we have alerted the public with a media release later today. Seattle is not alone as a national problem. It is yet another environmental and health impact related to the animal agriculture industry and the violence waged upon sentient beings. DSCN3554

Commercial cooking of meat in restaurants and food markets produces toxic air pollution that is being vented onto—and inhaled by—people in Seattle, a city that lacks code to establish air quality standards and enforcement authority to the Department of Planning and Development. Green Vegans documented this pollution before petitioning the city council and the mayor’s office in early February to address the problems.

“Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of early death, heart attacks, strokes, and emergency room visits for people with asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Particles are smaller than 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. When you inhale them, they are small enough to get past the body’s natural defenses. Ozone and particle pollution are both linked to increased risk of lower birth weight in newborns.”[i] Children are at far greater risk from pollution because they breathe more rapidly and inhale more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults.[ii]

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FAA Petitioned to File Environmental Impact Statement for Drones

Amazon Reported to be Selling 10,000 Drones per Month

January 30, 2015 / MEDIA RELEASE

Green Vegans, a Seattle-based human ecology organization, has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before it finalizes policy and regulations that would apply to commercial drones under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (the Act), in addition to “model” drones used by hobbyists. “Clearly,” said Will Anderson, president of Green Vegans, “the benefits as well as the environmental and social impacts from drones are enormous. The FAA must comply with NEPA on this major action by the federal government that covers what will soon be millions of drones, most of which at not going to be regulated by the Act.”

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon's "Drone Store."

This QR X350 PRO drone is being sold on Amazon’s “Drone Store.”

On Wednesday, President Obama, relating to the model drone that crashed on the White House lawn over the weekend stated, “We don’t really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it.” The White House Council on Environmental Quality was given a copy of the petition.

Total Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as drones are called by the FAA, will approach ~250,000 by 2035, of which ~175,000 will be in the commercial marketplace.” Significant is the fact that these figures do not include the far larger number of users in the model/hobby UAS category. (read more…)

Panama City, Panama:  The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has unfortunately approved a request by the United States for an aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) quota for the Makah Tribe of Northwest Washington State. Pursuit of this quota by the United States represents a waste of time, taxpayer dollars and federal employee time, given the fact that it has been nearly 90 years since the tribe has demonstrated any subsistence need for the whales, and such hunts have been ruled off limits by a federal appeals court.  (read more…)

US Threatens To Blow Hole In Whaling Ban

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA July 2, 2012 – At the 64th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Panama City, Panama, the issue of aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) appears to be the vehicle to end the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. The US will stop at nothing to fulfill their agenda, including supporting non-aboriginal whaling and admitted commercial whaling under the pretext of ASW. (read more…)