Animal News Roundup: Vegan meals at Turkish universities, bears released

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Turkish universities should offer vegan meals
The Vegan Association of Turkey (TVD) sued the Council of Higher Education Board for ignoring students’ rights to healthy vegan nutrition on campus. The organization said the rights of vegan students are being violated.

Students should have access to healthy vegan menus on campus, TVD said, adding that universities in other countries do offer vegan choices. There are 205 universities in 81 cities in Turkey.

“The fact that vegan alternatives are not provided (at universities) to individuals who refuse to consume animal-sourced products… leaves vegan individuals constantly subjected to inadequate and unbalanced nutrition,” TVD said. “This means a violation of their fundamental rights, which are protected by the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Food for Chernobyl dogs
The Dogs of Chernobyl feeding program stopped when the Russia-Ukraine war started. After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, many dogs were left behind in the area. Today, around 300 dogs live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

In 2017, Clean Futures Fund started the Dogs of Chernobyl project, which feeds stray dogs in the area, sterilizes them and provides them with vaccinations and medical care.

When the war started, feeding the animals became difficult. But Clean Futures Fund together with animal welfare organizations finally managed to work with people who live at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to help feed the animals.

Bear cubs returned to the wild
Bear cubs Huba, Vihar and Goran were released into the wild after a year of rehabilitation at a center in Greece.

In June 2021, the animals were found stressed, scared and without a mother in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. Animal welfare organization Four Paws and the Bulgarian government rescued the three bears.

“Unfortunately, the number of orphaned bears has drastically increased in the last ten years. The reasons are several, but almost always they are related to direct human activity – poaching, habitat reduction, or entering the bears’ territories,” Dimitar Ivanov, who manages a bear sanctuary in Bulgaria, said.

Continuous transport of Irish baby cows
Animal welfare organization Ethical Farming Ireland spotted twelve trucks with unweaned calves on their way to Rosslare port in Ireland.

The animals, who are only a few weeks old, are transported by Swedish shipping company Stena Line to mainland Europe. “This cruelty is an embarrassment to Ireland,” Ethical Farming Ireland said.

Most of these cows are imported to the Netherlands. “Our country has a huge veal industry. During their short lives, we keep calves in dark stables on hard floors, until they are slaughtered and processed into veal,” Dutch animal welfare organization Eyes on Animals said.

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