Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week.

1. Animal Rights and Welfare News

A sick newborn piglet lying on top of his mother

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As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included China’s 28 Story Pig Farm Skyscraper Set to Slaughter Over 1M Pigs Per Year, Hadi Shrine Circus Opens With Protests From Animal Welfare Organizations, Mysterious Video Captures Sheep Walking in Circle For 12 Days, Meet Flossie: The World’s Oldest Living Cat at Nearly 27 Years OldFarmers Stop Just in Time to Save Two Jungle Cubs Lost in Sugarcane Field, Thousands of Complaints Made Against Reality TV Show ‘I’m A Celebrity’ for Exploiting Animals, Animal Advocates in Long Island Push For Ban on Exotic Animals in Traveling Shows, Petitions Calls for Ban on Katie Price Keeping Animals After Another Animal Died in Her Care, Three Dogs Rescued From Dumpsite Reunited One Year Later For Emotional Photo Recreation, Dublin Mayor Takes Live Animals Out of Christmas Crib Over Animal Welfare Concerns, Bats Greet Each Other With Death-Metal Growls, New Study Finds, Georgia Finally Expands Restrictions on Wild Animals as Pets, How This Man Went From Hunting to Singing to Wildlife,

Here are the other important animal stories of the week:

2. Earth and Environmental News

United airlines plane on the track

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There were numerous stories about the environment this week which gave us hope for the future and reminded us how far we still have to go. Some of the more memorable stories included New Jersey’s Plan to Kill 2.4 Million Trees to Prevent Wildfires Sparks Controversy, United Airlines and the Rise of Advanced Biofuels, Student Entrepreneur Works to Bring Free Solar to the HomelessNew Eco-Village in Copenhagen Set to Meet All 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, Biden Administration Pledges Millions to Help Native American Tribes Threatened by Climate Change, and Air Pollution Linked to Nearly One Million Stillbirths.

Here are the other top earth stories of the week:

3. Plant-Based Food News

Voie Gras

Source: Garden Gourmet

There were a couple of interesting and exciting stories this week in the world of plant-based food news, including Vegan Fast Food Options For On The Go, Vegan Father Shares How Hard it Was to Find Vegan Food Options for His Kids at Disney World, and Nestle’s Plant-Based Brand Launches Vegan Foie Gras Over Growing Welfare Concerns.

4. Life News

Homemade simple syrup

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This week in life news, we learned some DIY and thrifty tips in How to Make Your Own Syrup at Home, 11 Edible Plants That Spread and Grow Like Crazy, How to Make Homemade Insect Repellent, and Does Living an Ethical Life Make You Happier?

5. Human Interest Stories

bottlenose dolphin at seaworld

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This week in human interest, we saw several petitions, including Petition: Tell the UK to Enforce Animal Protection and Animal Testing Laws Properly, Petition: Tell U.S. Customs to Stop Saving Americans’ Phone Data Without Consent, and Petition: Tell SeaWorld to Finally Send All Dolphins to Sanctuaries!

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