On March 3, 2017, the Portuguese parliament signed a bill into law that requires all public “cantinas”—or cafeterias in schools, universities, hospitals, and prisons—serve at least one "strictly vegetarian" (vegan) option. Portugal’s vegetarian organization Associação Vegetariana Portuguesa (AVP) launched a petition in 2015 to bring the issue in front of parliament.
In cooperation with a number of pizzerias in Croatia, Animal Friends are celebrating this year’s Meatout! For this occasion, celebrated all over the world on March 20th, we’re encouraging pizzerias to introduce a vegan pizza on their menu—that is, a pizza without ingredients of animal origin. On March 20th, 2017, at 11 am, visitors can try some of the pizzas at the Animal Friends stall in Zagreb's Ban Jelačić Square.
Last month, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study concerning plant and animal protein—and the benefits of each. The pressing question researchers were looking for an answer to: does plant protein build muscles as well as meat protein? Researchers looked at the health records of nearly 3,000 men and women ages 19 to 72, as well as food questionnaires that the participants filled out and found out that plant protein is equal to animal protein for building muscles.