Nonwhite Americans are eating less meat. Vegan activists of color explain why

July 1, 20225:39 AM ET


Toni Okamoto started Plant-Based on a Budget to show people how affordable plant-based eating can be.

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Toni Okamoto became overwhelmed with frustration after she watched family members suffer severe health consequences from the food they ate.

Her aunt suffered multiple amputations from Type 2 diabetes prior to dying, and her grandfather had multiple heart attacks before dying in a bypass surgery.

She also saw how their financial situations limited the choices they could make regarding their food.

So, she decided to do something.

“That’s how I started Plant-Based on a Budget — I was on a limited income with limited resources to eat healthy-ish, and I started compiling those recipes for my family to benefit and saw very quickly how many people wanted to eat healthier but didn’t know where to begin,” she said.

Since then, the Mexican Japanese American has grown Plant-Based on a Budget into a website with free recipes, meal plans and resources to make eating plant-based cheaper and more accessible.

Nonwhite Americans are reducing how much meat they eat and are more likely to identify as vegetarian than white Americans, an increase that some vegan activists of color think continues to grow.

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The decision to go vegan or vegetarian can stem from any number of factors. For some, it might be over concern for the safety of animals or the environmental impact associated with consuming meat. For others, personal health or rising food costs might be the driving factor. Whatever the reason, it is a decision central to the lifestyles of millions of Americans, and often for communities of color in particular.

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Nonwhite Americans are roughly three times more likely than white Americans to identify as vegetarian. A Gallup Poll from 2020 found that nonwhite Americans reported reducing how much meat they eat at a higher rate than white Americans. When asked about their meat consumption in the past 12 months, 31% of nonwhite Americans said they had been eating less meat, compared with 19% of white Americans.

Naijha Wright-Brown, founder and executive director of the Black Veg Society, a nonprofit seeking to educate communities of color on the benefits of veganism and plant-based eating, says the number of nonwhite Americans reducing their meat consumption and identifying as vegetarian is continuing to increase.

“I know that a lot of the uptick and the movement towards eating this way is because people are dying,” said Wright-Brown, noting some of the health-related disparities affecting Black and Latinx communities.

“It’s a public health crisis at this point,” she said.

Veganism is deeply rooted in communities of color

For vegan activists of color, the growth in the number of people turning to plant-based diets reflects an effort they’ve been part of and working on for a long time — one shaped by different motivations, beliefs and practices.

“Everyone thinks this is a new thing for us,” said Wright-Brown, who explained that it’s not.

Naijha Wright-Brown is the founder and executive director of the Black Veg Society.

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“If you think of the Black Hebrew Israelites, if you think of the Seventh-day Adventists, if you think of the Rastafarians — who coined the term ‘Ital lifestyle’ for eating plant-based — this is not new,” Wright-Brown said.

It’s a misconception that people like Aph Ko have been working to correct. Ko, a writer, theorist and digital media producer, wanted to debunk stereotypes about who is vegan after she kept hearing that the movement was a white space.

“When I looked around, all I saw were people of color who were vegan, and so I was like, there’s clearly a disconnect going on,” Ko said.


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Ko has spent much of the last seven years trying to raise awareness about Black veganism.

After writing an article in 2015 highlighting the work of 100 Black vegans, she created Black Vegans Rock — a digital space to showcase the diversity and creativity of the Black vegan community that shares projects, stories, restaurants, books and other initiatives.

“I think that the media is not aware that this is a very nuanced, incredibly diverse movement of people who don’t do the work the same, don’t always agree the same, and, there’s theorists, there’s artists, there’s food justice activists, and so I think oftentimes Black vegans are seen as just these diversity tokens to diversify the white [vegan] movement, whereas we’re just leading our own [movement],” Ko said.

Health is the main driver for many people

“When I first got into this lifestyle in 2006, and it was by way of health, my cholesterol was high,” Wright-Brown said.

Traci Thomas, founder of the Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia, also based her plant-based efforts on health-related concerns.

“The diseases that plague a lot of people of color — they’re what you would call lifestyle diseases, meaning that maybe you’re eating a lot of the wrong foods or you’re overeating, very little physical activity — those diseases are relatively easy to prevent and reverse, so I wanted to really make that connection with people of color,” she said.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for Black and Latinx populations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Diabetes also disproportionately affects Black and Latinx communities. And when it comes to treatment, research has found that Black and Latinx populations are also less likely to receive preventive care and experience complications from diabetes at a higher rate than white populations.

Taking small steps to eating plant-based

Vegan activists of color are also working to promote plant-based eating with an understanding and awareness of the small steps people can take to implement the lifestyle.

“There’s a lot of ways to push this movement, and sorry, everyone’s not going vegan, and everyone may not go full-time vegetarian, but if we can get people to think if they do it for one day, one week, a month, people are learning when they probably never even thought about learning or even adopting this type of lifestyle before,” Wright-Brown said.

Okamoto said she believes in progress over perfection for people trying to live a plant-based lifestyle.

“I want to encourage people that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing; if you make a mistake on purpose or by accident, you can continue on, you can continue changing these generational habits that may be bad for your health and really reclaim [your] health despite [your] budgets,” she said.

Hunter was shot dead in South Africa; in networks they celebrate it

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The hunter Riaan Naude was found murdered in his vehicle, which he was driving to go hunting, on Marken Road, in the region of Limpop, South AfricaTuesday June 28.

He was found shot in the head in his car, according to information published by environmentalist Julio César Martínez on his Twitter account.

Breaking news: The hunter, who killed dozens of wild animals, Riaan Naude, was killed in his car while on a hunting trip. He was found shot in the head in Limpopo, South Africa.” He wrote on his social networks.

He cited a note from about a man shot to death on the highway in “execution mode”, since his death was “Cold-blooded”.

The note mentioned that according to Heritage Protection Group (HPG)a non-profit organization that fights crime, the 55-year-old pulled his Toyota double-cab bakkie off the road about 5 kilometers from Mokopane, after the vehicle overheated.

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“According to witnesses, a white bakkie pulled up next to the man and shot him in cold blood at close range, after which the two suspects walked out and presumably stole a gun.”HPG indicated.

He noted that Lt. Col. Mamphaswa Seabi, a police spokesman, said that when they arrived at the scene they found the man’s lifeless body on the ground, next to the bakkie.

The man was lying on his back and had blood on his head and face.” Seabi indicated.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a cattle herder in the area heard a gunshot and noticed a white Nissan pickup with a trailer speeding away from the crime scene in the direction of Marken. This is presumably the truck the suspects were driving, he added.

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The motive for the murder is unknown and a cartridge was found at the scene, but the brand of the firearm has not yet been determined.

“Police found two hunting rifles, ammunition, clothing, water, whiskey and pajamas in the deceased’s bakkie. Looks like he was on his way to go hunting.” he added.

But according to, “The car was swerving to the side of the road with the hood up as if something had happened to it, however, the reality is that this was all planned by the person who ended his life.”

He indicated that some people who were near the area stated that a white vehicle was stopped next to the hunter and from there he shot him from a short distance with a weapon.

The suspects ran after stealing a weapon, according to the media En el radar.

The authorities continue to investigate at the moment considering the hypothesis that the locals have carried out the crime due to the hatred they had for the hunter for killing animals, so it would be an act of revenge in which the lives of the animals ahead of peopleaccording to

The news has gone viral on social networks, with different positions in which they say that it was an act of justice towards animals, as well as the counterparts who defend the legality of the practice in South Africa.

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Man gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park in 2nd attack this year

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A 34-year-old man is recovering from injuries sustained at Yellowstone National Park after he was charged at and brutally gored by a bison when he and his family got too close to the animal.

The incident occurred near Giant Geyser at Old Faithful on Monday when the unidentified man from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was walking with his family on a boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park when a bull bison began charging at them, according to a press release issued by the park.

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Nearly 400 dogs rescued from slaughter as Chinese activists continue fighting

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infamous Yulin ‘festival’Calendar IconJune 29, 2022A dog rescued from a dog meat truck headed for Yulin is now receiving care at HSI’s partner shelter in north China, run by Vshine, a local animal welfare group.VshineEarlier this month we told you about Lucky,a dog saved moments before slaughter in Yulin, as the city began preparing for its infamous lychee anddog meat“festival” later in June. Since Lucky’s rescue, local activists have been vigilant in their determination to end this event for good.In the days and nights leading up to the summer solstice, activists stayed awake at all hours to patrol highways for trucks transporting dogs into the city for slaughter. With their help, police in Xi’an intercepted a truck bound for Yulin and confiscated all 386 dogs, many of whom were stolen pets still wearing collars. Activists praised the…

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DNR’s draft wolf plan up for public comment


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REGIONAL—The Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through Aug. 8 on a draft of Minnesota’s updated wolf management plan.
The gray wolf is currently under federal protection in Minnesota, so the state’s management plan does not call for a hunting or trapping season, which would violate those federal protections.
In the event the federal protections are lifted, the updated plan states that any wolf hunting or trapping would need to meet the state’s conservation objectives. “For example, possible objectives could include managing wolf-livestock conflicts, aiding ungulate population recovery, reducing wolf disease outbreaks, or providing regulated hunting and trapping opportunities,” states the report. “With proper harvest and population monitoring, the effects of hunting and trapping on a wolf population can be evaluated, informing adjustments to seasons to ensure wolf conservation goals are supported.”
The plan makes note of the diverse views of Minnesotans regarding wolves and how to manage them, although the agency stated that a large majority of Minnesotans appear to support maintaining a healthy and viable wolf population.
“Wolf conservation is a high priority for the DNR and we expect this updated plan to help ensure Minnesota’s wolf population remains healthy,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, wildlife section manager. “Thank you to those who have already contributed to the extensive public and tribal engagement that helped create this draft. We are now asking folks to review the draft and share their thoughts with us.”   
The updated plan includes summary information about Minnesota’s wolf population and the history of wolves in the state. It details the diverse and changing public attitudes about wolves, the legal status of wolves, tribal perspectives on wolves, and ways to support a healthy and resilient wolf population, while minimizing conflicts between humans and wolves. The draft plan also sets out a framework for future decision-making about whether to hold a wolf hunting or trapping season.
To learn more about wolves in Minnesota and review and comment on the draft plan, visit the DNR wolf page ( Click on the Comment Now link to view the draft plan.
An informational webinar about the plan will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Registration is required and free, and participants will have an opportunity to pre-register to ask questions and comment during the webinar. The DNR expects to finalize the wolf management plan in the early fall.

OKIB member found guilty after hunting incident with conservation officer

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An Okanagan Indian Band member has been found guilty of obstructing a B.C. conservation officer for refusing to give his name while hunting at night on the reserve.

At the Vernon courthouse, B.C. Provincial Court Judge Jeremy Guild found Michael Thomas Tom guilty of obstruction June 23, following a three-day trial earlier this year.

The incident dates back to November 2019 and provoked the Okanagan Indian Band to summon its lawyers and demand why the officer was there in the first place.

According to the June 23 B.C. Provincial Court decision, during the trial Tom and several witnesses all stated the conservation officer was trespassing and had no right to be on Okanagan Indian Band land.

However, Tom’s lawyer did not challenge the legalities of the conservation officer being on first nation land and did not allege any Charter of Rights violations.

The decision says in November 2019 the B.C. Conservation Officer Service received a call from a band member about people hunting on the reserve at night using a spotlight.

Conservation officer Micah Kneller was deployed to the area and discovered a truck containing five people.

The decision says Kneller spoke to the driver, Johnny Bonneau, and seized a loaded rifle from the front of the truck. The truck was also littered with empty beer cans.

The decision says Bonneau identified himself to the conservation officer, was cooperative, and not confrontational. Bonneau told the officer he had the right to hunt on the land and that the conservation officer was trespassing.

Bonneau was later charged with the careless storage of a firearm, dangerous hunting and possessing a firearm without a licence. However, the charges were stayed by Crown prosecutors earlier this year.

The conservation officer testified that Tom then got out of the truck and began swearing and yelling at him telling him to get off the land because he had no jurisdiction.

The conservation officer asked Tom to identify himself but he refused.

Kneller testified that Bonneau then started yelling the same things and Tom’s daughter got out of the truck and started recording the incident on her cell phone.

Due to safety concerns, the conservation officer decided to leave and called the RCMP.

The truck was later stopped by the RCMP and Tom was handcuffed until he identified himself.

According to the decision, Tom’s version of events differs quite dramatically from the conservation officers.

Tom testified he did not get out of the truck because he had a bad knee and was unable to handle the slippery road. He said Kneller didn’t ask him his name or interact with him in any way.

Tom didn’t dispute that he was hunting at night and said the law allowed him to hunt with a light, and the conservation officer had no jurisdiction unless he had permission from the Okanagan Indian Band Chief to come onto the land.

“Mr. Tom did not shy away from expressing his perspective, repeatedly and forcefully, at trial,” Judge Guild said in the decision. “Generally, when testifying, … Mr. Tom was very aggressive and argumentative.”

Judge Guild said that Tom and all the witnesses “very firmly believed” the conservation officer was trespassing and had no right to be on the reserve land, seize the rifle, or investigate the possible offences.

“That perspective remained throughout trial, despite (his lawyer) specifically stating that the lawfulness of the conservation officer’s presence on the land and right to investigate were admitted, were not in issue, and that Mr. Kneller had the lawful right to do those things,” the Judge said. “I conclude all of the defence witnesses, especially Mr. Tom, remain adamant they are right, and will forcefully uphold their viewpoint when asserting what they believe are their rights.”

The judge found Tom changed his testimony several times, as did the other witnesses.

While Tom had said he stayed in the truck because he had a bad knee and was not stable, he also admitted to walking home in the dark through muddy fields.

Ultimately, the judge picked holes in Tom’s evidence and found him guilty of obstructing the conservation officer while he was trying to execute his duties.

Tom will be sentenced at a later date.



Methed-Up Poacher Shoots Friend While Coyote Hunting

APennsylvania man has been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly shot his friend in the neck during a meth-fueled adventure.

Michael M. Walnock, 47, and Joseph Linn, Sr., 50, both admitted to taking methamphetamine prior to the incident on January 14, 2022. Linn testified at a hearing on Wednesday that he had been taking meth for at least three days “as a stimulant so he could stay up to hunt coyotes at night,” according to a report in the Press Enterprise.

The men began their night on Walnock’s brother’s property near Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Having no luck there, they drove back to state game lands in Madison Township.

Walnock says he used a call to attract coyotes, and after about half an hour, the pair saw three sets of eyes glowing in the shine of their headlamps. The men took turns shooting at the animals with a rifle chambered in .223 Remington, and after the second shot, Linn said he thought he saw the white belly of an animal on the ground.

Linn got up to investigate but couldn’t locate the animal. On his way back to Walnock, he saw his friend shake his light at him, which he thought meant more “coyotes” were in the area. Linn looked behind him, but when he turned back, he saw a muzzle flash.

“I could see his silhouette,” Linn testified. “And all of a sudden, I could see his muzzle flash.”

Linn was shot in the neck, and he said his right arm is almost paralyzed. He still has bullet fragments in his neck that are too close to the spine to remove, and these fragments cause him constant pain in his neck, through his biceps, and down into his elbow. He also walks with a cane and had to be helped into the witness stand, according to the Press Enterprise.

Walnock and Linn haven’t spoken since the incident even though, according to Walnock’s lawyer, the two men have been best friends for 20 years, and Linn was Walnock’s best man at his wedding. Walnock claims he shot Linn accidentally, but Linn doesn’t buy it.

“How do you shoot someone with a red light on his head, wearing an orange coat?” he asked during the hearing. He claims that after Walnock shot him, Walnock took the meth in Linn’s wallet along with $100 before calling 911.

The first officer at the scene, Milton Officer Travis Stotelmyer, testified at the hearing that he found Linn on the ground when he arrived. Walnock was obviously upset, and he had covered Linn with his jacket. Linn was taken away in an ambulance a short time later.

Officers later found a whitetail deer that had been badly wounded near the site of the incident, and they recovered a bullet that matched the type of projectile Linn was firing.

Walnock has been charged with aggravated assault (first-degree felony), recklessly endangering another person (first-degree misdemeanor), shooting at a human being (first-degree misdemeanor), and helping someone illegally take big game after shooting hours.

District Judge Doug Brewer dismissed charges of tampering with evidence, failing to immediately render aid after a hunting accident, and drug possession, according to court documents.

It is legal in Pennsylvania to hunt coyotes at night with a predator call, as long as the hunter has obtained a general license. If the hunt occurs during a big game season, the hunter must be legal to take that type of game, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. It is always illegal to hunt whitetail at night, and regular firearms deer season ended December 10, 2021, over a month before the incident took place.


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Attorney embezzled clients’ money to pay for her big-game hunting trips, feds say

BY VANDANA RAVIKUMAR UPDATED JUNE 28, 2022 3:29 PM The former attorney pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on Nov. 23 Getty Images A former attorney in Portland, Oregon pleaded guilty to several federal charges after being accused of defrauding her clients and using the money to pay for personal expenses, including several big game hunting trips in Africa, the Department of Justice said in a news release. According to court documents, Lori E. Deveny specialized in representing clients who had suffered injuries from car accidents “and other traumatizing events,” and represented hundreds of clients throughout her career, her indictment said. Between April 2011 and May 2019, Deveny stole funds that she held in trust for her clients, the Department of Justice said. The stolen funds came from insurance proceeds that were supposed to go to her clients, her indictment said. TOP VIDEOS × According to the indictment, when insurance companies made payments to Deveny’s clients over claims she had filed, Deveny forged her clients’ signatures on settlement documents. She then moved the money into her business checking account, personal checking account and her husband’s business account. Meanwhile, Deveny’s clients had no idea that they had received any money in return for their claims, the indictment said. When they complained to Deveny about how long insurance companies were taking to settle, Deveny would make a variety of excuses, saying that insurance companies typically took a long time to process claims or that she would check with them again soon, documents said. Many of her clients never received the money they were owed. Deveny used the money to make personal credit card and loan payments, as well as to fund several big big-game hunting trips in Africa and the “resulting taxidermy costs,” the Department of Justice said. She also spent the money on other trips, home remodeling, expensive cigars, her husband’s photography business, and other expenses, the release said. Deveny was charged with 24 counts of mail, bank and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and filing a false tax return, the release said. As part of her plea agreement, Deveny will pay restitution in full to her clients, the release said. She will be sentenced on Nov. 23. Mail and wire fraud are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and money laundering can result in up to 10 years in prison, the release said. The offenses all carry fines of up to $250,000 or “twice the gross gains or losses resulting from the offense and three years’ supervised release,” the release said.

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US hunting lobby spent £1m on fight to delay UK trophy import ban

UK government put under ‘considerable pressure’, says chair of all-party parliamentary group on banning trophy hunting

A pair of young male lions sit in a bush at the Ol Kinyei conservancy in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Lion, elephant and rhino populations have increased in Kenya, where trophy hunting is banned. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Helena Horton Environment reporterWed 29 Jun 2022 01.00 EDT

The US hunting lobby has spent £1m putting pressure on the government to delay the trophy import ban, a new report by MPs has found.

Boris Johnson promised to ban the imports of these trophies three years ago, but the legislation has still not gone through parliament. Because of the delay, the Conservative MP and animal welfare campaigner Henry Smith has put forward his own private member’s bill to ban imports of hunting trophies.

A new report from the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on banning trophy hunting has detailed the lobbying efforts of international hunting groups.

The report found that the US-based hunting lobby group Safari Club International (SCI) spent £1m on a campaign to change the minds of MPs and the British public about a ban on imports of endangered species’ body parts.

SCI is the world’s biggest trophy hunting group. It awards prizes to its members for killing large numbers of endangered animals. Founded in the 1970s, it is one of the biggest corporate donors to politicians’ campaigns in the US, and calls itself “the leading defender of the freedom to hunt”.

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The APPG report found the SCI funded a Facebook page called Let Africa Live, which posted claims such as: “The UK is about to destroy local economies in Africa.” Although the page insinuated it was created by local groups in African countries, an investigation found it was funded by SCI from a pot of money called the Hunter Legacy 100 Fund. The campaign eventually had its page shut down by Facebook, whose head of security said: “The people behind this network attempted to conceal their identities and coordination.”

The Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale, chair of the APPG, said fierce lobbying had alerted the government that this could be a “contentious” issue.

He added: “The government, if something is contentious, always pleads for more time, but we need to get on with it. The US gun lobby has been lobbying like mad … Safari Club International has put a considerable amount of pressure on the government.

“I have my own calls with the prime minister. I think he is broadly committed to putting this legislation through, but it needs to be done without worrying about this lobbying.”

Earlier this year there was a fierce row in the Conservative party, with ministers saying Johnson was close to scrapping the ban after campaigning from the shooting and hunting lobby. At the time, the British Association of Shooting and Conservation welcomed the news, saying a ban would damage conservation. Supporters of trophy hunting say that funds raised by the practice are needed to fund conservation efforts and support local economies.


The APPG report says that lion, elephant and rhino numbers have increased in Kenya, where trophy hunting is banned, while lion numbers also recovered strongly in Zambia and Zimbabwe after temporary trophy hunting bans.

The primate expert Jane Goodall told the APPG: “Trophy hunters kill for pleasure. They destroy animals for bragging rights, to demonstrate their supposed fearlessness and courage. The hunting lobby will work hard to preserve the status quo. If we want to maintain our reputation as an animal-loving nation, all hunting trophies should be banned. Time is of the essence. Many of the species killed by trophy hunters are close to extinction.”

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A Defra spokesperson said: “We are committed to banning the import of hunting trophies from thousands of endangered and threatened species. This ban will be among the strongest in the world, leading the way in protecting endangered animals. And we welcome the private member’s bill, led by Henry Smith MP.”

An SCI spokesperson said the deleted Facebook page was made by a contractor, not by club management. They said: “The truth is that in a misguided effort, and unbeknownst to SCI, a sub-contracted vendor took unauthorised action by using falsified social media accounts. While it is regrettable that they betrayed the trust of the hunting community by unnecessarily resorting to questionable tactics, the information the vendor conveyed regarding hunting and conservation is verifiably true and is made no less relevant by unsound methods of distribution.”