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Keeping you up-to-date with this week’s most important vegetarian news stories…

The world’s first test-tube burger

The world could get its first lab-grown burger this year, with scientists using stem cells to create strips of beef. But could vegetarians eat it? Many of us become vegetarian for animal rights reasons, but if the meat did not come from dead animals, would there be an ethical problem with eating it? Read full story. 

Many common drugs are unsuitable for vegetarians

A study has suggested many common tablet and liquid medicines are non-vegetarian. The drugs contain gelatin, which is derived from animal bones or skin. A survey in the Postgraduate Medical Journal showed a quarter of patients are unknowingly prescribed drugs containing gelatin, contrary to their beliefs. Read full story.

Wild animals to be banned in circus performances

Ministers have unveiled plans to outlaw the outdated practice of using animals such as lions, tigers, monkeys and elephants, to perform in circus acts.  Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor said a tougher licensing regime will be brought in to improve conditions for performing animals until the laws are in force. Read full story.

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