Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Carrot & Stick

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Carrot & Stick

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WHO WALKS THE WALK, WHO'S NOTHING BUT TALK

CARROTS TO

The African island of Zanzibar, for banning the use of plastic shopping bags. The government's November 2006 decision will cut down on sewer clogs and garbage problems as well as protect the environment. "Besides being an eyesore, plastic bags are very damaging to land and marine life and we are already threatened by the rapid pace of development," said Ali Juma, Zanzibar's director of environmental protection. Anyone found producing, importing, using or selling plastic bags could face a fine of up to $2,000,

Orlando International Airport (OIA), for having the most healthful eating options of any terminal in the US. According to a 2006 survey, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine rated restaurants at the country's 13 busiest airports. Scores were based on whether a restaurant served at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free entrée. Highlights at OIA included the gazpacho focaccia at Fresh Attractions Deli; the vegetarian rice and noodle dishes at Zyng's Noodlery; the vegetarian purse with couscous, tofu and roasted peppers at McCoy's Bar and Grill; and Macaroni Grill's create-your-own pasta option. Orlando's winning score was 97 percent. The lowest score, 69 percent, went to Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.

South Africa, for doing away with "canned hunting," the practice of shooting tamed or drugged animals for sport. The legislation took effect in March, at the start of the 2007 hunting season. The Department of the Environment made it illegal to kill predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards raised in an enclosed reserve, which hinders the animals' survival instincts. South Africa is home to about 9,000 privately owned hunting farms. The days of captive breeding for any purpose except science and conservation are over," says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the minister of environmental affairs and tourism. …

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