A Year in Review: 15 popular stories from the second half of 2010

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Yesterday we offered a peek at some of our favorite and most popular articles from the first half of 2010. To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we are highlighting 15 more articles to round out the year—from Denny’s vegan burger offering to an Arizona restaurant’s irresponsible “Heart Attack” diet program.

From all of us at This Dish Is Veg, we would like to thank our readers for your continued support. We hope the New Year brings you much love, laughter, and damn good vegan food!

It's time for Ronald McDonald to retire to the old clown's home Since his inception, the innocent looking clown has helped bring children into the McDonald's fast food chain for nearly 50 years. He offers a 'Happy Meal' that is promised to be filled with delicious food and an entertaining new toy. What he really is providing, in those innocently packaged 'Happy Meals' is a one way ticket to poor health.

50,000 minks set loose from fur farms in Greece Greek police reported that two fur farms were broken into back in August and 50,000 minks were released. The break-ins occurred in Kastoria, which is the center of Greece’s fur industry. It was later reported that the Animal Liberation Front was responsible for the act.

Amy’s Veggie Burgers added to Denny’s menu, yes they are vegan First the Eagles reunited and toured, then the Boston Red Sox won a World Series, follow that up with the Cleveland Browns impressive Super Bowl victory—okay that didn’t happen, yet—but none compare to actually seeing national restaurant chains using the term “vegan.” Right about now Satan himself must be ice skating throughout the underworld like some red suit wearing, two horned Scott Hamilton.

Lady Gaga explains meat dress worn at MTV VMAs on Ellen show On the season eight premier of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lady Gaga—wearing the same meat dress she donned while accepting the Video of the Year award at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards—explained why she felt the need to dress herself in pieces of animal flesh. To counter Lady Gaga's obsession with meat, Ellen presented the 24-year-old with a veggie bikini and skirt.

KFC recruiting college coeds to advertise Double Down on their derrieres Louisville-based purveyor of all things chicken, grease and disgust, KFC, discovered a new way to market its bun-less menu superstar the Double Down, and as usual class and sophistication are in order. The uncaring yet admittedly savvy fast food chain was actively recruiting college co-eds to sport red sweat pants that feature the Double Down’s logo located on the gluteus maximus region of the wearer.

Virgin America adds vegetarian options to its seasonal menu Virgin America announced that it is now offering vegetarian meals within their new seasonal menu. The California-based airline's menu uses an assortment of healthy ingredients, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Along with nutritious fresh food, Virgin America also offers three different prepared meal boxes. One of which is deemed "Comfort", a vegetarian meal containing almond butter, apple chips, and crackers.

'Whale Wars' to return to our screens for a fourth season Captain Paul Watson's Sea Shepherd Conservation Society  scored a fourth season of "Whale Wars" for Animal Planet. The controversial Watson has named the upcoming campaign Operation No Compromise stating that he will not tolerate any compromise with Japan that entails legalizing the whale slaughter in the Southern Ocean.

Twinkie-schminkie: Professor’s junk food diet success rests on calories, not quality Kansas State University human nutrition professor Mark Haub, who saw the number 201 taunting him from the display on his personal weight scale, decided to launch a very unique controlled experiment that he hoped would benefit not just his overall downsizing efforts but the students taking his class, as well.

Babycakes bakery opens in Disney World, offers vegan treats Babycakes Bakery, which features baked goods free of animal products as well as gluten, wheat, casein and refined sugars, opened in the downtown Disney Marketplace at Disney World Resorts in Florida. Babycakes replaced McDonald's as Disney severed its ties with the junk food giant four years ago and have been phasing them out of their parks ever since.

Actress Portia de Rossi's a-ha moment that made her a vegan Many of us who become vegan do so after a lifetime of meat-eating. Suddenly, unexpectedly, we have an "a-ha!" moment, a personal epiphany that changes our destiny in a split second. This is exactly what happened to Portia de Rossi, the beautiful actress and wife of comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Early one morning, her life changed and she could never eat meat again.

Arizona restaurant offers free meals to customers who weigh over 350 pounds A fast food establishment that features menu items such as the Quadruple Bypass Burger, Flatliner Fries (fried in lard) and even No Filter Cigarettes is offering free food to anyone who weighs more than 350 pounds. The helplessly irresponsible purveyor in question, the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler Ariz., even enlisted the services of a 600 pound man to serve as its spokesperson in a YouTube commercial entitled “The Heart Attack Grill Diet Program.”

Alicia Silverstone's admission to cheating on vegan diet harmful to the cause In an effort to either make other ‘cheaters’ feel better or preempt negative publicity before those cheese noshing pictures hit the web, Silverstone decided to make it clear to the world that she sometimes can’t resist hunking down on a piece of cheese. "If I was at a party and there was a tray of cheese sitting there and I had had drinks, then I might have a bite," Silverstone confessed. (This article drew very passionate responses--from both sides of the issue.)

The Cooking Channel to air show about vegans, finally “The Veg Edge journeys the country unearthing a new breed of vegetarians. From a punk rock vegan in L.A. to vegetable-loving firemen deep in the heart of Texas to a kickboxing chef who serves up meatless Mondays at his high-end NYC restaurant. Vegetarians 2010: food carts in Portland, a California beauty, East Village hipsters, confessions, recipes, even ribs…sort of.”

Animal rights group calls out Lipton Tea for testing on animals With the cold months upon us what's the harm in waking up with a warm cup of tea? Well if the tea is Lipton the harm could be plenty. PETA has called out Lipton Tea and Unilever, Lipton’s parent company, for causing the suffering and death of lab animals in an effort to advertise health claims for their tea.

Russell Simmons explains to Ellen why he's a vegan Simmons discussed his veganism on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, explaining in depth his reasons for choosing a plant-based diet. He noted that prior to his yoga practice a hamburger was something stuck between two buns—not a cow, a wing was something you dipped in BBQ sauce—not a chicken, and milk was something you drank as a human, never realizing it was only meant for a calf.

Be sure to check out: A Year in Review: 15 hot stories from the first half of 2010

Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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