Dogs Thrive on Vegan Diets, Demonstrates the Most Comprehensive Study So Far

WINCHESTER, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 23, 2024 / The longest, most comprehensive peer-reviewed study so far has demonstrated that dogs fed nutritionally-sound vegan diets maintain health outcomes as well as dogs fed meat. The study, published in leading scientific journal PLOS ONE, comprehensively assessed the health of 15 dogs by analysing blood cells and biochemistry, blood nutrient levels, urine, veterinary clinical parameters, and monthly pet owner questionnaires. The dogs were fed solely vegan diets based on pea protein for an entire year – just under one tenth of an average dog lifespan, or around seven human years.

Dr. Linde with 'Rylee'
Dr. Linde with ‘Rylee’

Overweight or obese dogs lost weight, whilst the remainder maintained normal weight. No clinically significant changes occurred within blood and urine. Blood levels of amino acids and vitamins were all generally maintained.

In a few cases, previous deficiencies following a meat-based diet either improved or disappeared, including L-taurine and L-carnitine (important for cardiac health), vitamin D (indispensable for immunity and bone health), and folate (required to produce red blood cells).

The study was particularly interesting, given recent suggestions that peas might contribute to heart disease in dogs in the US. Although no credible evidence has been found, such concerns have persisted in some quarters. In the current study, dogs were fed pea-based vegan pet food, for one year. Blood markers of cardiac health were assessed, with no signs of heart disease found. Indeed, in some cases indicators of cardiac health improved.

Stated lead researcher, veterinarian Dr. Annika Linde from the Western University of Health Sciences near Los Angeles says, "Evolutionary adaptations have resulted in a digestive system that enables dogs to maintain health on nutritionally complete omnivorous diets, including those free of animal ingredients. Our study offers new evidence on outcomes in clinically healthy dogs who thrive without consumption of animal-derived ingredients. Notably, foods produced independent of factory farming are also more sustainable and ethical."

Study co-author Dr. Melgarejo highlighted the potential environmental benefits of such diets, "If dogs and cats in the U.S. were their own nation, they would rank fifth in global meat consumption, surpassed only by Russia, Brazil, USA, and China, according to the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability."

Veterinary Professor Andrew Knight has published several of the key studies in this field, including very large-scale studies showing that both dogs and cats normally achieve equivalent or superior health outcomes, when fed nutritionally-sound vegan diets. He also analysed the environmental benefits of vegan pet diets in a major recent study. He stated that "If all the world’s dogs went vegan, it would save more greenhouse gases than those emitted by the UK, land larger than Mexico, and 450 million additional people could be fed with food energy savings – more than the entire EU population. With 13 studies now demonstrating good health outcomes achieved by nutritionally-sound vegan pet diets, and several others demonstrating major environmental benefits, a compelling case now exists for environmentally-friendly vegan pet diets."

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Veterinary Professor of Animal Welfare

SOURCE: Representing Animals Foundation


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Graid Technology Announces Software Update, Delivers Enhanced Levels of Data Integrity and Business Continuity

With SupremeRAID™ v1.6, Double Failure Protection Guarantees Seamless Access to Vital Data, Empowering Customers With Reliability and Peace of Mind

SANTA CLARA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 23, 2024 / Graid Technology, the award-winning data protection provider and developer of the only RAID card to offer customers access to the full performance of NVMe SSDs, is proud to announce its new software release, SupremeRAID™ v1.6. This new feature set addresses critical data integrity issues associated with double failures in RAID configurations.

Announcing SupremeRAID™ Software Release v1.6
Announcing SupremeRAID™ Software Release v1.6
New double failure protection provides maximum RAID stability with minimal impact on overall system performance.

A double failure occurs when a RAID system experiences a power outage or an unclean shutdown during the rebuilding of data from a previous disk failure. Traditionally, RAID systems utilize a persistent journal to log every I/O transaction and its corresponding parity. This method ensures that in-progress I/O operations and their parities can be recovered. The use of a single device to store this persistent journal has become a significant single point of failure and a bottleneck in modern NVMe SSD RAID configurations. Until now, this challenge has remained unaddressed in the market. With SupremeRAID™ v1.6, the distributed journal feature is designed to eliminate this single point of failure and significantly improve performance bottlenecks by distributing data and parity across all disks in a RAID group and redundantly journaling to provide maximum RAID stability with minimal impact on overall system performance.

"With data and parity already distributed across every disk in a RAID group," said Leander Yu, CEO of Graid Technology, "our new distributed journal feature is the perfect design to ensure maximum data integrity while maintaining high performance levels."

Graid Technology is excited to announce that it will commence the distribution of the SupremeRAID™ v1.6 beta version to its OEM customers and key global accounts in early May. The public release of SupremeRAID™ v1.6 is scheduled for late June. This new version will simultaneously be available for all Graid Technology products.

Graid Technology is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with an R&D center in Taipei, Taiwan. Winners of the esteemed Tech Trailblazers Storage Award for 2023 and the 2023 Golden Award at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance, SupremeRAID™ performance is breaking world records as the first NVMe and NVMeoF RAID card to unlock the full potential of your SSD performance: a single SupremeRAID™ card delivers 28 million IOPS and 260GB/s of throughput. For more information on Graid Technology, visit or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Director of Marketing, Americas & EMEA | Graid Technology

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GA-ASI Mojave Lights Up the Yuma Desert in Live-Fire Demonstration

Minigun Integration Showcases the Firepower and Versatility of STOL UAS; Highlights Ability to Rapidly Integrate New Multi-Mission Capabilities

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 23, 2024 / General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) confirms that its Mojave Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) destroyed static targets in live-fire tests on April 13, 2024, validating the system’s battlefield relevance and recording another milestone for the demonstrator aircraft.

GA-ASI partnered with Dillon Aero to mount two of Dillon’s DAP-6 Gun Pod Systems onto the Mojave aircraft. Mojave performed seven passes across two flights during the demonstration, expending around 10,000 rounds of ammunition as the UAS shredded a variety of targets.

"Seeing our Mojave perform this live-fire demo really emphasizes the versatility of the Mojave UAS and what it can do," said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. "Mojave has the ability to act as a sensor, shooter, and sustainer while mitigating threat environments and vulnerabilities and safeguarding human lives."

Mojave and its short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability has built significant interest in the military and aerospace communities. Mojave is unique: a UAS with significant payload capacity that can perform in areas once considered unsuitable for UAS operations. Its ability to take off and land from unimproved landing sites at short distances as well as operate from aircraft carriers – as it did in November 2023 as part of a demonstration with the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy – is capturing imaginations and changing expectations about how large unmanned systems can be used.

The live-fire demonstration took place at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and was funded via GA-ASI’s internal research and development budget.

The Mojave technical demonstrator shares common systems and components with GA-ASI’s modernized Gray Eagle 25M, effectively providing an expeditionary Gray Eagle STOL capability. In addition to a wing kit option for Gray Eagle, GA-ASI is planning one for the larger MQ-9B aircraft, which includes SkyGuardian® and SeaGuardian® models.

The actual Mojave STOL UAS with multi-mission payloads will be on display in GA-ASI’s booth (#792) at the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Denver, Colorado, April 24-26, 2024.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable RPA systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than eight million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness. The company also produces a variety of sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.

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Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian, and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

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2024 U.S. Open Polo Championship(R) Closes Out Historic High-Goal Season at the Sport’s Premier Destination in Palm Beach County, Florida

Global Sports Brand U.S. Polo Assn. Supports the U.S. Open Polo Championship

WELLINGTON, FL / ACCESSWIRE / April 23, 2024 / The 2024 U.S. Open Polo Championship® has officially closed out the American high-goal polo season at the USPA National Polo Center (NPC), the sport’s premier destination. The historic tournament was played from March 22 to April 21 and ended with a thrilling win by La Dolfina over Valiente in a score of 10-7 in front of a record crowd.

The U.S. Open Polo Championship is universally considered the most prestigious tournament in the United States and showcases some of the world’s best polo players and equine athletes. The sport-inspired U.S. Polo Assn. brand supported the historic U.S. Open Polo Championship by co-branding jerseys for teams, elevating NPC staff uniforms, umpire outfitting, player prizes, and monetary donations to several charities.

Held at the U.S. Polo Assn. Stadium Field at NPC, the U.S. Open Polo Championship Final was played in front of a sold-out crowd and broadcast to a large global audience across multiple ESPN platforms. Event attendees watched the historic match from the sidelines, in stadium boxes, tailgate tents, the grandstands, or from the U.S. Polo Assn. MVP Lounge, home to the luxurious Sunday Polo Brunch. Sports fans at the tournament also had the opportunity to shop for Official U.S. Open Polo Championship Merchandise, sold exclusively on-site at the NPC Retail Shop.

The action-packed final game on Sunday, April 21, was fast-paced and filled with great plays from the world’s best players on both teams, such as Alejandro Aznar, Poroto Cambiaso, Rufino Merlos, and Tomas Panelo on La Dolfina and Adolfo Cambiaso, Mariano ‘Peke’ Gonzalez Jr., Paco de Narvaez Jr., and Joaquin ‘Pelo’ Vilgre La Madrid on Valiente. For the first time, the rivalry between father Adolfo Cambiaso, on Valiente, and son Poroto Cambiaso, on La Dolfina, faced off in the U.S. Open Polo Championship, captivating spectators as they battled for victory. La Dolfina prevailed in the closing minutes of the 6th chukker, taking home the illustrious U.S. Open Polo Championship title and the highly coveted trophy for the first time in organization history. La Dolfina’s goals were collectively scored by Poroto Cambiaso with three goals, his second appearance in the U.S. Open Polo Championship, Rufina Merlos with one goal during his tournament debut, and a team-high of six goals by Tomas Panelo during his first appearance in the tournament.

"Congratulations to La Dolfina on an incredibly well-fought victory in one of the sport’s most historic tournaments, the U.S. Open Polo Championship. All teams throughout this tournament and others during the American high-goal season at the USPA National Polo Center are excellent examples of sportsmanship, teamwork, and dedication to the sport of polo," said Stewart Armstrong, Chairman of the United States Polo Association. "Thank you to all of our athletes, sponsors, and sports fans for making this another unforgettable season for the United States Polo Association."

Throughout the season, U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has donated some $100,000 to polo charities and equine welfare, including the following organizations: Homes for Horses Coalition, Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, Polo for Life, Polo Players Support Group, Polo Pony Rescue, Polo Training Foundation, Replay Polo, Retired Racehorse Project, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, and Work to Ride Program.

"U.S. Polo Assn. is honored to once again support the U.S. Open Polo Championship and promote sports tourism in beautiful Palm Beach County through iconic tournaments held at the USPA National Polo Center and shown on ESPN platforms. This historic tournament is one of the top sporting events of the spring season, alongside NCAA Basketball, The Masters, and the Kentucky Derby," said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global, the company that manages the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "As another successful high-goal, American season is closed out, we look forward to next year and bringing the sport of polo to even more sports fans and consumers locally and around the world."

Relive the excitement by watching the broadcast of the U.S. Open Polo Championship on ESPN2 on Sunday, April 28, at 8:30 p.m. EDT, as well as on ESPNews and ESPN Deportes in the Spanish language. Check your local listing for air times.

About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country’s oldest sports governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through more than 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories, and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast several of the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of sports fans globally for the very first time.

U.S. Polo Assn. has consistently been named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. In addition, the sport-inspired brand is being recognized around the world with awards for global growth, expansion, licensing, and digital growth. Due to its tremendous success as a global brand, particularly in the last five years, U.S. Polo Assn. has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Modern Retail, and GQ as well as on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg, among many other noteworthy media sources around the world.

For more information, visit and follow @uspoloassn. 

USPA Global is a subsidiary of the USPA and manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPA Global also manages Global Polo TV, which provides sports and lifestyle content. For more sports content, visit

About the United States Polo Association® (USPA)

The United States Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games, including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. Founded in 1890, the USPA is the national governing body for the sport of polo. The USPA is currently comprised of almost 200 member clubs with thousands of individual members and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, please visit

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Stacey Kovalsky
VP Global PR and Communications

Shannon Stilson
VP, Sports Marketing & Media

SOURCE: USPA Global Licensing Inc.


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KOTA BHARU, The pondok school system should integrate vocational and technical skills training to produce graduates who are knowledgeable and serve as community references.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar said the government will always strive, in cooperation with the state Islamic religious authorities, to assist and facilitate the management of pondok schools and Islamic education institutions in this matter.

‘The excellence of Islamic boarding education in producing reputable scholars is certainly the priority of the Madani government in disseminating knowledge and wisdom to the Muslim community in this country.

‘At a time when some parties are trying to portray a negative image of Islam and the Muslim community, Malaysia stands out in showcasing the beauty and excellence of Islam, a religion of compassion, respectfulness and civility that upholds the values of moderation and humanity,’ he said.

His speech text was delivered by the Yayasan Da
kwah Islamiah Malaysia (YADIM) chairman Datuk Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus, at the ‘Ijtimak Madani Ulama dan Umara 2024’ gathering here today.

He said religious scholars, scientists and leaders need to work together to promote the understanding of moderation, wisdom, and compassion to be manifested in various spaces and opportunities so that negative perceptions associated with Islam can be eradicated.

‘In recent times, many challenges have occurred and will continue to arise, undoubtedly requiring our unity and sincerity to safeguard the Muslim community.

‘It is extremely important for all scholars to correct misunderstandings related to religion. Efforts to counter extremist views need to be mobilised collectively and cohesively based on the Ahli Sunnah Waljamaah teachings,’ he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency