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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Vegan magazine found to be passing off photos of meat as vegan

A Sunday roast consisting of roast beef, roast...Image via Wikipedia
No passign this one off as vegan!
VegNews, the the U.S.'s leading vegan magazine, has found itself in a wee bit of a meaty controversy. It appears they have been passing off images of meat dishes, purchased from stock photo agencies, such as iStockphoto, as vegan dishes, in some cases even cropping out the bones showing in the photos. The charges come from blogger, who said, "The pictures we've been drooling over for years are actually of MEAT!" To support her claim she posted images directly from the photo agency, which described the photos as meat dishes and compared them to recipes shown VegNews, which describe the same images as showing a vegan dish. "Get your barf bags ready!" wrote.

The magazine admitted in a letter to readers, "Yes, from time to time, after exhausting all options, we have resorted to using stock photography that may or may not be vegan. In an ideal world we would use custom-shot photography for every spread, but it is simply not financially feasible for VegNews at this time. In those rare times that we use an image that isn’t vegan, our entire (vegan) staff weighs in on whether or not it’s appropriate. It is industry standard to use stock photography in magazines—and, sadly, there are very few specifically vegan images offered by stock companies. In addition, it’s exceedingly challenging to find non-stock imagery that meets the standard necessary for publication. We would love nothing more than to use only vegan photography shot by vegan photographers, and we hope to be there soon."

They certainly are not the first or last to get burned using stock imagery. Just this week, the U.S. Postal Service found itself in the middle of a controversy, when a keen-eyed citizen noticed their new stamp , showing a closeup of the Statue of Liberty, was actually a closeup of the fiberglass and Styrofoam replica at a gambling casino in Las Vegas. The image was sourced from a stock photo agency.


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