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  • 16
  • Jan

No Cage Big Enough: Why Zoos Can Never Be Humane

Zoos all over the UK have been counting their “stock” in recent weeks, but to unhappy animals forced to spend their lives in captivity, this audit is more like a prisoner roll call.

Animals in zoos are denied the opportunity to fulfil even their most basic instincts. Every single decision, including when to eat, what to eat, who to mate with, and when to sleep, is made for them. Some are forced to perform tricks day after day, while others are kept in enclosures far too small for them. Stories abound of … Read more.


  • 14
  • Jan

Jamie Kilstein Stands Up for Veganism (Tickets on Sale Now!)

Jamie Kilstein is a vegan athlete, a stand-up comedian, a political activist and an Internet radio host.

The American funny-man often uses his comedy shows to shine a spotlight on animal rights. We caught up with him ahead of his upcoming UK tour.

Check out our interview with him:

Congratulations on winning bronze in a world jiu-jitsu championship in November. Even though so many top athletes have turned to a vegan diet, do you face any challenges with perception of veganism in sport?

My jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts friends … Read more.


  • 09
  • Jan

Dave Navarro Rocks the Cruelty-Free Look

Appearing naked, with bleeding eyes, musician Dave Navarro’s new PETA ad is pretty dark, even for someone known for his edgy sense of style.

He might look a bit gory here, but by lending his face to PETA’s campaign against animal testing, the Jane’s Addiction guitarist is actually showing his compassionate side once more.

Navarro was appalled to learn about the hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide who are poisoned, blinded and killed each year in tests for the cosmetics industry. “They’re not taking a bunny rabbit and putting mascara on … Read more.


  • 09
  • Jan

Let’s Show Compassion to Pigs of Every Creed and Colour

Consumers were recently advised to buy only pork from British pigs, following the news that up to 40 per cent of pork produced in the EU does not comply with animal welfare regulations. But here’s a better message for anyone who truly cares about animal welfare: don’t buy meat at all!

What the pork industry won’t tell you is that all factory farmed pigs, both in Britain and abroad, endure a life of pain and suffering.

Most pigs in the UK spend their entire lives indoors, in cramped, filthy warehouses. … Read more.


  • 08
  • Jan

Who’s Really Responsible for Animal Euthanasia?

In a recent article published in The Mail on Sunday, the RSPCA came under fire over claims that half the animals it rescued last year were euthanised.

Nobody wants to see healthy animals lose their lives. But given the current crisis of abandoned dogs and cats, attacking the UK’s oldest animal welfare charity for a problem that it did not create is certainly not the answer.

In a letter to the newspaper, PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi had this to say:

Life is easy for those of us who do not

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  • 08
  • Jan

Israel Bans Animal-Tested Products

Companies that test their products on animals needn’t bother trying to ship them to Israel, because, starting New Year’s Day, the country banned the import, sale and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaners. Previously, in 2007, the Israeli government had banned using animals to test personal-care and household products within the country. But with the new law, which was passed in 2010 and came into effect on 1 January 2013, lawmakers have one-upped themselves, blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even crossing Israel’s border.… Read more.


  • 07
  • Jan

Camilla’s Niece Tells Fortnum & Mason That Foie Gras Has No Place on British Shelves

“Sfoie gras duck protesthocked and sickened” – that’s how Emma Parker Bowles felt after watching footage of what happens on the French foie gras farms that supply Fortnum & Mason.

PETA UK’s video, which shows how force-fed geese and ducks have thick metal tubes rammed down their throats three times a day, sometimes rupturing them, made Parker Bowles determined to speak out and urge Fortnum & Mason to stop selling this vile product. “There is no justification for this cruelty, nor is there anything ‘British’ about foie gras”, she says, echoing the sentiments … Read more.


  • 02
  • Jan

5 New Year’s Resolutions for an Animal-Friendly 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! As we all recover from the festive season, now is the perfect time to think about new ways to eliminate animal exploitation from every aspect of our lives – from changing what we eat and wear to speaking out against abuse and brutality.

Here are five simple ideas for making 2013 your most compassionate year yet:

    1. Cut animal products out of your diet. Going vegan is a great way to burn off those Christmas calories while also saving hundreds of animals’ lives a year. Order one of Read more.