Autumnal celebrations are in order at this time of year – but sometimes human festivities can leave the animals in our lives perplexed, afraid or even in danger. Taking the following steps will ensure that a fantastic time is had by every member of the family on Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, including your four-legged companions:
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Forget spooky graveyards and haunted houses. Here are seven real-life places that are guaranteed to make you shiver. The darkest imaginings of horror films don’t come close to some of these real-life nightmares:
- Britain’s Spine-Tingling Secret Vivisection Laboratories
The deadly experiments on animals that go on behind closed doors in this country are like something out of Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory. Animals are caged for their entire lives; poisoned; deprived of food, water and/or sleep; subjected to psychological stress; deliberately infected with diseases; brain damaged; cut open; paralysed; surgically mutilated; burned; electrocuted and
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The Northumberland town of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea witnessed a daring rescue recently, when a lifeboat crew sprang to the assistance of two stranded ferrets, Tootsie and Lucky.
The furry pair were huddled in the crevice of a rock off Cambois Bay, just minutes away from drowning or being swept away by the rising tide, when a life-saving volunteer arrived in the nick of time and lifted them to safety – much to the relief of the animals’ distressed guardians. As the town’s lifeboat operations manager pointed out, this is “probably the first ferret … Read more.
Storms can be terrifying and sometimes dangerous experiences for cats, dogs, birds and other animals, so it’s vital that their guardians take precautions to help them stay safe.
Here are some tips that could save lives, the next time that bad weather looms:
- Keep your companion animals indoors.
- Don’t allow cats or dogs to roam freely outdoors. During bad weather, cats sometimes climb under the bonnets of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started. (To help prevent this, bang loudly on the
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Good news: we’re one step closer to the full ban on wild animals in circuses that we’ve all been waiting for!
On Tuesday, DEFRA Minister Lord de Mauley confirmed that the government will go ahead with plans to keep all wild animals out of circuses and rightly dismissed an absurd select committee recommendation to water down the ban so that it would apply only to elephants and big cats. “The Government cannot agree to this recommendation”, this week’s report stated explicitly – meaning that camels, zebras, reindeer and other animals will also … Read more.
Morgan has an upcoming court hearing, and she needs your help!
The young orca was found emaciated off the coast of the Netherlands on 23 June 2010. The Dolfinarium Harderwijk, in consultation with the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, captured her and transported her to the dolphinarium under a permit that specifically provided for her recovery, with the purpose of subsequent release.
But in November 2011, the Dutch government allowed Morgan to be shipped off to Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, where Morgan is kept in pitifully small tanks … Read more.
China often makes headlines because of the abuse of animals in the country, whether on fur farms, in zoos or in the meat industry. But there is another side to this nation of more than a billion people. Perhaps less well known is the fact that China is home to an estimated 50 million vegetarians and vegans. That means almost as many people follow a meat-free diet in China as there are people in the UK! And together, these compassionate eaters are saving literally billions of animals’ lives a year, simply … Read more.
Mmmmmmmm – cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and pies that look so good you can almost smell them through the computer screen!
These are the finalists of the Great Vegan Bake-Off, our virtual baking competition, and we can’t decide which one looks the best. Take a look at these delicious treats, and leave a comment below letting us know which one you think looks and sounds the tastiest.
Thank you to everyone who voted! The voting has now closed but we’ll be announcing the winner and publishing their recipe on 6 November.… Read more.
Pamela Anderson has just appealed to the Spanish Senate urging it to reject a bill to protect bullfighting and grant it cultural heritage status. The disgraceful proposal is currently under consideration by the Senate and has been opposed by hundreds of thousands of compassionate people both in Spain and internationally.
“Tormenting bulls for entertainment belongs to the Dark Ages, not the 21st century”, writes the former Baywatch star, who visited Spain last month. “Please take a compassionate stance against this cruel pastime by rejecting the bill to protect bullfighting. I guarantee that … Read more.
Here’s the not-so-fluffy lowdown on wool – and some facts that you’re not likely to learn from the industry’s sales pitches.
About 30 million sheep are farmed in the UK, and they are sheared of approximately 22,000 tonnes of wool every single year. This may not sound out of the ordinary until you learn that a third of this wool is labelled as “skin wool”, a grim name for wool which is torn from slaughtered lambs’ bodies.
Wool, far from being green, is a by-product of an industry which slaughters … Read more.