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Archive for July, 2014

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11 Places to Find Delicious Vegan Food in Edinburgh

List of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Edinburgh Edinburgh has so much to offer this August – including the Fringe, Europe’s largest arts festival, where you can watch top-notch music and theatre performances and attend literally thousands of comedy shows. And of course, Edinburgh has a rich history that can be explored any time of the year. Luckily for compassionate folk, it’s also a great place to find vegan food!

Although its rival Glasgow may have won the title of the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City last year, Auld Reekie gives ethical eaters plenty to choose from. The following are some … Read more.


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  • Jul

These Disgusting Revelations About the UK Chicken Industry Will Confirm Your Worst Fears About Meat

A five-month undercover investigation by The Guardian, published this week, reveals some of the UK chicken industry’s darkest secrets.

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The investigation focussed on meat processing plants that supply some of the UK’s largest supermarkets, including Tesco, M&S and Asda. It found that a shocking two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, a potentially deadly cause of food poisoning. In the UK, approximately 280,000 people a year are thought to become ill from campylobacter (80 per cent of which comes from chicken).

Some of the images and … Read more.


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This Veggie Athlete Is Tipped for Commonwealth Games Success

This week, thousands of athletes from 71 countries around the world have gathered to test their prowess at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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Among them is England squash player James Willstrop, who is playing in the men’s singles and doubles competitions this year. A former world number one, James can also boast of holding a gold medal in compassion, thanks to his vegetarian diet!

We caught up with him ahead of this year’s games in Glasgow.

What inspired you to go vegetarian?

I saw videos of animal slaughter, and it was … Read more.


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Delicious Summer Recipe – Italian Stuffed Courgettes

Brit actor and singer Victoria Summer, who’s starred in films such as Saving Mr Banks and Dracula Reborn, recently invited us into her kitchen for a vegan cooking demonstration. When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than fresh, colourful veggies and aromatic herbs for creating a light, flavourful summer dish.

Victoria is a lifelong animal lover and is now also a vegan, refusing to contribute to the suffering and slaughter of animals after researching the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries for herself. Having been raised on a … Read more.


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Celebrate a Vegan Eid

Whether you’re Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, agnostic or atheist, a vegan diet is an infallible way to get healthy, reduce your carbon footprint and demonstrate compassion for animals. As Anila Muhammad, who is a practicing Muslim and a vegan, explained in a Huffington Post article, “For me a plant-based diet was one way I could bridge the spiritual mandate to protect animals and the environment”.

So, to mark the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, in which food traditionally plays a major role, we thought we’d share a few ideas for festive … Read more.


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  • Jul

New ‘PETA-Approved Vegan’ Trainers on the High Street, Courtesy of Esprit!

With the demand for cruelty-free clothing, shoes and accessories greater than ever, international retailer Esprit is ramping up its animal- and eco-friendly credentials by launching a stylish new collection of leather-free trainers for women! The new line even carries a “PETA-Approved Vegan” hanging tag, making it super-easy for shoppers to make sure that their purchases are animal-friendly.Esprit1

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The new collection is available online as well as at Esprit’s shops in more than 40 countries – including London’s Regent Street flagship store.

We’d like to thank Esprit for setting a wonderful example of … Read more.


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PHOTOS: Spanish Activists Uncover the Bloody Truth About San Fermín ‘Festivities’

Powerful new photos taken by activists from the Spanish group Tras los Muros tell the distressing story of what happens to bulls at the annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain, each July. The drunken revellers who chase animals through the city’s streets in the morning may not understand how the festival ends for those same animals.

These photographs bring the full horror to light.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Horse blindfolded

Before the fight, horses are blindfolded to prevent them from running from the bullring in terror. They’re often injured during the course of … Read more.


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Cornwall’s Foodie Festival Has No Taste for Foie Gras

Cornwall’s Port Eliot Festival, which will be held this weekend and is known for fine food, music and literature, has reassured punters that cruelty to ducks and geese will not be on the menu.

Because of the festival’s emphasis on fresh, locally sourced and sustainable food, you’d hardly expect to find foie gras there, given the deeply unethical methods used in its production, which is so cruel that it’s been banned in the UK. To make the “fatty liver pâté”, vast amounts of corn are pumped into the stomachs Read more.


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A Royal Robe Fit for a Future King

What do you get a young prince who has it all for his first birthday? Little Prince George will turn 1 this week, and we wanted to mark the occasion by giving him a compassionate gift which celebrates our nation’s love of animals. What could be better than his very own royal robe made with the softest faux fur to keep him snug, courtesy of The Throw Company?

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It’s never been easier to go fur-free, with so many luxurious, high-quality, eco-friendly alternatives hitting the market. Real fur pelts have to be treated … Read more.


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Eyewitness Investigations Make Waves in the Wool Industry on Two Continents

Sheep maimed, hit and killed for wool

Last week, PETA US released video footage recorded in Australia and the United States showing how sheep are maimed, punched, poked in the eyes and thrown by wool industry workers.

One worker attacked a lamb with a hammer. Another twisted and broke a sheep’s neck during shearing. On dozens of occasions, workers used needle and thread to sew up gaping, bloody wounds on sheep’s bodies – without any painkillers or veterinary assistance.

The undercover exposé has been making waves all around the world. Before these investigations, many consumers had no idea … Read more.