Anyone familiar with Shakespeare’s Richard III may have been surprised to learn about some unlikely cast members in a new production starring Martin Freeman at London’s Trafalgar Studios – a pair of goldfish. These animals certainly don’t appear on the original running list, and we were dismayed to learn that each night, they were subjected to the terrifying ordeal of having an actor’s head plunge into their tank and then thrash around wildly on stage.
A concerned audience member contacted us after seeing the fish “ground up with the gravel and pushed … Read more.
Starving stray kitten Babybell faced a terrifying near-death experience when she tried to swipe a piece of cheese from a mousetrap and ended up with her front paw trapped and crushed. Fortunately, she was found and rescued by a passer-by and taken in by the Blue Cross to recover, although her injured leg had to be amputated.
Babybell’s story highlights the indiscriminate suffering that can be caused by cruel mousetraps. Animals rarely survive an encounter with these vicious devices and may often be trapped and in pain for hours when one … Read more.
At least 60 dogs died last night in a fire at Manchester Dog’s Home. Trapped in their kennels as smoke and flames surrounded them, these animals’ last moments must have been filled with terror and suffering.
Even more shocking is the fact that this tragic event was apparently not an accident – police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson.
Nobody can bring these dogs back to life, but we’ve decided to take action to help prevent future acts of violence by rushing humane-education materials to primary schools in … Read more.
The cruel and misguided extermination of wildlife continues in the UK this week, as the government has recommenced its horrific programme of badger culling – or killing, to call a spade a spade – in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
As a member of Team Badger, we are one of 25 different organisations with a total of 2 million supporters who are calling for the second year of badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire to be stopped.
Dr Brian May, one of the most outspoken opponents of the widely condemned cull, summarised the shocking … Read more.
People who care about the suffering of animals often use the phrase “put yourself in their place”. Now, thanks to an innovative virtual reality (VR) project by PETA US, that concept is no longer just a metaphor.
“I, Chicken” is a virtual reality experience that recreates what it’s like to be a chicken using cutting-edge technology – including wireless VR goggles, motion-capture cameras and powerful computers – as well as input from leading VR psychologists. It allows people to become fully immersed in a chicken’s world, including flapping their wings, exploring their … Read more.
A new government-funded poll by Ipsos MORI shows that the British public continues to voice strong and ever-growing opposition to the use of animals in experiments and also continues to mistrust both experimenters and the inadequate rules governing this archaic and often discredited practice.
According to the latest figures:
- Thirty-two per cent of Britons object to the use of animals in experiments.
- Thirty-one per cent have little to no faith in the regulatory system that governs animal experimentation.
- Thirty per cent do not trust experimenters to avoid causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
These figures … Read more.
Unless you haven’t taken a stroll down a UK high street in quite some time, you can’t have failed to notice the plethora of animal-free food popping up at every turn. Increased demand for vegan options has opened up a whole new world of delicious, animal-friendly dishes appearing on menus at restaurants, pubs and fast-food chains alike that do not involve grinding animals’ bodies up into nuggets or burgers.
We’ve put together our ultimate list of high-street vegan eats in places that may surprise you – all tried and tested by us, … Read more.
Dave Smith, MBE, is an athlete who has triumphed over adversity time and time again. His many impressive achievements include representing Team GB in the able-bodied karate and bobsleigh events and overcoming a spinal tumour to win a gold medal for rowing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – as well as saving hundreds of animals by following a vegan diet!
We caught up with him to talk about how ditching meat, dairy products and eggs has contributed to his success.
What inspired you to go vegan?
It was originally for … Read more.
London Zoo’s stubborn insistence on not cancelling its “Zoo Lates” events – in which around 6,000 visitors pour into the zoo in the evening, during the animals’ usual resting hours, drink alcohol, sing and shout along to music – reveals the institution’s true priorities. Like all zoos, it’s more concerned with making money than safeguarding the animals it keeps captive.
Allegations that one visitor poured beer on a tiger, another fell and “accidentally” punched a bird and yet another asked a staff member “Which penguin can I fight?” are apparently not enough … Read more.
So the summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school. But there’s one thing you don’t need to stress about – finding delicious vegan items to put in your child’s lunchbox!
Here’s our rundown of easy packed lunch ideas, which are sure to provoke envious looks in the playground or canteen. These cruelty-free lunchbox fillers are all great for grown-ups, too.
Go for a classic with vegan cheese slices, tomato and salad, or get creative with hummus, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, falafel, smoked tofu, etc. … Read more.