After spending 30 years confined to a tank, yet another orca has died in captivity. Bingo, a male orca at Japan’s Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, suffered from an inflammation of his lungs before passing away last week. He had been captured off the coast of Iceland in 1984 and never allowed to return to his family or ocean home.
Three orcas still remain at the aquarium: Stella, another wild-caught orca who once inhabited the vast waters of Iceland, and her two daughters, Ran II and Rin, both born in captivity.
Between … Read more.
Tuesday is the beginning of the annual red grouse shooting season in Scotland: the deceptively named “Glorious Twelfth”. Around half a million of these shy birds will be shot this year, helping to line the pockets of certain wealthy landowners but causing nothing but suffering to both the grouse and the many other animals who are killed because of this archaic, bloodthirsty industry.
Many estate managers kill birds of prey in order to “protect” grouse so that shooters can then kill them. Hawks, falcons, owls and other legally protected raptors are trapped, poisoned … Read more.
Love cruelty-free fashion as much as you love to breathe? Have a killer style that no one had to be killed for? Then you are just the person we are looking for!
The search is on for fierce fashionistas and fashionisters who turn heads with their cruelty-free attire. If you think you’ve got the winning style, simply e-mail MostStylishVegan@peta.org.uk with a photo of yourself in your favourite outfit and a few lines about your personal style and why you choose to rock animal-friendly looks.
This is your opportunity to show just how … Read more.
There are quite a few delicious vegan baked goods at many grocery stores, but sometimes you just can’t beat the taste of homemade baking. Vegan baking is a great way to impress both friends and family with delicious cruelty-free food, and, of course, it offers a fantastic opportunity to show off your skills in the kitchen!
Following the success of last year’s competition, we’re inviting bloggers to put their vegan baking skills to the test once again and share with us their favourite vegan creations! Enter the Great Vegan Bake-Off. You don’t … Read more.
PETA Vegan Food Award winner Hotel Chocolat has just launched its latest vegan chocolate creation, the massive Fruit and Nut Frenzy Giant Slab – and we can tell you, it’s divine!
The half-kilo giant slab was inspired by the shape in which molten chocolate naturally sets on the cool marble of a chocolatier’s table. The Fruit and Nut Frenzy Giant Slab features succulent golden raisins and cranberries, extremely crunchy almonds and Piedmont hazelnuts wrapped in 70 per cent dark chocolate.
You can find it in shops or in the vegan section of … Read more.
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.
A five-month undercover investigation by The Guardian, published this week, reveals some of the UK chicken industry’s darkest secrets.
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.
This week, thousands of athletes from 71 countries around the world have gathered to test their prowess at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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.
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?
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.
After meeting with PETA UK last month and learning about the world’s cruellest travel attractions, STA Travel quickly pulled all promotions of SeaWorld abusement parks, elephant rides and Thailand’s notorious Tiger Temple. Since then, we have been advising the company on further improvements to its animal welfare policy, and we’re delighted to announce that STA Travel has now also discontinued the sale of San Fermín festival tours in Pamplona, Spain!
This is great news for bulls. Many tourists who travel to Pamplona to run with the bulls are unaware that every … Read more.