The death toll is rising. All across the country in public spaces – outside shops, at train stations or under bridges – pigeons are dying in pain after becoming trapped in netting designed to deter them.
Often, netting doesn’t effectively keep birds away, but it can cause them to become fatally entangled. As much as they struggle, the pigeons can’t escape in many cases, and, suspended in mid-air, they die a slow, agonising death from starvation or strangulation.
Seeing these animals suffer is extremely distressing – but you can take action to … Read more.
Compassion and common sense won out this week when Leeds University cancelled plans to host a petting zoo on campus during exam season following an urgent letter that we sent to the university’s vice chancellor laying out the facts. And our call was backed up by many compassionate students, who also voiced objections. If you were one of them, thank you!
Animals don’t enjoy being dragged around the country and manhandled by strangers, and petting zoos contribute to a cruel cycle of breeding, abandonment and killing. Exhibitors take young animals on the … Read more.
Earlier this month, as part of a competition to win some ethical shampoo, we asked you for your cruelty-free beauty tips – and were totally overwhelmed by the response! We received a deluge of great practical advice about how to incorporate compassion into your beauty regime and speak out against cruelty.
Many of you recognised that it’s what’s inside that counts and that kindness will shine through. “Beauty is more than skin-deep – compassion is the key. Don’t exploit or harm other creatures”, wrote Cynthia, while Robert’s tip is to embrace a … Read more.
Worrying news this week: the RSPCA reports that in England and Wales, convictions for cruelty to animals have risen by a third in the last year. This should be a call to action for society, a clear sign that we need to make humane education a priority and work together to tackle animal abuse wherever we see it.
If you witness cruelty, please report it to the police or relevant authorities. PETA often offers a £1,000 reward to anyone who comes forward to provide information leading to the conviction of animal abusers. … Read more.
At last – wild-animal circuses are to become a thing of the past in England! On Tuesday, a draft bill was tabled in Parliament to stop circuses using animals beginning in 2015 – a move that all British people can celebrate.
This means that, in this country, no more wild animals will be abused in the ring in the name of entertainment. No more elephants, camels or zebras will be denied everything that is natural and important to them, confined to cages or boxcars and dragged around the country and forced to … Read more.
Air France is one of the largest traffickers of primates in the world. The airline claims to be “making the sky the best place on Earth” – so why does it continue to ship terrified monkeys to laboratories to face imprisonment and torture?
Almost every other major airline in the world has shown compassion by refusing to transport monkeys for animal testing – including Aer Lingus, Air China, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Lufthansa, Qantas and United. Air France even cancelled an individual shipment of primates after a public … Read more.
Pigeon fanciers certainly have no qualms about risking the health of their birds – after all, up to 90 per cent of pigeons never make it back from gruelling cross-Channel races. But could pigeon racers also be putting human health at risk?
The Chinese government has just grounded nearly 2 million carrier pigeons and banned all pigeon races in Shanghai because of the growing H7N9 bird flu epidemic, which has now claimed a ninth human life. A top Chinese pigeon-racing association has also decided to stop racing and inoculate up to … Read more.
In case you missed it, we’ve just seen a momentous step forward for the campaign against animal testing in Europe, with the new EU ban on cosmetics testing coming into force.
To celebrate, we have seven sets of luxurious cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner to give away, courtesy of biOrganics, an ethical company that makes compassion towards animals a priority. biOrganics quite rightly believes that no animal should suffer for the sake of beauty, and it refused to test on animals long before not testing became a legal requirement. What’s … Read more.
“You have to kill some, obviously.”
– Rod Adams, North of England Homing Union, 3 August 2012
PETA US recently went undercover to reveal the truth about the world of UK pigeon racing. The findings were shocking: hundreds of thousands of birds die each year during gruelling cross-channel races, while the sport has an endemic lack of regulation and is rife with illegal wagers and unlicensed associations.
Another aspect of this dark story makes it still clearer that racers (also known as “fanciers”) have little to no regard for the pigeons’ … Read more.
Open the champagne – it’s official: from today, no more animals will be tormented, maimed and killed for the sake of the cosmetics products on our shelves. Yes, it’s 11 March, the day that the EU Cosmetics Testing Sales Ban finally comes into force, a cause for celebration for animals, consumers and science.
So how did we get here? It’s been an epic campaign, spanning more than 20 years and including hard work by caring people determined to put a stop to the atrocities committed against animals in laboratories. There have been … Read more.