Many of us will have seen stories in the media about the Schmallenberg virus, the latest disease to hit animals already suffering in severely crowded and filthy conditions. The virus causes birth defects and miscarriages in sheep, goats and cattle, and it effects milk yields in cows and causes them to have diarrhoea. It is believed to have started in Germany, but cases have now been confirmed at 74 farms in the UK.
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A new video from international environmentalists Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, created as part of the Chomping Climate Change campaign, has been featured on Sir Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign website.
The video comes shortly after the most recent rounds of COP17 talks in Durban, South Africa, and is designed to outline what people can do to help limit greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce the dangerous levels of carbon already in the atmosphere.
On October 31, 2011, the world’s population hit 7 billion people. Our current food system is incapable of addressing the needs of so many, and it’s up to us to make a change in the way we eat.
During a week that marks both Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and World Animal Day, we thought it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on these words of wisdom from the “Great Soul”: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If Gandhi were alive today, how would the UK fare in his eyes?
One of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world, the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act of 1822, was introduced in the UK, and we’ve … Read more.
Amidst severe flooding and heavy rain, PETA US staffers have been out in force responding to emergency animal cases as a result of Hurricane Irene which has so far killed more than 10 people and countless animals and left an estimated 2 million people without power.
What follows is an account from Ingrid Newkirk – PETA US’s Founder:
It’s Sunday morning. Our building is in tatters, and two of our vehicles have cried “Uncle,” but we have two more vehicles, and they and our emergency rescue efforts are still going strong. We
Have Denmark’s legislators been reading Animal Writes? PETA has long maintained that a tax on meat would help offset its negative impact on our health and the environment, and now it seems that the Danish government agrees with us. Starting in October, the country will levy taxes on certain meat and dairy products, animal fats, and other unhealthy foods.
The tariff will, of course, generate revenue for Denmark, but it is expected to cut healthcare costs as well if people respond by consuming less high-calorie, low-nutrition animal … Read more.
It’s World Oceans Day, and so today, we’re devoting our blog to the millions of individual fish and marine animals who suffer needlessly at human hands.
Fish are intelligent, complex animals who form strong social bonds and communicate with each other, and some even have a mischievous side! Numerous studies have shown that fish feel pain. Fish caught in nets and dragged from their homes experience excruciating decompression as they are pulled to the surface. The pressure can cause their eyes to pop out, and force their stomachs out through … Read more.
With the Earth’s oceans and continents painted on her nearly naked body by makeup artist Tracy Kane and holding a sign that reads, “Save the Planet: Go Vegan”, model Celt from Superior Model Management appeared as “Mother Earth” in central Edinburgh today, just in time for World Environment Day. Accompanied by PETA supporters handing out leaflets explaining why meat is bad for the planet, the vegan “Mother Earth” wanted to let people know that the best way to “go green” is to ditch animal products.
In addition to causing the suffering of … Read more.
The Japanese Cabinet officially announced that the Prime Minister has ordered the Fukushima governor to euthanise all the farmed animals in the 20 km “no-go” zone. As sad as it is, the animals – many who have been without adequate food since the earthquake and tsunami in March – will finally be granted a peaceful end to their suffering.
Shocking images from the affected areas show dead farmed animals and some who have been cannibalised by others.
Thank you to all who wrote to Japanese officials urging them to take action.… Read more.
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, which takes place between 23 and 29 May, we’ve put together five actions that you can take to help make a positive change in the lives of animals bred for their flesh, milk and eggs:
- Go vegan, and encourage friends and family to do the same! For great tips and help with getting started, just order your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, which is packed full of yummy recipes and advice on cruelty-free alternatives to traditionally meat-based dishes.
- Host a vegan dinner party. Show your friends