Sheep are a familiar sight in the British countryside. But how much do you really know about these gentle, good-natured animals? The following 10 facts about the personalities, intelligence and skills of rams, lambs and ewes might surprise you:
1. Sheep have extremely good memories. They can remember approximately 50 individuals (sheep and humans!) for years at a time.
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2. Sheep have been shown to display and recognise emotion by facial expressions with other sheep. Some are noticeable from their ears.
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Further people-powered progress in the campaign against the cruel production of angora wool – global fashion brands New Look and Esprit have suspended angora production over animal-welfare concerns.
In a statement, New Look said: “we have taken action and put our angora production on immediate hold”. Likewise, Esprit said: “As long as the industry lacks credible certification and proof that it complies with according policies on animal welfare, Esprit imposes a ban on Angora wool”.
Angora, which is used to make gloves, sweaters, hats and scarves, comes from the fur of long-haired … Read more.
MTV Europe host Laura Whitmore is the celebrity judge for our ethical shoe design competition with vegan brand Beyond Skin! The bubbly Irish beauty and style icon will be casting her expert eye over the shortlisted entries and deciding which ones are hot or not.
She explains why she chose to get on board with the trend toward vegan shoes:
I truly believe that the future of fashion lies in sustainable, cruelty-free materials, and companies like Beyond Skin and organisations like PETA are leading the way in creating awareness. I hope
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Hurrah! After being made aware of video footage from PETA Asia’s investigation of angora farms in China – where 90 per cent of the world’s angora is produced – H&M has announced that it is halting the production of angora products because of the horrific cruelty inflicted on rabbits.
The video shows how terrified bunnies have the fur torn from their bodies as they scream in pain. Workers grab the rabbits and rip out handful after handful of hair, until the animals are left bleeding and completely bare. Then they are shoved … Read more.
Yesterday, in a move that genuinely put animal welfare first, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the EU ban on the import of seal fur and other products because of “moral concerns” is legal.
The WTO was not impressed by Canada’s far-fetched claim that the commercial seal slaughter can somehow be humane, meaning that Canada’s desperate attempt to revive the archaic and cruel practice of bludgeoning baby seals to death may have finally died. This victory comes on the heels of pleas from tens of thousands of PETA supporters and letters … Read more.
Perhaps best known for her film Red Sonja, actor Brigitte Nielsen might have looked the part in furs when playing a barbarian, but times and fashion have moved on.
Brigitte has spoken out against the treatment of animals for fur by turning her back on cruelty and giving fur the cold shoulder in a new ad for PETA Germany.
In addition to starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Red Sonja, the Danish actor also starred in Rocky IV, Cobra and Beverly Hills Cop II. She is now a … Read more.
Here’s the not-so-fluffy lowdown on wool – and some facts that you’re not likely to learn from the industry’s sales pitches.
About 30 million sheep are farmed in the UK, and they are sheared of approximately 22,000 tonnes of wool every single year. This may not sound out of the ordinary until you learn that a third of this wool is labelled as “skin wool”, a grim name for wool which is torn from slaughtered lambs’ bodies.
Wool, far from being green, is a by-product of an industry which slaughters … Read more.
Irish model, reality TV star and actor Tiffany Stanley is urging her government to give fur the cold shoulder and ban cruel fur farms in a new nude ad for PETA, shot by photographer Volker Fleck.
Sexy Stanley is determined to help put an end to an industry that confines 225,000 minks every year to small cages and then rips the skin off their tiny backs. She explains why she’s passionate enough about this cause to bare all: “The fur industry shows Ireland in a really bad light. The sooner we end … Read more.
Singer-songwriter Charlie Brown may be best known for his upbeat lyrics and urban pop sound, but now, with his new anti-fur ad for PETA, he’s showing fans another aspect of his personality – kindness towards animals.
The London-based artist – who, with chart-topping singles such as “Bones”, is clearly on his way to greatness – hasn’t let fame change his values. He explains: “If I can use my voice to make a difference in the world, I will – so I’m proud to work with PETA to speak out against fur. We … Read more.
UPDATE: Fashion director, Paula Reed, has now resigned.
After receiving confirmation in a meeting with Harvey Nichols that Reed was singlehandedly responsible for breaking the department store’s strict decade-long policy against selling fur, we hope her resignation will pave the way for the reinstatement of the store’s previous, well-respected policy. Please continue to take action, and we will update you here with any more news.
For almost a decade, Harvey Nichols has been one of the good guys – ever since pressure from PETA and compassionate consumers persuaded the company … Read more.