Last week, PETA’s loveable “pig” and “cow” joined the protesters at St Paul’s Cathedral. They were there to let people know that while a relatively small number of people fatten their wallets in the meat, egg and dairy industries, billions of animals suffer and die.
Because of corporate greed, animals are being treated like parts on an assembly line rather than the intelligent, sensitive individuals they are. Anyone opposed to injustice or morally bankrupt operations by big business should condemn industrialised animal agriculture, which causes animal suffering on a colossal scale.… Read more.
Fresh, edgy and totally wicked, The Church of Seitan is a rock-’n’-roll clothing brand designed by PETA volunteer Michael Partouche. Favored by sexiest vegetarian nominee Jared Leto, the animal-friendly brand is a funky way to spread the seitanic gospel.
If you’re new to the world of faux meats, seitan (pronounced “SAY-tan”) is high in protein and low in fat and tastes sinfully delicious. Whether you grill it, fry it, barbecue it or just heat it up and slap it on a sandwich with some salad stuff and a tasty … Read more.
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Champagne corks are popping at PETA headquarters this evening, as PETA staff celebrate the news that the company they fought to defeat, Nocton Dairies, has withdrawn their plans to build an intensive dairy unit in Lincolnshire. The facility would have likely meant severe suffering for thousands of cows, something PETA pointed out as it campaigned for almost a year to ensure the facility would never see the light of day. More than 6,000 of the 14,000 registered objections received by the district council came from you, our … Read more.
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Nocton Dairies Ltd, the company in the centre of a row over bringing a US-style intensive dairy factory farm to the UK, resubmitted their plans last week to build their giant cow “prison” in Lincolnshire, this time claiming that they would reduce the number of cows from 8,100 to 3,770 – a figure that would no doubt quickly climb back up to the originally proposed number via further applications. What do we think? Whether one or 100,000 cows are held there – suffering is suffering.
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As if the suffering found on UK factory farms were not bad enough, now we’re seeing a disturbing increase in the number of applications being submitted to build huge US-style industrial factory farms. Many of these farms use zero grazing (a wholly unnatural system whereby animals rarely, or never, go outside and are fed specially grown food instead of being allowed to graze naturally on grass). As on all factory farms, animals in zero-grazing units can expect to spend their short, hellish lives in cramped, dark and filthy … Read more.
Like most vegans, I often find myself in conversation with people about what I eat and the reasons for my choices, so I try to arm myself with knowledge to be as effective a voice as I can be for all animals currently suffering on factory farms.
That’s why I was so impressed by Sue Cross’s book On the Menu: Animal Welfare, which comprehensively explores the treatment of animals bred and killed for food in the UK. From mussels, lobsters and squids to cows, sheep, pheasants and rabbits, the book describes … Read more.
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Recent articles revealing that cloned meat has entered the UK food supply have sparked a debate concerning the potential health risks of eating flesh from cloned animals; however, one thing about which there can be no debate is that cloning will cause animals extreme suffering.
Grown inside artificially inseminated surrogate mothers, cloned animals are genetic replicas of other animals. The process of insemination is known to be so stressful that UK law requires that a general or epidural anaesthetic be administered prior to the transfer of cattle embryos.… Read more.
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Following up on the government’s decision to back off a proposal to axe free cow’s milk for schoolchildren (a decision based on Prime Minister David Cameron’s fear of negative publicity rather than concern for public health), I wanted to draw your attention to an excellent article in the London Evening Standard by Dr Christian Jessen, who is best known for shows such as Channel 4′s Embarrassing Bodies.
The doctor tells it like it is. “Cows’ milk is just that: for cows”, he writes. “Man is the only animal … Read more.
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Most people know that raising animals for food is grossly inefficient; whilst animals eat large quantities of grain, they produce only small amounts of meat, dairy products or eggs. Did you know it takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat?
According to a recent article, more than 350,000 hectares of rain forest are being cleared to grow soya beans, which are then shipped to British factory farms to feed animals who are treated like milk or egg machines or raised and … Read more.
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PETA and other animal rights groups are celebrating after learning that Velmur Ltd have abandoned their proposal to build a huge dairy factory farm in Lincolnshire. The development would have sentenced 2,896 cows to lives of misery and suffering.
We owe a big “thank you” to the PETA activists who fought against the proposal by attending local meetings, spreading awareness and updating PETA with developments. This is another example of the success that can be achieved through the efforts of committed activists.
Cows on dairy farms are forced … Read more.