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  • 18
  • Mar

Mother’s Day Should Include Animal Mums

We all love our mothers, even when – or perhaps, because – they interfere in our lives (for our own good, of course). But this Mother’s Day, while you are celebrating your own mum, remember that some of the best mothers in the world are found in the animal kingdom. Sadly, on UK factory farms, few animal mums are allowed to care for their young as nature intended.

Pigs, for example, are devoted mothers who, if allowed, would spend days building a nest of leaves or straw before giving birth. Then … Read more.


  • 27
  • Feb

New Virus Means More Suffering for Animals Raised for Food

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.

In addition to being forced to endure unnatural conditions, farmed animals … Read more.


  • 05
  • Jan

Pow! Owain Yeoman Slams Proposed Industrial-Size Dairy in Wales

Owain Yeoman's PETA Ad

Owain's PETA Ad

In Owain Yeoman’s opinion, it doesn’t take a mentalist to see that factory farming is a recipe for disaster. That’s why the Welsh-born star of the hit American television programme The Mentalist has just fired off a letter to Powys County Council urging councilmembers not to allow a new industrial-size dairy – a factory farm where 1,000 cows would be artificially impregnated, drugged and used as milk machines – to be built at Leighton near Welshpool. In the letter, Yeoman explains that densely crowded, unsanitary factory farms are breeding … Read more.


  • 30
  • Nov

Thousands of Birds Spared From Life of Hell

An application to extend a broiler-chicken unit in Worcestershire that we objected to has been refused. This is great news for up to 168,000 chickens who would have been forced into a life of pain and suffering had the plans been approved.

While we celebrate this great victory, we won’t stop fighting until all chickens raised for their flesh – crammed together into huge, dark, filthy ammonia-laden sheds and forced to grow so large so quickly that they become crippled under their own weight – are free … Read more.


  • 22
  • Nov

PETA’s ‘Pig’ and ‘Cow’ Join the 99 per Cent

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.


  • 31
  • Oct

Victory! Ocado Drops Foie Gras

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We’re dancing the funky chicken at PETA UK in celebration of some great news for ducks and geese! Following contact by PETA and members of the public, Ocado, an online grocer, has agreed to end the sale of foie gras. Ocado delivers food products from a variety of well-known brands, including Waitrose, Heinz and Hovis, as well as having their own range.

PETA’s foie gras exposé – which shows how ducks and geese suffer during foie gras production as metal pipes are rammed down their throats – … Read more.


  • 22
  • Oct

Occupy Compassion!

PETA’s “pig” greeted protesters near St. Paul’s Cathedral this week by handing out free vegan sausages and encouraging them to spare a thought for the millions of animals who suffer every day on intensive confinement–style factory farms controlled by major corporations.

On factory farms, pigs have their tails cut off without being given painkillers, calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and chickens are crammed by the tens of thousands into windowless sheds, where the ammonia from their accumulated waste burns their eyes and throats.

Stand up for the … Read more.


  • 04
  • Oct

On World Animal Day, How ‘Great’ Would Great Britain Be in Gandhi’s Eyes?

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.


  • 04
  • Oct

More Rabbits Spared From a Life of Suffering

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We’re hopping up and down in the PETA office following the news that T&S Nurseries’ plans to build a rabbit-breeding farm in Stamford have been thwarted again! After initial plans were refused, another application was submitted and promptly shot down, saving more bunnies from a life of misery and suffering.

This farm would have been a wholly unnatural environment for these quiet, clean, sociable animals and would have denied them the opportunity to do anything that makes life worth living – before they mercilessly ended up … Read more.


  • 13
  • Sep

Victory: Foie Gras Just Isn’t Cricket!

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It’s been a great summer for England’s cricket fans, with the team currently the ICC Twenty20 champion, the holders of the Ashes and the top-ranked test side in the world. But birds also have something to celebrate because the world-famous home of English cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, has removed foie gras from its menu!

After viewing PETA’s foie gras exposé narrated by Kate Winslet, which shows how ducks and geese are abused by being repeatedly force-fed in order to produce this horrific product, Lord’s made the … Read more.