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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Read Michael Mansfield QC's letter in full here.
Prominent barrister Michael Mansfield QC – who has defended scores of accused in prominent and controversial court cases – has fired off an urgent letter to Derbyshire County Council after learning from PETA that Midland Pig Producers has submitted an application to build an enormous factory farm in Foston, Derbyshire. Mansfield, a vegetarian, objects on the grounds that the pigs on this proposed farm would spend their entire lives imprisoned indoors, denied everything that is natural and important to them.
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Barely a year after Animal Aid first released harrowing footage taken inside UK abattoirs, they have uncovered more abuse. Video footage secretly recorded at Elmkirk Ltd (Cheale Meats) makes for distressing viewing, but astonishingly, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are refusing to prosecute those responsible because the abattoir staff were not consulted about the cameras.
The hidden cameras at the Cheale Meats abattoir recorded staff punching pigs, hitting them with bats, burning their faces with cigarettes and forcing injured pigs to drag themselves into the stun pen. One … Read more.
For those tennis fans among you, we’ve got some ace news to share! After being contacted by PETA, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) has confirmed that foie gras is out this year and will not be appearing on official event menus.
Birds used for foie gras know only pain and suffering from birth until death. Confined for their entire existence to tiny, filthy cages and pens, these natural water birds are lucky if they so much as glimpse a large body of water, let alone have … Read more.
Music icon and tireless animal defender Sir Paul McCartney is turning 69 on 18 June. The singer, songwriter and composer in one of the most successful bands in music history is also a devoted vegetarian.
Animal welfare is an issue so close to his heart that Sir Paul joined with PETA to narrate “Glass Walls,” an undercover video that shows the cruel treatment and suffering of animals on factory farms and at abattoirs. The video’s name is taken from McCartney’s famous quote, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would … Read more.
Champagne corks have been popping in the office following the news that plans to build two intensive rabbit-breeding farms in East Bridgford and Granby in Nottinghamshire have been shelved, thanks in large part to the many objections the council received. And you, our fabulous supporters, sent more than 1,600 of them!
The proposed facilities would have been the first rabbit factory farms in the UK in 15 years, and each would have housed up to 1,100 rabbits in wire cages stacked three high inside windowless barns. This kind of unnatural environment – … Read more.
We have some great news to share! After being contacted by PETA and a number of their patrons, the Royal Shakespeare Company and its Rooftop Restaurant have agreed to end their sale of foie gras. They are the latest to join a growing list of British establishments that have dropped foie gras, including Selfridges and the BAFTAs. Prince Charles has even banned the vile product from his Royal residence.
Every year, millions of birds are born into a life of torture. Crammed into tiny cages or pens, these beautiful animals … Read more.