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.
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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.
PETA’s gorgeous Lettuce Lad and Lady were outside Earl’s Court Real Food Festival on Friday giving away meat-free sausage samples to visiting foodies. Judging by the speed at which they were refilling their trays, the vegan treats were a real hit with the crowd, and why not? For those hooked on meat, vegan sausages and other faux meats have all the flavour of your favourite foods, without any of the cruelty.
Every year, more than a billion animals are raised and killed in Britain in conditions that would horrify any compassionate person. … Read more.
After hearing of the alarming expansion of kids’ waistbands in the Scottish capital – about one in 10 of its Primary 1 schoolchildren is now considered clinically obese, according to the NHS National Services Scotland – we’ve placed our latest billboard at Crewe Toll, in Edinburgh, in the hopes that residents will take stock of the city’s ballooning childhood obesity problem. The eye-catching advert reads, “Feeding Kids Meat Is Child Abuse. Fight the Fat. Go Veg”.
Large numbers of British children are now suffering the ills of high-calorie, meat-rich diets. Medical professionals … Read more.
Playboy models and vegetarians Monica Harris and Victoria Eisermann shared a tub in Trafalgar Square today to mark World Water Day. The bathing beauties informed passers-by that it takes the amount of water in 50 bathtubs to produce just one steak. The action was designed to show that the best way to save water, fight the worldwide water shortage and clean our consciences is to go vegan.
“Not only is the meat industry cruel, it wastes huge amounts of water and damages the planet”, says bathing beauty Victoria Eisermann, who was … Read more.
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One look at most pub menus and it’s clear that the days are long gone when a vegetarian meal in a British pub meant a handful of peanuts or a packet of crisps. PETA is recognising pubs that are doing their best to satisfy patrons’ hunger for healthy vegan options, and regulars at our top 10 below will be pleased to know that the establishments have been named the Top 10 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Pubs in the UK. Winners were chosen based on a number of criteria, including reputation … Read more.
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Recent reports reveal that contaminated German eggs containing dioxins – a highly toxic group of chemicals known to cause cancer – have entered the British food chain, including in cakes and quiches sold in British supermarkets, and the contamination has now spread to meat. The dioxins were fed to chickens and pigs through contaminated animal feed, and once more, the message is loud and clear: eating animal products is bad for your health! In fact, it can kill you.
Dioxins may be the current food scare grabbing … Read more.
PETA launched Meat-Free Monday, a cross-curricular project for schools, in the autumn of 2009. The project encourages schools to reduce their meat intake in order to help animals, improve pupils’ health, reduce pupils’ and teachers’ carbon footprints and fight against world hunger.
London, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire schools and more than 130 Manchester schools are taking part through city council caterers Manchester Fayre, so the project is gaining momentum.
Now you can see for yourself, with the launch of our Meat-Free Monday video! Please show the video to any teacher or pupil … Read more.
PETA’s lovely Lettuce Ladies were very visible outside Madame Tussauds today, handing out tasty vegan sausages to people queuing up for the unveiling of the new Lady Gaga wax figure. To celebrate the event, the famous wax museum offered free admission to the first 100 people who showed up to the event dressed like the rocker.
Expecting to see some attendees emulating Lady Gaga’s notorious meat dress, which she wore at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Lettuce Ladies decided to head on over to the event and spread the vegan … Read more.
Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If he were alive today, how would Gandhi assess the UK? Are we “great” only in name, or do our actions make us a truly progressive nation? In honour of Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, let’s reflect on the positive strides we’ve made and contemplate what more we can do to achieve true greatness.
The UK introduced one of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world … Read more.