Blindfolded and cradling a sheared and apparently blood-spattered “lamb”, these three PETA members were a striking sight in Edinburgh this morning.
Their message to shoppers on Princes Street was “Don’t pull the wool over your eyes”, a reference to the immense suffering inflicted on sheep used by the wool industry, including violent abuse in shearing sheds, painful mutilations and frightening deaths in abattoirs.
The trio urged passers-by to open their eyes to the cruelty inherent in wool production and to cross wool items off their shopping lists.
A recent exposé of the … Read more.
Scotland is considering introducing a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. In April, we asked thousands of our supporters to respond to a government consultation about the ban, and now Ross McCall is adding his voice to the call.
The Scottish-born Hollywood actor, who starred in Band of Brothers, wrote in last week’s Herald, calling on Holyrood to ban wild animals in circuses permanently. An abbreviated version of his article is below.
No doubt about it, we Scots have a lot to be proud of and if
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The Scots are earning quite the reputation for their compassion towards animals, with another award-winning Scottish eatery pledging to banish foie gras from its menu for good.
Appalled after hearing from us about the scale of the cruelty involved in foie gras production, Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor, Angus, said NO MORE.
Birds reared for foie gras endure the daily trauma of being force-fed via a metal tube which is rammed down their throats several times a day until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, making it hard … Read more.
In a champion move for animals, Wimbledon star Andy Murray has just banished promos for hunting from the website of his luxury Cromlix Hotel in Scotland!
The tennis gold medallist hadn’t realised that the inexcusable pastime of maiming and killing animals with high-powered weapons was being advertised on his hotel’s website. After hearing from PETA, his company’s management swiftly confirmed that “Andy has made sure all traces of hunting have been removed from the website”. Bravo!
A British study of deer hunting found that 11 per cent of deer who’d … Read more.
UPDATE: The public consultation has now closed. We’ll keep you posted about further developments so watch this space.
Scotland is considering introducing a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses – but we need your help to make sure that it happens.
The Scottish government wants your views on the issue and has launched a public consultation. It’s vital to make sure politicians get the message that all compassionate people are against locking up elephants, tigers, zebras and other animals and forcing them to perform absurd tricks in the … Read more.
A young seagull was shot through the neck with a crossbow in Inverness, and cocktail sausages laced with nails were left on playing fields in Monmouthshire in order to injure dogs – these two sickening incidents of cruelty to animals happened in just the past few weeks in the UK.
Image: Scottish SPCA
Hurting animals is just plain wrong. Society needs to take these shocking crimes seriously, because animal abusers are a danger to everyone. Sick individuals who carry out violence against animals – who can’t report abuse and often can’t fight … Read more.
Today marks the birthday of Scotland’s most beloved poet, Robert Burns, and on both sides of the border and around the world, people will be celebrating the occasion with a traditional Burns supper. But if you’re planning to address the haggis tonight, go for a vegan version of the Scottish staple – because the contents of traditional haggis are not only gross but also the product of horrific cruelty.
Burns himself had an ethos of respect and compassion towards animals. In his famous poem “To a Mouse“, Burns apologises to … Read more.