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Famous faces beg for an end to China’s Yulin dog meat festival

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Famous faces beg for an end to China’s Yulin dog meat festival

End Yulin Dog meat festival

Today marks the first day of horrific Yulin   As China’s cruel Yulin dog meat festival kicks off, actress Dame Judi Dench, and violinist Vanessa-Mae send out heart-felt messages of support for activists campaigning to bring an end to the festival.   The annual event, which sees thousands of dogs, as well as cats, beaten…

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Britain’s Biggest Food Scandal

Paul Freestone explores the recent scandal concerning campylobacter in chickens The biggest food scandal within the meat industry was finallyexposed in the national media when the FSA (Food Standards Agency) published its damning report about campylobacter in November 2014. This revealed that an average of 70% of all chickens sold in the UK are infected…

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The Agony Behind Angora

Fashion brands and clothing stores abandon cruel angora trade For those that haven’t seen one, angora rabbits are cute, small, fluffy creatures. But, (perhaps regrettably) their wool is also known for its softness, silky texture, thin fibres, and what knitters refer to as a halo (fluffiness). This means that it has long been desirable for…

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Care Bears

Maria Slough shares her life-changing experiences living amongst the rescued moon bears of China My time with the rescued moon bears at the Animals Asia China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu has altered me. I am changed as a person in a way that I have yet to fully understand. Tears are rolling down my…

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Cruelty-Free Vs Vegan

What’s the difference between ‘cruelty-free’ and ‘vegan’? By Sunny Subramanian By shopping cruelty-free, you’re helping save animals and using your purchasing power to increase the demand for more compassionate products. Even though beauty brands are starting to catch up with the times by ditching animal testing, there are still companies that haven’t yet made the…

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How Veganism Changed My Life – Teresa Chambers

Teresa Chambers chose the vegan lifestyle after waking up to the cruelty of animal farming We were staying in a hotel and had bought ourselves a whole load of cheeses and biscuits to feast on in the room. Roule, strong cheddar and goats cheese, plus crackers, nuts, grapes, chocolate pastries and wine of course. It…

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Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes

The wool industry is a long way from cruelty–free Imagine the headlines: an undercover reporter discovers that there is an industry that routinely cuts off parts of dogs without anaesthetic, leaving gaping wounds. Imagine what would happen if we discovered that somewhere in the world, cats were being farmed for their fur, shaved by rough,…

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How Veganism Changed My Life – Shola Arewa

Raw vegan Shola Arewa discovered that it’s never too late for a fresh start There is nothing quite like seeing an animal cut in half the ‘wrong way’ to make you reconsider your eating habits. I suppose most of us have seen animals cut in half lengthways, nose to tail, being carried into butchers’ shops.…

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Vegan Charity Viva! Bring Back MooFree May (and you can take part)

Moo Free May

Following the success of their 2018 MooFree May initiative, the vegan charity Viva! are back for another month of action. Viva! wants to educate the public about the health, animal welfare and environmental motivations for going dairy-free, using social media and outreach events as a way of getting the message out there.  Their campaign aims…

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China begins the shift away from animal testing

From January 2020, new non-animal tests will go ahead in China, and will be the preferred method for future cosmetics testing   So far, two innovative non-animal methods have received approval, and these include the direct peptide reaction assay for skin sensitisation, and the short-time exposure assay for eye irritation.   The step towards cruelty-free…

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Iceland make waves with banned palm oil advert

By now, you’ll have seen the recently banned Iceland advert, drawing attention to the issue of palm oil.   The advert focuses on the destruction its production causes to rainforests, and the effects this has on orangutans. But long before the advert came to light, palm oil has been a huge environmental issue. We take…

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Ten Ways to Keep Animals Safe and Happy on Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November – but don’t forget your animal friends   Every autumn, people in their thousands wrap-up warm and step out into the night to marvel at gasp-worthy firework displays. Although we’re aware that fireworks are for pleasure, and are (for the most part) not dangerous, animals have no way of…

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