Animal Welfare

Hunt For Man Filmed Callously Throwing Injured Sheep Over Fence, To Laughter

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK

A shocking video of a sheep being thrown over a fence has sparked an RSPCA appeal for information after being viewed thousands of times on social medi...

Gene Editing Of Farm Animals: A Massive Wrong Turn That Could Take Us Further Down The Factory Farming Road

Peter Stevenson | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Stevenson

Gene editing is a form of genetic engineering that involves changing, deleting or replacing some of an animal's genetic material. Like other forms of hi-tech breeding such as cloning, gene editing generally aims to make animals more useful for us.

Who Really Is The Saddest Animal In Captivity?

Georgina Allen | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Georgina Allen

Lately I've been experiencing déjà vu. It seems every article I read on animal welfare concerns in zoos or aquariums is titled something along the l...

Can We Be The Generation To End Bear Bile Farming?

Gilbert Sape | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Gilbert Sape

Bear bile farming is one of the cruellest abuses of animals in the world and is of dubious medicinal value. After 14 years of relentless campaigning, ...

Thousands Of Elephants Exploited For Tourism Held In Cruel Conditions

Steve McIvor | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK
Steve McIvor

Two years ago, our team in Asia started a ground-breaking investigation of the conditions endured by elephants across tourist entertainment venues in ...

How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction

Duncan McNair | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Duncan McNair

Without a seismic shift in public awareness, plus immediate serious commercial and political engagement in the Western world, India and its neighbouring states, the Asian elephant is doomed, in our lifetime and by our hands.

Animal Lovers: We Need Your Help

Jonathan Young | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

But as a nation of animal lovers, we do have a bit of a blind spot. Amidst the outpouring of affection we give to dogs, cats and budgies, the miserable fate of equally lovable animals is ignored. I'm talking about the pigs, chickens, lambs and cows - all of which share one or more of the qualities we ascribe to our pets.

Chicken In The Coal Mine - How Chlorinated Chickens Reveal Two Fundamental Brexit Issues

Peter Stevenson | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Stevenson

The current controversy about chlorinated chickens has been dismissed by Liam Fox as a media distraction. In reality, it is the modern equivalent of the canary as we enter into the dark unknown territory of post-Brexit trade negotiations. Here's why.

Undercover Video Exposes The Horrific Reason So Many US Chickens Are Chlorinated

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK

Shocking undercover footage captured at one of America’s largest chicken companies has exposed some of the horrific reasons many US chickens need to...

Animal Cruelty Sentencing: Reasons For Optimism

Claire Horton | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK
Claire Horton

There are times in my seven years as chief executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home when you can really sense that positive change in important animal ...

Without Brave Rangers Our World Would Look Very Different

Rob Brandford | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Rob Brandford

Copyright: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Whenever Stephen hears the rumble of an elephant or the roar of a lion, he says 'he's reminded why he d...

The Creeping - And Secret - Industrialisation Of Animal Farming

Peter Melchett | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Peter Melchett

An extraordinarily large number of negative changes in farming take place largely unseen and often completely unremarked. For example, nowadays crops ...

What We Don't Know About Animal Experiments

Joanna Randall | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Joanna Randall

We're told that over 18,000 procedures on guinea pigs last year were classed as 'non-recovery'. But what was done to those guinea pigs that was so invasive they were killed while under general anaesthetic? We will never know.

Britain First Falsely Claim Slaughterhouse Footage Is From Halal Abattoir

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK

Britain First is being accused of trying to “incite racial division” after falsely claiming animal abuse caught on slaughterhouse footage was reco...

Numbers May Have Gone Down, But Animal Research Remains Vital

Tom Holder | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK
Tom Holder

In the UK, animal experiments are carried out under highly regulated conditions, and are only allowed where there are no non-animal methods that can be used instead. Animals are not used for testing tobacco (banned in 1997) or cosmetics (banned in 1998), but research is carried out to continue to make progress on the many diseases which remain a scourge on humanity.

What Our Rabbits Taught Us In Life And In Death

Ben Moore | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

Last November, at the ripe old age of 9, our female rabbit died. Actually she may have been hare rather than a rabbit, or possibly a bit of both. Either way she left a hole much bigger than her tiny bulk. As Rabbit Awareness Week is upon us I hoped it might help some of you understand a little better if I tell you how we went about filling it.

Spanish Matador Dies After Being Gored In Chest By Bull During Fight

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK

A matador has died after being gored in the chest by a bull, becoming the second Spanish bullfighter to die in the bullring in the past year. Ivan Fan...

Protecting Pets During Parasite season

Katrin Scholz | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrin Scholz

There are a number of ways you can prepare and protect your pets during tick season which are strongly advisable. There is potential for real damage to be made should symptoms go unnoticed!

Mineral Content And Pet Food

Katrin Scholz | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrin Scholz

Globally, different institutions recommend different ratios and levels of mineral content in pet food. The recommendations are usually decided based on the levels of minerals that cause adverse effects in animals as opposed to the perfect level to promote optimum health.

Most Significant Election Ever For Hunting Act

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

As soon as Theresa May stepped out onto Downing Street, and announced that the country would go to the polls on June 8th, it was battle stations not j...

Translating Pet Food Labels

Katrin Scholz | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Katrin Scholz

Whilst most people are paying more attention than ever to labels on their foods are we doing the same for our pets? Often pet owners are not entirely ...

Toxic Treats For Pets This Easter

Katrin Scholz | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrin Scholz

It's almost Easter weekend when we surround ourselves by every kind of chocolate and indulge. Dog owners should beware that chocolate is extremely dangerous and toxic to dogs. But this isn't the only food that causes adverse effects:

The Grand National: This Year's Death Toll May Be Down But Let's Not Forget Horse Racing Is A Deadly Business

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Sport
Mimi Bekhechi

The mere fact that it's a cause for celebration because no horse died at Aintree this year says everything that anyone should need to know about the Grand National and the horse-racing industry generally.

Should We De-Extinct Animals?

Frontier | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech

It may seem a good idea for research and technological advancements but how good an idea is it for the animal's own wellbeing. It does not seem in the animal's interests to be brought back from extinction purely to be used for human purposes. Animals must also be exploited throughout the process of back breeding and genetic engineering. Is this justifiable?

The Time For An Ivory Ban Is Now

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Never has the time been more right for a full domestic ivory ban in the UK. At a time when the Government is already facing a wave of criticism over its manifesto-breaking National Insurance tax hike, all eyes are on its double manifesto pledge of pressing for a 'total ban on the ivory trade'.