Animal Cruelty

A Special Milestone For All Those Who Want To Stamp Out Cruelty To Animals

Claire Horton | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK
Claire Horton

It was the news we'd hoped for when we launched our campaign to increase sentences for animal cruelty offences. Last weekend, the Government in Westmi...

Is Brexit An Opportunity For A More Humane And Human-Relevant Life Sciences Sector?

Michelle Thew | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Tech
Michelle Thew

The UK is looking to be a world leader in the development of non-animal based technologies to replace the use of animals in science and training. A review of the life sciences strategy is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to this objective, make a real change to the lives of millions of animals and improve the human-relevance of the country's science.

As The Scottish Government Announces Plans To Tackle Animal Cruelty, Now's The Time For England And Wales To Step Up

Claire Horton | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
Claire Horton

Close to 60,000 people have backed Battersea so far when we say this needs to change, and we know they will be behind us all the way, as we continue to use our influence so politicians will make this happen. If you are one of the 60,000 I want to thank you for your support. If you haven't yet joined us in our stance against such shocking cases of animal cruelty, I hope you soon will.

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...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Outfoxed? Does Omission Of Hunting From Queen's Speech Mean The Case Is Closed? Not Necessarily

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Eduardo Goncalves

With a hung Parliament, the election may have had an indecisive outcome, but in another way, it was utterly decisive. The idea that the Hunting Act should be repealed has been roundly rejected and the hope now is that we can move on from any notion of repeal or weakening.

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...

Grand National: Can We Ever Call It Sport?

Sarah Moyes | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Sport
Sarah Moyes

I'm ashamed to admit that I've placed a few bets on the Grand National before. It was about 9 years ago, when I was working in radio and between reading the news; I would run upstairs and place a bet on different horses. At the time, I really didn't think there was anything wrong with it. After all, most of the country gets behind the annual race.

Crufts Continues To Be The 'Worst In Show' For Dogs

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Imagine a show based on ruthless competition in which entirely unnatural physical features were prized above all else and incestuous relationships, allegations of poisoning rivals, and other unscrupulous behaviour abound. It sounds like a salacious soap opera, right? Except it's not. All of these things are part of the saddest reality show on TV: Crufts.

Outrage As Men Who Hammered Nail Into Dogs Head Are Jailed For Just Four Months

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK

Animal charities are calling for tougher sentencing after two men who hammered a nail into a dog’s head and buried him alive were jailed for just fo...

Poachers Take Hostages And Kill Rhinos In 'Vicious Attack' On Animal Orphanage

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK

Poachers killed two rhinos and took staff hostage in a “vicious attack” at an animal orphanage in South Africa. Two baby rhinos, who had already l...

Shattered Lives, Broken Spirits: We Must Be Their Voice

Claire Horton | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Claire Horton

If you were beaten, hurt and abused, you'd expect the person responsible to be properly punished. If you were kept in a shed for weeks or months and ...

Pre-World War I Animal Cruelty Sentencing Needs Urgent Review

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

106 years ago, Parliament enacted the Protection of Animals Act, which banned various forms of cruelty to animals. The Act imposed a maximum sentence ...

One Weekend: Two More Reasons To Drop Animal Products

Isobel Hutchinson | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Isobel Hutchinson

This weekend, the UK has been outraged by a shocking act of animal cruelty: up to 1,800 day-old chicks were found dumped in a field. The incident has...

1,000 One-Day-Old Chicks Dumped In Lincolnshire Field

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK

About 1,000 tiny chicks were spotted running around a field in Lincolnshire on Friday after being abandoned at just a day old. The RSPCA has launched ...

School Textbook Instructing Nine-Year-Olds To Kill Kittens Sparks Outrage

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK

An Indian book publisher has sparked outrage after instructing schoolchildren to place kittens in a box and suffocate them as part of a scientific exp...

Dog Fighting Sentencing Is A Dog's Dinner

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

It's often said that Britain is a nation of animal-lovers. Right now, though, we are badly failing man's best friend. The League Against Cruel Sports...

Undercover Investigation Into Turkey Farm Could Change Your Mind About Your Christmas Roast

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

Warning: Article contains details and images some readers may find upsetting Bloodied and injured turkeys have been filmed in a free-range, R...

Leather And Fashion

Neely Reyes | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Style
Neely Reyes

But recently while clicking around Facebook I came across something that really shocked me. It's a few years old now but the photo showed a poor cow being skinned alive in China for her leather whilst her limbs had been cut off to prevent it from moving.

Fur Cruelty: Not In Our Backyard, So Why On Our Shop Shelves? Why Brexit Should Close UK Borders To Animal Fur

Claire Bass | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Bass

In the 1980s and 90s, wearing fur became seriously uncool. Stars went naked instead of wearing it, catwalks were boycotted because of it, and the Brit...

Three Holiday Mind-Sets Ethical Wildlife Tourists Need To Be Aware Of

Neil D’Cruze | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Neil D’Cruze

Last month, I was ecstatic to hear that TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest travel websites, and its ticket sales company, Viator, had decided that they will no longer sell tickets to hundreds of tourist attractions that are widely accepted as harmful to the wild animals involved.

RSPCA Vows To Continue Prosecuting Animal Abusers Despite Pressure To Stop

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK

The RSPCA has vowed to continue prosecuting animal abuse cases after a committee of MPs recommended it stop. Neil Parish, who chairs the Environment F...