UK Animal Welfare

Will Legislation Ever Prevent Dog Attacks?

Clare Williams | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Clare Williams

Dogs are not born dangerous. Yes some breeds are obviously going to inflict more damage than others in the wrong hands because of their size, power and 'gameness', but the environment they grow up in and the training they receive (or lack of it) also play a major part in their development.

Fashion Before Welfare - The Angora Agony Continues

Jo Hinde | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Hinde

This horrific torture still continues and many mainstream high street and designer fashion houses continue to source angora from farms that pluck and shear live rabbits whilst they are tied down, screaming and bleeding.

Grasping the Fleeting Moments

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

This blog post will feature a selection. Like snapshots, these will include my personal experience, favourite songs, and books... an opportunity for keeping track of my ideas, and hope that you will enjoy it by reflecting on the fleeting moments of life, and seizing the enjoyable parts.

Imperial College London 'Not Maintaining Legal Animal Welfare Standards'

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

One of the UK's leading scientific institutions has fallen short of its duty to maintain legal animal welfare standards, according to Government advis...

Animal Research: A New Era and a New Debate?

Barney Reed | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Barney Reed

We want to see a debate framed in terms of what is happening now, not whether the use of animals led to a scientific discovery or progress eighty or a hundred years ago. Science, technology, and concern for animals have all evolved significantly since then, and the debate must too. Why is a specific animal 'model' or study thought relevant or valid now?

Puppies Callously Abandoned at Christmas Find Love in Time for Valentine's Day

Lara Murphy | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Lara Murphy

We all know the saying, A Dog Is For Life, Not Just for Christmas but even though the slogan has been firmly placed in the public's consciousness for 35 years, it seems the message is just as prevalent now as it was back in 1975.

Prickled by Pet Crazes: African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

"Pet crazes": a purchasing fad initiated by popular on screen representations, and reinforced by badly researched photo-led tabloid journalism. Photogenic animals are labelled as the next "must-have" pet, trend-setting breeders are afforded free national publicity, and an unsuspecting public can make the "craze" a reality.

Wildlife Trade - Why Is No-one Shouting About Animal Welfare?

Neil D’Cruze | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Neil D’Cruze

Broken bones, crushed internal organs, limb loss, suffocation, dehydration, starvation, malnutrition, disease, chronic stress and fear. These are just some of the concerning injuries and conditions that are experienced by animals associated with wildlife trade.

Help Us Take Ducks to Water

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Ducks need access to water. This isn't surprising. After all, they're water birds. So you might think that the duck you buy has come from birds that have had access to open water. However, there are no UK legal requirements to provide ducks with water for anything other than drinking.

The Truth About Veal

John Avizienius | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
John Avizienius

Have you ever eaten veal? If not, you're not alone. Many people don't understand what veal is or think it's cruel because it comes from calves killed at a young age. Surely it's better to ensure they are treated well, and produce higher welfare meat from them, than let them go to waste as a simple by-product?

New RSPCA Chicken Welfare Initiative: Another Reason to Buy Freedom Food

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Better information about the health and welfare of different chicken breeds can help farmers make informed decisions about the breeds they choose to rear and, just like independent reviews of other products we buy, it could also allow retailers and shoppers to make informed choices about the chicken meat they select.

Why McDonald's Move to 100% Freedom Food Pork Is a Big Deal for Animal Welfare

Kate Parkes | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Kate Parkes

By making this move, McDonald's has shown that it is possible to bring higher-welfare choices to the consumer on the high street, at an affordable price.

Compulsory Microchipping: Don't Pop the Corks Just Yet...

Violet Owens | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Violet Owens

This was the government's opportunity to finally tackle the big issues, but instead we believe they have merely tinkered with the existing legislation rather than make the comprehensive reform of dog laws that is so desperately needed.

USA Leads the Way in Protecting Animals From Antifreeze Poisoning - Why Isn't the UK Doing the Same?

Annabel Burn | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Antifreeze (used in cars) has a sweet taste that attracts animals, but it is highly toxic. Usually resulting in kidney failure and a slow and painful death, a teaspoon full is enough to kill a fully grown cat.

Lab Animals Are Left Waiting for Words to be Turned Into Actions

Barney Reed | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Barney Reed

The use and suffering of animals in experiments is a persistent and legitimate public concern. Both the government and the scientific community have recently set up initiatives that attempt to convince a sceptical public that their concerns are understood and taken seriously.