Livestock

Why Fracking Threatens Farmers and Food Safety

Andrew Wasley | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

The announcement this week by the gas company Cuadrilla that it wants to drill and frack up to eight new wells in Lancashire has alarmed local people and green campaigners alike; they are worried about the impact of hydraulic fracturing - the controversial technique which involves injecting, at high pressure, a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the earth to release shale gas - on the area's countryside and wider environment.

Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

Mike Baker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...

Typhoon Haiyan Creates a Scene of Desolation for People and Animals

Mike Baker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The Philippines is no stranger to deadly storms, but the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan stands apart. Described as the world's most powerful storm on record, it has already cost the lives of thousands of people and undoubtedly countless animals on which they rely.

ON ... Is Elysium Fiction or Are We Truly Doomed?

Martin Treanor | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Tech
Martin Treanor

Last night I went to see the movie 'Elysium' and, apart from all the head-whirling action and natty technological advances, the one thing that nagged me pretty much all the way through was that the whole premise reminded me of a blog I read on Digg earlier in the week.

And You Thought Meatless Monday Was Just for Hippies

Patrick Drake | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Drake

Global warming isn't the fictional bogey man many once thought it to be and its effects go way beyond marooning polar bears on melting icebergs. The methane (noisily) produced by livestock is 20 times more deleterious as a greenhouse gas than C02, which makes meat production the second most damaging source of greenhouse gases in the world.

Why We Should Eat Insects (And Where We Can Do It)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Fancy a bedbug burger? Perhaps a fly frittata? Has your appetite crawled off? Well we need to grow up, according to the United Nations, who told We...

Farmers Fear For Livestock Cut Off By Snow

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

Livestock farmers are becoming increasingly fearful for their livelihoods as the heavy snow and wintry weather threaten their animals. It's believe...

Are Farmers Making You Fat?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

Farmers may have caused the obesity epidemic by using antibiotics to fatten up livestock, according to a study. Researchers found low exposure to a...

Animal Welfare and Human Welfare Need to Go Hand in Hand at Rio+20

Dr Michael Appleby | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK
Dr Michael Appleby

The final Rio+20 outcomes and goals need to acknowledge the role of animals and their welfare within food production and wider society, and make on-going political and financial commitments to guarantee that we can feed the world's growing population sustainably and humanely.

Newly Discovered Virus Causing Widespread Death In Sheep

Holly Alsop | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK
Holly Alsop

A new and deadly virus has hit the UK causing birth defects and miscarriages in sheep across England. The Schmallenberg virus has now been reported on 83 farms in England with the National Farmers' Union urging farmers who suspect infection on their properties to alert authorities immediately.

The New Virus Threatening British Farms Spreads Further

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK

A new animal disease which causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has now been found on 74 farms in England. The Schmallenberg virus fi...

Ethically Opposed to Veal? Then Dump Dairy

Yvonne Taylor | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Yvonne Taylor

Milk and veal go hand in hand -- one does not exist without the other. If the thought of animal suffering bothers you, remember: you don't have to support an industry that tears calves away from their mothers for milk or for veal.

Live Animal Transport: End This Sordid Trade in Suffering

Joanna Lumley | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK
Joanna Lumley

As a species we have so much to answer for in the way we treat animals, but the largest single cause of animal suffering must be the way we factory farm, transport and slaughter billions of animals around the globe - year after year. I find it hard to understand how anyone can countenance keeping hens in cages or pregnant sows in narrow stalls, unable to turn round. Thankfully more and more people are rejecting the products from animals kept in these grossly unjust ways. The free range market is growing fast.