Livestock

Brexit: A Blank Canvas For Farming

Peter Stevenson | Posted 19.08.2017 | UK
Peter Stevenson

We have a real opportunity therefore, as we move away from this flawed system, to treat Brexit as a blank canvas upon which to redesign our food and farming policy. If we paint the right picture, we can make huge changes for the better not only here in the UK, but globally too, by setting a new benchmark for others to follow suit.

Imagine Life Without Rain

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.

World Food Security - It's Time to Stop Ignoring the 'Beasts of Burden'

Petra Ingram | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Petra Ingram

Food security is a major global issue. There are many facets of this complex issue, but there is a critical one that continues to be overlooked. This blind spot amounts to ignoring one of the most useful aides to people in the developing world, and the loss of a huge opportunity for international development. It is the contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules.

Its Eye Sockets Were Empty and Blooded - And It Was Somebody's Fault

Sue Cross | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK
Sue Cross

No survey has been done, or could be done, on the number of sheep caught in wire. But I have many times, particularly when walking or cycling, stopped to unhook a sheep. Sometimes they jerk their head in panic and are released that way.

MRSA in British Pork; Why We Should All Be Concerned and Defra Must Act

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pig meat. The findings add to the growing evidence that overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to resistance in life-threatening infections in humans, and supports the call for urgent action to address inappropriate use in farming.

We Must Not Give in to Intimidation Tactics of a Minority

Minette Batters | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK
Minette Batters

What the Caffe Nero situation has taught us is that each individual retailer or outlet should stand firmly by their procurement policies - and not differentiate between milk that is and is not perceived to be from the cull areas. This is an approach that will have most force.

The Joy of Chicken Keeping

Annabel Burn | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Our five chickens arrived a couple of months ago, and what a joy they have been. They are such curious little things. They love following the dogs around, and investigating visitors, mirrors, or anything new in their environment.

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.