On the occasion of a recent visit to Petersfield, Hampshire, I made a point of taking a look at Lyndum House in the High Street. In 1976 when I first began to work for organisations campaigning for animals, my first days (well, two years) were spent at Lyndum House with Compassion In World Farming. At… Read More


Periodically, I set tests for animal welfare/rights and vegan/vegetarian organisations in the UK and US to see if they past them. These tests are one of the ways I use to determine if the group is cost-effective, productive and deserves my support, recommendation and involvement. My tests include signing up for e-newsletters, making donations, posting… Read More


Rumours of Margaret Thatcher’s departure from this mortal coil continue. I wrote about my anxiety on how to react to the news of the inevitable here. Here’s another take from Owen Jones, which I appreciate. I doubt any Prime Minister has ever polarised this country as much as Thatcher. The right idolise her like no… Read More


Jill Howard Church, my colleague at the Animals and Society Institute, assesses the outbreak of Ag Gag Bills in various US states. She writes, By using its considerable financial and political resources to enact these “ag gag” bills, the industry is hoping the whole issue of factory farm cruelty will be nudged away, by adding… Read More


Remember the live feed from the egg-laying chicken factory farm in Israel? Now, JS West, a California-based company which owns factory farms, has a live feed on its own chicken battery. Excellent commentary by Erik Marcus here.… Read More


What would you like to see included in a new Website on vegan living? This is a vegan Web site which is aimed as much for vegans as it is for non-vegans who want to know how to cook and care for vegans. Please email me, Kim Stallwood, with your thoughts, comments, recommendations and ideas… Read More


Whenever I read media reports alleging that animal rights activists threaten so and so because of such and such they do to animals, I always want to know if they state whether the evidence of the threats have been handed over to the police for investigation. If they don’t, I am always sceptical of the… Read More


Further to my post two days ago which detailed the UK government’s ideological agenda determining that it would be too much regulation to prohibit animals from performing in circuses, respected environmentalist Jonathon Porritt writes on his blog that It is, I’m afraid, unavoidably depressing to see just how rapidly things have gone backwards since May 2010… Read More


Remember in April I commented on press reports that the Conservative-led coalition government was set to ban wild animals from performing in circuses? I expressed reservation that this, indeed, would be the case. Well, it turns out I was correct or, at least, will be proved to be correct, if the latest press report is… Read More


The joy expressed worldwide on the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is simultaneously understandable and disturbing. Understandable because, like everyone else in the USA on September 11, 2001, it was impossible to pretend otherwise that the morning’s terrorist attacks changed everything. That day I was in Baltimore, MD, which is one hour north of… Read More


Out of all the heartbreaking stories of animal abuse which happen by their thousands every day … every now and then one stands out and becomes a symbol for them all. This is one and it’s about Patrick, a one-year-old pit bull in Newark, NJ, who was starved and thrown down a trash chute of… Read More