Mark Hawthorne wrote Bleating Hearts because he wanted to ‘examine animal exploitation that does not get enough (or any) attention.’ (4) As you might expect, this is a book that is a catalog of our inhumanity to animals. It’s not an easy read but each chapter concludes with a ‘What You Can Do’ section. The… Read More


Today is Blog Action Day–the annual international celebration of blogs, which, this year, is dedicated to food, as it coincides with World Food Day. My message to the world about food is that there is nothing better than a vegan diet. It is compassion in action for the animals, embraces environmental protection, facilitates world development… Read More


Regular readers to this blog and its evil twin, the Grumpy Vegan, know that there exists a love-hate relationship with The Guardian whose coverage of animal rights and related issues, including vegan/veg, cruelty-free living is bizarre, to put it generously. Contempt, more like. Anyway, The Independent is fast becoming the newspaper of choice for consistent,… Read More


Animals Australia reports that after eight days of intense public pressure following the exposure of horrendous cruelty documented by their investigators, the Australian Federal Government announces a suspension on the live cattle trade to Indonesia. More here.… Read More


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


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


Among the number of animal advocates who I most admire are Karen Davis, president and founder of United Poultry Concerns, and the philosopher Peter Singer. In a movement that isn’t always capable of rational and respectful debate on ideas and strategy, Karen makes the case in this thoughtful and fascinating article that Peter’s ethical stance… Read More


The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced today the creation of a new Animal Health and Welfare Board which will bring experts including farmers, veterinarians, welfare experts and others from outside Government together with the Chief Veterinary Officer and civil servants to make direct policy recommendations on policy affecting the health… Read More


This photo, which I originally published here, is challenged. It’s not a fake, exactly; the image is real, but it’s five years old, and was taken at a panda research center, and not in Japan but in China, and the guy isn’t a policeman, he’s a keeper, and it was feeding time, and the panda… Read More


Yesterday’s announcement of the backer’s withdrawal of the proposed mega-dairy is a victory. But this issue will resurface elsewhere in another form. Vigilance is needed. The dairy industry must be closely monitored. We need to be ready to act again. But who is “we”? We, in this case, were national animal welfare organisations (e.g., CIWF,… Read More


Congratulations to Animal Aid for their excellent undercover campaign in British slaughterhouses which included installing CCTV cameras to record not only the routine killing of farmed animals but also their cruel treatment. The Guardian prominently features the campaign today. Here’s the link: animal-welfare-abuse-slaughterhouse. To learn more about Animal Aid’s campaign go here. Animal Aid Slaughterhouse Footage… Read More


Compassion In World Farming’s CEO Philip Lymbery concludes, So, it’s not the size that is bad, but the direction of travel that it represents. At a time in history when pigs and poultry are now increasingly being kept in more extensive ways, often outdoors, it is ironic that dairy cows potentially face the opposite direction… Read More


Not satisfied with wanting foxes, stags, deer and hares to be hunted legally by pledging support for the repeal of the Hunting Act, Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd, now wants to see Britain’s beloved badgers killed next. On November 29 I wrote to Amber this letter on the government’s proposed badger cull. I concluded,… Read More


The Mammal Society in Britain issues a statement opposing the badger cull. Here is a link to their full statement. Here is the society’s conclusion: The Mammal Society believes that the Government’s proposal is a roll-out of predetermined policy: it is not a controlled, randomised, replicated experiment (as would be required to demonstrate reliably the… Read More


Tomorrow (Wednesday, 8 December) is the deadline for submissions to the public consultation led by the UK government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on its proposed cull of badgers in an attempt to address the problem of TB in cattle. Please submit your comments by tomorrow’s deadline . There are many excellent… Read More


Very interesting feature article in today’s Guardian, “A tale of two herds,” which juxtaposes the proposed mega-dairy for Nocton, Lincolnshire and the treatment of a small herd of cows cared for by the Hare Krishnas at their Hertfordshire estate. I like how the feature contrasts the attitude towards dairy cows by Peter Willes, one of… Read More