A video of my presentation, Topsy, An Elephant We Must Never Forget, will be shown at the conference organised by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.… Read More


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


Tomorrow’s (March 13, 2014) Backbench Business Committee debate in the House of Commons in support of a motion relating to the badger cull states that this: House believes that the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have decisively failed against the criteria set out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in… Read More


My MP is Amber Rudd, Conservative, who represents Hastings and Rye. The following is an email I sent today to Ms Rudd asking her to vote in favour of a motion brought by Conservative MP Anne Main to end the badger cull. I write to ask for your support by voting in favour of a… Read More


What do these three things have in common? They all relate to new projects I’m currently working on and want to bring you up to date with. First, my colleague at the Animals and Society Institute, Bee Friedlander, challenges us in the ASI Diary to find the “S” in the Animal Movement which exists in… Read More


The Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd, who is my Parliamentary representative, writes to me in support of the government’s badger cull. In response to a telephone call to her Hastings office yesterday morning, I asked for an emailed statement as soon as possible on Ms Rudd’s personal position on the badger cull… Read More


Caroline Spelman, the UK coalition government’s Environment Minister, announced yesterday in the House of Commons that there will be two six week trials next year, in different parts of England. In this TV debate from Channel 4, Caroline Spelman and Mary Creagh MP, Shadow (Labour) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, debate… Read More


Sadly, I am unable to attend but I urge those who can to attend the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare seminar, ‘Zoo licensing – is the regulatory regime working?,’ on Wednesday, November 30 November, 5.30pm – 7pm, in the House of Commons. The speakers include Andrew Rosindell MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Zoos and Aquariums… Read More


Bee Friedlander, my colleague at the Animals and Society Institute, chronicles the growing awareness of animal welfare at her local zoo in Detroit. She writes, Today the Detroit Zoo has no animal acts. The animals are not given names. Habitats are designed with care. In 2004, as an example of walking the walk as well… Read More


I admit to not always joining every Cause on Facebook I get invited to if for no other reason than I’m overwhelmed with email, tweets, etc. and it’s one way to help keep the in-tray under control. Nevertheless, I, of course, have my favourites. And one is the cause of Badgers, who are animals I… 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


Two Green MEPs, Jean Lambert and Keith Taylor, jointly publish an excellent leaflet on animal welfare and the actions they’ve taken on them. All MPs and MEPs should be following this example but it’s up to the animal welfare/rights movement to make them understand why.… Read More


Animal activists across the world via the Web are rushing to report the UK government will ban animals in circuses following on from a report in the Daily Express, which says Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has been persuaded that forcing elephants, tigers, lions, camels and other exotic creatures to perform tricks for audiences is wrong… 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


BBC report the Northampton Police and RSPCA are investigating the beating of elephant Anne at Bobby Roberts Super Circus. What a shame the last Labour government didn’t have the conviction to deal with the issue of animals in circuses when it had the chance. Perhaps the ConDem Coalition will act. Stranger things have happened.… Read More