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Vote 'No' for Jockey McCoy as Sports Personality of the Year
BBC Television routinely downplayed the deaths of horses during racing events that it broadcast, so it is no surprise that it has once again shortlisted jockey AP McCoy for Sports Personality of the Year, despite the large number of horses who have died under him on racecourses.Take action Moreabout the number of racehorses that have died under Tony McCoy
Animal Aid's Christmas Fayre 2013 – Don't miss out!
Sunday 8th December 2013, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 from 10am until 5pm. Entry £2, under 11s free.
With more than 95 stalls promoting ethical living and cruelty-free products, inspiring talks, vegan cafés, childrens activities and much more, the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre 2013 is the event of the year, so don’t miss it!Moreabout Animal Aid's Christmas Fayre 2013
The badger cull is abandoned!
Just days after Brian May’s legal challenge to halt the cull in Gloucestershire was denied by the High Court, comes news that the government has abandoned the cull. Marksmen have failed to kill enough animals to meet even the drastically reduced targets.
The badger cull policy has been a spectacular failure. Whether Owen Paterson will continue with his unscientific, unpopular and misguided plans to roll out the badger cull next year remains unclear at this time.Read The Guardian's article
Progress on CCTV in Labs
In May last year, Animal Aid – together with the National Anti-Vivisection Society – submitted to the head of the Home Office (HO) unit that authorises and regulates animal experiments a dossier making the case for the compulsory introduction of CCTV cameras in research laboratories.
This was followed up with the submission of further dossiers of evidence and meetings with the senior HO officials. Finally, there is progress.More on Animal Aid's call for CCTV camera to be installed in all laboratories carrying otu animal experiments
MRSA Outbreak in UK turkeys
A strain of the MRSA bacterium – which is resistant to a range of antibiotics – has been identified in turkeys being prepared for Christmas at a farm in East Anglia. However, it seems the situation is being down-played by the government, possibly to protect business interests during the festive period, which is critical for the financial health of the turkey industry.Moreabout the outbreak of MRSA in UK turkeys Read our report 'Is Factory Farming Making You Sick?'
High Court Action filed today by Brian May's Save Me Organisation
The controversial badger cull extension presently underway in the South West of England faces a new legal challenge with a High Court action filed today (26th Nov) by Brian May’s Save Me organisation.More about Brian May's Save Me's court case against the badger cull
Take Action on Foie Gras
Foie gras production is illegal in the UK and causes immense suffering to geese. A PETA campaign asks us all to take action by urging Fortnum & Mason to be stripped of its Royal Warrant as long as it sells this "torture in a tin".More about Fortnum & Mason selling foie gras
Princess Anne and the horsemeat debate
Princess Anne’s recent comments that we should consider a trade in horsemeat have sparked heated debate.
The implication is that by treating horses in the same way as other animals bred and slaughtered for meat, their welfare would be markedly improved, and cases of neglected or abandoned horses would decrease.More about Princess Anne's comments about eating horses See our undercover horse slaughter footage See our undercover slaughterhouse investigation Order a free Guide to Going Veggie or Vegan
Lush Prize recognises outstanding work on non-animal testing
The winners of the 2013 Lush Prize have shared prize money of £250,000 for their pioneering work on non-animal chemical safety testing at an award ceremony in London on 13 November. Andrew Tyler, Director of Animal Aid, was one of the judges and presented the awards for the lobbying category.
The dozen winners from Europe, the USA and New Zealand were rewarded for their outstanding contributions in the field of cruelty-free scientific research, public awareness raising and lobbying.More about the Lush Prize 2013 for cruelty-free scientific research, public awareness raising and lobbying
Council rejects application for vivisection breeding unit
Councillors have rejected a planning application for a new vivisection breeding unit in East Yorkshire. The unit would have bred dogs and ferrets for use in animal experiments and been an expansion of B&K Universal, a company that supplies animals to laboratories. This is the second time permission has been refused, as a similar, larger-scale application was submitted last year but not granted permission to go ahead.
Animal Aid would like to thank the councillors who voted against the application, and all the campaigners who have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the scientific – as well as ethical – arguments against the use of animals in experiments. The petition against the application gained 40,644 signatures, demonstrating the strength of public opposition to the cruel and outdated practice of vivisection.
Wall Street Journal writes about campaign to protect Britain's monk parakeets
An article in the Wall Street Journal details the campaign to protect the feral population of monk parakeets living in the UK. The government has spent £192,000 trying to capture and kill the birds, whose numbers were thought to be no more than 87. Animal Aid works with local campaigners to protect these birds and lobbies for an end to their persecution.Read the Wall Street Journal article Read the Campaign History, written by Save the Monk Parakeets in Borehamwood (pdf)
Animals in war: victims not heroes
November 11 is Remembrance Day, when we are asked to consider the cost of war and remember its victims. Until recent years, the suffering of animals as a consequence of human conflict attracted scant consideration. Certainly, it has rarely received the kind of systematic analysis to be found in the pages of an important new book, called Animals and War: Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex. It is due to be published in January by Lexington Press, and has a preface written by Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler. You can read that preface via the link below. No matter how many medals are handed out, the millions of animals destroyed by warring human beings, Andrew notes, are not heroes they are victims. And they do not volunteer their lives; their lives are taken from them.
(Please note: We are unable to fulfil further orders this year for purple poppies.)Read Andrew Tyler's preface
As racing prepares to celebrate its most successful jockey ever…
Animal Aid reveals McCoy’s record 25 horse deaths in just six years
As celebrity jockey AP McCoy approaches a landmark total of 4,000 wins in a career spanning more than 20 years, the unpalatable truth omitted from the growing hype is the shocking number of horses who have died under him on racecourses.More about the race horses that have died while being ridden by jockey AP McCoy
Public subsidies paid to millionaire grouse shooters
As millions of Britons continue to suffer economic hard times, Animal Aid this week demands an end to public subsidies for millionaire grouse shoot owners.
Shoot operators in England, Scotland and Wales – whose well-heeled clients can each pay more than £3,000 for a single day’s shooting – receive millions of pounds annually from the taxpayer. The money is claimed for the maintenance and restoration of their shooting grounds.More about the subsidies paid to owners of grouse shoots Download the Calling the shots report
Veal Production in the UK: Another reason to take the Great Vegan Challenge!
Dairy cows are made pregnant so that they produce commercial quantities of milk. Female calves may join the herd as replacements for their worn-out mothers who are ‘culled’. The males – and some of the females, too – may be reared for veal or for beef. Unwanted males will simply be shot at birth.
In recent weeks, Animal Aid has visited three veal farms in the UK.See our footage Sign up for the Great Vegan Challenge More about our veal farm investigation
Culling Badgers Spreads TB
Scientists at the University of Exeter have studied badgers to see how their social interaction may spread bovine TB. They found that TB-infected badgers tended to be shunned within their social groups and were more isolated than uninfected badgers. This confines the disease. However, culling disrupts this stability, and infected badgers disperse, spreading the disease further. The study found that vaccination did not cause this ‘perturbation’ effect.More about the badger cull
Horsemeat scandal: The Guardian’s revelations
The Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence has conducted a thorough and eye-opening investigation into the horsemeat scandal, which has uncovered a ‘labyrinth of murky meat brokerage that stretches across borders and takes in drug and horse smuggling, animal welfare abuses, and one of Europe's richest beef tycoons’.
If you are shocked by the treatment of horses in abattoirs, please remember that all animals sent to slaughter have a terrifying and gruesome end. If you don’t want to fund the meat and slaughter trade, why not take the Great Vegan Challenge this November?Read The Guardian’s investigation Watch The Guardian’s investigation video Sign up for Animal Aid’s Great Vegan Challenge
Urgent action needed to stop new vivisection breeding unit!
We have less than a week to stop a facility from being built that would breed dogs and ferrets to be used in animal experiments. Last year, campaigners stopped a similar application from being accepted, but a scaled-down version has now been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a unit to be built on the same site.More about the B&K planning submission for a beagle breeding facility Sign the petition now Please also sign the Stop Vivisection EU petition, if you haven't already
Stop Vivisection: Signatures urgently needed
Time is running out for the Stop Vivisection petition and more signatures are urgently needed. If the petition collects one million signatures by 1 November, and has been signed by a minimum number of people in at least seven EU countries, there will be the opportunity to call for a new European directive that would end experiments on animals in the EU. The big push is on across the EU to ensure we pass the magic 1 million figure – we're getting close. The total today (15 October) is 877,000. Every vote counts, please sign online today.More about the Stop Vivisection EU Citizens initiative Sign the petition now
Innocent birds killed for fun
Please sign our petition asking WHSmith to ban the sale of violent pro-shooting magazines to under-18s – and remember to share it on Facebook and Twitter and to encourage your friends to do the same.
The strength of this campaign is that it takes us to the core ethical issue of ‘killing animals for pleasure’. Pro-shooting magazines attempt to normalize this sordid and unacceptable activity, and serve as propaganda for the gun lobby’s drive to encourage more children to take up this ‘sport’.Sign the petition now
The badgers are moving the goalposts
Today, Defra Minister Owen Paterson declared the trial badger cull in Somerset successful, but only because the official estimate of badger numbers was sharply reduced in the last few days.Moreabout the badger cull and goalposts
Badger Cull Latest
Two worrying news stories have emerged this week: the first is that the government appears to be moving towards sanctioning the gassing of badger setts; the second is that a licensed badger shooter left a box of live ammunition lying on a public footpath.Moreabout the badger cull
The Great Vegan Challenge 2013
This November sees the return of the Great Vegan Challenge. Last year 800 people pledged to give up animal products for the whole month and the response from them was overwhelmingly positive. Why not give it a try and see how going vegan can change your life, and the lives of animals, for the better?More about the Great Vegan Challenge Sign-up now Visit the Great Vegan Challenge website
Be Kind – Don't Kill
As cold weather approaches, wild animals may search for warmth and sustenance within our homes. And, if they can get easy access and find sufficient food for the winter months, who could blame them? If you find a squirrel in your attic or a mouse in your kitchen please don’t panic and call in ‘pest’ controllers. The traps and poisons they use can cause prolonged agony to animals and do nothing to solve the underlying reasons why that animal moved in. Instead, take a few practical steps to encourage that animal to move on.Read our factsheets Order hard copies