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Environmental impacts of animal farming spark continued controversy
New research published by Cambridge and Aberdeen universities has provided further evidence of the massive and growing environmental impacts of farming animals for food, sparking more debate on the issue.More about the new report on animal farming and the environment Register for the Great Vegan Challenge
Say ‘No’ To Ice Bucket Challenge
Huge sums of money have been donated in recent weeks to motor neurone disease charities through the ice bucket challenge craze. Animal Aid is urging people to resist enriching these charities by dowsing themselves in iced water or challenging others to do so.More about Animal Aid's opposition to the Ice Bucket Challenge Visit our Victims of Charity Website
The ‘SOCPA Seven’
September 22 marks the start of a criminal trial in London’s Southwark Crown Court that, supporters of the seven defendants claim, amounts to a concerted attack on non-violent grass roots anti-vivisection campaigning. It is argued that peaceful protests against Europe’s largest animal testing lab, Huntingdon Life Sciences, have led to charges of criminal conspiracy ‘under laws created specifically to criminalise animal rights campaigning’.More about the SOCPA Seven
Ask your MP to support the battery cage ban!
We are asking MPs to pledge their support for a ban on the use of battery cages for the breeding of pheasants and partridges. These cages each hold one cock pheasant and eight to ten female pheasants for the whole of their productive lives.More about our campaign for a ban on battery cages for breeding pheasants and partridges Write to your MP now
BBC documentary reveals health impacts of meat
Despite trying to remain impartial throughout, the first part of the BBC’s documentary ‘Horizon: Should I Eat Meat?’ (18 August) showed in no uncertain terms that current meat consumption levels in the UK are unhealthy, especially those of processed red meat such as bacon and sausages.More about the documentary Horizon: Should I Eat Meat?
The Inglorious Twelfth
August 12th – the so-called Glorious Twelfth – marked the start of the four-month grouse shooting season. A new Animal Aid report, Calling the Shots 2014, is aimed at alerting the public to the truth about an activity that is based on extensive wildlife and environmental destruction. Burning is carried out to encourage the growth of fresh heather, on which the grouse are fattened-up for shooting. Roads are dug and car parks built for the visiting ‘guns’. Moorland wildlife perceived to threaten the birds is slaughtered.More about the Glorious Twelfth and out-of-control grouse shoot owners Take action now
Royal Ascot Update – Death Toll Rises to Four
It has been announced today (7 August) that young filly Inchila has been destroyed after she was unable to recover from a fractured pelvis sustained during a race at Royal Ascot this year. This brings the 2014 Royal Meeting’s equine death toll to four.More about the horse deaths at Royal Ascot
Two farmers prosecuted for neglecting animals
A farmer in Yorkshire has been jailed for 16 weeks after 350 dead and dying animals were discovered at his farm, whilst another farmer in Wales has had his animals seized after they were found to be neglected and underfed.More about the farmers prosecuted for neglecting animals
Insensitivity of primate researchers exposed by government committee
The Animals in Science Committee (ASC), which is responsible for advising the government on vivisection, has rejected several elements of a deeply disturbing government-commissioned report that downplayed the suffering of primates used in neuroscience research.More about the report Read our response to the report
Home Office minister calls for an end to animal testing
Norman Baker, the minister responsible for regulating animal experiments in the UK, has called for an end to animal testing. Speaking to the BBC, he said that a ban ‘would not happen tomorrow’, but that he was working to persuade industry of the economic advantages to ending the practice.More about the statement Read the article on the BBC website
Growing backlash against the brutality and rural vandalism of grouse shoot owners
A new Animal Aid report charts the growing backlash against grouse shooting, and attacks the Tory-led coalition government for the way in which it has ‘increased the flow of public money in the moor owners’ direction while stripping away controls that could moderate their reckless excesses’.More on Animal Aid's updated report, Calling the Shots 2014, which reveals that wealthy moorland shoot owners are receiving even more financial and regulatory encouragement to wreak havoc on sensitive moorland habitat Take action and write to Defra now
Animal Aid has launched a powerful addition to our campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses: a new film hosted on a dedicated website – SlaughterhouseCCTV.org.uk. The website outlines the support for the campaign from the public, animal protection groups, vets, supermarkets, the Food Standards Agency, UNISON and MPs, and calls for the public to sign a Number 10 petition.More about our new website calling for mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses SlaughterhouseCCTV.org.uk Visit the website now
Two-thirds of British chicken contaminated with campylobacter
An undercover investigation by The Guardian has revealed a string of appalling hygiene and biosecurity failures at slaughterhouses and factory farms that is fuelling the 280,000 cases of campylobacter food poisoning from chicken meat each year.More about campylobacter contamination in British chicken Watch The Guardian's undercover investigation
Giving up meat is better for the environment than giving up your car, says new study
New research from the USA has found that cutting meat consumption would do more to reduce carbon emissions than getting rid of your car. The scientists behind the report singled out beef farming as being especially damaging to the environment and proposed cutting subsidies for meat production in order to reduce consumption.Moreabout the environmental impacts of meat production
Keep animals cool in hot weather
With the recent arrival of hot weather, we should be reminded that animals suffer and die when temperatures rise. Dogs die very quickly in hot cars and they should not be left inside them even for very short periods. Opening a window a few inches is not sufficient.
It’s not just dogs who suffer in heatwaves. We offer advice on caring for rabbits, smaller animals and wildlife.More about how to help animals in hot weather
Appeal for common sense from new Environment Minister
Owen Paterson’s time as Environment Minister was dominated by tribal allegiances to the farming and pro-hunting, pro-shooting countryside fraternity, which resulted in irrational and highly damaging policies, such as the disastrous badger cull. But with his sacking in the latest cabinet reshuffle comes the opportunity for a more rational, common sense approach to farming policy in the UK.More about the change of Environment Minister
Another increase in animal experiments: Government tries to airbrush GM animal suffering
The number of experiments conducted in British laboratories in 2013 was the highest in nearly 30 years, according to government statistics published today. The total of 4.12 million ‘procedures’ exceeded the 2012 figure by 11,600. The use of genetically modified (GM) mice once again dominated the Home Office’s (HO) annual figures, and the department’s strategy is a clear one: to suggest that little or no suffering is involved in this area of research because most of it involves benign breeding programmes.Moreabout the 2013 animal research statistics and our analysis
Culling badgers ‘won’t control bovine TB’
Computer modelling by the universities of Warwick and Cambridge has accurately reproduced the spread of bovine TB and the number of cases. Furthermore, the study, which has been published in Nature, has concluded that culling badgers will not control the disease.More on the study into how to prevent the spread of bTB Read the BBC article
Animal Aid Shop achieves high rating in Ethical Consumer survey
Animal Aid is proud to announce that our online shop has come third in an Ethical Consumer (EC) survey of 25 leading online ethical retailers, based on the sites most used by EC’s readers and web visitors. We were also nominated as a ‘Best Buy’.Moreabout the Animal Aid Shop's high ethical rating Visit our highly acclaimed online shop
Open letter regarding Cheltenham Racecourse
Animal Aid has today sent an open letter to horse racing’s regulatory and representative bodies, strongly criticising their decision to ignore an important report analysing the reasons why Cheltenham Racecourse kills more horses than any other in Britain. The letter has been sent to the British Horseracing Authority, the National Trainers Federation, the Professional Jockeys Association, the Racehorse Owners Association, the Jockey Club and Cheltenham Racecourse.Read the open letter Read our report on horse deaths at Cheltenham Racecourse
New poll reveals overwhelming opposition to battery cages for game birds
A YouGov poll, commissioned by Animal Aid, has found that more than three-quarters of respondents (77 per cent) oppose the use of battery cages for the production of ‘game’ birds. The figure rose to 87 per cent when counting only those who expressed a view.
The poll’s results mark the start of a key new phase of Animal Aid’s campaign to achieve a ban on the units – known in the industry as raised laying cages, and used for pheasants and partridges kept for breeding.Moreabout the campaign for a ban on battery cages for game birds View our new undercover footage Read our briefing sheet
'They just want to cull badgers'
A member of the Independent Expert Panel – the body charged with assessing the humaneness and effectiveness of the badger culls – has spoken out strongly against the government’s culling policy. Having found that the 2013 pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire had failed on both counts, Professor Tim Coulson said ‘I am tempted to speculate that the Government no longer wants to know whether the pilots are effective or humane. They just want to cull badgers, regardless of whether the population or humaneness consequences can be assessed.’More about Professor Coulson’s statement Read the Independent article
Royal Ascot – Three Horses Dead
Amid the pomp and hype of the Royal Ascot race meeting, three horses lost their lives. They were two-year-old Case Statement, five-year-old Sir Graham Wade and five-year-old Tiger Cliff.More about the deaths of Case Statement, Sir Graham Wade and Tiger Cliff at Royal Ascot
Crustaceans feel anxiety
New research – in which crayfish were stressed using mild electric shocks – indicates that the species experiences anxiety. This adds to a growing body of evidence that decapod crustaceans experience pain and fear and, Animal Aid argues, should therefore be protected by the Animal Welfare Act. Currently, the Act offers protection only to vertebrates.More about crustaceans feeling anxiety Read the briefing sheet Read the article in The Independent
Going to the Dogs - Channel 4
Animal Aid this morning (11 June) saw a preview of the Channel 4 programme Going to the Dogs, which will air tomorrow night. While we knew that this was a documentary rather than a campaign film, we did not expect the subject to be treated with such deference. In a newspaper interview, filmmaker Penny Woolcock states that the ‘dogs are loved and largely well treated’, even as the film shows unforgiving training methods and a ‘fangs into flesh’ fight.More about Channel 4's documentary Going to the Dog