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Have we got your goat, Staffs County Council?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:11 -- Justin

By Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager and Deputy Director of Viva!

Viva!’s concerns about illegal mutilations buried to protect farming industry

Whenever we go undercover to expose animal abuse, one of the questions we are often asked by supporters is whether we have reported our findings to the authorities and what they are doing about them?  There is a widespread misconception that farmed animals are protected from suffering and the laws in place are up to the job. In reality, that simply isn’t true.

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The Scales of Justice…

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:47 -- Justine

Associate Professor Culum Brown, Editor of the journal Animal Behaviour and Director of Advanced Biology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia recently wrote about a group of animals that “…have very good memories, live in complex social communities where they keep track of individuals and can learn from one another; a process that leads to the development of stable cultural traditions. They recognise themselves and others. They cooperate with one another and show signs of Machiavellian intelligence such as cooperation and reconciliation.

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Give soya a break!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:58 -- Justine

This week another story is circulating in the media suggesting that soya may actually promote breast cancer: “Could soy cause breast cancer to spread? Protein found to speed up growth of the disease” (Daily Mail 5th September 2014). This headline is based on a US study that looked at how soya supplements affected gene expression in breast cancer patients. They gave 70 patients two packets of soya protein per day and 70 patients a placebo (two packets of cow’s milk protein).

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Should we (ignore the evidence showing how harmful it is to) eat meat?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:31 -- Justine

In last night’s Horizon programme ‘Should I Eat Meat? - The Big Health Dilemma’, Dr Michael Mosley investigated the health effects of red and processed meat. He was to conduct an admittedly unscientific experiment on himself by eating an increased amount of red meat for a month and then assess the effects.

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