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IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
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Viva! virtually destroyed the trade in ‘exotic’ meats in Britain 15 years ago, as many of you will remember. Supermarkets tripped over themselves to clear their shelves of dead wildlife but unfortunately, one of them has again raised the spectre of wildlife being put up for sale. We are determined to fight it so it is back into action once more.
Lidl have periodically tried to sell kangaroo meat for short periods, but our campaigning has stopped it from becoming a regular line.
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By Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager
Celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, has bowed to Viva! pressure and stopped using foie-gras in his restaurants.
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Chickens have long been maligned as ‘stupid’ animals; scientists, however, now say that chickens are smart with advanced thinking skills – able to plan ahead, communicate precise information and feel empathy. By Juliet Gellatley, founder & director, Viva! (BSc Zoology).
Chicken farming is the epitome of life is cheap. ‘Everyday’ whole chickens sell for £2.48 at Tesco – all that suffering for £2.48.
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Release date:
Wed, 04/01/2015
ANIMAL CHARITY VIVA! has written to celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal to congratulate him on the ethical decision to  remove foie-gras from all his menus – both in the UK and Australia.
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Viva! team Juliet Gellatley, Andy Cox, Rhiannon Buck, Veronika Charvatova, Ash George and Rose Alexander are mad! Mad about animals and saving our natural world! They are risking the freezing cold waters of Lake Windermere in the Lake District to raise funds for Viva!’s campaigns. Despite being scared and well out of their comfort zone they have vowed to swim a mile on Sunday, June 24, 2012, as part of the British Gas Great North Swim.
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As people eat less pork, beef and lamb – red meat – the sales of white meat increase with the belief that it is healthier. Not true – as a VVF report reveals.
To sell chicken and turkey as healthy choices drives a coach and horses through the Trades Description Act – duck and goose are even worse.
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Every two minutes someone has a heart attack or stroke in the UK. Heart disease is the biggest killer in our country, with one in four men and one in six women dying from it. Yet heart expert Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn told me:
“Heart disease need not exist, and if it does, need not progress. I have an ambitious goal: to annihilate heart disease – to abolish it once and for all.
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His name is Allan Conway but you’ve probably never heard of him. I hadn’t until he strolled into our Liverpool Incredible Veggie Roadshow. Allan is a hero! His story is diminished not one jot by being 25-years old and it has never been told until now.
Allan was a truck driver for a general haulage company in Runcorn and carried all kinds of everything from one end of Britain to the other.
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Us Brits are big on committees and reports. Whether it’s a war, too few widgets or an epidemic of halitosis, we form a committee to investigate it – and then ignore the committee’s findings. Simple!
Recreational drugs are a prime example. Almost every report that’s been published lambasts the concept of a ‘war on drugs’ as a disastrous failure which has cost&n
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Make-up, cosmetics and hair care products, which weren’t hiding nasty animal ingredients or tested on poor defenceless creatures in laboratories, used to be hard to find. And when you did lay your hand on any, quite often they cost a small fortune.
But times have changed.
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Never thought I’d say it but I’ve got lulled into football – and through an unlikely source, my stomach! Forest Green Rovers, based in Gloucestershire, are a Blue Square Premier club whose chairman is on an eco mission. Dale Vince, vegan, founder and CEO of Britain’s only clean, green energy company, Ecotricity, loves football – but also animals and the planet.
Just weeks after becoming chairman of the club he banned red meat from the dressing room for reasons of health and as part of his green agenda.
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Viva! and our sister organisation the VVF will be spreading the truth about dairy to consumers on the streets – both the adverse health consequences and the impact on cows that are literally milked to death.
What’s happening?
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The Government has announced two trial badger ‘cull’s’ in England to be carried out in the West of England this autumn. Even on its best estimate, annihilating 70 per cent of badgers will reduce the incidents of TB in cattle by just 16 per cent over nine years. Blame for the other 84 per cent (at least) is ignored and the antibadger juggernaut continues to trample over science, common sense and reason.
We know that unreliable testing, the movements of millions of cattle across the country, intensified farming and bad biosecurity are largely to blame for TB in cows – not
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Confinement, mutilation, squalor, threats and violence – it’s all in a day’s work on the British pig farm we daringly investigated a few months back. And we’ve seen enough of them to know that what we found is not unusual, in fact it’s very much the norm.
The industry
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AMAZING MEDIA COVERAGE, 3,325 people taking the January vegan challenge and millions of others reading positive things about veganism for the first time ever. Result! Veganuary founder, Matthew Glover, working with Viva!, was excited by the success, saying: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response and media coverage. Veganism has entered the mainstream!” Veganuary made headlines in the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Times, BBC online and MSN.
Why did they do it? Participants were asked why they were taking the Veganuary challenge and said
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Ignore the misleading headlines about saturated fat being good for you – government guidelines are right on this one! says Viva!’s Health Researcher & Writer Dr Justin
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This Mother’s Day, March 30, Viva! and Viva!Health are launching a brand new campaign called White Lies. It combines and updates all our work on the dairy industry and offers many important new resources. By Veronika Powell, Viva! campaigner
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See only that which you wish to see (and doesn't lose you votes) has become a lodestone for our political 'leaders,' says Tony Wardle. Problem is, it's killing us.
My sister has Alzheimer’s disease and is probably on the last furlong of her lonely downhill journey. She also has a heart condition.
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By Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager The front cover and page after full page in the Daily Mirror was our response to a deaf Government that refuses to listen to our calls to ban foie-gras. Despite being so cruel that its production is essentially banned in Britain, it can still be imported. There is no law against foie-gras here but any attempt to force feed ducks would bring a prosecution for animal cruelty. This is why Viva! has launched a campaign to persuade the Government to ban all imports.
During the past 10 years, I have regularly written to ministers 
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Some of the most bitter family disputes arise over inheritances. Tony Wardle recounts a seven-year struggle that has important lessons for us all.
I never met John even though he supported Viva! for seven years before his death but I now see him as a dear friend.
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Viva! launches Life is Cheep? on November 19 with a Day of Action on Saturday, November 22. Juliet Gellatley, Viva!’s founder and director, explores why she feels so strongly about this campaign and urges us all to help one of the most maligned animals on the planet.   
The fetid stench filled our nostrils as we walked towards a gargantuan complex of industrial sheds, remarkably close to the town centre of Ross-on-Wye.
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By Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher & Writer, Viva!
Viva!Health
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Release date:
Thu, 10/16/2014

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