By Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher & Writer, Viva!
Recent figures published by Defra in October 2014 showed that around 17 million turkeys were slaughtered in the UK over the previous 12 months. That number of people could fill Wembley Stadium nearly 200 times over! The majority of these unfortunate birds are killed for the Christmas dinner table. However, one of the key results of this Defra report was that the number of turkeys killed in the UK was 15 per cent lower than this time last year. At a time when it is universally agreed that we need to be eating less animal produce, are we finally beginning to get the message? Most meat-eaters admit they don’t even like turkey. So are they opting for duck, goose or one of those hideous monstrosities where they jam one bird into another and then another? Or are we moving towards making a healthier and kinder choice and going for the nut roast or chestnut wellington?
We’ve only been eating turkeys at Christmas for a few hundred years. It was during the 16th century that turkey started to become popular, when Spaniards imported them from America.
By Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager and Deputy Director of Viva!
At time of writing, parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire are once again reverberating to the sounds of gunshots and the screams of dying badgers. Despite the Government’s previous trials in 2013 being roundly condemned as pointless, bloody, inhumane and costly the guns are out again. Yet a rather pungent, potential culprit is quite literally spreading more-or-less unchecked across the countryside and nothing is being done about it.
If you’ve heard minister after minister repeat the words “Doing nothing is not an option” you’d be forgiven for thinking that everything else has been done to prevent the s
Almost one in two of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Why is it
rampaging out of control and how can we fight it? To find out, Viva! founder Juliet
Gellatley met Professor Mustafa Djamgoz, Professor of Cancer Biology at Imperial
College, London, and co-author (with Professor Jane Plant) of the book Beat Cancer
Matt Smith, professional surfer and sailor, chats to Viva!’s founder, Juliet Gellatley, about his magical connection with the oceans, how
it’s hard to find a girl and being vegan in a largely male sport that dices with death…