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Top Five Most Friendly Vegan Activism Actions

Top Five Most Friendly Vegan Activism Actions

The media may like to paint peaceful vegans as ‘extremists’ but the reality of it is quite the contrary. A vegan’s entire moral baseline is compassion and peace, and this is how the world should see us. Here are our top five most friendly vegan activism actions for you to try...
Palm oil – what you need to know

Palm oil – what you need to know

Palm oil is big business – found in around half of all items on supermarket shelves from margarine to lipstick. But some people are refusing to buy products containing palm oil – what are the issues and should we avoid it?...
International No Smoking Day – Is Smoking Vegan?

International No Smoking Day – Is Smoking Vegan?

There is one question that we hear time and time again – is smoking vegan? As today is International No Smoking Day, we decided to explore this topic in some more depth...
International Women’s Day – Meet some of the vegan women at Viva!

International Women’s Day – Meet some of the vegan women at Viva!

By Claire Michalski Veganism is rapidly growing and it’s all thanks to us lovely ladies. A recent survey, conducted by Compare the Market, showed that there has been a huge increase in the number of British people identifying as vegan; a huge 3.5 million in fact. The full survey has yet to be...
Victory! ASA Rejects Complaints about TRASH Billboards

Victory! ASA Rejects Complaints about TRASH Billboards

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) rejects complaints about our TRASH billboard advert.
Give Turkeys a Break this Year!

Give Turkeys a Break this Year!

Despite a significant decline in recent years, 14 million turkeys were still slaughtered in the UK in 2017 and 2 million in December alone.
Ruxton, you are spoiling us with your advice!

Ruxton, you are spoiling us with your advice!

The UK meat industry has just announced it is joining forces to spend £2 million targeting young consumers in a bid to promote beef, lamb and pork in the hope of saving a dying market...
Superbug threat is a 'ticking time bomb'

Superbug threat is a 'ticking time bomb'

Viva!Health’s Senior Researcher, Dr Justine Butler, spent this week in Westminster, attending two all-party parliamentary group (APPG) meetings at the House of Lords. Here’s her account of what happened at the first meeting...
From Dreams To Reality

From Dreams To Reality

By Vicky Alhadeff I used to be a reluctant meat eater. I’d feel guilty and so drown the steak/chicken in a bottle of tomato sauce. I was a person who had always loved animals since childhood. Moving into a small building in Jo’burg where my Hare Krishna friends lived jolted me out of my...
Why Ditching Dairy is a Very Good Idea!

Why Ditching Dairy is a Very Good Idea!

Juliet Gellatley, nutritional therapist, and founder of Viva! looks at the damage dairy wreaks on our health.
Shifting Speciesism

Shifting Speciesism

By Lady Ella Speciesism is the final discriminatory human behaviour which humans need to overcome. Speciesism is human discrimination against the indigenous inhabitants of this planet, namely the Animal Beings, and, I would add, the plants, and the Earth herself.
Let’s remember the ‘other mothers’ on Mother’s Day

Let’s remember the ‘other mothers’ on Mother’s Day

By Veronika Powell Mother’s Day is a celebration of our mothers or mother figures, focussing on everything we love about them and all that we’re grateful for. Yet much of what’s involved in these celebrations is based on the exploitation of other mothers...
Foie-Gras in Post-Brexit Britain

Foie-Gras in Post-Brexit Britain

The words “Foie-gras” (“fatty liver”) stir up a range of emotions in people – from revulsion to desire. It is an incredibly controversial ‘product’, and one that Viva! hopes is shown the door in a post-Brexit Britain...
Viva!’s Outreach Campaign for Turkeys this Christmas!

Viva!’s Outreach Campaign for Turkeys this Christmas!

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Viva! has been inundated with Christmas Turkey leaflet orders - over TWICE as many as last year! This huge number of people getting active for turkeys this year reflects the masses of people turning their backs on meat in Britain, and the fast growing interest...
Book Review - Kitten Rescue Tales

Book Review - Kitten Rescue Tales

Kitten Rescue Tales chronicles the real-life rescues of two pairs of abandoned kittens, Nimai and Syama in London and Ninja and Samura in the Spanish mountains of Las Alpujarras.
Ahimsa milk

Ahimsa milk

Ahimsa means ‘do no harm’ and is derived from the Sanskrit ‘a-hiṃsā’ (cause no injury). It’s an important principle in Indian religions. Inspired by the notion that all living beings possess divine spiritual energy and that violence has karmic consequences...