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Viva! Blog: Pig Farming Report

Viva! Blog: Pig Farming Report

Pig Sick – our new year-long investigation reports on the state of UK pig farms and it’s not pretty reading By Juliet Gellatley, founder & director Viva! and zoologist...
Resistance is Inevitable

Resistance is Inevitable

Resistance is coming and we are running out of time. We’ve seen the future and this is it: Swine ( http://www.watchswine.today ), our latest film, is a terrifying exposé of the global health crisis posed by an unregulated factory farming industry’s misuse and abuse of antibiotics...
Tesco - latest supermarket to ditch hen cages!

Tesco - latest supermarket to ditch hen cages!

Some big news came into the Viva! office this week! A statement by the supermarket Tesco announcing an end to the selling of eggs from caged hens by 2025.
Successful Open Day for local Wildlife Hospital

Successful Open Day for local Wildlife Hospital

Long-time Viva! supporter, Joyce Moss, here guest blogs about a successful day for her local wildlife hospital. Joyce has worked with Viva! to end the persecution of wild boar in Britain (Justin Kerswell, Viva! campaigns manager).
China’s announcement on halving meat consumption should see us serving up international policy that actually has some guts

China’s announcement on halving meat consumption should see us serving up international policy that actually has some guts

From a purely vegan perspective China is often seen as a land of contradictions. Historically – arguably due to widespread poverty – it is a country with comparatively low meat and dairy production but also has a generally terrible record on the treatment of the animals they kept for...
Harambe-the gorilla who paid with his life for human negligence

Harambe-the gorilla who paid with his life for human negligence

Guest-Blogger: Hjsrikanth Harambe, a western lowland silverback gorilla was shot dead by Cincinnati zoo officials to ‘’rescue’’ a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla’s enclosure. They could have diverted Harambe’s attention and rescued the boy, or they could...
I can’t believe the lies about butter!

I can’t believe the lies about butter!

A report from the National Obesity Forum is trying to get us to put butter, cheese and beef back on the menu, but government experts and scientists are having none of it.
All British dairy farms big and small do this

All British dairy farms big and small do this

Have you ever looked at pictures of tiny calves in single hutches or pens like those below and thought “That’s not Britain, it’s America. We don’t do things like this.” Well, you might not be the only one. I only recently realised how strong this perception is and that...
So What’s the Real Reason, Greenpeace?

So What’s the Real Reason, Greenpeace?

In a recent piece entitled Cows, Conspiracies and Greenpeace , Greenpeace’s UK campaigns director, Robin Oakley, tried to explain why his organisation avoided the word ‘vegan’...
Art For F---s Sake

Art For F---s Sake

They’re dairy cows called Ailsa and Meadow Sweet and that’s only the start of the deception being perpetrated in Bristol by an ‘artist’ called Nessie Reid...
Inspired by Earth Day? Be green, eat green!

Inspired by Earth Day? Be green, eat green!

Eat your way to a better planet, inspired by Earth Day! (Which fell on the 22 nd April) . After all, in a world affected by rising global temperatures - with recent Nasa statistics showing that 2015 was even hotter than 2014, a previous record-setter – action needs to be taken to stop...
Being Vegan

Being Vegan

By Viva! India Contact BY HJSRIKANTH At the end of 2011 I went vegan. Having been a vegetarian since birth I was surprised to discover that giving up dairy was such a big step for me; but it was a step I had to make, as I was becoming a vegan for ethical reasons. While transitioning into a vegan...
Cracked

Cracked

Juliet goes undercover to witness first-hand the tragic lives of British chucks
Facing Off the Pig Industry

Facing Off the Pig Industry

​What breaks through your barriers? I know how important it is to protect ourselves from pain. How else can we get by in a world that callously incarcerates billions of animals and so casually takes their lives? When we know their lives are full of misery and relentless suffering. I know it is a...
The Vegan New Wave

The Vegan New Wave

In the last year there has been a giant surge of interest in the amount of exciting, innovative vegan food being produced. From the advent of aquafaba (see below), to the improvement in meat and cheese alternatives – it’s a vegan revolution! Innovation driven by compassion. Meat and...
Becoming Vegetarian - a personal story by psychologist, Elizabeth Hurry

Becoming Vegetarian - a personal story by psychologist, Elizabeth Hurry

I grew up on a traditional mixed family farm in the 1950s and 1960s, and loved all the animals we kept – cows, pigs, poultry, horses, dogs, and cats. From a very early age I would help my Dad feed and bed down the animals. They grazed in the fields in summer and lived in the roomy traditional...
Kris Townsend - Why I am Vegan

Kris Townsend - Why I am Vegan

Kris Townsend Kris has been working as a Director of the Natural Health Clinic in Bristol, a Director of a schools mental health and character education programme called Engaging Minds and the MD of an independent record label called Reel Me Records. Over the last 2 years he was also a co-founder...