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Interview: A Life of Activism with Viva! Founder and Director, Juliet Gellatley

Interview: A Life of Activism with Viva! Founder and Director, Juliet Gellatley

Juliet Gellatley, Founder and Director of Viva! has been at the forefront of plant-based activism in the UK for decades. In this interview she discusses her history as a campaigner, raising Vegan children and the future of Vegan advocacy in the UK.
The Dairy Industry is Revolting!

The Dairy Industry is Revolting!

Why are dairy farmers looking to increase milk production in an industry that is in decline? Should we be calling a halt to subsidies which would be better-placed helping farmers move over to growing arable crops? This week cows were taken into a supermarket by angry dairy farmers protesting...
Coconut oil… the best of a bad bunch?

Coconut oil… the best of a bad bunch?

Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher and Writer for Viva!Health looks into the health claims made for coconut oil and finds that although not as bad as butter and lard, polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils are still healthier. Coconut oil is big news; featured in TV adverts, health...
Gordon is an oxymoron

Gordon is an oxymoron

There aren’t many TV series that are sufficiently compelling to make me stay home (okay, I haven’t yet come to terms with catch-up TV). But without doubt, one of them was the legal drama Judge John Deed, which ran for six series from 2001 to 2007. A High Court judge, Sir John Deed (...
Do farmed animals weep?

Do farmed animals weep?

I read the saddest thing today. Researchers once played the sound of a now deceased elephant to her family in the wild. The others immediately went looking for her – and her daughter pitifully called for her for days afterwards. The researchers never repeated the experiment. The excerpt was...
Minty grows up

Minty grows up

Long-time Viva! supporter, Joyce Moss, here guest blogs about the story of Minty - a tiny wild boar hoglet rescued from certain death. Read about Minty's progress and what you can do to help end the persecution of wild boar in Britain (Justin Kerswell, Viva! campaigns manager) "On 14 th...
Everyday slavery

Everyday slavery

Have you ever wondered what a cattle auction’s like? I’m guessing the answer is ‘no’- simply because they take place in secluded places, great big halls far from our ‘normal’ life and most of us don’t know anything about their existence. So I decided to pay...
Meat Myths

Meat Myths

Can meat be part of a healthy diet? Do vegans miss out? Why do some go back to eating meat? What are the environmental and ethical issues? Should we eat meat? Twelve per cent of UK adults are vegetarian or vegan, one in eight meat-eaters would like to eat less meat1 and the meat-free food market is...
The French Paradox Puzzle and the Magic Bullet

The French Paradox Puzzle and the Magic Bullet

Apparently it is now cheese that is responsible for the French Paradox Puzzle rather than red wine! This revelation has made the headlines in the national press and of course is doing the rounds on social media. It refers to a small-scale Danish study funded by the large farmer-owned dairy company...
Why I'll Always be Vegan.

Why I'll Always be Vegan.

IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT I don’t find investigating factory farms easy. It does not matter how many times I have clambered over fences in the thick of night drawing towards some ominous concrete ugliness, I always feel a sickness in the pit of my belly. It’s not just the thought of...
Sat Fat Spat

Sat Fat Spat

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 Justine Butler Saturated fat is back in the news again. A recent study saying UK dietary fat guidelines were based on...
Buck Tradition and Ditch the Turkey!

Buck Tradition and Ditch the Turkey!

By Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher & Writer, Viva! Despite a significant decline in recent years, 15 million turkeys were still slaughtered in the UK in 2016. That number of people could fill Wembley Stadium nearly 200 times over! The majority of these unfortunate birds are killed...
The badger ‘cull’ stinks – could slurry be the real culprit for the spread of bTB?

The badger ‘cull’ stinks – could slurry be the real culprit for the spread of bTB?

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...
World School Milk Day – It’s time to wean off

World School Milk Day – It’s time to wean off

How did we get so far as to celebrate World School Milk Day?
Inside the UK Dairy Day

Inside the UK Dairy Day

At an event where the dairy industry show off their best, what you see is often the worst.