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I made a tart – but not as you know it!

I made a tart – but not as you know it!

Veganista Blogger |09/09/2016
The tart I decided to make was inspired when I found some late season Hereford asparagus – and it was yummy and refreshing and proved to me, once again, that anything dairy can do, vegan can do better...
Call a spade a spade: vegan diet is climate-friendliest

Call a spade a spade: vegan diet is climate-friendliest

Jeanette Di Leo |09/09/2016
What if doctors told you that smoking caused cancer, but you’d probably be fine if you didn’t smoke more than one cigarette a day? Luckily, they don’t, because even small amounts of smoke are harmful . So why don’t climate scientists follow the same principle?...
Off your head with idealism

Off your head with idealism

Guest Blogger |12/08/2016
It seems strange to think that there was a big chunk of my life when I never thought about animals dying in agonising pain to end up as a strip of brown stuff on my plate. That kind of thing seemed so normal.
Meet the Big Killers Driving Species Loss

Meet the Big Killers Driving Species Loss

Jeanette Di Leo |11/08/2016
While scientists are still debating what killed the dinosaurs, the results are in on what is currently fuelling the decline of animal and plant species: overexploitation and agriculture.
This Earth Overshoot Day, Leave Animals Off Your Plate

This Earth Overshoot Day, Leave Animals Off Your Plate

Jeanette Di Leo |08/08/2016
It comes around sooner and sooner every year: Earth Overshoot Day , previously known as Ecological Debt Day . It’s the day on which we’ve used up more natural resources (through deforestation, emitting more CO 2 than forests can store, and overfishing) than the Earth can regenerate. It...
Don’t Be Too Quick To Celebrate, Sceptics.

Don’t Be Too Quick To Celebrate, Sceptics.

Jeanette Di Leo |05/08/2016
When a new study prompts media headlines like " Being vegan isn’t as environmentally friendly as you think ", it's time for a closer look at the science. By Dr Jeanette Di Leo...
2016 is Year of the Pig for Viva!

2016 is Year of the Pig for Viva!

clairep Palmer |04/08/2016
Do you know what makes a pig happy? If people really understood pigs – what they enjoy doing, who their friends are, how they like to play, would they still consider them ‘food’? Most of us would do anything to stop someone harming playful, friendly and intelligent animals such as...
Welcome to Viva! Veganista

Welcome to Viva! Veganista

Veganista Blogger |01/08/2016
I can’t wait to get started Today marks the first day of our Veganisata journey together – how exciting! I’m Hannah. I’ve been a vegetarian for around a year and have now decided that after a few months of dipping my toes in, it’s time to dive into the world of all...
Viva! Blog: Pig Farming Report

Viva! Blog: Pig Farming Report

Juliet Gellatley |29/07/2016
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

Juliet Gellatley |15/07/2016
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!

clairep Palmer |14/07/2016
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

Guest Blogger |07/07/2016
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

Juliet Gellatley |29/06/2016
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 |17/06/2016
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!

Justine Butler |26/05/2016
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

Veronika Powell |18/05/2016
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?

Tony Wardle |10/05/2016
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

Tony Wardle |29/04/2016
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!

Guest Blogger |29/04/2016
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...