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Viva! la vegan chain revolution

Viva! la vegan chain revolution

Juliet Gellatley |24/03/2016
Cracked

Cracked

Juliet Gellatley |23/03/2016
Juliet goes undercover to witness first-hand the tragic lives of British chucks
Facing Off the Pig Industry

Facing Off the Pig Industry

Juliet Gellatley |08/02/2016
​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

Justine Butler |02/02/2016
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

Guest Blogger |19/01/2016
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

Kristian Townsend |14/01/2016
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...
Costa coffee’s Vegan cake bar is just one small step towards vegan variety in chain-store choices

Costa coffee’s Vegan cake bar is just one small step towards vegan variety in chain-store choices

Guest Blogger |11/01/2016
By guest blogger Emily Oldfield Viva! nurtures young people who are enthusiastic about promoting animal and vegan issues; and as part of this programme we have invited Emily Oldfield, 20 of Burnley to be a guest blogger. Emily is a copywriter and freelancer, with plans to finish a degree in English...
Animal cruelty still continues as ‘entertainment’

Animal cruelty still continues as ‘entertainment’

Guest Blogger |18/12/2015
By guest blogger Emily Oldfield Viva! nurtures young people who are enthusiastic about promoting animal and vegan issues; and as part of this programme we have invited Emily Oldfield, 20 of Burnley to be a guest blogger. Emily is a copywriter and freelancer, with plans to finish a degree in English...
International Campaigns are Vital... Viva! the kangaroo

International Campaigns are Vital... Viva! the kangaroo

Juliet Gellatley |11/12/2015
When Viva! recently again exposed the conditions of factory farmed pigs, mothers incarcerated, piglets trapped in cages and the awful abuse of these wonderful animals - no one accused Viva! of being speciesist. But when we fight for the kangaroos, a tiny minority voice that accusation. It is they,...
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 |05/10/2015
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!

Justine Butler |12/08/2015
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?

Justine Butler |10/08/2015
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

Tony Wardle |03/08/2015
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?

Justin Kerswell |22/07/2015
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

Justin Kerswell |02/07/2015
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

Veronika Powell |14/05/2015
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

Justine Butler |11/05/2015
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

Justine Butler |30/04/2015
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.

Juliet Gellatley |14/04/2015
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

Justine Butler |18/02/2015
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...