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Respect, Kelly, respect!
“Well, I’m happy to tell you that we have increased the amount of my initial target for you guys by £1,500 – the amount raised is £2514.75”. That on its own is amazing but how it was raised is even more so...
The World Health Organisation has just produced its healthy diet fact sheet .
Sausage-wielding extremists forced their way into a vegan café in Tbilisi, Georgia, and threw meat into diners' food...
Obituary
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Michael (Mike) Maybury, at the age of 81 in his Portsmouth home.
Viva! Director visits Viva! Poland
Director Juliet Gellatley rounded off her recent visit to Viva! Poland with a talk on Why You Don’t Need Dairy to a packed house...
Market research company Mintel reckon that the number of vegan-labelled meals and ‘meal centres’ (cafés and restaurants) in Germany have increased more than 20-fold since 2011. The increase for vegetarian foods and cafés is seven-fold...
In the news: by Tony Wardle
Vegan Baileys: You either love it or hate it but BAILEY’S sickly sweet, toe-curlingly horrible, cream and whiskey ‘liqueur’ (okay, I don’t like it!) now has a vegan option. Made with almond milk, it is only available in the US as yet. Can’t wait! Chicken farm plans...
New Big Pig Report
Pig Farming – The Inside Story contains extraordinarily detailed research of the state of pig farming in Britain . It has facts, figures, science and eyewitness accounts taken from our numerous recent undercover investigations...
Dr Greger joins Viva!
We are delighted to announce that the awesome Dr Michael Greger has accepted the appointment of Honorary Scientific Adviser to Viva!. Michael has built an incredible global reputation with his free health advice website.
Email the Pope!
“Pope Francis, show your concern for creation by condemning the bullfight and directing that your Bishops officially proclaim your condemnation”. The petition couldn’t be clearer and is being promoted by Virginia Bell of Catholic Action for Animals. If you wish to support it, you...
China to slash its population’s meat consumption by 50%
Britain’s international think tank on foreign affairs, Chatham House, issued a call in 2014 for a drop in meat consumption, saying it was essential to limit the effects of climate change. What was our government’s response? Or the governments of Europe for that matter? Silence. Now...
This Earth Overshoot Day, Leave Animals Off Your Plate

This Earth Overshoot Day, Leave Animals Off Your Plate

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.

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!

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

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

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...

Investigation: Top Farm (JC Lister), Nottinghamshire

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Investigation: Bourne Farm (Allen (Hanford) Ltd), Dorset

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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.