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2015: Viva! Review

by Juliet Gellatley, Viva!'s founder and director It’s the start of another year, but before we get going with all...
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...
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

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...
Farrowing Fact Sheet

Farrowing Fact Sheet

The farrowing crate is a small metal cage in which pregnant sows are imprisoned for weeks on end, usually from a week before giving birth until their piglets are weaned three to four weeks later. She will be subjected to this roughly twice a year.

The Scandal of Britain’s Mutilated Piglets


Viva! has filmed the mutilation of piglets. It happens on hundreds of British farms every single day

Viva! recently filmed young piglets pulled out of their pens, having their back teeth cut off with pliers and their tails cut off with scissors. This despite routine mutilations supposedly being banned in the UK and Europe.

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MILK

New moving film, Milk, by world renowned animal artist, Philip McCulloch-Downs, made for, and inspired by, Viva's work.

Philip said:

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Animal cruelty still continues as ‘entertainment’

Animal cruelty still continues as ‘entertainment’

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...

Foie-gras

Every year in France, 30 million ducks are forced into cages so small they can’t even stretch their wings. Trapped and helpless, a metal tube is thrust down their throats and vast quantities of food are forcibly pumped into their stomachs so that their livers swell painfully to up to 10 times their natural size. There is no escape and no respite.

International Campaigns are Vital... Viva! the kangaroo

International Campaigns are Vital... Viva! the kangaroo

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,...

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Dear Letters Editor

Many people view leather as a ‘natural’ material because it is made using animal skin. However, numerous toxic chemicals are added to the leather during production to ensure the leather will not decompose. The UK throws away two million pairs of shoes every week, many of these are leather and sit in landfills unable to biodegrade. Not so natural now, is it?

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Letter to businesses: label their shoes

Dear Sir/Madam

As a frequent customer at your store, I have a suggestion of how to improve your service. I am vegetarian and do not wear leather, although you provide a selection of non-leather shoes I often have to search for them amongst the leather shoes.

The UK leather industry is worth billions of pounds each year. An animal’s skin makes up 7-10 per cent of his or her total worth. I avoid leather goods to ensure that I am not supporting the meat industry and the slaughter of animals.

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Why milk is a feminist issue
What goes on behind the closed doors of the modern intensive dairy farm? And why should it be a feminist issue? By Dr Justine Butler, Senior Health Researcher & Writer, Viva!
Issue 60 | Winter 2015

Issue 60 | Winter 2015

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Badgers and Bovine TB (bTB)

Badgers and Bovine TB (bTB)

A Viva! report by Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager

 

(updated September 2014)

 

My first year of Animal Rights Artwork.

Inspired by the photographs of Jo-Anne McArthur, the investigations by Viva! into UK farms, and by a host of other ethical and pro-actively vegan organisations worldwide.

(Acrylic on canvas board/ pen and ink on paper)

Quote from a friend upon first viewing the video:

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Jane cooks a chestnut plait at The Riverside Show

Jane stops at The Riverside Show on her way to Glasgow Vegfest to do a quick cookery demo.

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BBC Sunday Morning Live

Juliet Gellatley (Founder and Director of Viva!) debates ‘Is Meat A Moral Issue’ on BBC’s Sunday Morning Live.

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