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Turkey will no longer allow production and sale of vegan cheese

Turkey’s vegan cheese ban is the latest instance of countries implementing restrictive plant-based food legislation. The Turkish government has banned the production and sale of vegan cheese triggering outrage in the plant and animal advocate community. The legislation has already outlawed the use of the term “cheese” to describe products that are dairy-free under the …

Miriam Margolyes slams Oxford City Council for its “weak stance” on greyhound racing

“There’s much I love about the city…including its rich history – but greyhound racing is one thing that should remain firmly in Oxford’s past.” Acclaimed actor Miriam Margoyles has slammed Oxford Stadium for its decision of re-opening for greyhound racing. Last week, the Stadium announced that greyhound racing would return to the Cowley venue following …

American Express removes crocodile skin items from online reward store

American Express joins other retailers including Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and UNIQLO in banning the use of exotic skins. American Express has finally announced that it has removed crocodile skin items from its online Membership Rewards store. The decision follows five years of campaigning by vegan charity PETA. In fact, the company …

Over one million UK chickens ‘die needlessly’ ever week for cheap supermarket meat

According to animal welfare charity Open Cages, about 64 million chickens die prematurely each year in the UK. In the UK, 1 billion chickens are slaughtered every year for meat. If that wasn’t bad enough, more than a million chickens die every week before reaching slaughter weight, a new report reveals. According to animal welfare …

Faroe Islands to limit controversial dolphin hunt after outcry

A review was ordered after a petition with around 1.3 million signatures urging a ban of the traditional hunt was submitted to the government. The Faroe Islands has agreed to limit its controversial annual dolphin hunt after last year’s cull sparked a huge outcry from animal rights activists. The North Atlantic island country said it …

HBO under pressure after whistleblower reports horse death on set

The whistleblower revealed that the horse was already sick, sustained head trauma and was seen frothing at the mouth when he collapsed on the set. HBO is being pressed to conduct an internal investigation after a whistleblower informed animal rights charity PETA that a horse allegedly died during filming in Nassau County. The incident took …

Save Ralph bags major award in Cannes for exposing the horror of cosmetic animal testing

“We are very grateful to Cannes Lions for this high-profile opportunity to keep the issue in the global spotlight and we hope that it adds momentum to our efforts to end this unnecessary cruelty.” Save Ralph – a short animated film – recently won the Grand Prix for Good, a prestigious award at this year’s …

Harry Potter star urges government to financially support dairy farmers as they move to plant-based farming

“Animals have that bond too. Mother cows and their babies have a special connection. It hurts them to be separated. But that’s what happens every single day in the dairy industry.” Award-winning actor Miriam Margolyes has called on the UK government to financially support dairy farmers who transition into plant-based farming. The Harry Potter star …

Musician Joan Jett blasts SeaWorld for sexually abusing animals

“Dolphins and whales who must carry out their forced pregnancies is disrespectful to these forms of intelligent life, heedless of these wonderful animals’ rights, and just plain wrong.” American singer-songwriter Joan Jett has slammed SeaWorld for its ‘repulsive and indefensible sexual abuse of whales and dolphins’. The legendary musician – who maintains a “nearly vegan …

Walmart drops coconut milk brand linked to forced monkey labour

Vegan charity PETA led two investigations and found ‘the use of chained and caged monkeys in Thailand’s coconut-picking industry’. Walmart has dropped a major coconut milk brand after allegations of forced monkey labour surfaced. The American supermarket chain no longer sells Chaokoh – one of Thailand’s most popular coconut milk brands – in stores and …

British airports reject anti-animal cruelty ad as it is ‘prejudicial to a business carried on at the airport’

Airport authorities claim the anti-animal cruelty advert is too political and can potentially evoke ‘negative customer reaction’. Every UK airport has refused to display PETA’s anti-leather advertisement, the vegan charity claims. The animal rights organisation created a “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly”   campaign to educate travellers on the impact of their fashion and accessory choices. The …

Bulgaria bans breeding and import of mink to protect biodiversity

The American mink, which is widespread throughout the EU has caused significant adverse impacts on native wildlife, after animals escaped from fur farms. Bulgaria has banned the breeding and importing of American Mink following concerns over animals escaping from fur farms and damaging native ecosystems. The decision will lead to the closure of Bulgaria’s last …