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UK becomes first country to declare ‘environment and climate change emergency’

The UK Government has become the first in the world to declare an official ‘environment and climate emergency’. MPs passed the landmark motion today (May 2) which environmentalists hope will force through legislation to tackle climate change and encourage other governments to follow suit. There is no specific definition of what an ‘emergency’ entails and …

Shrimp tested in UK rivers contained cocaine, ketamine and pesticides

Cocaine, ketamine and pesticides were among 56 different substances found in shrimp taken from UK rivers. Scientists studied 15 locations in Suffolk and found the crustaceans contained cocaine in every single area. The study, published in Environment International, aimed to discover which chemicals are making their way into our water. King’s College London conducted the …

12,000 chickens have died in a factory farm fire, and activists are demanding tighter regulations

Animal rights activists are demanding stronger health and safety regulations at factory farms after a huge fire killed 12,000 chickens. A devastating fire tore through a barn in Renswoude in the Netherlands on Tuesday, leaving three quarters of the egg farm’s chickens dead. This has been an ongoing problem in the Netherlands, as estimates suggest …

UK government announces ban on wild animals in travelling circuses

The UK has announced a new law which bans the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the move following years of pressure from animal rights activists. He said: “Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st Century and I am pleased that this legislation will put …

Burger King’s plant-based ‘Impossible Whopper’ will be grilled on the same surface as the beef version

Burger King’s new plant-based Impossible Whopper will be grilled on the same surface as the standard beef patties, Impossible Foods has revealed. The fast food chain has revealed it is rolling the burger out across the US following the raging success of the meatless burger’s trial launch. The Impossible Whopper patty is made with soy …

Earthling Ed gives powerful TED Talk to counter all arguments against veganism

Vegan activist Earthling Ed has given a typically powerful speech to counter every argument against veganism. The prominent speaker and campaigner gave his second TED Talk, this time under the community-focused TEDx format, at the University of Bath earlier this year. TED Talks feature expert speakers from across the world who discuss education, business, science, …

A primary school is under fire for plans to slaughter its pigs to teach children about animal welfare

A primary school has come under fire for plans to slaughter its resident pigs in a bid to teach children about animal welfare. Farsley Primary School in Leeds, UK has a small farm where children as young as four years old have helped to care for its pigs. But the pigs are set to be …

‘Biodegradable’ Plastic bags can still hold shopping after spending three years in the ocean

The term ‘biodegradable’ has become more common in recent years as consumers become aware of the impact plastic has on the ocean. Anyone buying a so-called eco-friendly bag might expect it to swiftly disintegrate into the sea as it reaches the coast – but latest research has blown these perceptions out of the water. A …

Giraffes Set To Be Listed As An Endangered Species After Numbers Drop By 40 Percent

The giraffe looks set to be officially listed as an endangered species after conservationists piled on evidence to prove the animal’s frightening decline in numbers. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has recognised ‘substantial evidence’ that giraffes are critically endangered, finally reacting to pressure from activists to protect the animal. Wildlife preservation groups have …

Women Are Sharing Amazing Before And After Photos Of This Sell-Out Vegan Curly Hair Range

A vegan curly hair product range is attracting huge attention after customers shared striking before and after photos and gave rave reviews. Only Curls London has become an Instagram sensation after countless women revealed the impact the cruelty-free products had on their curls. The startup business offers hydrating curl cream, enhancing curl gel, all curl …

A water supplier has faced a furious backlash for urging people to go meat-free for one day

Outraged Welsh farmers and meat-eaters have forced a water supplier to cancel an advertising campaign which encouraged people to go meat-free for one day. Non-profit water services company Welsh Water launched the Facebook advert urging people to ditch meat to reduce their water consumption, besides the caption #watersavingweek. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water posted a picture …

Burger King is rolling out the vegan ‘Impossible Whopper’ across the US to meet huge demand

Burger King is set to roll out its plant-based Impossible Whopper across the US following the raging success of the meatless burger’s trial launch. The meatless burger patty was introduced in the fast food chain’s restaurants in St. Louis, Missouri this month and was met with rave reviews and overwhelming demand. Burger King will continue …