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Young cows have similar emotions to human children, research finds

New research has revealed that young cows have striking emotional similarities with children. Research from the University of British Columbia found that, similar to human children, calves can be naturally optimistic or pessimistic – which impacts how they cope with stress. During the study, calves categorised as pessimistic by personality tests were far more likely to …

Cruelty-Free beauty brand Aveda continues global expansion with Indian launch

Leading cruelty-free beauty brand Aveda has continued its global expansion with a debut on the Indian market. The US-based cosmetics company uses Indian Ayurvedic principles – utilising plants and herbs in its beauty products. Cindy Angerhofer, executive director of Botanical Research for Aveda, told Vogue: “We honour the traditional practices and uses of Ayurvedic herbs, …

Which supermarket has the best vegan Christmas dinner selection for 2018?

As Christmas draws closer, vegans will be searching the high street for the best festive offers in town. But which supermarket has the best plant-based holiday feast? Supermarkets have once again upped their vegan game for 2018 – expanding their offer to cater for an exploding market. Long gone are the days when vegans were resigned …

Morrisons launches vegan ‘Pigs In Blankets’ just in time for Christmas

Supermarket chain Morrisons has launched vegan pigs in blankets just in time for Christmas. Vegans can enjoy the plant-based twist on the classic meaty festive food, with the vegan version named ‘Veggies in Blankets’. The sausages are made from tomato, potato, mushroom and basil, and wrapped in an aubergine ‘blanket’. The Veggies in Blankets are …

Oscar-winner Mark Rylance labels bear shows ‘Torture’ in heartfelt video plea

Oscar winner Mark Rylance has made a heartfelt plea to tourists, urging them to stay away from bear shows. The Bridge of Spies actor labelled the practice ‘torture’ in a new PETA video which displays how travelling shows ‘torment bears, from chaining and muzzling them to preventing them from digging, roaming and hibernating’. “Wherever you …

Vegan musician Moby makes heartfelt plea to meat-eaters this Christmas

Iconic vegan musician Moby has taken to Instagram to urge his followers to think of the animals this Christmas. In an Instagram story, he revealed: “All I want for Christmas is you to be one less person hurting animals.” Besides the graphic featuring a Christmas tree, he wrote: “If you love animals, please don’t do …

Remains of 19,000 animals to be discarded by meat industry following salmonella outbreak

The dead bodies of 9,000 cows and 10,000 turkeys will be discarded by the meat industry after raw products tainted with salmonella were recalled. More than 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products from JBS Tolleson Inc had to be returned, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service revealed on Tuesday. And …

Celebs Lucy Watson, Penelope Cruz and Poppy Delevingne pile more misery on ‘dying’ fur industry

More and more celebrities are throwing their weight behind the movement to eliminate animal fur from the fashion industry. Top fashion designers and retailers have recently pledged to go animal fur-free – including Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, John Galliano, and many others. Chanel was one of the latest brands to ban fur, …

Vegan Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton recognised as an ‘ally of animals’ in PETA award

Formula 1 champion and vegan Lewis Hamilton has been recognised for boosting the merits of a plant-based diet by winning PETA’s 2018 person of the year. The animal rights charity said Hamilton had been chosen for the award for proving how powerful eating vegan can be – and encouraging people around the world to save …

Sacked vegan fights to protect veganism by law in landmark ruling

Veganism could be protected by law as a ‘philosophical belief’ similar to a religion, after a vegan claimed he was fired for his views. Former employee of League Against Cruel Sports, Jordi Casamitjana, argues he was discriminated against for being vegan. He claimed he was fired after he exposed the charity to other employees for …

Vegan pizza restaurant Purezza launches Christmas roast calzone

Vegan pizza restaurant chain Purezza has launched a festive calzone – wrapping traditional Christmas roast ingredients in sourdough. The company, which has restaurants in Brighton and London, UK, launched the Christmas Calzone to kick off the festive period in style. “Heads up guys, the long-awaited moment is here. The Christmas Calzone is LIVE,” the restaurant …

Stella McCartney to launch UN fashion industry climate change charter

Stella McCartney is set to launch a United Nations fashion industry charter for action on climate change. While announcing the charter in next month’s climate talks in Poland, the designer will make a firm business case for sustainable fashion and large-scale low-carbon production. “We really don’t have long now, to change things. But I honestly …