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Elephants beaten with hooks and stabbed in the ears to force them to perform for tourists at Nepalese festival

Animal rights activists have released disturbing footage of elephant handlers beating animals with bullhooks to force them to perform for tourists at a festival in Nepal. The upsetting imagery from the Chitwan Elephant Festival reveals how chained elephants are abused with sharp metal hooks to make them play football or give rides to tourists.  Workers …

Confessions from slaughterhouse workers reveal the true horrors of the meat industry

Millions of animals are slaughtered every single day to supply global meat markets, but the slaughterhouse workers who keep factory farms operational are generally kept hidden from public view.  Most people, meat eaters or otherwise, have never set foot in the abattoirs which provide beef, chicken and lamb – and for good reason. Slaughterhouses are …

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme’s checklist includes veganism as a character-building tool for youngsters

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has announced a checklist for teenagers that includes trying veganism, learning about climate change and campaigning for a social cause as some of the recommended activities. After surveying 4,000 people, which included members of the public, education professionals, parents, young people and business leaders, the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award …

Ultimate fighting champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is at his best after adopting 90% plant-based diet

American athlete Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has started following a plant-based diet after fiancée Jessie introduced him to clean eating and is enjoying his best health. Jon ‘Bones’ Jones now eats a 90 percent plant-based diet and credits his fiancé Jessie for the change. According to him, the new diet makes him feel great. The two-time …

Vegan food accounted for 25% of all new product launches in the UK in 2019

With veganism entering mainstream, last year, nearly a quarter of all new UK food products launched were labelled vegan. A Mintel report analyzing food trends highlighted that vegan food sales soared 40% to an estimated £816m in 2019. According to analysts, nearly two-thirds of Britons chose to eat meat substitutes last year and the trend …

Accessorize launches affordable vegan bag collection

High-street fashion brand Accessorize has launched its first vegan handbag collection and the designs are chic, stylish and trendy. Accessorize that operates over 181 stores in the UK has unveiled its first range of stylish vegan handbags for consumers seeking cruelty free products. The collection features 10 different styles, which include cross-body styles, totes and …

Pret a Manger launches vegan croissant and will serve plant milk for free

Pret A Manger has dropped its surcharge for plant-based milk alternatives, added oat milk to its menu and is launching its vegan croissant just in time for Veganuary. Pret customers can now enjoy their barista prepared hot and cold drinks without paying any surcharge for milk alternatives. The sandwich coffee chain is also offering oat …

Wildfire’s cause a ‘holocaust of destruction’ on Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of Australia’s most iconic locations due to its thriving wildlife, but bushfires have devastated the island and left some areas beyond recognition.  Experts have described the impact of the bushfires as a ‘holocaust of destruction’ as a third of the island has been completely brought to ashes.  The Flinders Chase National …

Baby elephants ‘broken’ by online traders who sell them to so-called animal ‘sanctuaries’

An investigation into the animal tourism industry in Thailand has revealed how baby elephants are ‘broken’ by online traders who sell them to companies posing as animal sanctuaries.  Young elephants are separated from their mothers soon after birth and forced to learn tricks by trainers who jab them with metal hooks. Tourists must ensure they …

Air pollution can kill 40 Brits per day over the next ten years, report says

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned that harmful particulate matter in the air could kill more than 160,000 people over the next decade from strokes and heart attacks. Figures revealed by the charity, which collated the data, said there are an estimated 11,000 deaths per year at the moment and could cross 160,000 by …

Global warming increased ocean temperatures to catastrophic levels in 2019

Rising temperatures have made the oceans hotter, more acidic and less oxygen-rich and statistics warn of irreversible outcomes for the world and its inhabitants. A report published in the journal Advances In Atmospheric Sciences has reported that  the heat recorded in the oceans peaked in 2019, the highest level recorded in human history. Alarmingly, the …

American city implements new programs to help street dogs

The city of Soledad de Graciano Sanchez, Mexico, has introduced 2 new programs that aim to feed hungry stray dogs and provide medical care. Mexico has the largest number of street dogs in Latin America and about 70 percent of the 18 million dogs in Mexico live on the street, according to the National Institute …