Ethics

The latest animal rights and ethical news

May 24, 2019

Mediterranean Olive Harvest Kills Millions Of Songbirds Annually, Researchers Warn

Researchers are urging authorities to stop the nocturnal harvest before more birds are 'vacuumed' to death

May 24, 2019

Vegan Entrepreneurs To Run Marathon And Raise Money For Animals

Mike and Joe Hill are the father and son co-founders of frozen pizza empire One Planet Pizza. They reveal how they trained for the event - and who they are fundraising for

May 23, 2019

London's 'Zoo Nights' Slammed For 'Blatant Animal Cruelty'

Activists are petitioning against the event 'where the zoo is basically turned into a nightclub for the night'

May 17, 2019

Performing Baby Elephant Dies After Campaign For His Freedom Went Viral

The three-year-old elephant was branded the 'real-life Dumbo' after eye-witnesses claim he was 'forced to perform in unnatural and distressing shows'

May 16, 2019

'You Don't Need Meat To Build Muscle', Says Vegan Bodybuilder

"The daftest thing I hear about veganism, and I hear it on a fairly regular basis, is that vegans can't make muscle, you need meat for protein. My argument is always, of course, 'why am I twice your size then?'."

May 15, 2019

Leading World Companies Vow To Prevent 10 Million Metric Tons of Global Plastic Waste

'Addressing the plastic problem in our oceans, rivers, and land is everyone's responsibility – including the companies that use much of the plastic in the world today'

May 14, 2019

Vegan Lucy Watson Slams Martin Clunes For Riding An Elephant

The British actor has also been axed as a patron for the animal-charity Born Free

May 13, 2019

Extreme Suffering And Beatings Filmed On Red Tractor Chicken Farms

An undercover investigation filmed workers kicking and stamping on birds, as well as dead animals left to rot among the living - leading to cannibalism on at least one farm

May 10, 2019

Thailand To Allow Trade Of Elephants To Foreign Countries

A campaigner has criticised the decision, saying 'elephants' risk of extinction is critical and any decision made regarding their future ought to be considered with full public and scientific scrutiny'

May 10, 2019

Major Dutch Company Ends Near-Drowning Animal Tests After Vegan Pressure

The forced swim tests, which have been discredited by many people, involve putting mice, rats, and other small animals in inescapable beakers filled with water and forcing them to swim so they don't drown

May 9, 2019

45% Of Vegans Feel Discriminated Against At Work, Says Study

A law firm quizzed 1,000 vegans about their workplace - and revealed that a significant number also feel unfairly treated and even harassed at work

May 8, 2019

Man Admits Secretly Giving His Vegan Girlfriend Dairy Caused Her Acne To Return

'I thought I would prove to her that the whole 'dairy gives me acne' thing is in her head'

May 8, 2019

Toy Giant Playmobil Urged To Launch 'My First Abattoir' For Kids

Animal rights campaigners believe the company has misled children about the conditions endured by animals within the farming system - and want it to create a more realistic portrayal

May 7, 2019

Seafood Boss Slams Vegan Tuna As 'A Slap In The Face'

Plant-based fish alternatives have been accused of being on the verge of 'false and misleading'

May 7, 2019

47 Animals Rescued From War-Torn Gaza Zoo

The war on the Gaza Strip has been raging on for several years now, with local zoos and many animals caught in the crossfire. The Rafah Zoo in particular has become known as a 'zoo of horrors', with four lion cubs freezing to death earlier this year among other horrors

May 6, 2019

California 'Lab-Gag' Bill Pulled From Consideration

The state has removed the proposal that would allow animal tests conducted in public universities to be 'concealed'

May 4, 2019

Beaten Calves Transported From Ireland To Europe In 'Terrible Conditions'

Undercover footage shows calves receiving 'multiple blows' to head from workers using sticks

May 3, 2019

School To Kill Pigs To Teach Children About Where Food Comes From

The school has come under fire from a former pupil who says the initiative will teach the children that it is okay to exploit and kill animals with the only justification being that people enjoy eating their bodies

May 3, 2019

Animal Welfare Charity Refuses To Take Meat Off Its Cafe Menu - Despite Vegan Pressure

The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, in East Sussex, says it is not an animal rights charity and will continue to sell meat, eggs, and dairy

May 2, 2019

'Countdown' Star Rachel Riley Urges People To Go Vegan This June

The television celebrity is just one of the well-known faces encouraging the public to ditch meat and dairy for Animal Aid's Summer Vegan Pledge

May 2, 2019

Vegan Lifestyle Brand BRIGHT Zine Opens Store In London Today

The founder says she sees the store will support vegan businesses by stocking hand-selected products and food options

May 1, 2019

Vegan Chris Packham Receives Death Threats After Campaigning Against Blood Sports

The BBC television presenter said he has received a threat listing things his detractors say they could do - including organizing a car crash

May 1, 2019

Egg Farmer Convicted Of Animal Cruelty After Failing To Feed Hens

The Australian farmer, who has been banned from keeping animals for five years and fined $6,500, said he staved the hens to induce 'forced molt' - which he claimed was a common practice

May 1, 2019

Cafe To Go Vegan After Owner Watches Documentary 'Dominion'

The Idaho eatery's boss says she will sell the final animal products she has in stock, and from then on, will only serve 'excellent food that everyone can enjoy'

April 29, 2019

Vegan Chris Packham Sent Penis Hate Mail After Shooting Campaign Angers Farmers

Last week, dead birds were hung by the neck from the BBC presenter's fence, as the bloodsports community and farmers express their rage at not being able to indiscriminately shoot so-called pest birds

April 26, 2019

Farming Poll Asking If Vegan Chris Packham Should Be Fired Backfires

The poll asks whether 'the BBC sack outspoken Springwatch presenter Chris Packham', who is unpopular with farmers because of his anti bloodsports campaigning - but 71% of respondents say he should keep his job

April 25, 2019

Dead Birds Hung From Vegan Chris Packham's Fence After He Campaigns Against Shooting

The TV presenter has been involved in a campaign to revoke general shooting licenses for so-called 'pest' species including pigeons and crows

April 24, 2019

Video Reveals The Horror Of 'Spaghetti Meat' From Overgrown Chickens

According to animal welfarists, the phenomenon stems from selectively breeding birds to grow so massive, so quickly, that they can barely support their weight

April 24, 2019

1 Million Calves Die In Midwest Floods: Vegan Activists Raise Awareness

The extreme weather conditions meant staggering numbers of animals were swept into freezing floodwaters. Those who survived will most likely die as a result of the lack of food and drinkable water or be sent to the slaughterhouse, according to PETA

April 22, 2019

99% Of US Farmed Animals Live On Factory Farms, Study Says

While 75 percent of US adults believe they usually buy 'humane products', only one percent of farmed animals are raised on non-factory farms

April 21, 2019

Vegan Engineer Predicts 'UK Will Be Vegan By 2030'

The researcher suggests animal agriculture will 'financially collapse' when the UK has a vegan population of 15 percent

April 19, 2019

Rabbits Have Eyelids Sewn Shut And Are Infected With Cholera In 'Secret University Experiments'

Almost 10,000 rabbits were used in experiments within Britain during 2017 according to the latest data - with many of these taking place within educational institutions

April 18, 2019

Vegan Campaign Donates $100,000 To Hurricane Survivors

The donation was made by Million Dollar Vegan - the initiative which offered Pope France $1 million if he went vegan for Lent

April 17, 2019

Feeding Wild Fish To Farmed Fish Is Crippling The Seas, Says Report

The report reviews the latest scientific research on the impact of reduction fisheries and the lack of transparency and sustainability in the aquafeed sector

April 17, 2019

Illegal Fox Hunting Still Taking Place In Britain, Says Charity

The League Against Cruel Sports has said the scale of illegal hunt activity going on is 'shocking' - with reports of fox hills topping 40 over the last season

April 15, 2019

Undercover Investigation Shows Animals 'Beaten Bloody' In Egypt

Horses and camels are used to carry tourists on their backs and pull carriages in the hot sun in top tourist destinations including the Great Pyramid of Giza, Saqqara, and Luxor

April 14, 2019

Palitana Dubbed The World's First 'Vegetarian City' After Government Ban Animal Slaughter

The Indian region, in the Bhavnagar district, also prohibits the sale of meat and egg - but not the consumption of dairy

April 13, 2019

Vegan Family Risk Losing Their Home After Saving Pig From Slaughter

Following a complaint from a neighbor, the family claim to have only two weeks to give up Arlo the pig

April 12, 2019

Texas Hunter Goes Vegan - And Hosts Plant-Based Dinner Parties For Hunters

Jack Castle, who hunted animals for decades as a fourth generation hunter, decided to stop killing animals - and speak up for them instead. He credits his wife for the huge change in his outlook

April 9, 2019

Charity Urges People To Take Up Summer Vegan Pledge

UK-based animal protection agency Animal Aid, which is running its pledge for the second year running, will offer support and encouragement to those who take part

April 8, 2019

Where's The High Welfare Fish?

Whether farmed or caught wild, consuming fish involves animal suffering and ecological destruction. What is the best way for individuals to help fish?

April 8, 2019

Dairy Exposé Reveals Abuse On Farm Supplying Nestlé

The footage documented by Compassion Over Killing (COK) exposes what the organization describes as 'senseless and violent abuse of mother cows and their defenseless calves'

April 7, 2019

Authorities Seize 'Pet' Monkey From Celebrity Rapper Swae Lee's House

The singer posted a video of his spider monkey dressed in a diaper and tiger costume

April 6, 2019

#YouBetTheyDie: Grand National's Kill Count Sparks Outrage

Animal-rights organization, PETA, said 'horse racing is a stain on the UK's reputation as an animal loving nation'

April 5, 2019

Former Vegan Tim Shieff: 'The Next Step Is To Kill An Animal Myself'

The athlete, who recently revealed he has ditched his vegan diet following health issues, says killing an animal feels like 'the next stage'

April 4, 2019

'Major Progress' As China Greenlights 2 Non-Animal Methods For Some Cosmetic Testing

The new methods pertain to tests for eye and skin irritation, and according to vegan charity PETA, they will 'will spare countless animals the agony of having substances dripped into their eyes and rubbed onto their skin'

April 3, 2019

WATCH: Goldfish 3 Second Memory - Fact Or Fiction?

Fish have long been seen as emotionless, and unintelligent. But this is far from the truth. Now more and more people are learning about the incredible feats these amazing creatures are capable of

April 1, 2019

Butcher Of 15 Years Goes Vegan After Watching 'Earthlings'

He said he kept it a secret from his colleagues at first, as he 'was worried about them making jokes'. But eventually he ditched the job to work for a vegan meat company

March 31, 2019

Carnivore Eats Raw Squirrel At Vegan Market In London

Another anti-vegan stunt has backfired as even meat-eater asks 'why are you doing this?'

March 24, 2019

Outrage At Anti-Vegan Who Ate Raw Pig's Head At VegFest

The stunt backfired as 'meat-eating members of the public' said they were encouraged to quit meat

March 20, 2019

Hundreds Of Dolphin Corpses Found Washed Up On French Beach

Since December, nearly a thousand dolphins have been discovered dead on France's Atlantic coast

March 20, 2019

Johnson & Johnson Ditches 'Forced Swim' Tests On Animals Following Vegan Pressure

The global giant says it will stop using the discredited 'swim tests' in the future, in its own laboratories, or outside ones

March 20, 2019

Over 25% Of People Feed Their Companion Cats And Dogs A Vegan Diet, Says Poll

While most people agree that as omnivores, dogs can be very healthy on a well-planned vegan diet, there is more debate around cats, as they are natural carnivores

March 19, 2019

Dead Whale Had 40kg Of Plastic In His Stomach

The marine biologists who conducted the animal's autopsy branding the waste plastic 'disgusting', saying action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters

March 17, 2019

Bodybuilder Claims Going Vegan Vastly Improved His Eyesight

The former bouncer described himself as 'blind as a bat' before removing animal products from his diet

March 16, 2019

Cruelty-Free Giant Lush Announces Decision To Go Completely Egg-Free

The cosmetics company said it's 'unconvinced that even the very best egg production is free from suffering'

March 14, 2019

Undercover Footage Shows Dogs Being Force Fed Fungicides

The beagles, who are part of toxicity experiments, are just 36 of the 60,000 dogs used annually in experiments at hundreds of labs across the United States of America

March 14, 2019

Playing, Courting, And Vanity: The Rich Emotional Lives Of Fish

Fish have personalities. They plan, recognize, remember, court, parent, innovate, manipulate, and get depressed. So why do we treat them so badly?

March 12, 2019

Orangutans Facing Extinction Because Of Humans

Numbers of the animals - who share around 97 percent of their DNA with humans - have sharply fallen in recent decades, with habitat loss cited as the major reason

March 6, 2019

This 81-Year-Old Vegan Will Do 1 Million Press-Ups To Show Off His Plant Power

Paul Youd, who has been vegan for 15 years, says he has so much energy eating plants he feels like a 40-year-old

March 6, 2019

Volvo Wins Award For Its New Vegan Electric Car The 'Polestar 2'

The mass-production vehicle, which will go on display at the Geneva International Motor Show this week, is the recipient of a Compassionate Business Award from PETA

March 5, 2019

Fly-Paper Kills Two Bats And Injures Third

A bat conservation worker has suggested banning the 'killing-devices' following the incident

March 5, 2019

'Vegan Fad Will Only Last 2 More Years' Insists Dairy Boss

The CEO of the National Dairy Council said veganism is 'too restrictive and expensive' for most people - and that the 'trend' is already 'halfway through its life cycle'

March 4, 2019

Drone Footage Shows UK Megafarms: 'Animals Are Crammed In And Left To Suffer'

According to data released in 2017, the number of megafarms across the UK is skyrocketing, with around 800 of the facilities operating across the nation

March 2, 2019

Volvo Designs Fully Vegan Car For Its 'Forward-Thinking Audience'

The car manufacturer's Polestar car is being touted as a rival to Tesla’s Model 3

February 27, 2019

Canadian Dairy Farmers Forced To Remove Lying Adverts Claiming Milk Contains No Growth Hormones

Following the advert's release across the country, multiple complaints were made to Advertising Standards Canada, leading to the ads being pulled

February 26, 2019

5 Ways To Encourage More Kindness

In a world that sometimes forgets to smile, it's more important than ever to inject a little kindness into our lives

February 26, 2019

'Horrific' Footage Shows Cows And Calves Being Beaten And Kicked On Dairy Farm

The undercover footage shows workers punch, kick and swear at dairy cows and their newborn calves

February 26, 2019

Rotting Fox Corpses Discovered On Yorkshire Grouse Shooting Estate

According to welfare organization The League Against Cruel Sports, the animals had been caught in snares which it described as ' illegal and self-locking'

February 26, 2019

Dairy Farmers Need 'Protection' From Vegan Activists, Says Politician

Environment Secretary Michael Gove made the comments during a farming conference - adding that he is a big fan of the anti-vegan 'Februdairy' marketing campaign

February 22, 2019

Michael Gove Blasts 'Law Breaking' Vegan Activists For Targeting Dairy Farmers

The Environment Secretary said that being a vegan is 'respectable; but that it is 'wrong' for activists to try and stop farmers from carrying out their business

February 22, 2019

Procter & Gamble Joins Major Campaign To End Global Animal Testing By 2023

The giant corporation, which has partnered the Humane Society International on its #BeCrueltyFree campaign, says it's invested more than $420 million over forty years in developing non-animal test methods

February 22, 2019

Iceland Planning To Slaughter Over 2,000 Whales By 2023

The announcement has been met with criticism and disappointment from animal advocate who called the planned slaughter 'morally repugnant and economically bankrupt'

February 18, 2019

Natwest Bank Worker Tells Customer 'All Vegans Should Be Punched'

The major bank has now apologized and has revealed that the worker in question is facing disciplinary action. It has offered the customer compensation

February 18, 2019

86% Of Pigs Slaughtered Using 'Inhumane' CO2 In England And Wales

New data from the Food Standards Agency shows a staggering number of animals killed using the gas - which campaigners describe as an 'unacceptable' method of slaughter

February 15, 2019

Clothing Company ETHCS Drops Ex-Vegan Tim Shieff

Remaining company members said they had enjoyed a good professional and personal relationship with Shieff - but that everyone involved decided it was better for him to leave

February 15, 2019

'Dairy Lovers' Send Violent Death Threats To Vegan Activist

Animal advocate Joey Carbstrong has been inundated with angry messages telling him to 'jump off a cliff' and another saying 'when I get my hands on you...you're dead'

February 13, 2019

Vegan Cheese Shop La Fauxmagerie Hits Back After Attack By Dairy UK

The founders of La Fauxmagerie in Brixton invited Dairy UK bosses to come to their store and sample plant-based cheeses - saying there is plenty of space in the market for everyone

February 11, 2019

Dean Farm Trust Launches Fundraiser To Help Build A New Paddock For Rescued Pigs

The 'Piggy Paddock Appeal' is aiming to raise over £2,000 to help improve the well-being of its rescued animals

February 11, 2019

42% Of Meat Eaters Would Refuse To Date A Vegan Or Vegetarian

New data shows that meat eaters can be extremely picky when it comes to the eating habits and philosophy of their significant others

February 8, 2019

Skoda Has Created A 'Sustainable' Car With A Completely Vegan Interior

The car manufacturer is heading towards a 'sporty and sustainable future' with one of its latest creations: the ŠKODA VISION RS

February 7, 2019

'Vegan Threat To Dairy Should Be Taken Seriously' Says Farming Expert

Many dairy farmers are feeling under attack following Veganuary and the rise of veganism - as well as the publication of a map showing the addresses of dairy facilities across the UK

February 5, 2019

Farming Bosses Brand Vegan Magnum A 'Problem For The Dairy Industry'

An Australian dairy organization says that dairy alternative products have been 'incorrectly labeled'. This has been disputed by Unilever, which owns Magnum

February 3, 2019

Officials Find Month Old Leopard Cub In Passenger's Luggage

The cub that had been smuggled from Bangkok, Thailand, was said to have been found in a 'state of shock' and 'appeared to be weak'

February 1, 2019

Food Giant Kellogg's End Animal Testing After 65 Years

The world's leading cereal maker, the Kellogg Company, has stricken a deal with PETA US after more than 11 years of extensive discussion regarding animal testing

January 30, 2019

Major Western Businesses Funding 'Deplorable' Dairy Farms In Sri Lanka

An investigation of the growth of the country's industry has revealed disturbingly low levels of animal welfare

January 29, 2019

Farmer Gives 20 Lambs To Sanctuary As He Can't Face Slaughtering Them

The Devon farmer realized he was 'too upset' to have the animals killed after finding the journey to the slaughterhouse too hard - and instead decided to let them live out their days in peace

January 29, 2019

The Royal Collection Trust Ditches Mohair After Vegan Exposé

The Trust has removed a mohair item from its collection and has confirmed it will be sourcing alternative materials for future products

January 25, 2019

Major Breakthrough In Human-On-A-Chip Testing Could Help End Animal Experimentation

Animal welfare campaigners say the new technology 'is superior to animal tests and more accurately reflects what will happen in people'

January 23, 2019

Vegan Exposé Shows Dairy Workers Hurting Calves 'For Fun And Excitement'

The workers used hot irons to prevent animals' horns from growing - without any anesthetics or pain relief. Footage shows the calves kicking and crying out in 'agony' as smoke rises from their flesh

January 22, 2019

Hilton Bankside Hotel Creates The First Ever Vegan Suite

The room, furnished with embroidered Piñatex, a modern leather alternative made from pineapple leaves, was designed to be as 'ethically-friendly as possible'

January 18, 2019

61 Calves Rescued From Dairy Farm By Vegan Campaigners

The animals are now being rehomed following their removal from Big Island Dairy in Ookala coordinated by Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network

January 17, 2019

Worried Dairy Bosses Call For 'Zero Tolerance' Of Vegan Movement

Industry figures admitted they are facing a number of problems - with the 'normalization' of veganism and celebrities and athletes just one of the issues facing their ailing industry

January 14, 2019

High School Student Risks Life Saving Tortoises From Blaze In South Africa

Corne Uys has been praised for his bravery and compassion after taking a major risk in rescuing the animals during the deadly fire. He managed to save 33 tortoises

January 14, 2019

Ice Rink Cancels 'Skating With Penguins' Event After Pressure From Vegan Activists

Queens Skate Dine Bowl in Bayswater was criticized by organizations like PETA - as well as many individuals - when it announced plans to force the animals to take part

January 8, 2019

Tory Politician Jacob Rees-Mogg Would Refuse To Eat In A Vegan Restaurant

The famously pro-Brexit MP says he would feel 'disloyal' frequenting a vegan eatery - because his constituency is a dairy farming area

January 7, 2019

Vegan Prince Khaled Appointed President Of Saudi Humane Society

Khaled - who is Plant Based News' Investment Director & Co-Owner - says he is 'humbled and honored' by the appointment, describing it as an 'incredible honor'

December 29, 2018

Irish Ad Company Accused Of Pro-Dairy Bias After Refusing To Carry Vegan Ads

The agency is the only company in the country to carry adverts on buses and trains in Ireland

December 27, 2018

Meghan Markle Attends Boxing Day Shoot Event According To Reports

The reports may disappoint fans of the Duchess who refuses to wear real fur, loves vegan leather, and has previously claimed to 'eat vegan during the week'

December 24, 2018

Nearly 10,000 UK Prisoners Will Eat Vegan This Christmas

An estimated 10% of the UK's 85,000 inmates are vegan - sending demand for plant-based options soaring