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June 5, 2019

Vegans Blamed After Butcher's Shopfront Is Graffitied

The windows of the store were smashed, and the words 'meat is murder' painted, with fake blood thrown on the panes of glass

June 4, 2019

High Court In India Says Animals Should Have Same Rights As Humans

The order was written by Justice Rajiv Sharma, who made the same landmark ruling in the Uttarakhand High Court last year, in a bid to offer protection to animals

May 13, 2019

Hunting Conviction Upheld In 'Landmark' Court Decision

A former fox hunter appealed his conviction for illegally chasing and killing a fox, trying to use a loophole in the law - but the judge upheld the ruling

May 9, 2019

Animal Welfare Party Fielding Candidates In EU Parliament Elections

The party is contesting the elections as part of 'Animal Politics EU' – a group of 11 European parties for animals, who have a 'shared fundamental principle of protecting the interests of the weakest against the might of the strongest'

May 1, 2019

UK Government To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses Under New Legislation

This legislation has been a long time coming: a ban was first promised under a Labour Government in 2006. Since that time, repeated efforts by backbench MPs to bring in a ban through Private Member's Bills, supported have been thwarted by a handful of MPs

April 23, 2019

EU Ban On 'Meaty' Names Would Be 'Unlawful', Claims Vegan Charity

Earlier this month, the European Parliament's agriculture committee approved a ban on naming meat-free foods after their traditional counterparts - but opponents say this would confuse consumers

April 16, 2019

Vegan Politician Wins Seat In Australia’s NSW Parliament - Beating Pro-Farming Opponent

Emma Hurst has promised she won’t be 'some politician full of empty promises', saying she plans to do 'whatever it takes' to make changes for animals

April 8, 2019

EU Intention To Ban 'Meat' Names For Vegan Food Is 'Irrational And Damaging' Says Food Organization

Last week the European Parliament's agriculture committee approved a ban on naming meat-free foods after their traditional counterparts. If it's voted into effect, veggie burgers could be renamed 'discs'

April 4, 2019

Vegan Burgers Could Be Called 'Discs' Under Proposed EU Food Rules

This week, the EU Parliament's agriculture committee approved a ban on naming meat-free foods after their traditional counterparts. If the proposals are voted into effect by the full EU Parliament in May, vegan and veggie burgers could become 'discs', and sausages 'tubes' among other products

March 5, 2019

Vegan Options Should Be Available In All Public Sector Institutions, Says Petitions Committee

A petition signed by 1,109 people and supported by high profile people including former First Minister of Wales Carwyyn Jones AM and Dirty Vegan Matthew Pritchard was considered by the Welsh Petitions Committee this morning

February 28, 2019

Farm Workers Escape Prison Sentences After Beating Pigs With Pitchfork

Global animal protection agency Animal Equality - which captured footage of the abuse - is 'extremely disappointed' by the sentencing, which saw all three men avoid jail

February 28, 2019

Vegan Activist James Aspey Running For Parliament

He will be running with Australia's Animal Justice Party in the seat of Heathcoate. He wants to speak out for animals in the political arena

February 28, 2019

US Politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Urged To Promote Vegan Climate-Friendly Food

Animal rights charity PETA has contacted the U.S. Representative to highlight the environmental impact of animal agriculture - and ask er to 'promote equity, environmental justice, health, and kindness by recognizing the need for vegan food policies'

February 21, 2019

BAFTA-Winning Vegan Film 73 Cows To Be Screened At European Parliament

The short documentary will be shown to policymakers in a bid to try and inspire change in agricultural policies. It will be followed by a Q&A

February 19, 2019

UK's First Specialized Animal Protection Law Firm To Launch Next Month

The Advocates for Animals team consists of animal protection law experts that have worked with most of the main animal protection organizations in the UK

February 14, 2019

'It's A Misconception That All Vegans Are Leftists' Says Vegan Activist Tal Gilboa

The prominent advocate said veganism is not associated with any particular political party, as 'animal rights know no political party boundaries'

February 13, 2019

Jailed Vegan Blogger Threatened To Strangle Ex 'Until Her Eyes Bled'

Kyle O'Sullivan, who grew a significant social media after his 'vegan rap' went viral, has been jailed for 12 months for threatening his ex-girlfriend

February 12, 2019

Dairy Industry Plans Action Against Vegan Cheese Shop 'La Fauxmagerie'

Dairy UK says it has a 'duty to ensure the nutritional and health benefits of real dairy are recognized by and communicated to consumers'

February 7, 2019

Major Poultry Producer Sued Over 'Humane' Claims

Watchdog groups allege that Pilgrim's Pride's factory farm practices are 'inhumane' and 'environmentally irresponsible'

February 3, 2019

Vegan Senator Cory Booker To Run For President in 2020

The first African-American US Senator, and former mayor of Newark, has openly critiqued the unsustainability of animal agriculture, labeling it a 'tragic reality'

January 29, 2019

Senate Passes Virginia Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

The state is now closer to prohibiting the sale of cosmetics which include ingredients that have been newly tested on animals. If passed, the new law would take effect from 2020

January 18, 2019

Ukraine Proposes Law To Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

The proposed legislation from the country's Minister of Health has been welcomed by animal welfare campaigners who say it would be a 'big step forward'

January 16, 2019

UK Local Council Launches Vegan Staff Network

Suffolk County Council has become the first in the country to provide one for its vegan employees, offering them the chance to contribute to corporate agendas and decisions where relevant

January 11, 2019

Iowa 'Ag-Gag' Law Is Unconstitutional, Says Federal Court

A judge has ruled that the law - which stops activists and journalists from investigating farming and slaughterhouse facilities - violates the first amendment of free speech

January 9, 2019

CCTV Will Be Compulsory In Scottish Slaughterhouses Under New Law

The country will follow English in enforcing the cameras, with politicians saying the law is aimed at ensuring there are 'highest standards of animal welfare'

January 9, 2019

Veganuary To Speak At Parliament As Sign-Ups Approach 250,000

The charity - which encourages people to try a vegan diet throughout January - is calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to support its campaign and ditch animal products

January 8, 2019

Supreme Court Denies Foie Gras Industry's Attempt To Overturn California Ban

The decision has been described as a 'landmark' one by animal welfare campaigners who said the suffering experienced by ducks and geese is 'intolerable'

January 7, 2019

Campaigners 'Disappointed' After Monkey Experiment Cruelty Trial Is Suspended

According to animal welfarist organization Cruelty Free International, a cash payment a cash payment 'in the amount of a four to five digit sum' has been agreed instead

January 7, 2019

Local Politician - And Former Dairy Farmer - Wants To Ban 'Disgraceful' Vegan Ads

The Shopshire deputy council leader, who described the adverts as 'fake news' said veganism should not be promoted in counties that were 'built on agriculture'

December 21, 2018

Vegan Senator Cory Booker Introduces Bill To Reduce Monkey Experiments

The US Senator has been praised for his Primate Bill, with campaigners saying the 'level of suffering that these intelligent and social animals are subjected to in US experiments is shocking'

December 20, 2018

UK Government Urged To Make Slaughterhouse Images On Meat Packets Mandatory

An official UK Government and Parliament petition has been launched - if it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament

December 10, 2018

Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban To Stay In Place In UK After Brexit

Welfare campaigners have applauded the Government's pledge on keeping the ban - but wants to see the ban go further

December 4, 2018

Worker Claims He Was 'Fired For Being Vegan' In Landmark Tribunal

If a tribunal decides the worker was fired for being vegan, it will go to a full trial

November 25, 2018

Feeding Cats A Vegan Diet Could Potentially Break The Law

But a vegan veterinarian says he has found 'no conclusive evidence that cats and dogs fed well-planned and nutritional vegan diets are less healthy than the norm'

November 21, 2018

'Brexit Can Boost UK Vegan Industry' Says Heather Mills

She revealed she'd bought a former Walkers Crisps' factory in Durham earlier this year - now she's getting closer to opening the biggest vegan factory in the nation

November 13, 2018

Vegan MP Kerry McCarthy Wins Parliamentarian Of The Month Award

The honor recognizes her 'tireless efforts to help end animal testing'

November 9, 2018

Vegan Bodybuilder Set To Become Parliament Heavyweight

She wants to change Australia's political climate and 'fix the country's history of animal cruelty'

November 7, 2018

California Passes 'Strongest Animal Welfare Measure In History'

According to campaigners, new legislation - Prop 12 - will benefit millions of animals

November 7, 2018

Florida Votes In Favor Of Greyhound Racing Ban In 'Landmark Victory For Dogs'

The State is considered to be the hub of the country's dog-racing industry

November 3, 2018

Three Men Charged After Footage 'Shows Pigs Beaten With Pitch Forks'

Animal rights activists took the footage which was highly publicized

October 30, 2018

Vegan Activists Call For CCTV In Sheep Shearing Sheds After Horrific Exposé

Undercover footage revealed animals being punched, kicked, and jabbed with clippers

October 15, 2018

Consumers Not Confused By 'Milk' Label On Vegan Dairy Products, Study Shows

Dairy bosses claim consumers are being misled into buying plant-based products

September 30, 2018

All-Vegan Party To Run For Office In Tel Aviv

The party aims to make the city the vegan capital of the world

September 27, 2018

Government Urged To Make Vegan Options Mandatory By Law

Public sector organizations should offer at least one plant-based option daily, say campaigners

September 25, 2018

Farming Minister To Speak At Vegan Society Event During Conservative Conference

The society's fringe event will look at how to build a healthy and sustainable food system

September 24, 2018

Whole Foods' Restraining Order Against 150 Vegan Activists Approved

Campaigners said they wanted to highlight animal cruelty at farms supplying Whole Foods

September 22, 2018

UK Man Busted Selling Fur Coats From Endangered Species

The coats were being bought and sold via eBay

September 20, 2018

Hospitals And Prisons Must Offer Vegan Meals Under New California Law

Health organizations have praised the new legislation

September 20, 2018

UK's Liberal Democrat Party To 'Fight Unnecessarily Cruel Treatment Of Animals'

The party has urged the Government to reduce animal suffering

September 19, 2018

Vegan Actor Peter Egan Demands Foie Gras Ban From Prime Minister

The dedicated animal advocate delivered 10,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street

September 18, 2018

Los Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Sale Of Fur

If enacted, the city would become the world's biggest to uphold such rules

September 16, 2018

Berkeley City Council Declares 'Green Monday' To Promote Plant-Based Living

The initiative is part of the city's response to a 'climate emergency'

September 14, 2018

House Passes Bill Banning Eating Dogs And Cats In US

While the practice is rare, it is legal in 44 states

September 13, 2018

EU Parliament Urged To Ban 'Cruel' Monkey Tests

More than 6,000 of the animals are used in the experiments every year across Europe

September 13, 2018

Six Detained After 'Vegan Attacks' On Shops Including McDonald's

Fake blood was thrown at businesses - some windows were also smashed

September 12, 2018

UK Government Urged To Make CCTV Mandatory In Sheep Shearing Sheds

The call to action follows an exposé of the English wool industry

September 12, 2018

Hanoi Government Discourages Dog Meat Consumption

Officials cite concerns of rabies and a tarnished city image

September 2, 2018

California Bill Proposes Vegan Prison And Hospital Meals

The bill treats access to healthy food as 'a basic human right'

September 2, 2018

Canadian Government Invests $250 Million Into Dairy Industry

PM Trudeau says he will 'stand up to defend' the dairy industry

September 1, 2018

'Cruelty-Free' Cosmetics Act Passed In California

The bill was unanimously passed by California lawmakers

August 31, 2018

Missouri Law Limiting Word 'Meat' To Animal Flesh Is Desperate, Says Vegan

The new law came into effect this week

August 27, 2018

Electric Dog Collars To Be Banned In England

The 'cruel' devices are soon to become illegal

August 27, 2018

Politicians Criticized For Connections To Animal Ag 'Cartels'

One MP says deals with meat, dairy, and egg industries are hurting Canada's economy

August 18, 2018

US Politician Introduces Resolution Encouraging Californians To Eat Plant-Based Food

Health professionals have applauded the move

August 16, 2018

Government Urged To Force Meat Producers To Label Products Honestly

Campaigners say it is too hard for consumers to know how many animals are reared in low-welfare 'factory farm' conditions

August 14, 2018

UK's Labour Party Calls For 'Tougher Line' On Grouse Shooting

The move has been welcomed by animal welfare campaigners

August 12, 2018

Monsanto To Pay $289 Million In Damages Connected To One Man's Terminal Cancer

The jury found that weedkiller had contributed 'substantially' to Dewayne Johnson's lymphoma

August 8, 2018

UK Government Launches New Code To Improve Chicken Welfare

The code has been updated as part of a raft of animal welfare reforms

August 8, 2018

Indonesian Government Pledges To Ban Dog And Cat Meat Trade

The move has been described as a 'major breakthrough' by campaigners

August 7, 2018

UK Government To Increase Maximum Animal Cruelty Sentences

Abusers will face up to five years in jail under draft legislation

August 7, 2018

PM Theresa May Facing 'Urgent Calls' For UK Ban On Eating Dog Meat

It is technically legal to eat a 'humanely killed' animal you 'own'

August 5, 2018

Bee Population Under 'Grave Threat' As Trump Administration Lifts Pesticide Ban

Research has linked neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline of bee populations

August 2, 2018

Vegans Urged To Request Plant-Based School Meals In Government Consultation

Scottish schoolchildren are not eating enough fruit and vegetables on average

July 26, 2018

Pork Farmers 'Scale Back' As US Meat Surplus Hits 2.5 Billion Pounds

Exports have slowed as a result of new tariffs

July 26, 2018

69% Of Brits Want Ban On Shooting Birds For 'Sport'

Polling shows almost seven in 10 respondents want to see the blood sport made illegal

July 24, 2018

Government of Brussels-Capital Bans Animal Tests On Primates, Dogs, And Cats

This will reduce the number of animals in experiments by almost a fifth

July 19, 2018

Wales To Ban Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses

The Government said the way animals are treated is 'an important reflection of society'

July 17, 2018

Vegan Activist Spared Jail After 'Stealing' Pig From 'Filthy' Farm

He took the animal to a sanctuary

July 16, 2018

Further Violence Feared After Firecracker Is Detonated Inside Stray Cat

The animal is currently being treated for serious wounds

July 11, 2018

UK Government Announces Funding To Fight Plastic Pollution

Politicians have created a number of schemes to reduce plastic waste

July 5, 2018

UK Ivory Ban May Be Extended To Protect Hippos, Walruses And Narwhals

Labour and Tory MPs feared an elephant ivory-only ban could put other animals at a greater risk from poaching

July 3, 2018

Environment Secretary Michael Gove Announces New £4.5 Million Fund To Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade

The Government wants to tackle the criminals trafficking endangered species

July 3, 2018

Dutch Government Tells Monkey Testing Lab To Slash Testing In Half

The country wants to phase out regulatory testing by 2025

June 26, 2018

Boris Johnson Announces Strategy To Protect World's Oceans

The Government wants to support the 'long-term health of the marine environment'

June 25, 2018

Farmer Jailed After Leaving Animals To Rot In Shocking Conditions

The facility he was in charge of has been described as the 'farm from hell'

June 15, 2018

Vegan MP Kerry McCarthy Calls For UK Ban On Fur Sales

The politician says fur production cannot be cruelty-free

June 14, 2018

Campaign Launched To Abolish Factory Farming In Switzerland

Under the country's 'semi-direct democracy' citizens vote directly on individual policies

June 8, 2018

Government Urged To Replace Ear Tags With Microchips At Animal Sanctuaries

The tags are seen as a 'constant reminder' of why the animals were bred

June 4, 2018

Labour Party Pledges To Ban Fur Imports Into UK

The announcement follows 500,000 people signing petitions in support of a ban

May 29, 2018

Scotland Urged To Introduce CCTV In Slaughterhouses

The cameras are mandatory in English facilities

May 28, 2018

UK Activists Lobbying For Fur Import Ban Met With MP Support

In the wake of a fur farm ban, activists say importation is ethically inconsistent

May 15, 2018

Prisons In California Face Calls To Offer Vegan Options

Hospitals and nursing homes would also have to have plant-based meals on the menu

May 11, 2018

US Police Say They Will 'Have To Kill Their Dogs' If Marijuana Is Legalized

But others have labeled the threat 'hyperbole'

May 10, 2018

'Could Brazil Be The Next Country To Ban Animal Testing?' Campaigners Ask

One of the country's Senators has published a report recommending a ban

May 7, 2018

European Parliament Backs Calls For Global Ban On Animal Testing For Cosmetics

The support has been described as 'a massive milestone' by campaigners

May 7, 2018

Meat Organization Says CCTV In Slaughterhouses 'Discriminates Against Abattoir Workers'

New legislation requiring the cameras has come into force in England

May 3, 2018

Pork Giant Smithfield Fined 'Historic' $50 Million For Nuisance Offences

The company is now appealing the fine

May 2, 2018

150 Republicans Recommend Dr. Neal Barnard's Proposals For 'Food Assistance' Reform

A budget resolution introduced by the House Republican Study Committee includes Physicians Committee Proposal for SNAP

May 1, 2018

Farmer Pleads Guilty To Welfare Offences After Feeding Pigs Old Bacon Sandwiches

The defence says the farmer 'accepts things had begun to slip'