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EDUCATION IS KEY

Have you ever wondered what veganism and animal rights is all about? Why don't vegans eat eggs? What's wrong with dairy? Isn't free-range enough? Or maybe you already agree that using other animals is wrong but lack the knowledge about how to switch from animal products to cruelty-free alternatives. 

Our hope is that this site will help empower you to make better choices and equip you with the practical knowledge needed to live in a manner that protects the other beings with whom we share this planet.

All forms of life deserve respect, dignity and compassion.

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Animals continue to pay for our mistakes: millions of potentially infected mink slaughtered

We caused COVID by exploiting animals, and now--because we have apparently learned nothing--the virus is mutating before we even have a vaccine. Denmark, the world's largest producer of mink fur, is in the midst of killing 15 million mink. Over the past few months, COVID has been running rampant on global mink farms, mutating into a new strain that spreads not only from mink to mink, but from mink to human. (12 humans have been infected thus far.) This new strain has yet to a

So...what's wrong with leather?

Leather is frequently overlooked by people who already recognise that fur is unethical but don't know the facts about the leather industry, believing it to be a simple byproduct of the meat and dairy industries that would 'go to waste' if it wasn't utilised. This isn't the case, however. Leather is not so much a byproduct as it is a coproduct, or even a subsidy, with the skin accounting for about 10% of the slaughtered animal's overall value in the case of cows--or far more,

Water usage at the slaughterhouse

(by Clif Grant, Becci Pigeon) We often hear about how much water is used to produce animal products. The numbers are indeed staggering. Consider this chart: But animal agriculture doesn't just use an outsized amount of water: as the chart below shows, it pollutes far more than its fair share, too. Eutrophication, or the pollution of water bodies with the runoff of excess nutrients, is a major environmental issue in the UK and worldwide--and animal products are big contributer

COVID-19 could have started anywhere

by Becci Pigeon Everybody knows by now what caused the COVID-19 pandemic: wet markets in China, and a virus which likely passed from bats to pangolins…to us. This, unfortunately, like far too many things, has led to myopic (and often downright racist and xenophobic) accusations against Chinese people. They eat wild animals, animals who aren’t meant to be eaten. It’s barbaric. Surely they are at fault for all of this madness. Sentiments like serve two purposes: first, they fue

Take time to distract yourself with videos of happy rescued animals

by Becci Pigeon It’s vitally important that we take care of our mental health whilst in lockdown (tips and resources) and one of the best ways to do that is to distract oneself with videos of happy animals, either rescued or living free and in the wild.  While we need to continue to advocate for the oppressed even under these circumstances (check out our recent blog post), that only applies if we’re feeling healthy enough, either mentally or physically, to do so. Taking care

The humble pigeon is worthy of our awe and admiration...here's why!

To many people, pigeons are nothing more than a nuisance; to others, they are recognised as one of the few examples of wildlife hardy enough to survive in our increasingly barren cities. Pigeons are also known as Rock Doves and the ones who live in cities around the world today are descendants of the birds we’ve brought there over the centuries for our purposes–as food, for hunting, as messengers, for racing, etcetera. They have survived because they are hardy, adaptable and,