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Cows housed indoors at a UK mega-dairy. Photo: Andrew Wasley / Ecostorm.

The march of the industrial mega-dairy - is this the future of milk?

Andrew Wasley

23rd November 2015

As falling milk prices push dairy farm out of business, new mega-dairies and feedlot operations of 700 or more cows are filling the void, writes Andrew Wasley. Never mind the pollution, slurry lagoons, and heavy plant on country lanes - do we want the cows that produce our milk confined to sheds? And what's the future for traditional dairy farmers with small, well cared for herds? more...
A bull from Romania meets a grisly death in Gaza following trans-shipment through Israel, winter 2014. Photo: Compassion in World Farming.

EU must end its cruel exports of live animals

Peter Stevenson

3rd October 2015

The EU's long-distance trade in live cattle to the Middle East inflicts horrendous cruelty at every point from farm to slaughter, writes Peter Stevenson, as well as posing public health risks due to grossly insanitary conditions. Live animal exports for meat should be stopped and replaced with a humane trade in refrigerated meat and carcasses. more...
Hare coursing. Photo: via C Duggan / Flickr (CC BY-NC).

Bring back fox hunting and hare coursing? Not on our watch

Chris Pitt

22nd May 2015

Fresh from his surprise election victory, David Cameron is facing calls to expedite a 'free vote' in Parliament to repeal the law that forbids hunting with dogs, writes Chris Pitt. We must make sure our MPs vote to protect wild animals from the horrendous cruelty that resumed hunting would inflict on them. more...
Swimming seal at Barrel of Butter, Scapa Flow, Scotland. Photo: Dafydd Thomas via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Stop the seal slaughter on Britain's shores!

Dominic Dyer

14th May 2015

A 'summer of protest' is brewing as campaigners vow to protect seals from shooting by salmon farmers in Scotland and managers of wild salmon fisheries, writes Dominic Dyer. The RSPCA's 'Freedom Food' system is driving animal welfare advances on salmon farms - now the model must be extended to wild salmon. more...
What we want: happy free range pigs on the Sandy Lane Organic Farm, Oxfordshire.

Pork at Christmas? Make sure it's from a happy pig!

Giulia Barcaro

22nd December 2014

As families across the country stock up on food for Christmas feasting, Giulia Barcaro urges them to give a thought to animal welfare - read the label to discover whether the meat you're buying comes from high-welfare farms, or has condemned a sentient creature to a life of suffering. more...
Contented cows feeding on grass in a field in Cumbria. Photo: Nowerx via Flickr.

Dairy - the case for greener, healthier, lower performing cows

Mark Eisler, Graeme Martin & Michael Lee

8th September 2014

With supermarket milk cheaper than spring water, it's time to rethink the modern dairy industry. It's not just the milk that's become a throwaway product - the high-octane Holstein cows that produce it are also in the knackers yard after just two or three lactations, the living waste of a loss-making, environment-trashing industry. more...
At the time of his rescue, Toto was kept chained by the neck. Photo: ADI.

The animals can't speak up for themselves - so we must do it for them

Sophie Morlin-Yron

18th August 2014

The essential first lesson for an animal rescuer: you are unimportant. It's the animals that matter. Sophie Morlin-Yron meets Jan Creamer - effective, courageous and seemingly selfless campaigner against animal cruelty worldwide, from Bolivia to Zambia, from circuses to factory farms. more...
deformed pig

Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Andrew Wasley

28th November 2013

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...

Badger Cull has brought out the best of British compassion

September 16th, 2013

By Dominic Dyer

The Badger cull debate has become a much wider discussion about our relationship with wildlife and how we value and care for it says Dominic Dyer..... more...

Why the organic movement's badger cull stance threatens its image

Dominic Dyer

If the Soil Association joined those opposing the cull it would be able to brand its organic milk and dairy products 'badger friendly'- no doubt leading to a much needed boost in sales, says Dominic Dyer more...
Cattle ranching

Wildlife in the firing line in global war against bovine TB

18th June, 2013

Sarah Stirk

Where there are cattle, there is the threat of bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The farming methods may differ greatly, but from the dairy farms of Ethiopia to the beef herds of Canada the race is on to find the best way to tackle the disease more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...

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Tried & tested eco-cosmetics

April 26th, 2013

by Hazel Sillver

Avoid cosmetics that cost the earth – today’s eco makeup is much better quality anyway, says Hazel Sillver. more...

Horsemeat scandal highlights murky trade in farm animals

February 11th, 2013

by Andrew Wasley

The discovery of horsemeat in burgers and ready meals has revealed how live horses are shipped across Europe in a complex and secretive business. And it's just part of a bigger global trade in livestock and poultry. Andrew Wasley reports......... more...
The A to Z of livestock

The A to Z of smallholdings

Lisa Stephens

8th May, 2012

Take one Alpaca, a scattering of silkworms, a couple of cows and a group of goats, and you could just be the next Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Lisa Stephens presents the A to Z of smallholdings more...
Lush launches anti-animal testing campaign

Lush launches anti-animal testing campaign

Mark Briggs

25th April, 2012

To coincide with World Day for Laboratory Animals, Lush turned their Regent Street shop window into a human testing zone to highlight the plight of the millions of animals worldwide who suffer at the hands of the beauty industry more...
TAKE ACTION to end animal testing on cosmetics

TAKE ACTION to end cosmetic testing on animals

Mark Briggs

24th April, 2012

Lush Cosmetics have teamed up with the Humane Society International to launch a campaign to ensure long-awaited proposals banning products tested on animals outside the EU are fully enforced more...
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places

The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

Laurie Tuffrey

5th April, 2012

Bernie Krause has spent a lifetime recording the sonics of nature. But, as Laurie Tuffrey finds, his quest to record the elusive sound of the wild finds practical application in conservation more...
Bernard Matthews

What's the real cost of Bernard Matthews Christmas turkey?

Peter Salisbury

20th December, 2011

In a Behind the Brand special, Peter Salisbury assesses whether Bernard Matthews has cleaned up its act following undercover investigations revealing 'shocking' cruelty and the notorious avian flu H5N1 outbreak more...
Oxfam Unwrapped

Charity gifting: do festive gifts mean misery for animals?

Ben Hudson

13th December, 2011

With Animal Aid raising concerns about the welfare of livestock sent abroad at Christmas by groups such as Oxfam and Christian Aid, is it time to take another look at charity giving? more...
Steve Trent

WildAid: How to end the illegal wildlife trade

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2011

WildAid's Steve Trent on why only robust anti-poaching operations, undercover investigations and high profile prosecutions can save the remaining wild rhinos, elephants, tigers and sharks more...

Revealed: the secret horror of the world's 'mega' factory farms

Matilda Lee

9th November, 2011

As the UK grapples with the arrival of 'mega' farms like Nocton and Foston, a shocking new book, CAFO, reveals the cruelty and vast scale of the global meat and dairy industry more...
The Exultant Ark

The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure

Robert Phillips

28th October, 2011

Packed with wonderful photos, Jonathan Balcombe’s book is a captivating look at animal pleasure, says Robert Phillips more...

Smallholding: the basics

Gervase Poulden

18th October, 2011

From sheep to spinach, Gervase Poulden has the skinny on how to make your smallholding dreams a reality more...
Pigs on a farm

Sick As A pig – the menace of MRSA linked to industrial pig farming

Another strain of MRSA is emerging from the factory farms of Northern Europe, and it is linked to the insatiable demand for cheap meat on our plates. The Ecologist Film Unit investigates more...


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