Petition – Please ask RVC to stop breeding diseased animals for experiments

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A new series of experiments, designed to advance human medicine, is planned to start soon at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). They will involve introducing laboratory-manufactured genetic material into dogs who have been bred at the college with the canine version of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is understood that these poor animals appear ‘clumsy’, have an abnormal gait and, after exercise, become stiff. They will be killed when they are approximately 18 months old – only a tenth of the life of a healthy beagle – in order to prevent their condition worsening.   Continue reading

Animal rights group sounds alarm over 40m livestock deaths on UK farms | Environment | The Guardian

Animal rights group sounds alarm over 40m livestock deaths on UK farms | Environment | The Guardian.

Livestock suffer ‘traumatic’ deaths caused by fires, floods, road collisions, disease and neglect

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Animal Aid calculates that 250,000 cattle a year die before they are slaughtered for human consumption. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

More than 40 million farm animals are estimated to die each year in the UK before they reach the slaughterhouse, according to a report to be published this week which urges the government to introduce measures that would compel farmers to disclose the numbers.

The report, The Uncounted Dead: Farming’s unofficial victims, by Animal Aid, an organisation opposed to meat eating, is the first to put a figure on the number of animals that die before slaughter. The true number is currently unverifiable because neither the government nor the industry collate or publish data on animal fatalities. Farmers are required to report an animal’s on-farm death only if it is caused by a notifiable disease, such as foot and mouth or BSE. Continue reading

Animal Aid | CCTV in Slaughterhouses Petition

Stop the brutality.

Animal Aid has filmed inside a number of UK slaughterhouses and uncovered terrible cruelties including animals being beaten, goaded and improperly stunned. The group has exposed routine breaches of animal protection laws, despite the ‘strict procedures’ that are intended to reassure the public that animals are safeguarded from the worst of the suffering. The installation of CCTV in all UK slaughterhouses would ensure best practice, help with training and retraining staff, and provide evidence for prosecutions.

Sign the petition at Animal Aid.

Ban The Grand National

Courtesy of Animal Aid

BAN THE GRAND NATIONAL

Animal Aid has, for many years, called for the Grand National to be banned. It is a deliberately hazardous race. A dangerously overcrowded field of 40 horses is forced to confront 30 extraordinarily challenging and treacherous jumps, over a course of four-and-a-half miles. Since 2000, 22 horses have died on the Grand National course and, over the course of the three-day meeting, 38 horses have been killed at the three-day in that same period. Continue reading