Asian carp were first introduced to southern states of the US from China in the 1970s to help clean tanks in fish farms. They escaped and for more than 30 years have steadily worked their way up the Mississippi river system, devouring food and devastating native fish populations along the way. Last December, DNA of… Read More


An Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry has uncovered widespread evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing sector. Workers reported physical and verbal abuse and a lack of proper health and safety protection, with the treatment of pregnant workers a particular concern. Many workers had… Read More


Fellow anti-bloodsports activists Julia and Sara joined me in tabling in Hastings Old Town yesterday. Many people voluntarily approached us to sign the petition after they had read the 10 foot banner, which said “Back the Ban: Don’t Let the Tories Bring Back Hunting.” You can sign the electronic petition here.… Read More


Oh dear. Yet another report proclaiming “Fur is back!” This time it’s The New York Times and “Fashion Feels Fur’s Warm Embrace.” “For the first time in more than two decades, more designers are using fur than not,” it says. Turns out that the furriers have “aggressively courted designers, especially young ones, to embrace fur… Read More


Published originally in 1929, Gandhi called his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. I like the association of truth with experimentation. It reminds me that we are finite human beings wholly incapable of understanding the universe and, therefore, what truth truly means. For a truth to be true it must be universal. How can… Read More


A Tourette’s-afflicted woman is suing her brother for kicking her out of a shiva service in 2007, but her brother claims she had to be ejected after saying “F–k the rabbi.” Karen Feld filed a $110 million federal lawsuit against her brother—Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus boss Kenneth Feld—after her sibling allegedly had… Read More


It was the sight of a diminutive Diana monkey attacking a giant crowned eagle in the treetops of the Tai forest in Ivory Coast, west Africa, that gave Klaus Zuberbühler his great insight into the language of monkeys. […] It means that humans, used to regarding ourselves as unique in our ability to think and… Read More


Swiss voters soundly rejected a plan to appoint special lawyers for animals that are abused by humans, dealing a blow to advocates who say Switzerland’s animal rights laws are not being enforced. Results showed that 70.5% of voters cast their ballot against the proposal to extend nationwide a system that has been in place in… Read More


What is “Change” about Cameron when he’s for preserving hunting, inheritance and hereditaries, while abolishing the 50p tax rate as soon as possible? Unlike Ashcroft, the horror of Tory cuts will stay hidden by The Guardian‘s Polly Toynbee… Read More