Apple crumble-Christmas desert idea?

METHOD Serves 4 Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Heat a small hob-proof baking dish, add the caster sugar and heat for about 5 minutes until it caramelises. Add the cinnamon, vanilla seeds and grated apples and cook for 1–2 minutes. Stir in the apple chunks, then mix in the cranberries, lemon zest and juice. Remove from … [Read more…]

Five tips to help wildlife in the heat

With temperatures hitting a record high, here is the essential guide to help your local wildlife cope with the hot weather. These are tips suggested for the UK, but their still relevant here across the pond. With temperatures of 35C forecast for parts of the UK next week, there’s little respite in sight for wildlife … [Read more…]

Here’s what the science says about animal sentience

There seems to be significant confusion about what happened in the British parliament when MPs discussed a proposed amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to formally recognise animal sentience. But where science is concerned, animal sentience is in no doubt. The definition of sentient is simply “able to perceive or feel things”. Today most of us would probably also … [Read more…]

Over 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Say going Vegan will Help Save The Planet

According to the Alliance of World Scientists, a group comprised of over 15,000 scientists from over 184 countries, humans need to change their individual consumption and behavior… soon. Among encouraging people to lower their use of fossil fuels and reduce their reproduction rates — because, seriously, the Earth can’t sustain all of us — they urged folks to, … [Read more…]

Vegan substitutes stealing market share from meat industry Report says

A recent report by Rabobank has revealed that alternative proteins are ‘stealing’ growth from meat products, as the vegan market moves toward becoming mainstream. Plant-based meat substitutes, emerging alternatives and lab-grown meat products were identified as alternative proteins that are “competing so successfully for the centre of the plate”. The main drivers behind this rising popularity are identified as animal welfare, health concerns around eating … [Read more…]

European live animal trade raises major welfare concerns

Animal welfare is being neglected on long journeys across Europe amid a booming livestock trade, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found. Livestock hauliers were found to routinely break EU laws for the protection of animals in transit. It follows monitoring by welfare charities in Bulgaria, an EU entry point to Turkey and the Middle East. … [Read more…]

‘No longer kill animals’: Bill Gates, Richard Branson back ‘clean meat’ start-up

The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, and fellow billionaire Richard Branson have joined other business giants investing in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells. The Silicon Valley start-up they back hopes to tap rising consumer demand for protein that’s less reliant on feed, land and water. Memphis Meats produces beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells … [Read more…]

Egg producer penalised $750,000 for misleading ‘free range’ claims

ACCC: Egg producer penalised $750,000 for misleading ‘free range’ claims 25 July 2017 The Federal Court has ordered Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale) to pay penalties totalling  $750,000 for making false or misleading representations that its eggs were ‘free range’, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “This is the highest penalty … [Read more…]

Adopting older dogs brings wisdom and love

When Kate Esser decided to get a companion for her dog, she thought an older friend would be a better fit than an overactive puppy. Ms Esser adopted Nellie, a wirehaired terrier, and began what has become somewhat of a mission to give elderly canines a loving home for the last years of their lives. … [Read more…]

Peter Dinklage to Game of Thrones fans: Buying direwolf huskies hurts ‘all the deserving homeless dogs’

    The staggering success of Game of Thrones has led to an alarming trend in the pet world. GOT fans, coveting the HBO show’s direwolves, have been buying the closest animal they can find to the striking fictional canines: Huskies. This demand has led to an increase in the irresponsible breeding of this dog. Worse … [Read more…]