Animals in farming

Enriching the barren lives of factory-farmed pigs

July 19, 2019

Over 213,000 of you have signed up to help get mother pigs out of cages and into groups. Thank you! Ending confinement is vital but more is required to give all pigs better lives Pigs on factory farms become horribly bored and frustrated. As well as needing to be free from confinement, they need enrichment such as straw to explore and allow them to express their natural behaviour. Enrichment is also […]

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Animal sentience

Reptiles as pets? Camouflage, complex behaviour and family life

July 12, 2019

Reptiles are a diverse group of animals, constantly adapting to survive and to suit their environment. But can well-intentioned pet owners meet their complex needs? Having evolved from amphibians around 380 million years ago, reptiles been around much longer than humans. They inhabit all continents, and exist in a range of shapes and sizes. For example, the […]

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Animals in farming

Why less is more when it comes to eating meat

June 23, 2019

In the United Kingdom, Britons consume twice as much protein as they need, eating an average of 80kg of meat and 10.2kg of cheese each year How much protein do we need? This level of protein consumption in the UK is equivalent to 1,400 pork sausages and 40 blocks of Cheddar. Meat consumption is even higher in America, […]

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Animal sentience

Lazy, filthy pigs? Think again

June 12, 2019

Pigs are often associated with negative labels such as ‘filthy’, ‘lazy’ and ‘greedy’. But why is the word ‘pig’ used as an insult, and is there any truth to it? The reality beyond the stereotypes Science shows pigs are emotional, smart, inquisitive animals, who engage in a range of complex behaviours. When you look at […]

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Cows n Dogs

Sentience research: Meet the cows

June 3, 2019

Meet some of the cows who are taking part in our current research into animal sentience. Their curious and complex personalities keep me on my toes every day. My colleague Gemma Carder with one of the cows, who we named Charlotte. Having spent so much time with cows, one thing has become very clear – […]

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