Animals

Undercover Activist Details Secret Filming of Animal Abuse

& Why “Ag-Gag” Laws May Force Him to Stop by democracynow.org An animal rights investigator details how he has spent over a decade secretly filming animal abuse and why that work is now imperiled by a wave of laws sweeping the country. Speaking on the condition we conceal his identity, “Pete” has secretly captured animal abuse on farms and slaughterhouses […]

Why Vivisection Doesn’t Work

Vivisection – A Compilation of Evidence by Alison Banville (BSNews Editor) The email below was posted to an activist list in the UK in response to my assertion that vivisection is useless. My reply follows his email. ‘How can certain surgical procedures be tested via computer modeling or tissue cell-cultures, for instance? Organ transplants were first tested on animals, heart […]

The Grand National: Festival of Cruelty

The upcoming Grand National once again sparks debate reflecting, as Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler states below, a shift in public opinion towards the notorious race which is increasingly being viewed as the exploitative festival of cruelty it actually is. Note the laughable arguments made by racing commentator Chris McGrath, below – the people who risk their horses lives for […]

The Suffering of the Lambs

by Sara Starkey As a vegan of 30 plus years – for the very reasons that animals had to suffer for my palate – I read this story with great sorrow.  Not just because the ewes and lambs are dying in this weather but that they are bred to die anyway. As the Farmers’ Union of Wales policy director says: […]

The Meaning of Sanctuary

This  piece of writing can be seen on the wall at Hillside Animal Sanctuary by BSN Editor We feel it is a fine declaration of the BSNews ethos of universal empathy which has, as its foundation, compassion for the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. And it is how we treat the most vulnerable – animals – that is […]

Cubs bred for profit, torn from their mothers

– and sent to die in the wild: The cruel truth of China’s panda factories by Richard Jones and Hazel Knowles It was a scene worthy of a Disney tear-jerker – and had a television audience to match. Leaving his mother behind, Tao Tao, the two-year-old giant panda, walked out of his cage and took his first uncertain steps to […]

Let’s put the wild back into our wilderness

There would be nothing like a few bears and wolves in the Highlands to keep us on our toes by Kevin McKenna Eight months into the 10-year rendition of Tian Tian and Yang Guang and already we are discovering exquisite new ways of torturing them. Last week, it was Tian Tian’s ninth birthday and so the beast-masters at Edinburgh Zoo […]

An Apostle of Pity and Tenderness

by Alison Banville The word ‘vermin’ is defined in the dictionary thus:  ‘Various small animals or insects that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health. Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels. A person considered loathsome or highly offensive.’ Perhaps you noticed something behind the stark words of that definition? Something which, if you were looking, would […]

Veganism: The War We Cannot Lose

by Dr. Steven Best – Philosopher, Writer, Activist (Department of Philosophy, University of Texas) The War We Cannot Lose! This is the most powerful dialectical critique of veganism yet articulated. Dr. Best shows that, although veganism is essential to the future of all life on the planet, this potential is not being realized. He identifies the systemic flaws and fallacies […]

Earthlings

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a […]