Jockeys helped to make the 2013 Grand National a success. We hope that this year’s race at Aintree will also end without serious injury or fatalities.

The jockeys role is instrumental

Last year, jockeys pulled up tired horses and those no longer in contention, playing a significant part in avoiding risk.

The minimum use of the whip by the jockeys also played a part. We’d like to see this continue as we believe that more serious whip breaches have … Continue reading…


We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…


The cat population in the UK has reached crisis point with more cats being taken in than ever before and fewer people adopting them.

In a new report Tackling the Cat Crisis (PDF 2.73MB), it has been revealed the number of cats entering our care has increased from 29,269 in 2010 to 31,556 in 2012.

The number of new homes found for cats in the same period declined by 10 per cent.

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As we brace ourselves for our busiest year ever, we have released a list of the silliest calls we received since January in a bid to discourage time wasters – be warned, these are not April Fools jokes, everything you are about to read is real!

The number of calls to our 24-hour Cruelty telephone line has risen by over 50 per cent since 2011, and we are asking the public to show patience as we prioritises the … Continue reading…


Our Freedom Food higher animal welfare labelling scheme has today sensationally revealed a new egg phenomenon.

On one higher welfare farm in the UK, a recent discovery could change forever the way eggs are packed, distributed and eaten in future.

Egg farmer Ian Hatchett was the first to make the remarkable discovery at his Flair Loop farm in Suffolk.

“I’ve farmed free range eggs for over ten years, and I’ve seen all sorts of eggs, different sizes, colours, double

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