Animal Equality is an international animal advocacy organisation that is dedicated to defending animals through public education, campaigns and investigations. Animal Equality works to achieve long-term social change, where all animals are treated with compassion and respect.
Animal Equality is honoured to have once again been selected as a Top Charity by Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE), an independent research non-profit dedicated to finding and promoting the most effective ways to help animals.
ACE analyses charities on the basis of their effectiveness, efficiency and real impact on animals, and this year, out of a total of 300 analysed, ACE has awarded four organisations the title of "Top Charity".
As part of its review, ACE specifically highlighted our ability to use our resources effectively, particularly in regard to undercover investigations, and to continually monitor our programs for their effectiveness and impact.
According to ACE:
“We think that Animal Equality does an exceptional job with the resources they have. They are able to produce and market undercover investigation videos at a low cost relative to other organisations, and their efforts to evaluate and improve their work are strong.”
ACE also focused on our strong international programs and collaborations with other organisations as particular strengths.
In their review, ACE states:
“Animal Equality is firmly established in eight countries, and because the exploitation of nonhuman animals is a global problem, international work seems likely to be an essential part to a global solution. Animal Equality is also highly collaborative with other organisations and plans to continue working with other organisations. Collaboration and sharing resources across the animal advocacy movement may increase its impact overall.”
Animal Equality is making a broad and significant impact on the lives of farmed animals around the world. You are a part of that! And because we are a Top Charity, you can rest assured that your donations help even more animals. Donate today to continue our vital work into the next year.Thank you!
Today two men pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences which took place while they were employed at Fir Tree Farm in Lincolnshire. The convictions result from an investigation by Animal Equality, which captured footage of repeated and deliberate violent abuse of pigs by the farm workers earlier this year.
After an anonymous tip-off from a brave whistleblower, Animal Equality’s investigators visited the farm multiple times between April and May 2018, and documented serious abuse of the animals by several members of staff. Hidden cameras caught workers kicking and hitting pigs, and jabbing them with pitchforks.
Artis Grogprkevs and Troy Wagstaff appeared in Grimsby Magistrates Court today where they pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to pigs by inflicting blunt force trauma, physical violence and using a pitchfork inappropriately. A third man failed to appear in court.
Grogprkevs and Wagstaff will face sentencing next month. We are pleased that they have been convicted for their disgusting attacks on the vulnerable animals in their care and expect them to face the fullest force of the law from these extreme acts of cruelty.
Tate is a charity which receives a large proportion of its funding from the taxpayer. As a result, it is accountable to the public – most of whom would be shocked that a publicly funded art gallery was planning to serve such an unethical product. In fact, a recent YouGov poll found that almost 80% of British people support an import ban on foie gras.
Offering this barbaric product, which causes extreme suffering to ducks and geese, is completely at odds with the idea of a ‘modern’ institution. We are pleased to let our supporters know that Tate has now confirmed that it will remove foie gras from its menu.
We are continuing to call on restaurants to take action and impose their own ban on foie gras. If you see this cruel product being served anywhere this festive season, please let us know.
Animal Equality recently visited a foie gras farm to witness the production of the cruel ‘delicacy’ first hand. To our amazement, many farms in France offer public tours, open to families. We were welcomed onto one and filmed ducks and geese suffering severely in barren, wire cages and terrified birds struggling while being ruthlessly force fed with metal tubes.
Inside a Foie Gras Farm - YouTube
Actor and animal advocate, Peter Egan and TV veterinarian, Emma Milne joined Animal Equality on the visit to ‘La Ferme Turnac’ foie gras farm in France. They witnessed terrified, panting ducks crammed into tiny, filthy cages and geese struggling to escape as a vast amount of food was pumped down their throats using a large metal tube.
Shocked that the farm was happy to put this horrific cruelty on display for families to watch, Peter Egan spoke out strongly against the practice: “It’s disgusting. It should be banned.”
Speaking about the force-feeding process, veterinarian and animal welfare campaigner Emma Milne said “The vocalisation was absolutely clear that it was an extremely unpleasant experience. If that’s what they’re happy to show you, I dread to think what some of the worse farms are like.”
The workers, named as Artis Grogprkevs, 31, from Goxhill; Gavin Hardy, 39, from South Killingholme, and Troy Wagstaff, 30, from Grimsby, will appear in court next month.
All three men have been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to pigs by inflicting blunt force trauma, physical violence and using a pitchfork inappropriately, shocking footage of which we exposed earlier in the year.
Investigators visited Fir Tree Farm several times between 1st and 27th April 2018 after an anonymous tip-off about animal cruelty from a brave whistleblower. They recorded serious and repeated violent abuse of pigs by members of staff, including repeated incidents of pigs being violently kicked in the face and head.
Workers were also filmed slamming gates on pigs’ heads, repeatedly jabbing pigs with pitchforks and laughing at the abuse.
Animal Equality passed all of our evidence to the RSPCA and welcome the news that they have now pressed charges. The three men in question are due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates Court on November 22. We expect them to face the full force of the law for this sickening and inexcusable abuse.
Actor and animal advocate Peter Egan joined Animal Equality outside Downing St earlier this week to deliver 100,000 signatures to the Prime Minister, demanding a foie gras import ban post-Brexit.
Over the last year, Animal Equality’s campaign for a UK import ban on foie gras has gained widespread public support and this week we delivered a milestone 100,000 petition signatures directly to Number 10, calling on the government to commit to a ban.
Actor and animal advocate Peter Egan joined campaigners outside Downing Street to hand in the names, showing his support and saying “We banned its production in the UK because it’s cruel. Now let's ban the importation of this cruel product. Make the UK Foie Gras Free!”
Animal Equality has documented the suffering of ducks and geese on foie gras farms across France and Spain where birds are force-fed to produce engorged fatty livers. This process is so cruel that it is illegal in the UK, yet nearly 200 tonnes of foie gras is still imported here every year. Leaving the European Union gives us a unique opportunity to rid Britain of this extremely cruel product.
We’re keeping the pressure on the government to act now and ensure a ban on the importation of this cruel ‘delicacy’ will be enacted on 29th March 2019, the day we leave the European Union. Join us and add your name in support of a foie gras-free Great Britain!
Actor Dev Patel, famous for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Skins, and Emmy-award winning Westworld star Thandie Newton, have added their voices to a campaign calling for a #FoieGrasFreeGB. They join over 100,000 Brits who have signed a petition demanding an import ban on this extremely cruel product post-Brexit.
Animal Equality has documented the suffering of ducks and geese on foie gras farms across France and Spain where birds are force-fed grotesque amounts of food to produce engorged fatty livers. This process is so cruel that it is illegal in the UK, yet nearly 200 tonnes of foie gras is still imported every year for shops such as Harrods and Fortnum & Mason as well as opulent restaurants.
After viewing footage of birds being force-fed for foie gras, Thandie Newton said: “I am pleased to join Animal Equality UK and the overwhelming majority who support a #FoieGrasFreeGB. The UK’s departure from the European Union allows the unique opportunity for Parliament to meaningfully depart from the grotesque foie gras industry. The law should reflect that if it’s too cruel to produce here, we shouldn’t welcome cruelty from elsewhere.”
Dev Patel echoed her thoughts, saying: “As so many undercover investigations reveal, foie gras production causes prolonged suffering to birds who are repeatedly force-fed by having metal rods shoved down their throats until their livers swell to more than 10 times their natural size. The process is so exceptionally cruel that foie gras production was made illegal in the UK, yet the sale and importation of it is still allowed. We refuse to tolerate this loophole.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais, naturalists Chris Packham and Bill Oddie, and actors Evanna Lynch, Peter Egan, Joanna Lumley and Steven Berkoff have also spoken out in support of the campaign.
Animal Equality has released disturbing scenes of mite-infested hens suffering inside filthy cages on an egg farm in Italy.
Our investigators found:
Hens and eggs completely infested with red mites
Decaying corpses left in cages with living hens
Birds with inflamed, red skin who were suffering from severe feather loss
Dirty cages, covered in cobwebs and dust
Corpses of hens and rats littering the floor of the farm
Caged hens with visible injuries, including broken legs
Life in a Cage | Italian Egg Farm - YouTube
The squalid conditions make this farm a living hell for the tens of thousands of birds who are trapped here. These hens will never be able to spread their wings or feel the ground beneath their feet. An infestation of red mites which constantly crawl on the hens’ faces mean they cannot escape suffering for even a second.
Our investigators had serious animal welfare concerns when they first visited this farm over a year ago. They passed their findings on to the authorities, however it’s apparent that since then, sadly, the situation has only worsened. Animal Equality has filed a formal complaint against the owners of the farm.
Dead hens were left in their cages, forcing living birds to walk over the decaying corpses of their former companions. Rotting bodies of hens and rats also littered the filthy farm floor. We consulted veterinarian Dr. Enrico Moriconi who confirmed that these “poor hygiene conditions can lead to the entry of bacteria into eggs for food consumption”.
Italy is one of the largest egg producers in Europe, and the majority of Italian eggs are taken from hens kept in cages like these. Eggs from these hens could be hiding in your authentic fresh pasta or Italian panettone. It’s easy for concerned consumers to make the switch to cruelty-free by choosing from the many plant-based egg alternatives available now. Visit loveveg.uk to get started!
The Soil Association are the UK’s biggest organic certification scheme. Despite Animal Equality uncovering shocking cruelty and unacceptable conditions on one of their dairies, they have refused to drop the farm. It’s clear from this completely inadequate response that consumers can’t trust their ‘organic’ label.
Last week we released shocking scenes of newborn calves being brutally handled and force-fed on an organic dairy farm linked to Yeo Valley and Waitrose. However, despite the cruelty we uncovered, the Soil Association are refusing to suspend Coombe Farm from their certification scheme – instead offering “improvement recommendations”. This disappointing and utterly incompetent response to our footage proves just how meaningless their certification really is.
While we were pleased that RSPCA Assured immediately suspended the farm for breaches of their welfare standards and issued a statement saying they were "shocked and disgusted by the footage", the Soil Association’s failure to take adequate action against Coombe Farm goes to show that labels don’t protect animals from suffering and ‘organic’ does not equal high welfare.
Rather than firmly deal with the certain failings on Coombe Farm, the Soil Association seem more concerned with implying that we misrepresented scenes in our video – which is an outright lie – rather than dealing with their own shortcomings. We are astounded that they have the audacity to suggest that we would manipulate footage when it is in fact their own certification which is misleading consumers. Those who have confidence in the organic label think that when they purchase Soil Association-assured products they are buying from farms with a high standard of animal welfare. As our investigation has proved, this is not the case.
In a blog post addressing our footage, the CEO of the Soil Association defended the decision to allow Coombe Farm to keep their certification, claiming that "in many ways the facilities and animal wellbeing look exemplary”. This is frankly an insult to the many consumers who place their trust in the Soil Association stamp of approval and who could now be unknowingly purchasing products from a farm which, when we visited, didn’t even meet the minimum legal guidelines for keeping calves. We urge the Soil Association to take stronger action against Coombe Farm at once!
Inside a Soil Association Organic Dairy Farm - YouTube
It's clear that consumers can't trust the Soil Association’s ‘organic’ label. The only way to be sure that cows aren’t suffering for your glass of milk, tub of yoghurt or slice of cheese is by choosing from the many plant-based alternatives available.
Shocking scenes of distressed calves being brutally handled and force-fed have been filmed on an organic dairy farm that supplies Waitrose supermarkets.
Animal Equality has today released footage of calves being violently handled on an organic dairy farm in Somerset which supplies Waitrose. The shocking footage, which was filmed this summer after a tip-off about cruel handling practices, shows:
Newborn calves struggling as workers callously shove a tube down their throat
A calf thrown to the ground and slapped in the face during force-feeding
A worker standing on a calf with his full body weight while shouting “you f**king. . .sh*t”
Cows visibly agitated and trying to intervene as struggling calves call out in distress
Calves denied access to water for up to 29 hours on some of the hottest days of the year
A newborn calf dragged by its back legs into a separation pen
Calves routinely separated from their mothers less than 24 hours after birth
Several cows with their back legs chained together in shackles
Far from the idyllic image of organic dairy farming, such cruel treatment of newborn calves while their mothers look on helplessly will undoubtedly shock consumers. Yet the breaking of this strong maternal bond is an inherent part of the dairy industry, where mothers and babies are routinely separated so that their breast milk can be bottled and sold to us.
Our investigation reveals that Coombe Farm fails to meet even the minimum legal requirements for looking after calves and falls well below organic and RSPCA standards, despite being certified by the Soil Association and RSPCA Assured. We have passed our footage on to both of these organisations, as well as to Waitrose.
Labels and awards can’t protect animals from suffering in the dairy industry, but you can. Choose from the many delicious cruelty-free plant-based milks now widely available – it’s never been easier to ditch dairy!