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  1. If the 16 million UK farm animals kept in cages could speak, what might they say?

    There’s a short video featuring famous people such as Deborah Meaden, Joanna Lumley and Peter Egan, Kate Ford, Evanna Lynch and Mike Beckingham asking that very question

    The You Tube video has some seriously adorable farm animals in it – it’s called Dear Humans, and it the famous faces are speaking up for the millions of UK farm animals suffering in cages.  And here it is:

    Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) say that around 16 million hens are still locked up in cages – that’s over one third of all hens nationwide.   Because of overcrowding and restricted height, they have not much more than a sheet of A4 paper for space.

    Over 50% of all UK sows also suffer.   Many are forced to give birth in farrowing crates;  they can’t turn round and have to suckle their piglets through bars.

    Cages are cruel, outdated and wrong. 

    Please add your signature  to call for a debate in Parliament and a ban on cage cruelty.

    CIWF needs less than 31,000 more signatures before a ban on cage farming will be considered for debate in parliament.  Once you’ve signed, you’ll get a verification email in your inbox which you must click if your signature is to count.

    #EndTheCage today!


  2. Ethical Consumer have been researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies since 1989.   And they make their findings available online.

    They've just produced a guide for Easter Eggs - they've investigated, scored and ranked the ethical and environmental record of 34 Easter Egg brands.

    Ethical Consumer say the three key things to look out for when you're buying an Easter Egg are:

    1. Is it Fairtrade?  Does the person growing the chocolate receive a fair wage and working conditions for their efforts?

    2. Is it organic? They say synthetic pesticides and herbicides threaten insect populations, contaminate water sources and can have ecosystem-wide knock-on effects.  Products with organic certification avoid ingredients grown with these chemicals and they support farming methods which are more in tune with nature.

    3. Is it vegan? A lot of dairy is produced through intensive farming - that involves keeping animals in cramped conditions with high levels of emissions. Look for dairy-free - it will help to protect the environmental and animal rights.  

    Ethical Consumer's best brands are:

    • Cocoa Loco (A Sussex based company)
    • Plamil
    • Divine
    • Traidcraft
    • Booja Booja
    • Montezumas
    • Moo Free

    View the Ethical Easter Eggs from Ethical Superstore
    View the Ethical Easter Eggs from Ethical Superstore** 



    If you want Easter Eggs that are palm oil free too, Ethical Consumer suggests going for Cocoa Loco, Divine, Booja Booja, Moo Free and Montezuma which are palm oil free companies.  It says that  Plamil and Traidcraft get their best rating for palm oil.

    **PS Ethical Superstore currently have a special offer on until 30 April 2019.  Get £3 off when you spend £30 order at Ethical Superstore!  Use the promotional code: X3HGF. Single use only!