Victoria Martindale

Victoria Martindale is a writer, campaigner and all round eco-geek. She previously specialised in human medicine before taking in interest in environmental causes and animal rights.

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China's move to minimise animal testing also signals a step forward in global commerce

Governments are increasingly realising vanity shouldn't be at the cost of suffering

Attenborough's Africa: Why do we feel sorry for the animals on our screens, but not in our bellies?

Our tears over the plight of animals in Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries show a stark contrast to the lack of consideration for animals in our own kitchens

The RSPCA: Can it destroy and protect animals at the same time?

A debate will take place in the House of Commons tomorrow on the role of the RSPCA

New Year’s Vegsolutions: Here’s one resolution that will last - and make you feel good

We all make short-term resolutions that we might not follow through with, but here's one that might just make you feel a whole lot better

NHS food standards: An exclusive kind of compassion

Too much of the food served by the NHS fails welfare standards

Why there's no such thing as a good zoo

The alleged abuse of elephants at Twycross Zoo should make us consider once more the role zoos play in animal conservation

Lab mice can't help us in the fight against cancer

Curing cancer in mice is unlikely to lead to a breakthrough for humans. So why do we persist in carrying out bizarre and freakish experiments?

Are you man enough to go vegan?

As we enter World Vegan Month it's time to reconsider the vegan stereotype

It won't be animal-welfare lobbyists that change the Grand National. It needs the wider public too

The recent changes to the infamous steeplechase will not stop the rise in horse mortalities

With a pill for every possible situation, pharmaceutical companies see patients as no more than pound-signs

Pharmaceutical companies' devotion to making money is holding back new treatments - and risking the health of those who buy their products

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