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  • 27
  • Jan

Enter For a Chance to Win: Beyond Skin’s Stylish Alice Shoe

Last year, we announced the winner of PETA’s design competition with acclaimed vegan shoe label Beyond Skin. The competition attracted entries from budding cordwainers around the world, and the winner was the stylish “Alice” shoe, named in honour of its designer, fashion student Alice Lambert-Gorwyn.

In our design competition, the shoe caught the eye of celebrity judge Laura Whitmore, who had the difficult task of choosing a winner from all the designs. Now, Alice’s shoe is a reality, and we’re offering you a chance to win a pair!

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Alice’s shoe is handmade in Spain from 100 per cent vegan microfibre suede and a faux–reptile print polyurethane obtained from Italy.

For your chance to win a pair of Alice shoes in an available size of your choice, just fill out the below form. The competition closes at 9 am on 27 February 2015. One winner will be chosen at random from all entrants and notified by 27 February. The prize will be posted to the lucky winner shortly thereafter.

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  • 27
  • Jan

‘Give Peas a Chance!’ Paris Mural Urges Non-Violence to All

After the violence that has swept Paris in recent weeks and in homage to the murdered cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo who regularly tackled animal rights issues, PETA France has just placed this giant mural in Paris’ city centre:

Give Peas a Chance

PETA Paris Mural

Featuring religious symbols drawn in peas and the words, “Give Peas a Chance – Go Vegan. Non-Violence Begins on Our Plates”, the artwork is designed to make Parisians consider the links between violence towards humans and against other species. This month’s losses are being felt by all compassionate people, including those who stand for animal rights.

PETA’s mural makes the simple point that if we can relate to who is on our plate, maybe we can start to relate to other human beings we perceive as “different”.

The most important thing in life is to be kind, and if you are kind to animals by not eating them, all the other forms of kindness seem easier to embrace.

PETA stands with Charlie Hebdo in rejecting oppression and violence in all forms.

To find out how easy it is to embrace a non-violent diet, order our free vegan starter kit today!

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  • 26
  • Jan

New Ad Urges Politicians to Halt REACH’s Rising Death Toll

Following a detailed complaint lodged by PETA more than two years ago, the EU Ombudsman recently confirmed PETA’s darkest fears about what has been happening in the world’s largest animal testing programme, REACH.

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 animals were used in tests that could potentially have been avoided, and millions more are expected to die over the coming years. We contacted the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) repeatedly regarding this unconscionable use of animals, but it refused to accept its responsibility to ensure that animal tests are minimised.

In a victory for animals, the Ombudsman agreed with us. It’s critical that officials act immediately on the Ombudsman’s decision, before yet more animals are needlessly poisoned and killed. To help make sure that happens, the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd has just taken out a hard-hitting full-page ad in The Parliament Magazine, a publication aimed at politicians and policymakers within EU institutions.



The Science Consortium is urging MEPs to ensure that further avoidable deaths under REACH are prevented. Millions of lives are potentially at stake – we need urgent action to ensure that ECHA fully acts within the letter and the spirit of the law.


Please help PETA’s scientists who are working to put an end to animal deaths in painful, frightening and outdated tests in the EU – and support all of our work to help animals – by making a donation today.

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  • 26
  • Jan

For the First Time, a French Foie Gras Supplier Is Taken to Court for Cruelty

This week in France, Ernest Soulard, a major foie gras producer which supplies some of Paris’ most famous restaurants, appeared in court after being accused of “serious abuse and cruelty” by French animal rights group L214, following video footage exposing horrific treatment of ducks and geese on farms.

This is the video released by L214 in November 2013:

The footage shows how ducks are confined to individual faeces-encrusted cages so tiny that they can’t even turn around or spread their wings. Sick birds are seen panting in distress and collapsing on the filthy wire.

This landmark trial, the first of its kind in France, is yet more evidence that the tide is turning against this horrific product in the country. A recent survey found that almost one in two French people would like to see gavage or force-feeding banned.

Force-feeding and keeping animals in individual cages go against the EU’s guidance on animal welfare, making it doubly outrageous that these unethical practices are still occurring in Europe.

Please help end the cruelty by signing our petition asking EU leaders to crack down on foie gras production!

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  • 25
  • Jan

Cows Are the Ones Suffering in the So-Called Dairy ‘Crisis’

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It’s been reported recently that in some supermarkets, milk is being sold cheaper per litre than bottled water. Yet as prices plummet, compassionate people should remember that, as always, cows are the ones truly feeling the “squeeze” in the dairy industry.

Treated by farmers as machines, cows on dairy farms are pushed beyond their physical limits to produce unnaturally high quantities of milk, often resulting in lameness, exhaustion and a painful udder infection known as mastitis. A cow mother loves her baby just as we humans love ours, yet hers are summarily dragged away shortly after birth so that the milk intended for them can be sold for human consumption.

Those calves, if male, are deemed useless to the dairy industry and most likely either shot in the head or sold for veal, while the female calves are forced to repeat the same sad life as their mothers. This cycle of artificial insemination, birth and then grief over the loss of their calves, year in and year out, ends only when the cows’ bodies are spent. Then off they go to the abattoir to be slaughtered.

With their massive carbon emissions, nitrogen pollution caused by fertilisers and hundreds of thousands of tonnes of slurry produced as waste, dairy farms also take their toll on the British countryside and our environment.

Rather than trying to maximise the profit that they can extract from animals during their short, unhappy lives, dairy farmers would do better to see the writing on the wall and diversify into the dairy-free market, which is booming. In the past two years, non-dairy milk sales have grown by a whopping 155 per cent, as consumers increasingly opt for cruelty-free options made from everything from soya beans and almonds to oats and hemp – all lighter on the gut and the conscience.

Check out our guide to non-dairy milks for more info on how to veganise everything from your morning coffee to your homemade cakes. And for general tips about making sure your diet is cruelty-free, order our free vegan starter kit today.

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  • 23
  • Jan

Leinster House, Home of Irish Parliament, is Foie Gras-Free!

The Irish Parliament building, Leinster House, is on the growing list of institutions around the world that refuse to serve foie gras – the fatty liver of force-fed ducks and geese.


Officials confirmed the news to PETA, and this move follows in the compassionate footsteps of the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords, both of which maintain firm policies against serving foie gras.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Brit Awards, Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Royal Shakespeare Company have all also banned foie gras.

Leinster House’s policy is in step with the rise of consumers who refuse to shop or eat anywhere that foie gras is served. PETA is calling on all businesses that still profit from the cruel abuse of birds to get with the times.

During foie gras production, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day for weeks until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. This process is so inhumane that it would be illegal in Ireland as well as in the UK. Unfortunately, however, it is still legal to import the finished product.

We’re urging the EU to crack down on vile foie gras production across Europe. More than 200,000 people have signed our petition. Join the movement against foie gras and help to save birds from suffering by signing our letter to EU officials!

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Image: “Leinster House” by  Leandro Neumann Ciuffo / CC BY 2.0

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  • 23
  • Jan

REVEALED: Shocking Indian Government-Run Dog Hellhole

Shocking photos from PETA India reveal a dismal Indian government-run dog breeding unit rife with horrific diseases.

An estimated 22 per cent of the adult dogs and 8 per cent of the puppies at the Tamil Nadu facility have died in the last year alone because of debility, gastric perforation, acute renal failure, nephritis or sudden collapse – all clinical conditions often caused by poor management practices and inadequate diagnostic and treatment services.


Dog Breeding Unit

A Rajapalayam with severe mange

Empty water bowl and dirty cage

A Lonely life

Dull and Depressed dog

At a time when Tamil Nadu is struggling to cope with the thousands of stray dogs on its cities’ streets, the Indian government’s focus should be firmly on sterilisation, not on contributing to the dog-overpopulation crisis.

The dog-breeding unit is a cruel dungeon for dogs and a waste of taxpayers’ money, as the government department is attempting to sell dogs to a population that does not want them, while thousands of homeless dogs wait for homes in Tamil Nadu’s animal shelters.

Take Action Now

Animal homelessness is not just a problem in India. Animal shelters in the UK put thousands of cats and dogs to death every year because of simple mathematics: there are too many animals and not enough good homes. You can help address this situation by never buying a dog from a breeder. Instead, if you’d like a canine companion, adopt a lovely mixed-breed pooch, who is far more likely to be a happy, healthy friend for a long, long time, from an animal shelter.

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  • 22
  • Jan

Harrowing Video Exposes the Suffering of Animals in Spain’s Circuses

Animals aren’t ours to use for entertainment – and this distressing footage, showing animals in Spanish circuses who are whipped, beaten with sticks, kicked, dragged by their tails and locked in tiny cages during transport, drives the point home.

The upsetting video was filmed in December 2014 in circuses across Spain by a local activist and includes footage of elephants, crocodiles, zebras, llamas, camels, dogs, tigers, horses, rhinos and lions who are exploited and abused.

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While Catalonia recently banned the use of animals in circuses, the cruel shows are still going on in other parts of the country.

What You Can Do

If you visit Spain, please be sure never to attend a circus that uses animals. Spanish citizens can help end this cruel practice by writing to their local authorities, asking that they ban animal circuses on public land.

In the UK, we’re still waiting for the government to make good on its promise to ban wild-animal circuses in England and Wales. Please TAKE ACTION!

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  • 21
  • Jan

Unexpected Air France Flight Announcement Informs Passengers About Cruel Monkey Shipments

Untitled-1In France, we must reject all suffering. Please, ask Air France to stop transporting primates to laboratories!” That was the in-flight announcement heard loudly and clearly by Air France passengers this morning as they boarded a flight from Paris to Marseille.

Just before takeoff, a PETA France supporter pulled out a poster with an image of a monkey who was tortured inside a laboratory to alert passengers to the fact that Air France is the last major airline in the world that still delivers monkeys to laboratories in the US and elsewhere, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed in cruel, archaic experiments.

Many of the thousands of monkeys shipped by Air France from Asia and Africa were first torn away from their homes and families in the wild. Others are bred on squalid monkey factory farms. These sensitive and intelligent animals are crammed into small wooden crates and transported inside dark cargo holds for nearly 30 hours, often on passenger flights just below unsuspecting customers. When the monkeys reach their final destinations, they are imprisoned in tiny cages and tormented in painful, terrifying – and often deadly – experiments.

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People in France and all over the world have been speaking out against these inexcusable primate shipments. As one PETA France member put it:

“Air France’s bloody trade in monkeys is a stain on our nation’s reputation in the eyes of the rest of the world”.

Please add your voice to our campaign to get Air France to stop! Take action here.

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  • 20
  • Jan

44 Accidentally Vegan Snack Foods

Sweets, biscuits and chocolates you never knew were vegan!

Going vegan doesn’t mean completely abandoning the foods you enjoyed before making the transition. Many products on store shelves are unintentionally vegan. Check out some of our favourite “accidentally vegan” snacks.

Note: Please always be sure to double-check the ingredients before purchasing anything on this list, as manufacturers are at liberty to change their ingredients at any time.


Sweets and Chocolates


1. Starbursts
2. Millions
3. Haribo – Rainbow Twists, Sour Rainbow Strips, Sour Rainbow Twists
4. Flying Saucers
5. Love Hearts
6. Polo Fruits
7. Sherbet Fountain
8. Strawberry Laces
9. Cadbury Bournville Plain Chocolate
10. Green & Blacks – Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Currant, Ginger, Maya Gold, Espresso, Spiced Chilli, Lemon, Mint
11. Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisp Dark Chocolates
12. Ritter Sport Marzipan




13. Walkers – Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour
14. Walkers Sensations – Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms, Balsamic Vinegar & Caramalised Onion
15. McCoy’s – Salt & Malt Vinegar, Ultimate Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Ultimate Sizzling BBQ Chicken, Ultimate Chargrilled Steak & Peri Peri
16. Skips Tingly Prawn Cocktail
17. Sunbites – Sweet Chilli, Original
18. Pringles – Original, BBQ, Paprika, Chicken, Smokey Bacon
19. Kettle Chips – Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt & Crushed Black Peppercorns, Smoky Barbecue
20. Kettle Tortilla Chips – Sweet Chili Salsa, Sea Salt
21. Doritos – Lightly Salted, Chili Heatwave



Jammie Dodgers

22. Lotus Original Caramelised Biscuits
23. Mr Kipling Jam Tarts
24. Fox’s Party Rings
25. Jammie Dodgers
26. Hobnob’s Choc Chip
27. Bourbon Biscuits
28. Oreo cookies
29. Nairn’s Biscuits – Dark Chocolate Chip Oat, Stem Ginger Oat, Mixed Berries Oat, Fruit & Spice Wheat Free
30. Crawford’s Pink Wafers
31. McVitie’s – Ginger Nuts, Fruit Shortcake


Savoury Biscuits


32. Duncan’s of Deeside Scottish Oatcakes – Family, Olive Oil, Wheat Free
33. Ritz Crackers
34. Nairn’s – Rough Oatcakes, Fine Milled Oatcakes, Organic Oatcakes, Cracked Black Pepper Oatcakes, Gluten Free Oatcakes, Organic Herb Oatcakes, Mini Oatcakes, Gluten Free Herb & Seed Oatcakes


Spreads and Toppings


35. Lotus Smooth Caramelised Biscuit Spread
36. Sun-Pat Choc-a-Nut Peanut Spread
37. Hershey’s Reese’s Shell topping
38. Marmite Yeast Extract


Snack and Protein Bars


39. Clif Builder’s 20g Protein Bar – Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter
40. Nākd – Cocoa Delight, Cocoa Orange, Cocoa Loco Bar, Cocoa Crunch
41. Trek – Peanut Power, Berry Burst, Original Oat Flapjack, Cocoa Chaos, Cocoa Coconut Flapjack
42. 9bar Peanut




43. Betty Crocker Cake Mix – Super Moist, Devil’s Food, Vanilla, Chocolate Swirl, Carrot Cake
44. Jus-Rol Bake-It-Fresh Pain au chocolate (Most Jus-Rol pastries are vegan – just be sure to check the label.)

Did we leave your favourite accidentally vegan food off our list? If so, please let us know in the comments.

For more tips on vegan uni living, visit V in the UK.

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