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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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

 

Crisps

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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

 

Biscuits

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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

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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

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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

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39. Clif Builder’s 20g Protein Bar – Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter
40. Naked – 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

 

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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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  • 15
  • Jan

Success! Cruel Worcestershire Chicken Farm Proposal Finally Rejected

Victory for chickens!Victory at last – we’ve just learned that the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed plans to build a horrific new chicken factory in Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire, after almost 30,000 PETA supporters spoke out against the proposal!

The planning application had previously been unanimously rejected by Wychavon District Council, but the applicant had attempted to overturn the decision by appealing to the national Planning Inspectorate. Chickens, local residents and all compassionate people can breathe a sigh of relief now that the appeal has also been turned down, meaning that this monstrosity can never be built.

The proposal would have subjected 160,000 birds at a time to misery in the most hellish of conditions – crammed together in dark, filthy sheds for the entirety of their short lives and forced to grow so large so fast that they would often have become crippled under their own weight. Broiler chickens (who are raised for meat) are typically sent to slaughter when they’re just 42 days old.

Thanks to everyone who signed the petition. This result shows what we can achieve when we act together!

If you become aware of any applications for new factory farms in your area, please get in touch with our campaigner Kirsty at KirstyH@peta.org.uk.

Of course, the most powerful way to oppose the cruelty of the broiler industry is to refuse to buy its products. Learn more about choosing a meat-free diet:

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  • 13
  • Jan

The Vegan’s Guide to Shared Accommodations

PizzaPartyWe know it sounds like a cliché, but for most, uni really is a whole different world. Settling into this brave new territory can be quite an adjustment, especially when you find yourself leaving the confines of your nice comfy home to move into a house, flat or hall of residence with a bunch of people you’ve never met. So we’ve created a simple guide, including tips on stocking your kitchen, decorating your room and interacting with your roomies which will help make the transition as easy as possible.

1. What to bring for the kitchen
Most halls of residence and shared accommodations have a communal kitchen with allocated refrigerator, freezer and cabinet space, along with communal utensils such as plates, cutlery and drinking glasses. The quality and quantity of these items will vary from quarters to quarters, so if you have go-to kitchenware at home that you use on a regular basis, such as a special skillet, a muffin pan or a flask, bring it along. It’s also a good idea to bring some food storage containers and a good cookbook or two as well. You can save a lot of money if you cook the majority of your own meals and pack your own lunches. But keep what you bring to the bare necessities, as your storage space is likely to be very limited.

2. What to buy for the kitchen
We suggest that you wait until you’ve had the chance to have a look around your new accommodations before you invest in anything new, which will give you a chance to evaluate how much storage space you have and take a look at what’s already available in your new kitchen. After you’ve had the chance to evaluate what your new place has to offer, consider whether it’s adequate. If not, you can always supplement it. If you’re on a tight budget, we suggest that you wait a couple of weeks before you start buying new stuff, because you may find it’s easier to function without it. If your kitchen is missing a few necessities, such as a blender or a hot kettle (which is handy not only for making tea but also for making quick meals such as ramen noodles), consider asking your housemates to all chip in so that you can buy it for communal use.

3. Decorating
When purchasing your bedding, be sure to opt for down-free duvets and pillows. Brighten your room with a cotton-based duvet, which is readily available in some pretty funky styles. Speaking of style, in many instances, how we decorate our living spaces is a reflection of ourselves. So decorating your flat can be a subtle form of activism and an expression of your ethos. Speak up for animals without saying a word by hanging animal rights posters and art in your room and on your door (if that’s allowed). And if it’s not in violation of the rules of your house, flat or hall of residence, place a couple of animal rights magnets and/or stickers on the fridge.

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Your house-, hall- or flat-mates may never have shared accommodations with a vegan or vegetarian before. Because of this, they may not intuitively know that you’re wary about their meats or meat-derived products accidently leaking into or onto your vegan products or that it’s important to you that they thoroughly wash shared kitchen supplies after cooking with meat. So it may be a good idea if you let them know that you’re a vegan and give them a bit of insight into your lifestyle. Cooking in a shared kitchen can be another opportunity for subtle activism. When your meat-eating roomies smell the delicious aroma of your vegan dishes, they’ll likely become a bit curious about the things that you eat. And if you leave your vegan cookbooks in the kitchen, your roomies may be inspired to try a recipe one day.

5. Shopping
Learn to shop on a budget. Yes, we just said “budget”. Don’t let that word scare you – it’s really not that difficult. Look for offers at your local grocery store. Plan your meals ahead of time, including snacks – weekly, if you can – then make a grocery list and stick to it. The UK has some of the best markets in the world! Take advantage of them. If you go towards the close of the market, you can usually get some really good deals, as the farmers are typically eager to get rid of the last of their produce. Check out our “Vegan on a Budget: Recipes From a Girl Called Jack” blog post. Can’t find your niche vegan staples at the local market? Then order them online. You’d be surprised at what you can find on Amazon.co.uk, and Ocado.com has a whole vegan section.

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In most cases, it’s cheaper to cook your own food, but there will no doubt be times when cooking is just not an option, as during those seemingly inevitable all-night, essay-writing marathons. Or there may be moments when you just want to treat yourself to a lazy night in. In these instances, takeaway is optimum. Here’s a quick rundown on how to order takeaway from different cuisines:

  • Italian: Vegan pizza options are becoming more and more popular. Check out HappyCow to find out whether any pizzerias in your area offer vegan options. If not, order a veggie-filled cheese-less pizza. Fresh pasta is often prepared with eggs, but store-bought pasta is usually eggless. So when ordering pasta, ask if they have any meatless, cheese-less sauces in house and whether the pasta contains any eggs.
  • East Asian: With a heavy dependence on rice, rice noodles and vegetables, East Asian takeaway can be quite vegan-friendly. But there are a few ingredients that you should be aware of: eggs in rice and soups, shredded meat in soups (even vegetable soups), meat-based stock in soups, egg-based noodles, dashi or fish flakes (often found in Japanese cuisine) and oyster and fish sauce (commonly found in Thai cuisine).
  • South Asian: Indian food is a great go-to for delicious, flavourful takeaway. Most Indian restaurants offer a variety of curried vegetable dishes. Just be sure that the curry isn’t made with ghee, which is derived from clarified butter.

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

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  • 09
  • Jan

Abandoned Dog Kai Is Why You Should Never Buy or Sell an Animal Online

The story of Kai, who was found tied to a railing with a suitcase at Ayr train station in Scotland, pulled at the nation’s heartstrings this week – many people made donations to help the dog and offered to give him a “forever” home. Kai had been sold on Gumtree by his original guardian before he was abandoned.

PETA ad: Kai the dog, abandoned at Ayr station

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But while Kai may well find a new home, countless other animals who have been traded online don’t get a happy ending. Buying and selling animals on sites such as Gumtree encourages people to regard these intelligent, lovable beings as mere commodities to be purchased and then dumped on a whim.

An animal acquired via a classified ad is also highly likely to have come from a puppy farm or an unethical breeder – people who exploit animals for profit, contributing to the severe companion-animal overpopulation crisis. Shelters across the UK are reporting a rise in the number of dogs coming through their doors, and every time someone buys a dog from a breeder or pet shop, one of these abandoned animals loses his or her chance at finding a permanent home.

Animals are not objects, and selling any live animal – regardless of where the sale occurs – is unacceptable. We’ve already written to Gumtree asking that it ban advertisements from animal breeders on its site.

You can be part of the solution, too: if you’re considering welcoming a new animal companion into your home, don’t buy – adopt!

Thanks to the Scottish SPCA for the image.

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  • 09
  • Jan

PETA Exposes How Wool Industry Workers Beat, Stamp On and Mutilate Sheep at Men’s Fashion Week

Three vegan models in faux-wool jumpers and blindfolds stood tall at Somerset House this morning outside Woolmark’s menswear show, as part of “London Collections: Men”, to protest the wool industry’s cruelty to sheep.

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Earlier this year, PETA US released an international exposé of the wool industry in the US and Australia – the source of 90 per cent of the world’s merino wool – which revealed that workers violently punched scared sheep in the face, stamped and stood on the animals’ heads and necks and beat and jabbed them in the face with electric clippers and a hammer. Some sheep even died from the abuse, including one whose neck was twisted. The worker who killed the sheep admitted, “I get angry”.

Life for British sheep is no easier. Wool producers subject lambs to painful mutilations – including castration without any painkillers. It’s considered normal in the wool industry for at least 4 per cent of young lambs to die every spring, primarily because lameness caused by untreated scald and foot rot (painful bacterial infections) is found in about 18 per cent of British flocks.  The only way to ensure that you’re not supporting cruelty is to leave wool – and all other clothing made from animals – out of your wardrobe.

Outside Men’s Fashion Week, the PETA activists wanted to show how there’s nothing “manly” about the cowardly shearers who were filmed punching sensitive sheep, slamming them into the floor, stamping on their heads and even killing them for their wool. PETA is calling on all kind people to leave wool on the rack and instead opt for technologically advanced and cruelty-free options such as rayon, woven metal and soya silk.

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  • 09
  • Jan

Sebastian Pringle of Crystal Fighters: Why I Love Being Vegan

When Sebastian Pringle, the lead singer of electro-folk band Crystal Fighters, first decided to follow a vegan diet, he had no idea how much he would love it.

In an exclusive interview, he tells us why giving up meat, eggs and dairy products was one of the best decisions he ever made:

As Sebastian explains, going vegan is first and foremost about helping animals and saving lives but has many other benefits, too, from boosting your health to reducing your carbon footprint.

Take Sebastian’s advice and go vegan for a month. Sign the 30-day pledge below to receive support, advice and tips on plant-based eating:

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