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  • 23
  • Sep

PETA India Staffers Hospitalised After Attack by Angry Mob

A peaceful gathering of PETA India staffers outside India’s largest mosque in Bhopal took a violent turn when an angry mob of men who had been lying in wait attacked the group of women, hurling stones and trying to tear off their clothes.

Celebrate a vegan EidThe peaceful appeal, which was led by a Muslim PETA India staffer wearing a lettuce-leaf burka, was organised as a plea to festival-goers to choose non-violent ways to give alms to the poor, such as gifts of grains, fruit, clothing or money – instead of paying to have goats slaughtered during the Eid al Bakhtar religious commemoration of Abraham’s offering of his son to God.

Every year during Eid, the streets of India run red with the blood of millions of slaughtered goats, many of whom play with and are the beloved pets of children until they go to the knife. Instead of killing animals, PETA India is appealing to Muslims to celebrate in non-violent ways, as many Muslims already do, by giving fruit, lentils and other food offerings or by donating clothing and money to the poor. (For more information, see IslamConcern.org.)

But PETA India’s simple plea for compassion was met with violence.

The angry mob, which police estimated to have risen to 4,000 people, had apparently gathered in anticipation of the event. After men in the crowd reportedly shouted for the group of PETA India members, who were all women, to be stripped and stoned, men started hurling rocks and assaulting the women, who were forced to run for their lives. One staffer sustained severe facial injuries and other wounds and remains hospitalised. Another staffer’s pants were ripped as the mob tried to tear at her clothes. Three police vehicles were smashed, and several police officers were beaten as they tried to reason with the crowd. Two PETA India staffers remain in protective police custody. Local men apparently affiliated with the mosque have charged the women with “outraging religious feelings”.

Vegan Eid RecipesPETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura told the media that “PETA organises peaceful animal protection awareness programs for Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Janmashtami and other holidays as well as Eid” and that “it is shameful that in working to stop violence, our volunteers were made to suffer violence”.

For ideas about how to prepare a cruelty-free Eid feast, check out this blog post.

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  • 19
  • Sep

Why I Took the Stage During an Animal Experimenter’s Speech

PETA Protester at NIH SpeechMaternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys are a textbook example of unethical psychological research, and they need to stop. Hundreds of infant monkeys are being torn away from their mothers, causing them to suffer from psychoses at a US National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory. So when Dr Stephen J Suomi, the head experimenter on baby monkeys at NIH, was to speak in Cardiff at the annual general meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, I, along with another activist, decided to make my voice heard and interrupted his keynote speech.

Suomi is responsible for tormenting baby monkeys in disgustingly cruel and archaic experiments that cause them to experience severe anxiety, fear, pain and depression. Some of the monkeys bite at their own flesh and pull out their own hair. This was all revealed following the release of hours of video footage and hundreds of photographs and documents obtained by PETA US from NIH through a contested Freedom of Information Act request. After watching the video below, any compassionate person would wonder how Suomi can sleep at night.

We’re in the age of brain imaging and superior human-based research that allows us to study the causes and treatments of mental illness in humans without terrorising animals in traumatic experiments. Yet videos revealed that experimenters laughed while infant monkeys were being terrorised, screaming frantically and trying to escape and hide. This is not science – it’s violence.

We were escorted from the premises but not before we unfurled our posters and made sure that the conference attendees were aware of the cruelty that occurs in Suomi’s labs.

Will you join us in speaking out about this cruelty by signing PETA US’ action alert and sharing?
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  • 18
  • Sep

See Eye-Opening Environmental Documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ in London

There’s a new must-see documentary causing a stir among environmentalists, activists and everyone who cares about the future of our planet. It’s called Cowspiracy – and it’s coming to London!

The film reveals the catastrophic environmental impact that large-scale factory farming has on our planet and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it. Billed as a cross between Blackfish and An Inconvenient Truth, it promises to be a riveting viewing experience.

Here are a few of the startling facts revealed in the film:

  • Animal agriculture is the source of 51 percent of all greenhouse gasses.
  • Forty-five percent of the Earth’s land mass is used for animal agriculture.
  • About 136 million acres of the rain forest have been cleared for cattle grazing and growing feed crops.

Cowspiracy will be showing in London at Clapham Picturehouse on Monday, 13 October, at 6 pm. The screening is being hosted by yogahaven – book your tickets here. You can also catch the film at VegFest in London on 27 and 28 September. We’ll keep you posted about other upcoming UK screenings.

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  • 16
  • Sep

PHOTOS: Air France Faces Embarrassing Moment at Airline Conference

It can take courage to stand up for your convictions. Fortunately, compassionate PETA supporters have bucket loads of it!

Today, in a room full of suited airline bosses discussing the future of aviation, this activist stood up and made her voice heard – literally – about Air France’s cruelty to primates. Just before a speech by Air France Executive Pieter Elbers in London, she crashed the venue with a banner and a demand for the airline to stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.

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She was eventually escorted from the room, but the shocked audience had already received the message loud and clear. Air France’s monkey trafficking needs to stop.

A few days earlier in France, this plucky individual paid a visit to Air France’s expo in Paris:

(Video created by sauvonslesanimaux.com for PETA France.)

For the non-Francophones, here’s an extract from his speech:

Ladies and gentlemen, shame on Air France, the last company to transport monkeys for laboratories! Yes, today the airline still carries monkeys and other animals to vivisection laboratories! … Do not close your eyes anymore, and see what happens! Today these animals die in airplanes. Three out of 10 die before arriving. … These animals are transported on scheduled flights while you are travelling!

Another supporter seized the opportunity to pose in an airline seat at the same event:

 Air France Expo Paris

These are just the latest incidents in a campaign that has spanned multiple continents. People all over the world – including actor James Cromwell and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall – have been voicing their disgust at Air France’s callous disregard for animals.

The thousands of monkeys shipped by Air France every year end up in laboratories, where they’re caged, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, infected with deadly diseases and killed.

Every other major airline has stopped transporting primates for animal testing, and pressure is mounting for Air France to do the same.

Please join the movement:

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  • 16
  • Sep

Standing Ovation for Trafalgar Studios’ Decision to Stop Traumatising Goldfish in Tragedy

Goldfish Richard III Trafalgar Studios Withdrawn from Production

Anyone familiar with Shakespeare’s Richard III may have been surprised to learn about some unlikely cast members in a new production starring Martin Freeman at London’s Trafalgar Studios – a pair of goldfish. These animals certainly don’t appear on the original running list, and we were dismayed to learn that each night, they were subjected to the terrifying ordeal of having an actor’s head plunge into their tank and then thrash around wildly on stage.

A concerned audience member contacted us after seeing the fish “ground up with the gravel and pushed up against the sides of the tank” in the disturbing scene – which was repeated night after night.

However, we’re pleased to announce that after receiving a letter from us, the play’s director, Jamie Lloyd, agreed to remove the poor fish from the production. Goldfish, like all living beings, are not props, and the well-being of animals should never be compromised for entertainment.

The play is running until September 27 – and compassionate people will no doubt be pleased to learn that they can catch some of the final performances, knowing that only willing human actors will be taking the stage.

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  • 16
  • Sep

Don’t Throw Your Health Under the Bus

Londoners in every corner of the city may soon be doing a double take every time a bus passes them. That’s because PETA is looking to place an eye-catching new ad on the back of London’s buses to ask people who are struggling to lose weight – and who want to decrease their chances of falling victim to some of the UK’s biggest killers – if perhaps it’s time to give plant-based eating a try.

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We’re hoping the optical-illusion ad will highlight how meat, dairy products and eggs are making people fat and sick and that getting on the road to a slimmer, fitter body can be as simple as going vegan. Vegans are, on average, 18 per cent thinner than meat-eaters are.

Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is like packing sludge into a motor. They contain no fibre and are loaded with artery-clogging saturated animal fat and cholesterol. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the US, vegetarians are less prone to developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer than meat-eaters are. Going vegan isn’t just good for your health. Each person who goes vegan drastically reduces his or her carbon footprint and saves many animals a year from immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats.

PETA’s free vegan starter kit is packed with useful information, tips and recipes for anyone looking to make the switch. Order yours now:

 

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  • 15
  • Sep

20 Prizes for 20 Years – Week 13

PETA UK is 20!
Since we were founded in 1994, PETA UK has never stopped fighting for animals on every front, calling out cruelty wherever we find it.

Whether spreading the vegan message, taking on the barbaric fur industry or campaigning for an end to animal testing, we’ve achieved some major victories in the past two decades – all with the help of our wonderful supporters, of course!

Check out our anniversary video for some highlights:

To celebrate and to say thank you to everyone who’s helped us come so far, over the next 20 weeks, we will be giving away 20 fabulous prizes – ranging from signed celebrity swag to high-end designer goods!

Check back here each week to see what’s up for grabs.

20 Prizes for 20 Years – Week 13

Win a day for two at KX, a private members’ club that is dedicated to health and fitness!

To help celebrate our 20th anniversary, KX, the luxurious private members’ club in London’s Chelsea, has donated a day at its gym and spa for two, which we’re giving away in partnership with Women’s Health magazine.

Enter here.

KX PETA Comp

With renowned personal trainers and a wide variety of classes that are kept deliberately small to ensure that all members receive personal attention and guidance, KX is a private members’ club dedicated to health and fitness. The prize includes a group personal training session for two people, a facial or massage for two and a vegan meal for two in the KX Restaurant, with a selection of nutritious, healthy food and refreshing beverages.

The prize is a great way to jump-start a healthy vegan lifestyle. Eating plant-based foods has been shown to improve blood and oxygen flow and can also help protect against heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer. Order our free vegan starter kit, and enter to win on Women’s Health’s website.

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  • 14
  • Sep

SUCCESS! Wychavon District Council Rejects Cruel ‘Chicken City’

Stock chickens TEXTMore than 26,000 of you took action last month to ask Wychavon District Council to refuse planning permission for a cruel new chicken factory farm in Worcestershire. And the council listened!

Council members voted unanimously against the proposal to build an intensive broiler chicken unit in the village of Upton Snodsbury, which would have confined 160,000 birds at a time to filthy, crowded sheds. Applause actually broke out in the council chamber when this excellent decision was announced.

This is great news both for the local community – which would have had to put up with increased noise, traffic, smells and possible environmental damage – and for chickens. Birds raised for meat in this type of intensive system are forced to spend their lives in sheds that stink of ammonia with tens of thousands of other birds, dosed with antibiotics to fight disease and bred to grow so large so fast that many of them become crippled under their own weight and experience organ failure. They are killed for their flesh at 42 days old, when they reach “slaughter weight”.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this victory for animals!

However, we know from experience that this may not be the end of this unethical proposal. It’s possible that the applicant may go to the Planning Inspectorate to appeal the council’s decision. In the past, the Planning Inspectorate has disregarded the voices of local people as well as concern for animals and overturned democratic decisions on factory farming applications.

If that happens, we hope you’ll stand with us again to speak out for chickens and make our voices heard.

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  • 14
  • Sep

This Kitten Maimed by a Mousetrap Wants You to Use Humane Rodent Control

Babybell proves the need to use humane rodent controlStarving stray kitten Babybell faced a terrifying near-death experience when she tried to swipe a piece of cheese from a mousetrap and ended up with her front paw trapped and crushed. Fortunately, she was found and rescued by a passer-by and taken in by the Blue Cross to recover, although her injured leg had to be amputated.

Babybell’s story highlights the indiscriminate suffering that can be caused by cruel mousetraps. Animals rarely survive an encounter with these vicious devices and may often be trapped and in pain for hours when one of their limbs gets caught. It’s a slow, agonising and frightening way to die.

Even more inhumane are glue traps. Mice will struggle desperately to escape, even chewing off their own limbs, or else suffocate to death when their tiny faces get stuck in the glue. Using poison is also a bad idea, as cats, dogs and other non-target animals can often die painfully after accidentally ingesting them. These unkind rodent-control methods aren’t even effective over the long term because animals will often learn to avoid traps and killing animals leads to a spike in resources that will encourage others to come in and take their place.

Humane rodent control is the best way to keep mice and rats out of your homeMice and rats certainly don’t deserve these cruel and unusual forms of punishment. Mice are extremely agile, can communicate using ultrasound and feel deep empathy for other members of their species. Rats make happy “laughing” sounds when they play, become lonely and depressed without companionship and are susceptible to peer pressure. Both mice and rats also feel pain and fear, care about their families and value their lives, just as humans do.

Even so, if, understandably, you’d prefer not to share your home with these furry little animals, try these humane and effective ways to keep them out of your house:

  • Take preventive measures, and don’t leave a food supply for little visitors. Keep living areas clean, sweep up crumbs, empty the rubbish frequently and store food in sealed containers.
  • Stop rodents from entering your home in the first place by filling any cracks and holes in walls and skirting boards with foam sealant or steel wool.
  • Peppermint oil is a natural deterrent that will keep mice and rats away. Place oil-soaked cotton balls and rags throughout infested areas. Ammonia will also encourage them to move on.
  • Traps tend not to be the best way to keep your house mouse-free over the long term, but if you must use them, humane, box-type traps can be used to capture mice safely and then release them outside in a suitable area. If you use these, be sure to check them every few hours, as rodents quickly become dehydrated when frightened.

Kitten photo: Courtesy of Blue Cross

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  • 12
  • Sep

Kindness Kits Rushed to Local Schools Following Suspected Arson at Manchester Dogs’ Home

Stock dog homeAt least 60 dogs died last night in a fire at Manchester Dog’s Home. Trapped in their kennels as smoke and flames surrounded them, these animals’ last moments must have been filled with terror and suffering.

Even more shocking is the fact that this tragic event was apparently not an accident – police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson.

Nobody can bring these dogs back to life, but we’ve decided to take action to help prevent future acts of violence by rushing humane-education materials to primary schools in the area. It’s vital that children of all ages recognise the importance of having empathy towards others, and it’s never too early to start bringing this message to the next generation. Acts of cruelty to animals can be prevented if young people are taught kindness, compassion and civil engagement.

Experts in mental health and law enforcement regard all forms of cruelty to animals to be a major red flag. A study by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University revealed that people who have abused animals are four times more likely to have a record of violent crime. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation uses reports of crimes against animals to analyse the threat potential of suspected and known criminals. Experts agree that it is the severity of the behaviour – not the species of the victim – that matters.

Alongside the deeply upsetting details of the fire, a few more heartening stories have emerged. Two courageous men rushed into the burning shelter to free as many dogs as they could, and Manchester citizens have generously donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the dogs’ home.

Most people, especially children, instinctively feel compassion towards animals. As a society, we need to  foster and encourage such values, by bringing up our children to respect others – of every species.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the police on 101. If you’re a teacher, or work with young people, download our free resources here.

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