June 2010 - Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog

Archive for June, 2010

  • 29
  • Jun

Veggie Day in Action

It’s all well and good to talk about a weekly meat-free day, but what’s it like in practice for a hotel, restaurant or school – or an entire city? How would Meat-Free Monday work in a UK city? I went to Ghent, Belgium, to learn more.

My first stop is breakfast at one of Ghent’s most prestigious hotels – NH Gent Belfort, which was the first hotel to implement “Donderdag Veggiedag”. The meat-free programme has been going strong there for two months. “It was a marketing decision”, explains Mauro DesogusRead more.

  • 29
  • Jun

‘Viva Vegan!’

Carla, a friend of mine from The Perseus Books Group, always chooses the best times to send me their latest published offerings to keep me busy in my evenings and train journeys. The most recent book I’ve been sent is Viva Vegan! by the bestselling co-author of Veganomicon, Terry Hope Romero – and it’s quite apt that it arrived just after I’d worked my way through most of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

As Romero’s first solo cookbook, Viva Vegan! is the ultimate guide for anyone looking for … Read more.

  • 25
  • Jun

PETA UK Stocking Up on Fur

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I suppose that’s a bit of a weird statement coming from an animal rights organisation, but if you own a fur coat, one of the best things you can do to it is send it to PETA. That way it can be recycled, given to the homeless or used as animal bedding or in one of PETA’s hard-hitting demonstrations. Using fur coats to save animals from being turned into fur coats – genius, eh?

Today I was volunteering in the PETA office and had the task of … Read more.

  • 24
  • Jun

£1000 Reward to Help Nab Gulls’ Shooter

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You may have heard recent news reports or seen the distressing images of two gulls who were shot through the head with bolts from a crossbow in Scarborough. Over the last month, both birds have been spotted flying in the area despite being impaled with the bolts.

PETA are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these vicious attacks. A reward may also deter the attacker from attacking again.

Animal abuse is a symptom of a deep … Read more.

  • 24
  • Jun

9p Noodles

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Question: What do 9p noodles from Sainsbury’s, £1 worth of Redwood sandwich slices from Morrisons and a packet of Bourbons have in common?

They’re all sitting in my kitchen right now.

Fact: Student food is bad. Other fact: Vegan student food is a million times better. Vegetables are cheap and easy to cook, and their production doesn’t cause animal suffering!

It’s a common misconception that it is expensive to be a vegan student. I follow a strict vegan diet for around £25 a week. You can get … Read more.

  • 23
  • Jun

Matisyahu’s Take on Israel’s Proposed Fur Ban

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What do reggae star Matisyahu, the Israeli government, and fur have in common? The compassionate Jewish singer, who recently became vegan because of his disgust toward factory farms and to strictly adhere to Torah principle, has written a heartfelt letter on behalf of PETA US to Israeli government leaders urging them to support a bill currently in the Knesset that would ban the fur trade in Israel. If the bill passes, Israel would be the first country to prohibit the production, sale, and importation of all … Read more.

  • 23
  • Jun

Victory: Cows Spared From Hell on Earth

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PETA and other animal rights groups are celebrating after learning that Velmur Ltd have abandoned their proposal to build a huge dairy factory farm in Lincolnshire. The development would have sentenced 2,896 cows to lives of misery and suffering.

We owe a big “thank you” to the PETA activists who fought against the proposal by attending local meetings, spreading awareness and updating PETA with developments. This is another example of the success that can be achieved through the efforts of committed activists.

Cows on dairy farms are forced … Read more.

  • 21
  • Jun

Who Will Be Crowned the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2010?

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PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity poll went online just a few days ago, but I’m told that our website has already been inundated with votes! After much deliberation, we managed to narrow the massive field of compassionate actors, musicians and athletes down to just 51 vegetarian celebs. It certainly wasn’t an easy task considering there are so many stunning celebrities who can testify to the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

One thing’s for sure: we can’t identify the leading sexy celebs on our own; we need the great … Read more.

  • 18
  • Jun

Palm Oil: There’s a Bit of Orang-utan Suffering in Every Drop

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When I first volunteered at PETA, in addition to jamming letters in the franking machine, I spent a lot of time each day finding palm oil–free products to list in the vegetarian/vegan starter kit. Up until then, I’d had no idea how palm oil is affecting our planet and the animals in it.

Palm oil is often sourced from the homes of endangered orang-utans and many other forest-dwelling creatures. Greedy businesses cut down the trees and leave the animals homeless and starving to death. Friends of Read more.

  • 17
  • Jun

A Thousand Balloons for Bears

When my alarm clock went off at 5:30 last Saturday morning, I woke up smiling – not because waking up before the birds makes me happy but because I was heading out to Trooping the Colour (The Queen’s official birthday celebration) armed with 1,000 bear balloons and a whole lot of helium.

Allow me to elaborate. Trooping the Colour is an impressive display of pageantry in which more than 1,400 officers and men on parade march to the beat of 400 musicians, all in honour of the Sovereign’s birthday. This is an … Read more.