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Archive for August, 2010

  • 31
  • Aug

Vegetarian Chantelle Houghton Returns to the ‘Big Brother’ House

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the first Big Brother series aired! I’ve been an avid fan since the beginning, but I must admit that I’ve always found the Celebrity Big Brother series to be the most addictive. Who could forget classic TV moments such as Vanessa Feltz’s meltdown or Pete Burn’s arguments with PETA supporter Jodie Marsh over his fur coat that appeared to be made from gorilla skin – and his face when the hideous coat was seized by police?

Channel 4 is giving … Read more.


  • 27
  • Aug

Mystery of Dead Seals in Scotland, but What About Canada’s Massacre?

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The bodies of dozens of seals have been found washed up on the coasts of Scotland. All the bodies had horrific lacerations, leaving people to question how the animals died. Speculation as to the cause of death ranges from a cookiecutter shark to a ship’s propeller to an underwater wave-power turbine.

Tragic as this is, every year, tens of thousands of seals suffer a similarly violent fate during Canada’s annual seal slaughter. These seals are massacred for products that no one needs. Baby seals are repeatedly shot or … Read more.


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Cloning Intensifies Animal Suffering

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Recent articles revealing that cloned meat has entered the UK food supply have sparked a debate concerning the potential health risks of eating flesh from cloned animals; however, one thing about which there can be no debate is that cloning will cause animals extreme suffering.

Grown inside artificially inseminated surrogate mothers, cloned animals are genetic replicas of other animals. The process of insemination is known to be so stressful that UK law requires that a general or epidural anaesthetic be administered prior to the transfer of cattle embryos.… Read more.


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The Doctor (Not the Prime Minister) Really Does Know Best

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Following up on the government’s decision to back off a proposal to axe free cow’s milk for schoolchildren (a decision based on Prime Minister David Cameron’s fear of negative publicity rather than concern for public health), I wanted to draw your attention to an excellent article in the London Evening Standard by Dr Christian Jessen, who is best known for shows such as Channel 4′s Embarrassing Bodies.

The doctor tells it like it is. “Cows’ milk is just that: for cows”, he writes. “Man is the only animal … Read more.


  • 18
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Balinese Government Killing Dogs With Strychnine

The following is a post from PETA Asia’s blog, Hot & Sour Scoop.

UPDATE: On the 21st September 2010 the Balinese government signed an agreement to work with BAWA to conduct a island wide vaccination of Bali’s dogs against rabies. This campaign is funded by WSPA.
 
This agreement means that the government has agreed to use vaccination to control & eliminate rabies, thereby ending the culling of Bali’s dogs. Humane euthanasia will be used for dogs already infected with the rabies virus, the others will be vaccinated.

When I think of … Read more.


  • 17
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Topless ‘Mermaids’ Protest Fishing

Shoppers and passers-by in Nottingham’s Old Market Square were treated to the sight of two gorgeous PETA “mermaids” in front of the fountain last Wednesday. Holding signs reading “Fishing Hurts”, the topless mermaids were there to tell people about the suffering that fish endure when they are caught and killed for food.

The lovely ladies braved the wet weather (at least it was appropriate to the theme!) and got lots of attention. Meanwhile, two activists handed out leaflets to the crowds to inform them of the cruelty of angling. Many people stopped … Read more.


  • 16
  • Aug

Know Someone Who’s Overcompensating for Something?

Anyone driving along the Great Northern Road in Aberdeen earlier this month could not have missed a huge billboard which read, “Are You Overcompensating for Something?” The billboard – part of PETA’s latest anti-fishing campaign – depicts an angler tugging on a large, um, rod!

The ad was placed to coincide with National Fishing Month, which runs from 17 July to 15 August. Aberdeen was chosen because of its popularity as a fishing destination and its proximity to the rivers Dee and Don. The billboard also provides … Read more.


  • 11
  • Aug

Pigging Clever

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It isn’t surprising that scientists recently “discovered” that pigs have feelings. All the undercover footage PETA has accumulated over the years of animals on factory farms and in laboratories makes it clear that animals feel pain and suffer just as we do. Many of us knew it all along, but it’s still great to see this fact printed in the pages of a major daily newspaper.

When I was 16, I made the compassionate decision to stop eating meat. I was given a plate of gammon steak, … Read more.


  • 11
  • Aug

Vintage at Goodwood’s Wayne Hemingway Is a Hero to Animals

Legendary British designer Wayne Hemingway is the worthy recipient of a PETA UK Hero to Animals Award for his decades-long campaign against the cruel fur trade.

Since first coming to public attention as the co-founder of Red or Dead, the clothing and accessories company which won three consecutive Street Style Designer of the Year awards in the late ’90s, Wayne has never missed a chance to let the fashionistas at London Fashion Week know that cruelty to animals is never in fashion. Now Wayne is the creative genius behind this weekend’s … Read more.


  • 09
  • Aug

Closed: Win Two Tickets to Vintage at Goodwood

The coolest event of the year takes place this coming weekend – and you could be a part of it!

Vintage at Goodwood will feature music, fashion, film, art and design from the ’40s to the ’80s. The most exciting news is that all the 200-plus stalls at the “Vintage Marketplace” will be fur-free, thanks to design legend Wayne Hemingway, who is behind this massive celebration of Cool Britannia. Want to win two tickets to this fur-free event for Sunday, August 15? You’d have to be mad not to – … Read more.