October 2010 - Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog

Archive for October, 2010

  • 26
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Pamela Anderson Brings London to a Standstill

Pam at the launch of her new adCovent Garden is one of the craziest, most bustling places in the world on a weekend. But on Sunday, all pedestrian traffic came to a standstill when Pamela Anderson, PETA’s “weapon of mass distraction”, arrived to unveil her racy “All Animals Have the Same Parts – Go Vegetarian” ad to the London media.

You may remember that in July, Québec authorities refused Pam permission to debut PETA US’ version of the ad on the city’s streets. Officials said that ad was too sexual, and Big Brother turned down the permit application! Not … Read more.

  • 18
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Zero Grazing: Hell for Cows

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As if the suffering found on UK factory farms were not bad enough, now we’re seeing a disturbing increase in the number of applications being submitted to build huge US-style industrial factory farms. Many of these farms use zero grazing (a wholly unnatural system whereby animals rarely, or never, go outside and are fed specially grown food instead of being allowed to graze naturally on grass). As on all factory farms, animals in zero-grazing units can expect to spend their short, hellish lives in cramped, dark and filthy … Read more.

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Keep US-Style Factory Farms Out of the UK

With the increasing threat that US-style factory farms might come to the UK in the near future, it’s sobering to see what animal care standards are like on the other side of the Atlantic. Last year, PETA US undertook a lengthy undercover investigation of a Pennsylvania dairy factory farm that supplied one of the US’ biggest dairy companies, Land O’Lakes.

The investigation documented deplorable, filthy conditions for cows on the farm, such as pens that were filled with deep excrement (see video and photos) and cows who suffered from ailments and … Read more.

  • 12
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What Next for Animals in UK Labs?

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I’ve just popped down, along with colleagues from other anti-vivisection groups, to meet with Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, the new government’s Home Office minister responsible for regulating animal experiments. Here’s why:

When the new coalition government came into power back in May, our ears pricked up at its commitment to “work to reduce the use of animals in scientific procedures”. As we noted at the time, although the statement was not a promise to actually bring down numbers, it was nevertheless a welcome pledge to … Read more.

  • 11
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Top Five Women’s Vegan Leather Jackets

Nothing says cool, edgy and compassionate like a faux-leather jacket. Autumn’s must-have piece, the vegan leather jacket lets you rock a hard look while maintaining a soft heart.

From high street shops to designer boutiques, the faux-leather jacket is everywhere this season – and with so many cruelty-free options to choose from, there’s no need to wear the skin of a dead animal.

We’ve chosen a few of the fiercest vegan jackets available. So whether you prefer biker-chic or hipster-cool, you can walk proud knowing that no animal was tortured, mutilated or … Read more.

  • 08
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Vegetarian Athlete James Willstrop Competes in Delhi

Top British squash player James Willstrop is hoping to go one better in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi after coming in a close second in the ROWE British Grand Prix – the biggest squash event in Europe. James previously starred in PETA’s “Squash Obesity – Go Vegetarian!” ad, and he’s a high-profile example of a leading athlete who knows that going vegetarian benefits both one’s sporting performance and animals.

In an interview with PETA, James said, “Meat has no place in a professional athlete’s diet. Since I stopped eating meat, … Read more.

  • 07
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Simon Cowell’s 51st Birthday Celebrated With 51 Free Desexing Surgeries

One look at his smiling face emblazoned on the side of the PETA US “Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!” (SNIP) mobile veterinary clinic, and there’s little doubt that X Factor and American Idol creator Simon Cowell is a true friend to animals. That’s why PETA US is marking Cowell’s 51st birthday (October 7) by spaying and neutering 51 cats and dogs – free of charge – to help staunch America’s homeless animal crisis.

What better way to honour Simon on his birthday than to offer 51 free desexing surgeries – … Read more.

  • 02
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How ‘Great’ Would the UK be in Gandhi’s Eyes?

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If he were alive today, how would Gandhi assess the UK? Are we “great” only in name, or do our actions make us a truly progressive nation? In honour of Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, let’s reflect on the positive strides we’ve made and contemplate what more we can do to achieve true greatness.

The UK introduced one of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world … Read more.

  • 01
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Emmerdale’s ‘Leyla Harding’ is A Natural Beauty in Lettuce Gown

She’s best known to Emmerdale fans as feisty Leyla Harding, the fun-loving girl who has achieved her dream of buying the “old farm shop”. But the issue that really gets actor Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi fired up in real life is promoting a vegan lifestyle!

Manchester-born Rokhsaneh took time out of her hectic filming schedule to join PETA in celebrating the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Wearing a stunning gown made entirely of real lettuce leaves, Rokhsaneh urged shoppers in Leeds to “Let Vegetarianism Grow on You!” while PETA activists dished out delicious Redwood … Read more.