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  • 15
  • Dec

Cuppa Cruelty

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Tea – it’s hard to imagine a substance that’s more harmless. It’s our national drink, it’s vegan – it’s the only thing that gets some of us through the day. What’s not to love?

How about a tea company that force-feeds rats tea, subjects them to surgery to bring their intestines onto their skin and then kills them? How about experimenters who infect piglets with disease-causing bacteria and infuse their dissected intestines with tea? Or a company that feeds rabbits unhealthy food to cause extreme hardening of the … Read more.


  • 15
  • Dec

PETA’s Meat-Free Monday Video Launch!

PETA launched Meat-Free Monday, a cross-curricular project for schools, in the autumn of 2009. The project encourages schools to reduce their meat intake in order to help animals, improve pupils’ health, reduce pupils’ and teachers’ carbon footprints and fight against world hunger.

London, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire schools and more than 130 Manchester schools are taking part through city council caterers Manchester Fayre, so the project is gaining momentum.

Now you can see for yourself, with the launch of our Meat-Free Monday video! Please show the video to any teacher or pupil … Read more.


  • 14
  • Dec

Closed: Win a Signed Copy of Children’s Book ‘Furious George Goes Bananas’

Looking for Christmas presents for children aged 3 and up? If they like books, then they’ll love the colour and humour of Furious George Goes Bananas by Michael Rex!

In the story, George, a giant gorilla, is snatched from the jungle, caged in a zoo, forced to work on a construction site, used on stage in a theatre show and handed over to a scientist to be rocketed into space! However, clever George manages to outwit his captors and return to his family in the jungle. The book is an easy, humorous … Read more.


  • 14
  • Dec

Reindeer Display Launches at Covent Garden Despite Warning

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In the run-up to Christmas, London’s Covent Garden Market is displaying live reindeer for people to visit and touch, touting the animals as “Rudolph and his mates“. Reindeer who are used in seasonal displays become easily stressed and afraid when they are jostled and herded into trucks and transported for display around the country.

Reindeer are not domestic animals – they avoid people and retain their wild instincts in captivity. Reindeer who are used as props are denied the ability to engage in natural behaviour. They … Read more.


  • 13
  • Dec

The Best Cupcake Recipe EVER!

Want to know a secret? The best cupcakes you’ll ever have are 100 per cent VEGAN! These delicious, animal-friendly goodies are not “just as good” as traditional cupcakes – we think they’re better.

I’ve used this recipe many times. The cupcakes always turn out great and are loved by all (including non-vegans, who are left wondering in amazement how something containing soya milk and apple cider vinegar can be so tasty!). So why not blow your family and friends away with this fab recipe?

You’ll need either a silicone baking sheet or … Read more.


  • 10
  • Dec

International Animal Rights Day

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Today is International Animal Rights Day, when animal rights advocates around the world aim to persuade people that kindness and respect are owed to all sentient beings. On this day, compassionate people everywhere hold candlelight vigils in order to draw attention to the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights.

In honour of International Animal Rights Day, PETA are urging supporters and activists to do three small things TODAY to help animals:

  1. Stop eating animals. If you have already stopped, please make today the day you give someone else
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  • 09
  • Dec

Lettuce Ladies Take On Gaga

PETA’s lovely Lettuce Ladies were very visible outside Madame Tussauds today, handing out tasty vegan sausages to people queuing up for the unveiling of the new Lady Gaga wax figure. To celebrate the event, the famous wax museum offered free admission to the first 100 people who showed up to the event dressed like the rocker.

Expecting to see some attendees emulating Lady Gaga’s notorious meat dress, which she wore at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Lettuce Ladies decided to head on over to the event and spread the vegan … Read more.


  • 07
  • Dec

Joanna Lumley: Animals Are Just Like Us

The following is a post from the PETA Files

Joanna Lumley, the Absolutely Fabulous former Bond girl and current star of the Broadway play La Bête is still as fabulous as ever. What’s her secret? Not being part of the “blood chain,” as the longtime vegetarian puts it. PETA US caught up with Ms. Lumley on Broadway and this is what she had to say to PETA US V.P. Dan Mathews on fur, foie gras, and “the most horrid animals on the planet.”

Dan Mathews: What made you sympathetic to animals?

Joanna Read more.


  • 06
  • Dec

Animal Rights – Join the Channel 4 Debate

Development of Alternatives to Animal Testing

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the interesting experience of being filmed in an all-white studio for Channel 4′s 90-second opinion programme, 4thought.tv. All this week, they’re featuring the question, “Should animals have the same rights as humans?” Good question.

If you’re not familiar with the show, it follows Channel 4 News each night and features just one person speaking into the camera on the week’s chosen subject. It doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects either – in previous weeks, the show has asked, “Is abortion ever … Read more.