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Archive for January, 2011

  • 31
  • Jan

Save Starving Children: Go Vegan

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The following post originally appeared in The PETA Files.

People should be encouraged to dump meat just as smokers are encouraged to give up tobacco, according to The Future of Food and Farming, a report featuring contributions from 400 researchers around the world.

With the global population expected to jump from 6.8 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, the report predicts that farmers will need to produce 70 per cent more food while using the same amount of land. Since this will be extremely … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jan

Fox Decides It’s Hunter Season

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The following post originally appeared on The PETA Files:

A hunter in Belarus wound up in the hospital after he was shot by a fox he had wounded and was trying to kill with the butt of his rifle. As the determined fox fought back, she pulled the trigger of the gun with her paw. The bullet struck the hunter’s leg, and the fox made her escape.

Here’s hoping that the fox is recovering and that the hunter has learned his lesson. If not, the next time … Read more.


  • 27
  • Jan

‘Meaty’ Sunday Roast

I love inviting friends over for Sunday lunch so that I can introduce them to vegan foods that they probably haven’t ever tried before!

One of my favourite dishes to prepare is this easy-to-make vegan roast. I made one the other night, and it took me about 15 minutes to prepare before popping it into the oven for an hour and a half. To be honest, I’m not normally a big fan of nut roasts, so I was delighted to discover this much “meatier” version! It would also be ideal for Christmas Read more.


  • 26
  • Jan

Rhinos Face Uphill Fight for Survival in South Africa

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The following post originally appeared in The PETA Files:

The year has not started well for South Africa’s rhinos. Five of the animals have already been killed since New Year’s Day, and if the recent past is any indication, many more victims will follow.

Overall, it has been an atrocious few years for South Africa’s rhinos. Poachers in the country continue to illegally slaughter an alarming number of the animals. Last year alone, 333 rhinos were murdered in South Africa, including 10 critically endangered black rhinosRead more.


  • 26
  • Jan

Victory! Guinness Drops Elephant Polo Record

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The following post originally appeared in The PETA Files:

You’ve probably never heard of elephant polo, and now that Guinness World Records has agreed to stop documenting records for wins in elephant polo matches, perhaps you never will again. The publishing giant made the move after learning from PETA that captive elephants forced to perform in such matches in India and Thailand are torn away from their families, beaten, and gouged with rods that have sharp metal tips.

Guinness Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday wrote, “This decision is … Read more.


  • 25
  • Jan

PETA Takes Meat Warning to Cardiff

This week, three of our brilliant activists hit Cardiff city centre in biohazard suits. Holding signs reading, “Meat Is a Biohazard. Go Vegan”, they were there to let people know about the link between today’s factory farming methods and the increase in diseases spreading to humans. A recent study published in the Guardian listed Cardiff as having one of the worst outbreaks of swine flu in the country.

Cramming animals by the thousands into filthy sheds and forcing them to live surrounded by their own faeces creates a perfect breeding ground for … Read more.


  • 24
  • Jan

Outbreak of Sanity and Humanity in US?

Young Chimpanzee

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Every animal used for vivisection suffers, and every single one is important. Perhaps, though, it is easier sometimes for people to relate when chimpanzees are used in experiments. Of course, chimpanzees are incredibly like us, making it easier for many people to empathise with their suffering, but perhaps most of all, for me, it is the length of their lives. They can live as long as we do, and the thought of anyone facing decades in a laboratory is terrible indeed.

That’s why it was so heartening to hear … Read more.


  • 21
  • Jan

PETA’s Fishy Proposal

Fishing Stinks

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When we heard that North Norfolk District Council was selling a disused lavatory in the seaside town of Sheringham, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try to help aquatic animals. PETA proposed placing an anti-fishing ad that reads, “What’s That Pong? Fishing Stinks, Go Vegan,” on the side of the public toilet, which overlooks the sea, until it sells.

Whilst locals may think the toilet stunk, what really stinks is the abuse that fish suffer as they are dragged from the sea, stamped on, cut open whilst still … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jan

Vegan Heaven in 2011?

As you’re getting stuck in to the New Year, why not tuck in to some delicious new vegan food from Redwood Wholefoods? 

The cruelty-free company was kind enough to send some samples from their new range to the PETA office for us to try, but you had to be pretty quick off the mark to get a taste in! Below are some of our thoughts, but try them all for yourself! 

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  • 17
  • Jan

Clear Message as Poison Enters Food Chain

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 Recent reports reveal that contaminated German eggs containing dioxins – a highly toxic group of chemicals known to cause cancer – have entered the British food chain, including in cakes and quiches sold in British supermarkets, and the contamination has now spread to meat. The dioxins were fed to chickens and pigs through contaminated animal feed, and once more, the message is loud and clear: eating animal products is bad for your health! In fact, it can kill you. 

Dioxins may be the current food scare grabbing … Read more.