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Archive for March, 2011

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Will Giant Seal Ice Sculpture Melt Hearts?

Hoping to melt the cold hearts of the pro–seal-slaughter Canadian government, today we unveiled a 2-metre-tall seal ice sculpture outside the London headquarters of the Canadian High Commission. The seal statue directed onlookers to our new website, StopTheSealSlaughter.com, where they can watch (and share) video footage of the slaughter and sign Canadian native Pamela Anderson’s petition to stop the massacre.

“Even our ice sculpture seems warm compared to Canada’s cold-blooded war on baby seals”, says our special projects coordinator, Mandy Carter. “Despite universal condemnation, Canada maintains its cavalier attitude toward the … Read more.


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Why There Aren’t Nightclubs for Birds

Most birds love a sweet little tune. But they aren’t so fond of disco music blaring right next to their cages all night. At the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, a group of small caged birds is being used as a decorative prop in the foyer. Every evening, the foyer turns into a nightclub, and the birds are bombarded with deafeningly loud music for several hours.

It’s easy to see how the loud noise would leave the birds sleepless and upset. PETA US has written to the hotel … Read more.


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Chantelle Houghton Looks Good Enough to Eat in Lettuce-Leaf Minidress

Wearing a teeny green dress made of lettuce leaves, Big Brother winner and model Chantelle Houghton posed for photographs today in Covent Garden for the launch of our recently revamped vegetarian/vegan starter kit. Bustling Covent Garden, which used to host the largest fruit and vegetable market in England, was the perfect location for  ultra-fit Houghton to encourage people to go veg to help end animal suffering and improve their health.

“A vegetarian diet gives me the energy I need to maintain my active lifestyle”, says Houghton, who recently released a workout DVDRead more.


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50 Baths = 1 Steak

Playboy models and vegetarians Monica Harris and Victoria Eisermann shared a tub in Trafalgar Square today to mark World Water Day. The bathing beauties informed passers-by that it takes the amount of water in 50 bathtubs to produce just one steak. The action was designed to show that the best way to save water, fight the worldwide water shortage and clean our consciences is to go vegan.

“Not only is the meat industry cruel, it wastes huge amounts of water and damages the planet”, says bathing beauty Victoria Eisermann, who was … Read more.


  • 22
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Knut, Dead at Age 4

Knut, the polar bear cub who was the toast of the Berlin Zoo four short years ago, is dead. He was only 4 years old. 

Months ago, PETA Germany had warned the head of the zoo that Knut was being terrorised by his three female companions, one being his mother, Tosca, (who had once been used in a circus.) He was under constant stress. PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location. Like most … Read more.


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Animal Rescue Efforts Continue in Japan

PETA Asia staffer Ashley Fruno – who has been in Japan working with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki from the local group Animal Friends Niigata since last Saturday – has witnessed tremendous devastation and heartbreak since arriving in the region. But she has also seen people courageously putting their own lives at risk in order to safeguard their animal companions, and aid workers going above and beyond their mission to recover human bodies by saving animals who have miraculously survived the earthquake and tsunami.

UK citizens evacuating from Japan, as well as those fleeing from … Read more.


  • 21
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PETA Asia-Pacific’s Rescue Efforts in Japan

The first member of an international animal rights group to reach the disaster area, PETA Asia-Pacific senior campaigner Ashley Fruno has been in Japan with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata since taking the first flight to Tokyo after the airport opened on Saturday night.

There are few signs of life in the hardest-hit areas, but Ashley and Isabella have encountered many citizens who have stayed in their badly damaged homes for days because many evacuation centers are not allowing companion animals inside. With countless people being forced to evacuate because of … Read more.


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Update on PETA Asia-Pacific’s Rescue Work in Japan

PETA Asia-Pacific senior campaigner Ashley Fruno has been in Japan with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata since taking the first flight to Tokyo after the airport opened Saturday night. PETA Asia-Pacific is the first international animal rights group on the ground in affected areas.

While it is apparent that most animals were swept away with their humans in the worst-affected areas, Ashley and Isabella are ready to provide food, water and care to animals abandoned when their guardians fled to evacuation centres.

They’ve provided sustenance to animals whose guardians are having a … Read more.


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Finnish Fur Farms Not as Humane as Billed

Fox pups cannibalising each other, animals crammed into cages alongside rotting corpses, and foxes with missing legs and ears – these are just a few of the horrors uncovered during an investigation of 83 Finnish fur farms by Finnish animal rights organisation Oikeutta Eläimille (Justice For Animals). Shockingly, most of the farms were certified for humane treatment of animals. If humane treatment is defined as gaping wounds, missing body parts, and rampant untreated infections, what must the uncertified farms be like?

Among the “certified” farms that were investigated was one … Read more.


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PETA Asia-Pacific to Aid Tsunami Victims

The ferocious tsunami in Japan, caused by one of the largest earthquakes on record, surged several miles inland and claimed the lives of thousands of people and countless animals. PETA Asia-Pacific has sent staffers to some of the hardest-hit areas along the eastern coast to offer aid.

The key to protecting ourselves and our animal companions in any kind of disaster is being prepared. PETA US offers a tip sheet for animal guardians on how to prepare for any type of natural disaster that may arise. Tips include having an animal … Read more.