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Archive for April, 2011

  • 28
  • Apr

PETA Adopts a Bear as a Wedding Gift for the Royal Couple

PETA has sent Prince William and Kate Middleton a unique gift that we hope will give the Royal couple paws for thought: the adoption of an adult black bear named Mama Bear from Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, on the couple’s behalf.

In Canada, mother bears are routinely killed so that their skins can be fashioned into the ceremonial caps worn by The Queen’s Guards. Hunters often destroy entire families, as orphaned cubs, unable to fend for themselves, typically fall victim to predation or starve to death. Many bears who … Read more.


  • 21
  • Apr

Fortnum & Mason Make Former Playboy Model ‘Cross’

Bodypainted to resemble St George’s Cross and holding a sign that read, “Fortnum & Mason: Stop Importing Cruelty. Drop Foie Gras”, five nearly naked PETA supporters – including former Playboy model Victoria Eisermann – unfurled themselves outside Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly today just in time for St. George’s Day. The lovely ladies’ point? That while Fortnum & Mason attempts to appear patriotic with an “all things English” event, the store refuses to stop selling foie gras – the enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese – which is imported from France … Read more.


  • 15
  • Apr

Fortnum & Mason Outshone by PETA’s Mass Balloon Giveaway

Shoppers walking past Fortnum & Mason today may have walked away with more than they bargained for. 9 PETA Action Team members from all over the world turned out en masse to hand out 500 balloons that read, “Fortnum & Mason: Drop cruel foie gras”, on one side and had an image of a goose on the other side. The balloons were handed out as part of PETA’s campaign to get the store to join others, such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, in ditching the “torture in a tin”.

The eye-catching event coincided with … Read more.


  • 13
  • Apr

Russia Celebrates First Vegan Café

Animals are getting a whole lotta love at Russia’s first vegan restaurant, the Moscow franchise of the international chain Loving Hut. The restaurant appropriately chose April 7, World Health Day, for its grand opening, which featured Russian vegetarian celebrities, a fashion show featuring clothing made of fruits and vegetables, an animal rights film screening, and, of course, plenty of delicious vegan cuisine.

Russian animal rights group Vita says the growing number of Russians who care about animals and healthy eating are thrilled to welcome Loving Hut, and Vita considers … Read more.


  • 13
  • Apr

I’d Rather Run a Marathon Than Wear Fur/Eat Animals/Go to the Circus/Do Anything That Harms Animals

My name is Tess Pugh, and I’m a PETA marathon runner!

On 17 April, I’ll be running 26.2 miles through the streets of London to raise as much money as I can to help PETA fund its vital work to save animals.

I live in Buckinghamshire with my husband and our two girls, aged 8 and 10, and our 18-year-old deaf cat. This is the first marathon I’ve taken part in, and I really want to make it a huge success. Having been the laziest person alive until well into my … Read more.


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  • Apr

Serbian Teacher Saves 500 Dogs

After the caretaker of the only animal shelter serving a large region in Bačka Topola, Serbia, died tragically when her house burned down, 500 dogs and puppies were left to fend for themselves for weeks.
 
A compassionate teacher who had taken her students to the area realized that the dogs were in trouble and called PETA US for help. They put her in touch with a Serbian animal rights group, Freedom for Animals, who alerted the media to the dogs’ plight. Within a week, the Serbian government had reconnected electricity … Read more.


  • 09
  • Apr

Page 3′s Amii Grove Knows Exotic Skins Belong in the Jungle, Not in Our Wardrobe!

Amii Grove

© Alison Webster/The Sun

Warm-blooded males will be getting the message loud and clear today that only the cold-hearted could wear snakeskin boots or python belts. Model Amii Grove is supporting PETA’s campaign to highlight the plight of exotic animals who are killed for the skins trade by gracing the pages of Page 3 while body-painted to look like a snake. It took six hours for body painter Laura Scimone to transform Amii into a beautiful snake.

Amii was horrified to find out from PETA that snakes and lizards are commonly nailed Read more.


  • 05
  • Apr

Sir Terry Pratchett Is a Hero to Animals

Renowned Discworld novelist Sir Terry Pratchett now has another honour to add to his long list of accolades: PETA’s Hero to Animals Award. PETA gave Sir Terry the award after learning that the best-selling author had pledged a £10,000 reward to help find the person who killed 31 swans in Somerset.

Sir Terry was outraged by what he called the “wanton destruction of a living creature”. He added, “People who do this sort of thing to an animal are probably a danger to people as well”. He’s right: people who abuse animals are … Read more.


  • 01
  • Apr

You’ll Want to See PETA US’ New Groundhog Day Over and Over…

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In a world where a man is forced to live the same day of his life over and over again…

(I’m doing my best film trailer voice-over impersonation here).

Folks who love animals and a good comedy, you’re in for a treat that’s been two years in the negotiating. Through a special grant from a Hollywood supporter, PETA US has finally purchased the rights to the 1993 classic Groundhog Day and it’s now set to get a makeover: a freshly-shot and even happier ending than the original.

In … Read more.


  • 01
  • Apr

Edinburgh’s Parents Get the Message to Look After Their Kids’ Health

After hearing of the alarming expansion of kids’ waistbands in the Scottish capital – about one in 10 of its Primary 1 schoolchildren is now considered clinically obese, according to the NHS National Services Scotland – we’ve placed our latest billboard at Crewe Toll, in Edinburgh, in the hopes that residents will take stock of the city’s ballooning childhood obesity problem. The eye-catching advert reads, “Feeding Kids Meat Is Child Abuse. Fight the Fat. Go Veg”.

Large numbers of British children are now suffering the ills of high-calorie, meat-rich diets. Medical professionals … Read more.