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Archive for May, 2011

  • 31
  • May

PETA Joins Host of Animal Protection Charities Calling on Prime Minister to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

PETA, alongside the majority of UK animal protection organisations, has signed a joint letter to David Cameron calling for him to reverse his decision not to ban wild animals in circuses.

The letter, which can be read in full here, was sent to Mr Cameron in advance of a debate in Parliament scheduled for next Wednesday. The debate has been secured by Labour MP Rob Flello, and MPs from all parties will be in attendance to put pressure on the government to reverse the decision not to implement a ban.

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  • 26
  • May

Compassionate Kid: Chris Ware

In recognition of his efforts to help animals, kind-hearted teen Chris Ware has been given a PETA Compassionate Kid Award.

Chris, who lives in Exeter with his family, including two rescued cats, is actively involved in animal rights campaigns. In his next action for animals, the 14-year-old will rollerblade the full length of Exmouth Esplanade in Devon sporting a chicken costume. He’ll be making the 4-mile trip on 29 May from the Marina to Orcombe Point and back again in order to raise money for an Essex animal sanctuary. Last year, he … Read more.


  • 25
  • May

Victory: Royal Shakespeare Company Goes Foie Gras–Free!

We have some great news to share! After being contacted by PETA and a number of their patrons, the Royal Shakespeare Company and its Rooftop Restaurant have agreed to end their sale of foie gras. They are the latest to join a growing list of British establishments that have dropped foie gras, including Selfridges and the BAFTAs. Prince Charles has even banned the vile product from his Royal residence.

Every year, millions of birds are born into a life of torture. Crammed into tiny cages or pens, these beautiful animals … Read more.


  • 24
  • May

Rip Van Winkle Writes EU Cosmetics Report

Last week, a report was published examining whether certain non-animal toxicity tests would be fully developed in time to replace animal tests in 2013. Why 2013? Because that’s when the EU is scheduled to ban the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals. (Cosmetics testing on animals is already banned within the EU itself, but cosmetics companies that test anywhere else can still, for now, sell their products here.)

The people writing the report must have been sleeping for the last 10 or 20 years because they … Read more.


  • 23
  • May

Activist ‘Bunnies’ Slam Applications for Cruel and Archaic Rabbit Farms

Carrying signs that read, “Everybunny Say NO to Factory Farms”, our giant costumed “rabbits” gathered outside the Rushcliffe Borough Council office yesterday to protest against applications for two rabbit farms in Granby and East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

Modern factory farms are designed to produce as much meat as quickly and cheaply as possible and in the least amount of space. The proposed farms would each house up to 1,100 rabbits who would be kept in wire cages stacked three high inside windowless barns. This unnatural environment – which provides no fresh … Read more.


  • 19
  • May

Lifesaving Hot Weather Tips for Dogs

© iStockPhoto.com / Gordo25

Living in the UK, we’re used to changing weather patterns, and even though most of the time it’s clouded over and drizzling rain, sometimes we experience weather like at the moment: hot, hot, hot!

While we’re all dusting off our flip-flops and our buckets and spades, it’s important to spare a thought for our animal companions. With the temperature expected to reach 30 degrees this weekend and high temperatures across the UK expected to continue into next week, I want to offer some great lifesaving tips on caring … Read more.


  • 19
  • May

Fukushima Farmed Animals Get Help

The Japanese Cabinet officially announced that the Prime Minister has ordered the Fukushima governor to euthanise all the farmed animals in the 20 km “no-go” zone. As sad as it is, the animals – many who have been without adequate food since the earthquake and tsunami in March – will finally be granted a peaceful end to their suffering.

Shocking images from the affected areas show dead farmed animals and some who have been cannibalised by others.

Thank you to all who wrote to Japanese officials urging them to take action.… Read more.


  • 18
  • May

Moby Talks Animals in Brand-New PETA Video

Grammy and Brit Award nominee Moby isn’t just releasing his new album and photo book, Destroyed, this week – he’s also the star of a new PETA video. In the video, recorded in Berlin by our German affiliate, the entrepreneur, author and activist opens up about his new album and, of course, about his experience as an advocate for animals.

“Industrial animal production destroys everything it touches”, explains Moby. “It destroys the animals, it destroys the workers, it destroys the communities, and it destroys the people who consume the animal … Read more.


  • 16
  • May

National Vegetarian Week

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, which takes place between 23 and 29 May, we’ve put together five actions that you can take to help make a positive change in the lives of animals bred for their flesh, milk and eggs:

  1. Go vegan, and encourage friends and family to do the same! For great tips and help with getting started, just order your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, which is packed full of yummy recipes and advice on cruelty-free alternatives to traditionally meat-based dishes.
  2. Host a vegan dinner party. Show your friends
  3. Read more.


  • 13
  • May

It’s Furriers’ Turn to Take a Blow in Europe

The European Union has done it again. First, it banned the sale of products from slaughtered seals, and now the European Parliament is requiring that all clothing containing any fur or leather whatsoever be clearly marked with labels stating, “Non-textile parts of animal origin”.

Member of the European Parliament Eva-Britt Svensson of Sweden said the new regulations would benefit animals, consumers, and allergy sufferers. “We’re always saying that consumer power is important, but if we’re serious about this, we have to live up to it and give consumers a chance to … Read more.