June 2011 - Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog

Archive for June, 2011

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Ann Widdecombe Backs PETA’s Calls for a Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

Former conservative minister Ann Widdecombe is backing PETA’s campaign for a ban on wild animals in circuses and is encouraging the public to urge the government to take action. In a parliamentary debate held Thursday, 23 June, MPs backed a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the ball in the government’s court.

“The time has finally come for Britain to end the barbaric spectacle of forcing wild animals to perform demeaning and often painful tricks in the name of entertainment”, said Ann. “Please show your support by

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  • 29
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PETA Calls on Iran to Scrap Mission to Send Monkey Into Space

PETA has sent an urgent letter to Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, requesting that he call off plans to launch a monkey into space later this summer. Monkeys are highly intelligent and sensitive animals who are not only terrified by the violence and noise of a launch and landing but also suffer when caged in a laboratory before and – if they survive – after a flight.

Iran’s plans hark back to the dark days of the US and Soviet space programmes in which dogs and primates were … Read more.

  • 29
  • Jun

Elen Rivas’ Anti-Bullfighting Ad Won’t Fly With easyJet

A new ad from PETA – in which Spanish-born celebrity Elen Rivas appears nude and “bleeding” from the banderillas stuck in her back next to the words “The Naked Truth: Bullfighting Is Cruel” – has been deemed too racy to run in Traveller, easyJet’s in-flight magazine. We’d hoped to reach British tourists with the message about boycotting bullfighting when they visit Spain, but the magazine’s publishers have ruled that although they sympathise with the cause, they cannot run the artwork because of the graphic nature of the images and the nudity … Read more.

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  • Jun

PETA Asia Pacific Wins Cannes Film Award

Animals winning at Cannes? Yes, they can. Check out this clever ad campaign from PETA Asia-Pacific and top ad firm McCann Erickson Singapore that just snagged a Silver Award for creative excellence at the Cannes International Festival Outdoor Awards.

The ads offer designer shoes, belts, and handbags at “unbelievable prices.” When curious smart phone users scan over the barcodes on the poster to get more information, the shoppers see Joaquin Phoenix’s exposé of the exotic skins trade or Pamela Anderson’s video about the horrors of the leather industry. The ads were … Read more.

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Advantage Ducks and Geese – Foie Gras Is Out at Wimbledon

For those tennis fans among you, we’ve got some ace news to share! After being contacted by PETA, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) has confirmed that foie gras is out this year and will not be appearing on official event menus.

Birds used for foie gras know only pain and suffering from birth until death. Confined for their entire existence to tiny, filthy cages and pens, these natural water birds are lucky if they so much as glimpse a large body of water, let alone have … Read more.

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Don’t Pop Into Fortnum & Mason for Ricky Gervais’ 50th Birthday Gift

ricky_gervaisIf you’re wondering what to buy Ricky Gervais for his upcoming 50th birthday on 25 June, you’d better steer clear of anything from Fortnum & Mason! The comedian set aside his well-honed sense of humour to pen a deadly serious letter on PETA’s behalf to F&M head Beverley Aspinall calling the department store out for its sale of cruelly produced foie gras.

Gervais isn’t the only public figure to team up with PETA to speak out against Fortnum & Mason’s continued sale of foie gras. Other supporters of PETA’s campaign include campaign … Read more.

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Top Dog Breeders Convicted of Cruelty

A mother-and-daughter dog-breeding duo who had won several awards at Crufts, the UK’s largest dog show, were convicted this week of cruelty to animals after 104 dogs were discovered living in “unimaginable squalor” at the women’s home last year.

Many of the dogs were kept in cramped, filthy cages or in dark, cluttered rooms smeared with faeces and without access to clean water. Sick and elderly dogs were denied veterinary care, including a poodle with a broken jaw and other serious health problems and a former show dog with an ear … Read more.

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Beagles Happy After Barking-Mad Breeding Facility Is Binned

PETA takes its hat off to the East Riding Council for denying the application of B&K Universal (a subsidiary of US-based Marshall Farms) to build an industrial facility for breeding dogs for laboratories. There is no place on UK soil for a mega-corporation that profits off animal suffering – a strong sentiment expressed by more than 2,300 PETA supporters in their letters calling on the council to reject the application. Had B&K succeeded in its plan, thousands of dogs bred at Grimston would have been subjected to experiments here in the UK … Read more.

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Closed: Win Goodies From Bourgeois Boheme

With summer coming up, it’s a perfect time to reintroduce some good friends of ours over at Bourgeois Boheme, who have the honour of being one of the finest, cruelty-free, sustainable and ethical chic boutiques in the UK. We’re delighted to offer you the chance to win some vegan-friendly goodies from them. It’s so simple – all you have to do is answer the following:

One of Bourgeois Boheme’s shoes share the same name as a vegetarian former Beatle. What is the name and what colours and size range does the Read more.

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Government Reveals Its Hand on New Animal Test Law

When laws protecting animals are updated, the usual practice is to strengthen them. But the Home Office’s just-released plans for a new UK law on animal experimentation could lead to more suffering for more animals than ever before.

Last year the EU produced a new directive to regulate experiments on animals, and that means that all member states, including the UK, have to amend their own laws. PETA worked hard to get the best result for animals when the directive was going through the European Parliament, and this will certainly stop some … Read more.