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Archive for June, 2011

  • 17
  • Jun

Twiggy Asks Fortnum & Mason to Stop Foie Gras Sales

World-famous model and ’60s icon Twiggy has penned a letter to Fortnum & Mason Managing Director Beverley Aspinall urging her to end the store’s sale of horrifically cruel foie gras. Kindhearted Twiggy – who previously starred in an anti-fur PETA ad – joins a host of celebrities, including Sir Roger Moore, Steven Berkoff, the Duchess of Hamilton, Peter Egan, Jenny Seagrove and Carley Stenson as well as thousands of compassionate people across the country in calling on Fortnum & Mason to drop this “torture in a tin”.

As Twiggy … Read more.

  • 17
  • Jun

Activist Father Shares His Wisdom

Just in time for Father’s Day, we had the chance to talk to animal rights advocate and super dad Alistair Currie. He’s been fighting the good fight for animals for many years and is passing on his compassion for animals to his son, Alex. It’s amazing to see the animal rights message spreading from one generation to the next, and it all started with an argument! Check out our Q&A with Alistair to find out how he gets active for animals and shares his passion with his family.

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  • 17
  • Jun

Happy Birthday, Sir Paul!

Music icon and tireless animal defender Sir Paul McCartney is turning 69 on 18 June. The singer, songwriter and composer in one of the most successful bands in music history is also a devoted vegetarian.

Animal welfare is an issue so close to his heart that Sir Paul joined with PETA to narrate “Glass Walls,” an undercover video that shows the cruel treatment and suffering of animals on factory farms and at abattoirs. The video’s name is taken from McCartney’s famous quote, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would … Read more.

  • 16
  • Jun

Canada’s Worst Seal Slaughter

Usually, when we put the words “Canada” and “seal” in the same sentence, it’s bad news. But not this time. Canadian officials are reporting that this year’s seal slaughter saw one of the lowest numbers of seals killed in recorded history. The 2011 commercial slaughter claimed the lives of 38,000 harp seals, which, while still awful, is less than 10 percent of the 400,000-seal maximum.

Fewer and fewer sealers are participating in the slaughter. With the U.S. and European Union bans on seal-product imports, the price of a pelt has plummeted … Read more.

  • 15
  • Jun

Owain Yeoman Thinks Fortnum & Mason are Mental for Selling Foie Gras

Surrounded by “crime scene” hazard tape and chalk body outlines of dead geese, Welsh-born star Owain Yeoman, who plays Special Agent Wayne Rigsby in the hit Channel 5 television programme The Mentalist, led a protest against Fortnum & Mason’s continued sale of foie gras. Brandishing a sign that read, “F&M: Investigate Compassion – Ban Foie Gras”, Yeoman called for Fortnum & Mason to follow the lead of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, who have stopped selling the horrible product under pressure from PETA. Foie gras production is so cruel that … Read more.

  • 08
  • Jun

Something ‘Fishy’ Going On?

It’s World Oceans Day, and so today, we’re devoting our blog to the millions of individual fish and marine animals who suffer needlessly at human hands.

Fish are intelligent, complex animals who form strong social bonds and communicate with each other, and some even have a mischievous side! Numerous studies have shown that fish feel pain. Fish caught in nets and dragged from their homes experience excruciating decompression as they are pulled to the surface. The pressure can cause their eyes to pop out, and force their stomachs out through … Read more.

  • 07
  • Jun

Tiger-Striped Chantelle Houghton Goes ‘Wild’ Outside Parliament

Wearing little more than painted-on tiger stripes and holding a sign that reads, “The Cruellest Show on Earth – Ban Wild Animals in Circuses”, Celebrity Big Brother star and PETA friend Chantelle Houghton joined PETA in front of the Houses of Parliament to call on the government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The action came a day before a scheduled debate in Parliament in response to the government’s failure to implement a ban last month. The rejection was purportedly based on European Union legal concerns, but the European … Read more.

  • 03
  • Jun

Closed: Win a Pair of Tickets to See Born to be Wild 3D at IMAX

We are so excited about the opening of Warner Bros.’ film Born to Be Wild 3D in IMAX theatres on 18 June. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film follows the lives of orphaned orang-utans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue, protect and rehabilitate them. World-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and eminent elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick work in Borneo and Africa to return wild animals to their natural habitats against all odds.

The competition is now closed, thanks to all that participated.Read more.

  • 02
  • Jun

‘Mother Earth’ Says, ‘Save the Environment: Go Vegan’

With the Earth’s oceans and continents painted on her nearly naked body by makeup artist Tracy Kane and holding a sign that reads, “Save the Planet: Go Vegan”, model Celt from Superior Model Management appeared as “Mother Earth” in central Edinburgh today, just in time for World Environment Day. Accompanied by PETA supporters handing out leaflets explaining why meat is bad for the planet, the vegan “Mother Earth” wanted to let people know that the best way to “go green” is to ditch animal products.

In addition to causing the suffering of … Read more.

  • 01
  • Jun

Rabbits Spared From Hell-Hole Misery Thanks to You!

Champagne corks have been popping in the office following the news that plans to build two intensive rabbit-breeding farms in East Bridgford and Granby in Nottinghamshire have been shelved, thanks in large part to the many objections the council received. And you, our fabulous supporters, sent more than 1,600 of them!

The proposed facilities would have been the first rabbit factory farms in the UK in 15 years, and each would have housed up to 1,100 rabbits in wire cages stacked three high inside windowless barns. This kind of unnatural environment – … Read more.