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Archive for July, 2011

  • 25
  • Jul

‘Fat Tax’ Starts This Autumn

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Have Denmark’s legislators been reading Animal Writes? PETA has long maintained that a tax on meat would help offset its negative impact on our health and the environment, and now it seems that the Danish government agrees with us. Starting in October, the country will levy taxes on certain meat and dairy products, animal fats, and other unhealthy foods.

The tariff will, of course, generate revenue for Denmark, but it is expected to cut healthcare costs as well if people respond by consuming less high-calorie, low-nutrition animal … Read more.


  • 22
  • Jul

Sexiest European Vegetarian 2011: More Sizzling Hot Entrants

Within a few short hours of launching our Sexiest European Vegetarian 2011 competition, we had already received a plethora of great entries from all across Europe, from Azerbaijan to Ireland and Italy to Poland. All the entries are compassionate European citizens. Here are four more sizzling hot vegetarian entrants, whom we’ve chosen at random:

Hernan became vegetarian 6 months ago and is a baker from Barcelona

Hernan became vegetarian 6 months ago and is a baker from Barcelona

Warsaw student Igor has been vegetarian for a year

Warsaw student Igor has been vegetarian for a year

14-year vegetarian, home maker and part time model Sophie from Essex

14-year vegetarian, home maker and part time model Sophie from Essex

Fashion and Textiles Graduate Mei from Berkshire turned vegetarian 2 years ago

Fashion and Textiles Graduate Mei from

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  • 22
  • Jul

Don’t Worry About Vivisection – the Government Has It in Hand

Household products

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We’ve been waiting more than a year, but on Monday, the government finally unveiled its grand plan to reduce the number of animals used for vivisection.

First, the good news. As promised, the government is taking steps to end the testing of household products on animals. This is an issue that I raised in meetings with key Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs before the election, and as long overdue as this is, the Coalition deserves credit for being the government finally willing to take action. It also … Read more.


  • 20
  • Jul

Animals Were Harmed in the Making of ‘Zookeeper’

PETA US members converged on the Hollywood premiere of the new movie Zookeeper to remember Tweet, a giraffe who collapsed and died on set during the movie’s production.

An elephant used in the film may also have been abused. Animal Defenders International took video footage of elephants as they were beaten and shocked by trainers at Have Trunk Will Travel, the company that provided the elephant for the movie.

PETA US Zookeeper Demo 1

Moviegoers may be surprised to learn that the presence of American Humane Association (AHA) representatives on a movie set is no guarantee … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jul

Closed: Win Tickets to See ‘Project Nim’ at BFI IMAX London (Waterloo)

Chimpanzee

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From the same Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire, Project Nim is a documentary about the unsettling life of tragic chimpanzee hero Nim Chimpsky. The film details his life, from being placed as a baby with a human family by Columbia professor Herbert Terrace to learning sign language and displaying proof of cross-species conversations to being shuffled around between many organisations and animal research laboratories as an adult.

We have three pairs of tickets to Project Nim up for grabs at a special preview screening on … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jul

The World’s Largest Animal Testing Programme – Even Worse Than You Thought

REACH adImagine finding out that the world’s largest animal testing programme – which has already killed an estimated 200,000 animals – is killing tens of thousands more animals than the law says it should. That is exactly what is happening right here in Europe. To draw attention to this tragedy, we’ve placed this advert in an influential European politics magazine, The Parliament, demanding urgent action from the authorities responsible.

This month, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which administers the massive European Union chemicals testing programme known as “REACH” (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and … Read more.


  • 18
  • Jul

Body Count Is in for the Running of the Bulls

At least 41 people suffered injuries during Pamplona’s San Fermin festival this year. One runner from Pamplona remains in the hospital after he was gored so deeply that his diaphragm ruptured. An Australian teenager fractured three vertebrae, and an Australian man was gored in the leg, piercing his femoral artery, after he taunted a bull.

While no people were killed in this year’s runs, the bulls didn’t fare as well. After being poked, prodded, and taunted by boozed-up revelers, the bulls ran panic-stricken through the streets to the bullring, where they … Read more.


  • 14
  • Jul

Sexiest European Vegetarian 2011: Previewing the First Entrants

Within a few short hours of launching our Sexiest European Vegetarian 2011 competition, we had already received a plethora of great entries from all across Europe, from Azerbaijan to Ireland and Italy to Poland. All the entries are compassionate European citizens. Here are four sizzling hot vegetarian entrants, whom we’ve chosen at random:

Cara from Germany is a school worker and has been vegetarian for 12 years and vegan for two.

Cara from Germany is a school worker and has been vegetarian for 12 years and vegan for two.

Hristo is an amateur skateboarder from Bulgaria and has been vegan since 2002.

Hristo is an amateur skateboarder from Bulgaria and has been vegetarian since 2002.

UK resident Sophia works with adults with learning disabilities and has been vegetarian since age 8 and vegan for three years.

UK resident Sophia works with adults with

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  • 14
  • Jul

10K Killed Every Day in UK Laboratories

Each July sees the release of the depressing official figures for the number of animals used in laboratories in the UK. After last year’s slight dip, the statistics this year (for 2010) show a shameful but sadly predictable rise in the number of animals subjected to experiments in the UK. That total now stands at 3,642,517 animals (in other words, almost 10,000 animals per day!)

Cats could lose their special protection, leading to more suffering

Cats could lose their special protection, leading to more suffering

Almost every single one of those animals will have been killed – either as part of the … Read more.


  • 11
  • Jul

Former ‘Playboy’ Model Proves Going Vegan Is the Formula for Success

Wearing a tight-fitting racer girl outfit and holding a sign that read, “Rev Your Engine: Go Vegan!” former Playboy model Victoria Eisermann handed out free vegan sausages from the Redwood Wholefood Company to Formula 1 racing fans at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

Victoria Eisermann at Silverstone handing out vegan sausages

Cholesterol and animal fat in meat, eggs and dairy products slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs and can increase the risk of impotence. Besides leading to animal suffering and environmental degradation on a massive scale, eating meat in the kitchen has a … Read more.