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Archive for August, 2011

  • 30
  • Aug

Camilla Adopts Adorable Stray Beth

It’s a long way from the streets of Southwest London to the manicured lawns of the Highgrove Estate, but that is where an adorable stray pup called Beth has found herself after the Duchess of Cornwall adopted her from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

PETA may not always have seen eye to eye with the Duchess, but credit where credit is due – the adoption has received worldwide media coverage and will hopefully encourage many people to open their homes to a rescued dog or cat.

PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk … Read more.


  • 28
  • Aug

Hurricane Irene Hits Virginia, PETA US Helps Save Local Animals

Amidst severe flooding and heavy rain, PETA US staffers have been out in force responding to emergency animal cases as a result of Hurricane Irene which has so far killed more than 10 people and countless animals and left an estimated 2 million people without power.

What follows is an account from Ingrid Newkirk – PETA US’s Founder:

It’s Sunday morning. Our building is in tatters, and two of our vehicles have cried “Uncle,” but we have two more vehicles, and they and our emergency rescue efforts are still going strong. We

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  • 25
  • Aug

Bathing Beauty Shows How Much Water to Produce One Steak

Nearly nude PETA model – and vegetarian – Megan Currie sudsed up in a tub for World Water Week while policymakers met in Sweden to discuss global water issues. The bathing beauty informed passers-by that it takes the equivalent of 50 baths filled with water to produce just one steak. Megan aimed to show people that the best way to fight the worldwide water crisis and clean their conscience is to go veg.

“Not only does the meat industry inflict cruelty, it also wastes huge amounts of water and damages the … Read more.


  • 23
  • Aug

Enough ‘True Blood’ for Cosmetics Testing

Photo: RE/Westcom/StarMaxInc.com

Showing that she’s far from cold-hearted, True Blood star Kristin Bauer has written to the European Commission to ask that it preserve the current planned date of 2013 for banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics and toiletries in the European Union. With the European Commission poised to make an announcement on the deadline this year, now is a critical time to apply pressure on them. We blogged a few months ago about a backward-looking scientific report which increases the risk the Commission will propose postponing the deadline, perhaps even indefinitely. … Read more.


  • 22
  • Aug

Go Fresher – Go Vegan!

It’s that time of the year again – thousands of students will be starting or returning to university and kicking off the term with a fun-filled fresher frenzy to settle in. But before the madness begins, here are a few handy fresher tips from an old and wise third-year:

  1. Now is the perfect time to go vegan! Now that you’re cooking and shopping for yourself, you can make sure that your cart is cruelty-free. Remember: vegetables are cheaper than meat, so your loan should stretch easily if you’re careful. When other
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  • 19
  • Aug

Victory! Elephants won’t Be Used as Equipment

Update: District Magistrate Naveen Mahajan of Jaipur has ordered the elephant Polo Cup to be canceled following appeals by PETA India and notification from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) that the cup organisers did not register the elephants with AWBI as required and also failed to submit valid elephant ownership certificates. The District Magistrate’s decision could pave the way for getting all elephant polo matches banned permanently.

After receiving an urgent letter from PETA India and following a series of telephone conversations between the group and Carlsberg India executives, the … Read more.


  • 17
  • Aug

‘Project Nim’: Bob Ingersoll Interview

Project Nim – the must-see documentary of the year by director James Marsh – details the attempts of scientists to teach a chimpanzee (Nim Chimpsky) sign language. Primatologist Bob Ingersoll features in the documentary, and our resident expert on all things animal testing related, Alistair Currie, interviewed Ingersoll on his relationship with Nim, animal testing and his interest in animals.

Here he is in his own words:

Alistair: Did you have a particular interest in … other animals before you started [working with chimps]? What gave you that original interest?

Bob: Read more.


  • 10
  • Aug

REACH: A Glimmer of Hope?

Puppy in a cage

© iStockPhoto / DanBrandenburg

We blogged a couple of weeks ago about the world’s largest chemical testing programme – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) – which also happens to be the world’s largest animal killing programme. A recent development has given us hope that the death toll can be cut, and we’ve taken action to try to ensure that happens as soon as possible.

REACH is an EU law that requires companies to submit “safety” data for chemicals that are made or imported into Europe. These data include … Read more.


  • 09
  • Aug

World’s Largest Supermarket Rejects Lamb Mutilation

Many Australian sheep will be spared from mutilation thanks to brand giant Tesco, which has announced that it will buy lamb meat only from farms that do not perform mulesing.

Mulesing is a barbaric procedure in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to carve chunks of skin and flesh from the lambs’ backsides in a crude attempt to create smoother skin that won’t collect moisture and attract flies. But the exposed, bloody wounds often attract flies before they heal, or they become infected. Many sheep who have undergone the mulesing … Read more.


  • 06
  • Aug

Almost 100 ‘Dogs’ and ‘Cats’ Line Up to Plead for Protection in Laboratories

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Almost 100 PETA supporters took part in an eye-catching photo opportunity at Marble Arch in London today to demand that the government not adopt lower standards of protection for animals in laboratories when it incorporates the EU’s new directive regulating animal experiments later this year. If the government adopts the directive without changes, all animals will be affected. But dogs and cats in particular would become far more likely to be used in experiments because they would lose the special protections that Britain has given them for … Read more.