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The Food of Love

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PETA’s here with some advice for singletons looking for love this autumn and winter (and beyond):

The secret to finding your Romeo or Juliet could be as simple as going vegan! Because, believe it or not, what goes onto your plate has a big impact on what goes on (or doesn’t) in the bedroom! Vegetarians and vegans are, on average, fitter and slimmer than meat-eaters are. Also, heart disease and obesity – both linked to meat consumption – can slow someone down so much that sex … Read more.


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Last Bull Dies in Barcelona

Pamplona Anti Bullfighting Demonstration 2011The last bull has been stabbed to death in Barcelona now that the last scheduled bullfight has taken place in Catalonia, the Spanish region that’s widely considered to be bullfighting’s birthplace. Faced with nearly empty arenas and growing condemnation of killing bulls for “sport,” the ban on this sadistic spectacle officially goes into effect January 1, and bullfighting is on its way out elsewhere as well.

Curious tourists who purchase tickets or those who simply go along with what’s included on their travel itinerary are the only ones keeping the fights alive … Read more.


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No Bull: easyJet Drops Bullfighting Promotions

After receiving letters from PETA and a PETA supporter highlighting the barbarity of bullfights and urging them to stop promoting bullfighting to British tourists visiting Spain, easyJet executives promptly took action and removed all references to bullfighting from their websites.

From the moment the bull enters the ring, he is destined to die. His death will be slow and painful, and the last moments of his life will be full of terror and confusion, played out in front of a jeering crowd. There’s nothing sporting about a bullfight – it is a … Read more.


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Ingrid E Newkirk to the Two Princes – Don’t Kill Birds for Sport

PETA’s founder and managing director, Ingrid E Newkirk, has just sent a letter to Princes William and Harry pleading with them to refrain from killing birds for sport after hearing that William has purchased 250 pheasants, ducks and partridges for a shoot at Sandringham Estate in honour of Harry’s birthday. 

“You are in the unique position of being able to wield considerable influence on whether people everywhere view animals and their place in our world with kindness or blithely ignore their suffering”, writes Newkirk. “Please open your hearts to the suffering … Read more.


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EU Isn’t Falling for Canada’s Latest Ruse

Canada’s barbaric seal slaughter continues its downward spiral – and it appears to be taking Canada’s integrity with it.

Last week, the European Union (EU) rejected an attempt by the native Canadian Inuit to challenge the EU’s ban on seal products.  Interestingly, the Inuit live far away from the area where the mass commercial slaughter takes place and are responsible for only about 3 percent of Canada’s annual seal kill. In addition, the EU already exempts Inuit seal products from the ban.

So why would the Inuit fight a ban that Read more.


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West Hollywood Bans Fur Sales Throughout City

The West Hollywood City Council yesterday voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur. A Fur Free West Hollywood campaign organiser Shannon Keith remarked: “West Hollywood’s ordinance banning the sale of fur is a historic step for the rest of the world, as it is the first city in the United States to pass such an ordinance. Cities like West Hollywood and communities all around the country are recognizing that the fur trade is barbaric, cruel and not fashionable”.

The ban makes West Hollywood the first city in the world to … Read more.


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Bill Oddie Left Twitching Over Fortnum & Mason’s Cormorant Cock-Up

Read Bill Oddie's letter to Beverley Aspinall in full here.

Beloved twitcher Bill Oddie has an ornithology lesson for Fortnum & Mason Managing Director Beverley Aspinall, (or Beverley ‘KnowsBuggerAll’ amirite?) who, in a meeting with PETA earlier this year, attempted to justify F&M’s continued sale of foie gras by equating its production – in which ducks and geese are force-fed via a feeding pipe rammed down their throats several times a day until their livers become diseased and enlarged – with cormorants who swallow whole fish in the wild! In a … Read more.


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Pamela Anderson to European Commission: Don’t Turn Back the Clock

PETA friend, super-vegan and animal saviour Pamela Anderson has written to European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli urging him to honour the original 2013 deadline for banning the sale of cosmetics in the EU that have been tested on animals.

In her letter, which can be read in full here, Pamela states, “I love cosmetics, but there’s no reason for animals to suffer for lip gloss and eye-liner; those cruel tests are from another era”. She goes on to say, “Today, there are effective and 100 percent humane … Read more.


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Victory: Foie Gras Just Isn’t Cricket!

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It’s been a great summer for England’s cricket fans, with the team currently the ICC Twenty20 champion, the holders of the Ashes and the top-ranked test side in the world. But birds also have something to celebrate because the world-famous home of English cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, has removed foie gras from its menu!

After viewing PETA’s foie gras exposé narrated by Kate Winslet, which shows how ducks and geese are abused by being repeatedly force-fed in order to produce this horrific product, Lord’s made the … Read more.


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British Bollywood Star Jiah Khan Goes Wild in New PETA Ad

Crouched in a cage wearing a leopard-print bodysuit next to the words “Wild Animals Belong in the Wild. Boycott Zoos”, Bollywood beauty Jiah Khan stars in a brand-new ad for PETA to spread the word that animals suffer in captivity.

“Actors choose to entertain, but animals locked away in zoos are given no choice”, says Jiah. “All strong-willed beings treasure their freedom above all else, and that applies to tigers, elephants, bears, monkeys and other animals too.”

Jiah Khan for PETA

Jiah Khan for PETA

Captive wild animals, including those born in captivity, retain the very … Read more.