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Archive for November, 2011

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Thousands of Birds Spared From Life of Hell

An application to extend a broiler-chicken unit in Worcestershire that we objected to has been refused. This is great news for up to 168,000 chickens who would have been forced into a life of pain and suffering had the plans been approved.

While we celebrate this great victory, we won’t stop fighting until all chickens raised for their flesh – crammed together into huge, dark, filthy ammonia-laden sheds and forced to grow so large so quickly that they become crippled under their own weight – are free … Read more.


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Army of 007s Protest Fortnum & Mason’s Foie Gras Cruelty

An army of PETA supporters wearing masks resembling 007 star Sir Roger Moore surrounded Fortnum & Mason with signs that read, “Boycott Fortnum & Mason”, in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. Prompted by Moore, PETA’s primary advocate for ending sales of foie gras, the look-alikes encouraged would-be shoppers to skip Fortnum & Mason – which continues to sell foie gras, a product so cruel that its production is illegal in the UK – in favour of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, both of which no longer put the … Read more.


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We’ll (Never) Meet Again Unless You Drop Foie Gras

Beloved by British troops for her outdoor concerts during World War II, Dame Vera Lynn now has a whole new flock of fans after penning a letter to Beverley Aspinall, managing director of Fortnum & Mason, asking her to stop the sale of the vile food product foie gras in the store. In the letter, Dame Vera – who has long expressed her affinity for birds in lyrics such as those in the songs “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” and “A … Read more.


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Spreading the Word on Fur-Free Friday!

It’s time to get into the fur-free spirit! Fur-Free Friday is 25 November, a day when, all around the world, people who care about animals will be out in force to educate holiday shoppers about the cruelty inherent in the fur trade.

Most fur in European shops nowadays comes from China, where animals raised for their fur endure filthy, cramped cages before they are killed in violent and painful ways. Some animals are still alive as long as 10 minutes after they have been skinned. Our recent video, narrated by Natalie … Read more.


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Mango Bans Fur and Exotic Skins

Leading international clothing and accessory retailer Mango has banned the use of exotic skins in its product lines after meeting with PETA US and learning about the extreme animal suffering caused by the exotic-skins industry. The company has also announced that it will no longer sell fur items. Mango is based in Barcelona, Spain, and has a total of 2,060 stores in 104 countries worldwide, including 70 in the UK.

“Although we aren’t as familiar with minks, foxes, snakes and alligators as we are with the … Read more.


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PETA’s ‘Pig’ and ‘Cow’ Join the 99 per Cent

Last week, PETA’s loveable “pig” and “cow” joined the protesters at St Paul’s Cathedral. They were there to let people know that while a relatively small number of people fatten their wallets in the meat, egg and dairy industries, billions of animals suffer and die.

Because of corporate greed, animals are being treated like parts on an assembly line rather than the intelligent, sensitive individuals they are. Anyone opposed to injustice or morally bankrupt operations by big business should condemn industrialised animal agriculture, which causes animal suffering on a colossal scale.… Read more.


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‘Strongest Man’ Eats Plants, Loves Animals

He can raise a car clear off the ground, toss huge logs through the air, and lift monster dumbbells. And he hates cruelty to animals. Patrik Baboumian, holder of the “Strongest Man of Germany” title, is a plant-eater!

Like many professional athletes and champion fighters, Patrik recognizes that a healthy plant-based diet gives him the protein and nutrients he needs to build muscle and strengthen his immune system, without clogging his arteries with saturated fat. Patrik also knows that only cowards hurt animals and that one of the most … Read more.


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Next Time You See Someone Wearing Fur…

They sit next to you on the train, they walk past you at the supermarket and they might even work in your office – so when you see someone wearing fur, it’s good to be prepared. It’s hard to believe, I know, but many people who wear fur still have absolutely no idea what happens to animals who are killed for their skins. Or perhaps they think that if the jacket is “vintage“, somehow that makes it alright – and they need you to let them know it isn’t! With … Read more.


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Socialites Say Good Riddance to Fur

What do you give a beautiful and charming New York socialite for her birthday? Fur coats, of course. At her birthday luncheon today, Cornelia Guest and her well-wishers donated dozens of their own coats – made from foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, minks and other animals – to PETA US’ fur-coat giveaway program for the homeless.

PETA US Vice President Dan Mathews was on hand to collect the furs and said, “Fur used to be a uniform in high society, but that’s all changing, and nobody illustrates that better than Cornelia”.

After the vegan … Read more.


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Twilight Stars Shine for PETA!

If, like us, you love The Twilight Saga, you’re already all geared up for the latest serving of vampire mania, Breaking Dawn – Part 1, due to hit cinema screens this weekend.

Despite their characters’ dead hearts, many of the smouldering Twilight stars have a warm heart for animals. The newest member to appear in a PETA ad is hunky werewolf Booboo Stewart (aka “Seth Clearwater“).
 

Stewart wants you to know that buying an animal from a breeder or pet shop means killing the chances of animals … Read more.