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Archive for December, 2011

  • 27
  • Dec

Morrissey Named PETA’s Person of the Year 2011

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For helping to make the world a kinder place for animals, we’re proud to announce that compassionate crooner Morrissey is PETA’s 2011 Person of the Year.

A long-time champion of animal rights and vegetarianism, this year the Lancashire born singer – described by NME as “one of the most influential artists ever” – has once again been using the limelight to shine a light on the terrible suffering that animals endure on factory farms and inside abattoirs.

During his European tour, Morrissey had information tables with animal rights literature manned … Read more.


  • 22
  • Dec

Chantelle Houghton: Ho, Ho, Faux – Don’t Buy Foie Gras

Christmas shoppers outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store got a festive surprise today when Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton, dressed in a seasonal red velvet robe, led a protest against the department store’s sale of foie gras. Our favourite socialite handed out free tins of deliciously decadent, cruelty-free faux gras to shoppers who signed PETA’s enormous Christmas card urging the department store to end its sale of a product so cruel that its production is illegal under UK law.

“I’m dreaming of a kind Christmas – one where foie gras is … Read more.


  • 21
  • Dec

Video: Climate Change 2.0: Chomped if We Want It!

A new video from international environmentalists Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, created as part of the Chomping Climate Change campaign, has been featured on Sir Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign website.

The video comes shortly after the most recent rounds of COP17 talks in Durban, South Africa, and is designed to outline what people can do to help limit greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce the dangerous levels of carbon already in the atmosphere.

With a recent UN report on climate change, and Worldwatch Institute’s Livestock and Climate Change report both … Read more.


  • 20
  • Dec

Horses Spared From Life of Misery on Oxford Streets

It’s the season of celebration, and in that spirit, we’ve got another reason for you to feel jovial this Christmas: Oxford City Council has rejected plans to reintroduce horse-drawn carriages! We are SO grateful to you, our brilliant supporters, who accounted for 95 per cent of the objections received by the council!

Horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises and unexpected sounds, and busy city streets have plenty of both. There have been countless incidents in which horses and people have suffered serious injuries or even … Read more.


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  • Dec

Trading Standards Warns Fortnum & Mason To Stop Misleading Customers Over Animal Welfare Claims

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In response to a complaint we filed, Fortnum & Mason has been warned by Westminster Trading Standards that if it does not amend its corporate social responsibility policy or make it clear that the policy does not cover foie gras, it could be in breach of the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and face legal action!

The company disingenuously states that “animal welfare is very important to us” and claims that all its meat is of the highest welfare standard, complying with the “Five Freedoms” framework. … Read more.


  • 15
  • Dec

25 Celebrities Who Won’t Be Eating Turkey This Christmas

Who eats turkey at Christmas?! Not these compassionate celebrities, who have made the choice not to gobble down something that used to … gobble. This holiday, take a tip from the stars – extend the season of goodwill and compassion to animals by leaving them off your plate:

Sir Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Owain Yeoman

Owain Yeoman

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Sadie Frost

Sadie Frost

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Anne Hathaway

Ann Hathaway

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Chantelle Houghton

Chantelle Houghton

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire

Joan Read more.


  • 14
  • Dec

Would You Eat Your Dog?

How would children feel if Spot and Fluffy were stuffed and roasted for Christmas? That’s what we’re asking this holiday season with a new billboard that shows an animal who’s a cross between a dog and a turkey. We decided to run the billboard near Manchester schools in the hope that it will spark a dialogue between kids and their parents.

“Kids love animals, and if they thought about how turkeys feel pain and fear just as dogs and cats do, they’d trade in their drumsticks for a veggie roast in a … Read more.


  • 13
  • Dec

Ricky Gervais Tells It Like It Is…

We love Ricky Gervais, a high-profile friend for animals – he’s starred in a PETA video as a skinless rabbit, scorned Fortnum & Mason Managing Director Beverly Aspinall for the store’s continued sale of foie gras and slammed animal donation schemes, and he always has something positive to say about animals on Twitter.

With that in mind, I just wanted to draw your attention to a few recent gems from Ricky. Enjoy!

From Ricky Gervais’ own blog:

So I went shopping with Karl. It’s even more fun than the

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  • 12
  • Dec

Meowy Catmas (and A Hoppy New Year)

Most cats may prefer spending the holidays scaling the Christmas tree and playing with the box rather than the present, but not these kitties! They are helping PETA wish you a meowy Catmas and a hoppy New Year!

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  • 12
  • Dec

Top Five Faux-Wool Coats

Like it or not, your winter coat is going to be your constant companion for the next few months – so it’s important to choose wisely. Compassionate fashion is all the rage this season, and with so many warm, stylish options to choose from, there is just no need to wear wool (or any other animal product for that matter!). Wrap up in warmth and strut your stuff with a faux-wool number like the ones featured here. Following the trend of bold colours, big collars and ladylike silhouettes, these coats prove that … Read more.