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Archive for February, 2012

  • 29
  • Feb

New PETA ‘Freak Show’ Ad Shines the Spotlight on Crufts

With Crufts so close, we’ve released a hard-hitting, old-fashioned–style “freak show” ad which activists will hand out to visitors attending the event. The ad shines the spotlight on a fact that the Kennel Club would rather keep quiet: that many of the most popular breeds of dogs have been bred for looks instead of health, welfare and temperament.

Crufts Circus Poster

A 2008 BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed, investigated the health and welfare issues facing pedigree dogs and caused the RSPCA to withdraw its support of Crufts and the BBC to cancel its longstanding … Read more.


  • 29
  • Feb

Ask Your Partner to Take the Leap and Go Vegan

PETA is asking all its female members and supporters to get down on bended knee, look their beloved in the eye and propose…that they Go Vegan for Leap Day!

The 29th of February is traditionally a day where women ask men to marry them, but we feel a more fun and important use of this auspicious day is to ask the men in our lives to go veg for the day. Not got a boyfriend? No problem! Ask your brother, dad, or anyone you love to … Read more.


  • 27
  • Feb

New Virus Means More Suffering for Animals Raised for Food

Many of us will have seen stories in the media about the Schmallenberg virus, the latest disease to hit animals already suffering in severely crowded and filthy conditions. The virus causes birth defects and miscarriages in sheep, goats and cattle, and it effects milk yields in cows and causes them to have diarrhoea. It is believed to have started in Germany, but cases have now been confirmed at 74 farms in the UK.

In addition to being forced to endure unnatural conditions, farmed animals … Read more.


  • 27
  • Feb

Two More Airlines Say ‘No’ to Primate Cruelty

Exciting news! Two more air carriers, TAM and Hainan Airlines, have announced that they will no longer transport primates for use in cruel laboratory experiments! PETA and other animal protection organisations put the pressure on the airlines after it was revealed that they were recently handling shipments of monkeys to laboratories in North America.

Now we’re that much closer to stopping the transport of primates for use in experiments once and for all – but we’re not there yet.

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  • 21
  • Feb

Repent – This Lent – With Cruelty-Free Pancakes

This Pancake Day, we’ve got a mouth-watering recipe to share with you! Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the last Tuesday before Lent. Traditionally, Lent is a time of abstinence and making amends for one’s sins, and Pancake Day was the last chance people had to indulge themselves and use up the fatty foods in their homes, such as butter and eggs, which are forbidden during Lent.

But things are about to change. Here’s a pancake recipe that’s free of all those sinful animal fats, which means that people can … Read more.


  • 15
  • Feb

Canada’s Seal Slaughter Dying Off

Harp Seal Sea Shepherd

© Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Since 1996, the Canadian government has poured millions of dollars a year into subsidising the commercial seal slaughter and marketing the fur and flesh of baby harp seals. But all that money isn’t doing any good – the seal industry continues to collapse.

Since the European Union banned the import of seal products in 2010, Canada has fought with it, the World Trade Organization and anyone else it could think of to have the ban overturned – so far without any luck. Canada tried to go … Read more.


  • 15
  • Feb

Massive Anti-Bullfighting Demonstration in France

In a tour de force, more than 2,000 citizens from 177 groups, including PETA France, took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to speak out against bullfighting.

After marching through the nation’s capital, past the UNESCO office, the activists gathered at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to illuminate a giant banner reading, “Corrida Abolition” (“Abolish Bullfighting”).

With the Eiffel Tower in the background, the activists raised a lit banner.

The demonstration follows another event in which 95 activists staged a peaceful sit-in protest in a bull ring in … Read more.


  • 13
  • Feb

Victories, Progress and Patience

It’s always fantastic to be involved in an intense campaign that achieves quick results for animals. Two weeks ago, we stopped an Air France shipment of monkeys destined for an animal laboratory, and the week before, we persuaded the government to refuse permission for a new beagle-breeding farm.

However, we also make slow and steady progress in areas that impact thousands and even millions of animals. For instance, we have just learned of a small but vital change that removes some of the bureaucratic obstacles preventing companies from bypassing animal … Read more.


  • 13
  • Feb

PETA and ARAN Activists Warm Dublin’s Heart for Valentine’s Day

Holding heart-shaped signs that read, “Ireland: Fur Out, Love In”, four sexy activists – two women wearing only red panties and spiked heels and two male “cupids” wearing only red boxer shorts and a pair of wings – led a protest held jointly by PETA and Irish group Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day. The amorous activists aimed to turn up the heat on the Minister of Agriculture to include a ban of fur farms in the impending Animal Welfare Bill.

PETA and ARAN activists in Dublin

“We’re bringing our big hearts … Read more.


  • 09
  • Feb

Giant ‘Condom’ Promotes Animal Birth Control in Run-Up to National Condom Day

With a sign that read, “Dogs Can’t Use Condoms: Spay and Neuter”, a PETA member dressed as a giant pink condom descended on Newcastle in advance of National Condom Day (14 February) to point out that Tyne Tees has England’s largest population of stray dogs per person and that the only way to get a handle on the cat and dog overpopulation crisis is always to have companion animals spayed or neutered.

PETA's giant condom

“If cats and dogs could wear condoms, millions of animals would be saved from suffering and death”, says PETA Senior Programme … Read more.