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Archive for April, 2012

  • 27
  • Apr

PETA Kicks Uniqlo’s Butt Over Cruel Sheep Mulesing

PETA supporters were out in force on London’s Oxford Street yesterday to protest fashion retailer Uniqlo’s continued use of Australian wool from mulesed sheep.

Australian merino sheep are bred to have wrinkly skin so that they will produce more wool, but the wrinkles collect moisture and attract flies. Flies lay their eggs in the folds of the animals’ skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive, creating a condition known as “flystrike”. In a crude attempt to prevent flystrike, Australian farmers perform the barbaric mulesing mutilation, in which they … Read more.


  • 26
  • Apr

10 Fascinating Facts About Foxes (With Photos)

A new three-part TV programme described by Channel 4′s Sara Ramsden as “everything you ever wanted to know about foxes but were afraid to ask” begins Monday, 30 April 2012. But before you watch Foxes Live: Wild in the City, check out these 10 interesting facts (complete with cute photos) about foxes, wonderful creatures who deserve more respect:

  1. Foxes are members of the dog family. A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod” and baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or
  2. Read more.


  • 25
  • Apr

Anjelica Huston Calls on Ireland to Stick to Fur Ban Despite Change in Government

Photo © DP/starmaxinc.com

BAFTA and Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston has appealed on behalf of PETA and the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) to Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, to ensure that Ireland honour its commitment to ban fur farming in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

“This issue means a lot to me as I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur. I had a change of heart when I learned how minks and foxes on fur farms are crammed into tiny, … Read more.


  • 24
  • Apr

Animal Groups Condemn Circus Consultation Sham

PETA has issued a statement with several other animal protection groups to announce that none will be participating in Defra’s shamefully biased consultation on the use of wild animals in circuses. Animal Defenders International, Captive Animals Protection Society, Animal Aid, Four Paws and Born Free are all boycotting the consultation, which closes April 25.

Last month, many people were understandably misled by a government statement which declared that “wild animals will no longer be made to perform in travelling circuses” and that they would be looking to … Read more.


  • 23
  • Apr

Sexiest Vegetarian Bathes in ‘Blood’ to Protest Deadly Cosmetics Tests on Animals

Sitting in a bathtub filled with “blood” with a banner that reads, “Stop the Bloodbath, Dr Cable: Support EU’s Cosmetics Testing Ban”, Victoria Eisermann – ex-Playboy model and female winner of PETA’s 2007 Sexiest European Vegetarian contest – was in full view of the Houses of Parliament today.

The European Commission – under pressure from the cosmetics industry – is considering postponing the 2013 deadline for banning the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals, and Dr Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has refused … Read more.


  • 22
  • Apr

What Will YOU Do on Earth Day?

Worried about the environment? If your answer is “Yes”, then we have a great way for you to help slow down climate change and save animals at the same time. Interested? Well, the single most important thing that you can do is ditch animal products from your diet and go vegan!

The livestock production industries are now recognised by the UN as one of the top contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. An immense strain is placed on our water and land resources. To put … Read more.


  • 12
  • Apr

Seal Slaughter – Revenge Is ‘Tweet’

Today, Canada is allowing sealers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to stalk baby seals across the ice, smash their heads in with clubs, ram hooks into their eyes or mouths, and drag them back to the boats, despite the fact that there’s no market for the seal fur. They will also rip the skin off the seals’ bodies while some of the animals are still alive. But you can help stop it – and it can be as simple as taking to Twitter.

(c) Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The Slaughter Has Read more.


  • 11
  • Apr

PETA’s New Billboard for Opening of 50-Stone ‘Super-Sized’ Mortuary

PETA’s brand-new billboard showing a meat pie in the shape of a coffin and reading, “Not Ready to Meat Your Maker? Fight Obesity: Go Vegan”, was revealed in Gloucester today. The billboard coincides with the official opening of a new mortuary to accommodate the bodies of people who weigh up to 50 stone.

In addition to causing animal suffering on an unimaginable scale, eating meat, dairy products and eggs has been conclusively linked to obesity, and the only healthy weight-loss plan that has been scientifically proved to take weight off and keep … Read more.


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  • Apr

Against Bullfighting? Then Don’t Bet on the Grand National

If someone in your office suggested organising a bet on a bullfight, what do you think people’s reaction would be? It would most likely be outrage. After all, how could anyone justify killing animals in the name of entertainment? But that is exactly what will be happening at Aintree on April 14 when the notorious Grand National takes place.

At four and a half miles, it is the longest and most deadly thoroughbred National Hunt race in the world. The Chair, Becher’s Brook and The Canal Turn are among the 30 … Read more.


  • 07
  • Apr

Shh! Want to Know the Secret to a Long, Healthy Life?

Go vegan! On World Health Day, what better time to look at improving your health in one simple step? Especially as this year’s theme is “ageing and health”. On average, vegans are slimmer, trimmer and healthier than meat-eaters are. Their risk of getting some of today’s biggest killers such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes is much lower and their life expectancy is higher. Just see what a meat-free diet can do for you!

Add to that the fact that you will be saving the lives of around 100 … Read more.