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Archive for May, 2012

  • 24
  • May

UK Ends Cruel Mouse Test, US Poised to Do the Same

In very welcome news, the UK’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it has completely replaced the painful and often fatal test on mice that used to be conducted to identify poisonous contaminants in shellfish. After consistent pressure from PETA and PETA US on both UK and EU authorities, the European Union introduced a law in 2010 that would phase out the test by 2015: we’re delighted that the UK has beaten the deadline by years. (You can learn more about the test and its replacement here –  although I warn … Read more.


  • 23
  • May

Put Pressure on Fortnum & Mason by Calling Their ‘Boss’, Guy Weston

Guy Weston is the chair of Wittington Investments, owner of Fortnum & Mason. He has the authority to end Fortnum & Mason’s support for foie gras cruelty today – he just needs enough people to tell him how objectionable foie gras is and that compassionate people across the world will not stop the pressure until Fortnum & Mason ends the sale of foie gras in its store and restaurants.

Please take just a few minutes to call Mr Weston. Ask to speak to him directly, although you Read more.


  • 22
  • May

There’s Nothing Fishy About Moshi Moshi’s PETA Award

Moshi Moshi, Brighton’s best loved sushi restaurant, has always been popular with vegans because of its many fish- and meat-free options. Now the restaurant has gone one step further and netted itself a PETA award for teaming up with ethical food firm Redwood to offer compassionate customers delicious fishless options like “fish” udon and stir-fry noodles.

Moshi Moshi’s owner says the move was prompted by the company’s firm belief in “restorative eating” and that “[o]ne way we can do this is by decreasing our reliance on animal proteins and to eat … Read more.


  • 22
  • May

Activists Tell Fortnum & Mason Foie Gras Is ‘Blooming’ Cruel!

PETA’s brilliant activists joined our “goose” outside the world famous Chelsea Flower Show today to let show attendees know about the horrific cruelty that Fortnum & Mason is supporting by continuing to sell foie gras. Whilst Fortnum & Mason hosts Chelsea’s Hospitality Village, geese are suffering and dying so that their diseased livers can be sold at the London store.

PETA's goose at the Chelsea Flower Show

Foie gras is so cruel that its production is illegal in the UK and 16 other countries. To make the “torture in a tin”, young ducks and geese are crammed into tiny … Read more.


  • 17
  • May

New EU Directive: Government Averts the Worst for Now, but Doesn’t Close the Door

The government published its official response today to last year’s public consultation on the new EU directive on animal experiments. Thousands of PETA supporters responded to the consultation and contacted the minister on this matter because of the threat that standards in UK laboratories could be dropped even further. PETA is pleased to see that the government has resisted some of the most obvious threats that the new directive poses to animals in UK laboratories and has accepted many of the arguments that we put forward in our detailed response consultation … Read more.


  • 16
  • May

BBC Fall Fowl Over Foie Gras Promotion

For featuring foie gras on BBC2′s Great British Menu and for promoting foie gras recipes on a number of its webpages, PETA has sent a letter to the BBC demanding that all foie gras promotions be removed from the license payer–funded service.

“Using TV license money to promote foie gras – a product so uniquely vile that its production is banned in Britain – is indefensible”, says PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “The BBC has a responsibility to the public and should remove all foie gras promotions from its webpages and programmes.”

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  • 14
  • May

Pamela Anderson Welcomes New Indian Dog Into Her California Home

When Pamela Anderson visited India recently, her heart was captured by the plight of the homeless dogs she saw on the streets. So when Pamela – an honorary director of PETA US – learned that PETA India’s Poorva Joshipura was headed to the States to meet with her overseas colleagues and visit her family, the Baywatch star asked if Poorva would take a homeless puppy with her. Pamela has decided to name her newest family member, who was rescued from a construction site in Mumbai, Pyari, or “Loved One”.

Pyari

“I’m tickled to … Read more.


  • 10
  • May

China Poised to Accept First-Ever Non-Animal Test Method for Cosmetics

Chinese officials are in the final stages of approving the use of the country’s very first non-animal test method for cosmetics ingredients, thanks to guidance from scientists funded by PETA US. The 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, which tests chemicals for their potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight and is already in wide use in the EU and US, is scheduled to be accepted in China by late summer. Before now, China has required cosmetics companies to test ingredients and products only … Read more.


  • 09
  • May

Compassion Is Always Sexy

Yes, they have smoking bodies, flawless skin, and a perfect smile, but many of the women on FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World 2012 list have something else in common – they show compassion towards animals. From rescuing a shelter dog to speaking out against fur and exotic animal skins to adopting a meat-free diet, these gorgeous ladies use their voice to help animals. And what could be sexier than that?

Proving that it’s beautiful to be kind, below are just a few examples of how the world’s hottest ladies have … Read more.


  • 08
  • May

‘Skinned’ People Descend On Hermès Leather Exhibition

Body-painted to resemble “bloodied, skinned” people, three models representing PETA converged outside the opening of the “Hermès Leather Forever” exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Arts today. They held signs reading, “Hermès, Bag Cruelty: Ditch Leather”, while other PETA members handed out leaflets to passers-by and people attending the event. In addition to causing cows to suffer and die, the leather industry is toxic to the environment and a threat to human health. Unlike more progressive companies, Hermès also uses fur.

Skinned protesters outside Hermes leather exhibition

“There’s nothing remotely fashionable about dismembering cows alive … Read more.