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Archive for June, 2012

  • 28
  • Jun

Victory! UNIQLO Pledges to Phase Out Buying Wool From Mulesed Sheep!

After eight months of international campaigns by PETA and our affiliates, UNIQLO – part of Fast Retailing, the fifth-largest retailer in the world – has agreed to phase out the use of wool from sheep who have been mulesed.

Mulesing is a barbaric practice that involves cutting large chunks of skin and flesh from the rear ends of merino sheep, often without any pain relief. Mainly practiced in Australia, mulesing is a crude attempt to prevent flystrike, which can be controlled by using humane options.

UNIQLO now joins other top international retailers, such as … Read more.


  • 26
  • Jun

PETA To Jimmy Carr: Avoid Taxing Your System – Go Vegan

Recently, PETA contacted Jimmy Carr to ask him to consider putting his face to our latest campaign.

With animal products linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, we hope the famous comedian can help to tout the numerous health benefits of a vegan diet by starring in a tongue-in-cheek ad with the tagline “Avoid Taxing Your System – Go Vegan”.

The British Medical Association has shown that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, large-bowel disorders and gallstones. By abandoning animal products, meat-eaters can lower their … Read more.


  • 25
  • Jun

Victoria Eisermann Says “Evict Meat” in Veg-Covered Big Brother Chair

Sitting in a Big Brother diary room chair covered only by strategically placed vegetables and holding a sign that reads, “Evict Meat: Vote Vegan”, glamour model Victoria Eisermann – who was the first to be voted out of the Big Brother house – is encouraging compassionate people to keep meat, eggs and dairy products off their plates.

Victoria Eisermann "Evict Meat, Vote Vegan"

In today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers, fish are … Read more.


  • 21
  • Jun

Groups Speak Out Against Using Animals at Olympic Opening Ceremony

When Danny Boyle announced that the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games would involve 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheepdogs, compassionate people around the country – and the world – were dismayed.

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk immediately fired off a letter to Boyle explaining that the animals would be stressed and anxious when forced into an unfamiliar and frightening situation. All the bright lights, noisy crowds and fireworks would create a traumatic environment for the animals. Urging him to reconsider, … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jun

Cody Simpson: Animals Are Family

Adorable Aussie Cody Simpson has girls around the globe in full-on swoon as they scramble to grab his new EP, Preview to Paradise, and catch him on his US tour this summer. But who’s really got him good? His dog, Buddy.

Cody Simpson for PETA

In his new campaign for PETA, Cody asks all his fans to take excellent care of their own animals and always speak up anytime they see or suspect animal abuse:

Cody joins a growing list of compassionate stars, including Justin Bieber, Jay Sean, Michael Clarke Duncan, Anti-FlagRead more.


  • 19
  • Jun

‘Spare the Bears’ Event – July 14 – London

Bears are still being cruelly killed for The Queen’s Guards’ caps, and we desperately need your help in stopping this. We have an eye-catching, fun way for you to show your support for PETA’s campaign to save them!

On 14 July, we will be holding a 5k walk through some of central London’s most famous locations, and we need YOU and your teddy bear to join us. PETA aims to get as many people as possible to march through the streets of London for PETA’s “Spare the Bears” event. The dress code … Read more.


  • 15
  • Jun

Why Did the ‘Chicken’ Cross the Road?

To send birthday greetings to Paul McCartney, of course!

It’s not John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing Abbey Road – it’s a “fish”, “pig”, “chicken” and “cow” carrying signs that spell out “Happy Birthday, Paul! Thank You for Loving Us, Not Eating Us” in honour of the celebrated vegetarian’s 70th birthday. In addition to sending Paul the one-of-a-kind photograph, PETA will also be distributing free copies of its “Glass Walls” DVD – narrated by Paul – to the fans who will gather on Abbey Road and in Liverpool on Paul’s … Read more.


  • 11
  • Jun

Celebrate Men’s Health Week With These Hearty and Healthy Vegetarian Men!

Here’s a sobering fact: heart disease is the single biggest killer of men. That’s right – more deadly than car crashes and cancer, heart disease is the number-one cause of premature death among men in the UK. Why are we telling you this? Because you can help prevent the vast majority of cardiovascular diseases – and other degenerative illnesses, for that matter – simply by adopting a plant-based diet.

Today marks the start of Men’s Health Week, a week designed to get men to start thinking seriously about their health, well-being … Read more.


  • 08
  • Jun

Speak Out for ALL Ocean Inhabitants on World Oceans Day

June 8 is World Oceans Day. Whilst many people will be speaking out for the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises – which we obviously commend – isn’t it time that we also showed compassion towards all of the oceans’ inhabitants?

Scientists have determined that lobsters not only feel pain but also perhaps feel pain even more so than humans would in similar situations. According to invertebrate zoologist Jaren G. Horsley, “The lobster does not have an autonomic nervous system that puts it into a state … Read more.


  • 07
  • Jun

Bill Oddie Takes BBC Bosses to Task for Promoting Foie Gras

Former BBC wildlife presenter Bill Oddie has condemned the BBC for promoting cruelly produced foie gras on BBC Two’s Great British Menu and on a number of its websites. In a scathing letter fired off to BBC bosses on behalf of PETA, Oddie adds his “voice to the distaste and disappointment at the BBC’s apparent lack of awareness or, perhaps – worse still – moral concern” in promoting a product so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK.

“By featuring and publicising chefs … Read more.