Last Sunday in County Antrim, Ireland, someone set fire to a 3-year-old border collie, leaving her with extensive burns. This despicable act elicited a reaction from British and Irish Lions rugby star Stephen Ferris, who is today calling for people to come forward with information.
“Animal abusers are cowards”, says Ferris. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them. Anyone capable of dousing an innocent animal in petrol and setting him on fire also shows a frightening lack of empathy and respect for life. It’s so … Read more.
Saving wildlife sometimes requires novel ideas. That’s exactly what the Perth & Kinross Council has come up with in response to survey findings which showed that 63 per cent of the drainage gullies in the council area contained some form of wildlife, the majority being amphibians.
Their solution? A specially designed kerb which contains recesses that give animals a leg up by allowing them to follow the lower edge of a kerb while keeping clear of drains. Frogs, newts and toads will be jumping for joy as the new kerbs are tested … Read more.
As you know, PETA has been working hard to get the government to introduce a complete ban on wild animals in circuses, a ban that’s overwhelmingly supported by the public and by Parliament, unlike Defra’s current unpopular plan for inspection and licensing schemes. And while we may not be quite there yet, the pressure is clearly having a big impact. According to a recent report, The Great British Circus – one of the few remaining circuses to use wild animals in the UK – will soon be going animal free because, … Read more.
If it weren’t for the photos that greet you when you visit her website, you’d never guess that Isle of Wight resident Jazzy Heath is only 15 years old.
Showing resolve beyond her years, Jazzy has made a commitment to helping animals. Using digital media, she’s enlightening people she has never even met about the benefits of going vegan. For her tireless efforts in reaching out to other young people around the world to win justice for animals, Jazzy – a vegan since birth – has won a Compassionate Teen Award… Read more.
Maria Alekhina, a vegan member of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, reportedly collapsed from malnutrition during a recent court appearance where three members of the protest band are currently on trial in Russia.
After learning that Maria was struggling, Hollywood sweetheart and vegan cookbook author actor Alicia Silverstone sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to make plant-based foods available to imprisoned Alekhina and all Russian prisoners.
In her letter, Alicia writes, “Regardless of the trial and its outcome, I’m sure you can agree that everyone has the right … Read more.
Trauma training sees live animals shot, stabbed, mutilated and killed in horrific training exercises for military medical personnel. More than three-quarters of NATO allies use simulators or other non-animal models because they recognise that animal training bears no resemblance to real battlefield conditions. The UK, shockingly, is not among these NATO countries.
A recent study by PETA US published in the August 2012 issue of Military Medicine, the journal of US military surgeons, reveals that 22 of 28 NATO nations do not use animal laboratories for military medical training. The six NATO countries … Read more.
Last week, the government sent PETA its proposed new law on animal experiments – the one resulting from the long, long process of translating the 2010 EU directive passed into UK law. Parliament will only be permitted to rubber stamp the draft regulations so we can expect very few changes before the new law comes into force at the start of 2013.
PETA – and our fantastic supporters – have been working for nearly two years to ensure that implementing the directive wouldn’t lead to the standards of protection for animals in … Read more.
Cruelty to animals is no laughing matter. In time for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which once again plays host to some of the UK’s top comedy talent, PETA UK is naming our five favourite animal-friendly comedians who stand up for animals—both on-stage and off:
Ricky Gervais: When he’s not cracking up audiences, Gervais is picking cracks in animal exploitation. He teamed up with American rocker Pink to provide the voices for a PETA advert in which a computer-generated alligator and rabbit demand their skins back. He also sent a letter … Read more.
It’s another win for animals as Compass Group UK & Ireland finds its moral compass and pulls ‘torture in a tin’ from menus!
The company has confirmed that it has removed foie gras from all menus. A big move, considering that Compass Group has extensive catering contracts that span top hotels, government departments and premier British sporting events – including the acclaimed Sofitel T5 at London Heathrow, the Ministry of Defence and Chelsea Football Club.
The compassionate move follows talks with PETA UK and an online campaign in which our awesome supporters … Read more.
Pamela Anderson is the latest to write to politicians following PETA India’s discovery that Sunder, a young elephant held in a temple, is being abused by his handler.
Sunder is kept alone in a dark shed where he is confined to chains with sharp spikes. He has also suffered injuries from being jabbed in the right eye with a sharp, metal weapon.
After learning about the plight of Sunder, Pamela fired off a letter to Vinay Kore, a member of the legislative assembly of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the leader … Read more.