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Archive for September, 2012

  • 29
  • Sep

World Heart Day: Go Vegan to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

According to the World Health Organisation, cardiovascular disease is the world’s largest killer. It claims 17.3 million lives a year worldwide. That’s more than malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined! But there’s one way to help prevent heart disease: by eating a plant-based diet.

It’s true! Going vegan can help prevent the vast majority of instances of cardiovascular disease as well as other degenerative illnesses. According to the American Heart Association, one of the world’s leading health authorities, vegetarians “have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high … Read more.


  • 26
  • Sep

Who’s on Your Plate?

To mark the World Week for the Abolition of Meat, a PETA supporter in Glasgow stripped down with the aim of encouraging passersby to have compassion for the billions of animals who are abused and killed by the meat, egg, dairy and fishing industries every year.

Posing on a giant plate – complete with to-scale cutlery, chips, peas and a serving of ketchup, her banner read, “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate. Go Vegan”.

Besides causing animals to suffer on a massive scale, consumption of meat and other animal … Read more.


  • 24
  • Sep

The Manila Zoo Has Failed Mali

Mali, the Manila Zoo’s lonely and ailing elephant, still has not been sent to a sanctuary. Dr Jane Goodall recently joined the effort to help Mali by writing to the Philippines president to support his directive ordering that Mali be reviewed and considered for transfer to a sanctuary. In the letter, Goodall emphasizes the importance of transferring Mali as soon as possible so that Mali can finally receive proper veterinary care and enjoy the companionship of other elephants.

“I am heartened to learn that you agree that action must be taken … Read more.


  • 21
  • Sep

Can Pest Control Be Vegan?

Lethal pest control is not only cruel but also ineffective. When foxes, rats, squirrels, birds and other unwanted animals are lethally trapped or poisoned, others of the species soon move in to fill the void left by those who were killed. The best way to control unwanted animals is to remove whatever attracted them to the property in the first place – such as food sources or nesting niches.

That’s how Kevin Newell, a vegan, takes on pest-control. He set up a company specialising in humane methods to repel and deter wildlife … Read more.


  • 19
  • Sep

How Vegans Do National Cupcake Week

This week is National Cupcake Week. Never to be left out of a baked goods–oriented celebration, we’ve been snacking our way through a selection of vegan cupcakes. With such variety of animal-free cupcakes available, you can treat yourself while choosing a compassionate diet.

You could always make your own, but leaving it to the skilled cupcake professionals can make National Cupcake Week extra nice. Here are a few ways to indulge this week:

Cat & the Cream has been around since 2009 and makes delicious handmade cupcakes in some great … Read more.


  • 13
  • Sep

Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat

With London Fashion Week starting tomorrow, PETA activists hit New Bond Street to remind shoppers that there’s nothing fashionable about wearing the skin of tortured animals:

Three models in black dresses and spiked heels held up the corpses of dead foxes, confronting fur-wearers with the rest of their fur coat.

Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted and are sometimes skinned while they are still alive. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood, … Read more.


  • 13
  • Sep

PETA Supports #TeamBadger

UPDATE: Most recent statement from Team Badger.

Badgers across England are currently being threatened: a planned cull will begin soon unless we can convince the government to stop the slaughter.

This cull is an extremely misguided plan to tackle bovine TB. The evidence that a mass slaughter of badgers would reduce levels of bovine TB is spurious at best.

The spread of bovine TB is, however, conclusively linked to the movement and intensive rearing of cattle in the meat and dairy industries, which ignore the fact that these sensitive, intelligent animals … Read more.


  • 11
  • Sep

PETA Invites the Queen to Adopt Her Next Corgi

Our heartfelt sympathies to The Queen. Losing a companion animal can be heartbreaking.

Monty, who passed away earlier this week, was the oldest of the royal pups, and for 13 years, he lived a truly enviable life. He lived with Her Highness in London, enjoyed trips to Balmoral and even had a starring role in the Olympics opening ceremony.

Thousands of dogs, including many corgis, are much less fortunate than Monty was and are currently languishing in animal shelters across the country, all in desperate need of loving homes. The situation … Read more.


  • 10
  • Sep

BON’A PARTE Goes Fur-Free Following a PETA Supporter’s Letter

Sometimes, just one person can make a huge difference for animals. While PETA and its affiliates around the world work to improve the lives of animals with high-profile campaigns, we know that small actions can also be very effective.

Many of our supporters achieve success through their own small actions, such as encouraging school cafeterias to offer more vegan options or working with a council to make a community safer for wildlife. And we love hearing their stories.

So we were very excited to find out how a Dutch supporter managed to … Read more.


  • 07
  • Sep

Kevin McHale of ‘Glee’ Roots for the Underdog

Kevin McHale, who plays Artie Abrams on the Channel 4 hit series Glee, understands what it’s like to be the underdog. So it isn’t hard to understand why he’s rooting for all underdogs in his new PETA ad, featuring his adopted pooch, Sophie:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs end up in shelters across the UK, and many are euthanised because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Countless others who never make it to a safe haven get injured or killed by vehicles, fall victim to cruel … Read more.