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Archive for October, 2012

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  • Oct

Halloween Can Be a Truly Frightful Time of Year for Cats

A variety of superstitions surround black cats. In some cultures, they are considered good luck, while others find them frightening.

But at Halloween, it is the cats who often have reason to fear. Each year, we receive reports of animals – especially black cats – who are abducted, injured and even killed by cruel people who use and abuse them for “pranks” or sacrifices. Last year, in the run-up to the holiday, four black cats went missing in one community alone.

It is safest to keep cats indoors all year round, but … Read more.


  • 29
  • Oct

Fortnum & Mason Is Unfit to Hold Royal Warrants

PETA has been campaigning hard recently asking Fortnum & Mason to join shops like Selfridges and Harvey Nichols by ending its support of the barbaric foie gras trade.

Despite a shocking undercover investigation of several farms represented by the Sarlat Perigord cooperative, from which Fortnum & Mason’s distributor sources foie gras, that revealed the horrific suffering of birds, Fortnum & Mason continues to sell the vile product.

As a store which trades on its English heritage, Fortnum & Mason should not be supporting a product so cruel that its production is illegal … Read more.


  • 27
  • Oct

Joanna Krupa: Fur Trim Is Seriously Unattractive

Joanna Krupa, who was voted Sexiest Model in the World by magazines in the US and Australia, is stripping down for animals in her brand-new PETA ad, in which she points out the absurdity of wearing fur and fur trim by wearing “a bit” of it herself!

“I wanted to do this campaign to keep talking to people about how bad fur is. Stop! Fur is not sexy. It’s not cool”, Krupa says in her PETA US interview. “You’re walking down the street wearing fur—you really look like an idiot!”

Animals … Read more.


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  • Oct

Herd of ‘Cows’ Up in Arms Over Dairy Factory Farm

PETA supporters greeted members of the Powys County Council as they arrived at the town hall in Welshpool to discuss a proposal to expand Leighton Farm into an industrialised dairy farm with 1,000 cows. They were there to tell council members that if they want to keep pollution and the abuse of animals out of Powys, they’ll immediately vote down this proposal.

Dairy factory farms deny cows everything that’s natural and important to them and relegate them to a life of suffering and an early death. The cows are forced to … Read more.


  • 23
  • Oct

Animal Welfare Groups Unite to Demand End to Fortnum & Mason’s Foie Gras Sales

In the latest development in PETA’s foie gras campaign, other leading animal protection groups have joined our call for Fortnum & Mason to end its sale of the vile product. In a letter sent to the store’s new managing director, Ewan Venters, the groups voiced the opposition of their millions of supporters to the barbaric force-feeding of ducks and geese and refuted the store’s preposterous claim that less than 1 per cent of the population are opposed to foie gras. In fact, a 2007 poll conducted by Ipsos MORI and commissioned … Read more.


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  • Oct

French Screen Legend Brigitte Bardot Joins Call for Mali’s Release

Iconic international film star Brigitte Bardot has sent a letter to the Philippine ambassador to France urging her to convey to Philippine authorities the message that Mali, an ailing and solitary elephant who has been confined to a small enclosure at the Manila Zoo for 35 years, should be transferred immediately to a sanctuary in Thailand. In the letter, Bardot points out that elephants in zoos suffer both physically and psychologically when confined and separated from other elephants.

“Elephants are animals who are totally unfit for captivity”, writes Bardot, whose organisation, the … Read more.


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  • Oct

Thousands Turn to Twitter to Tell F&M to Toss Foie Gras


Everyone’s been talking about PETA’s new undercover video footage, narrated by Sir Roger Moore, which exposes cruelty to geese on foie gras farms supplying Fortnum & Mason’s distributor. With articles about the video in The Observer, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Express and the Independent, this cruelty is hard to ignore!

One place where people have been sharing their outrage is Twitter, with thousands tweeting the video and asking @FortnumandMason MD @EwanVenters to ditch cruel foie gras. The celebs have also been coming out in droves – with everyone from an Emmy Award … Read more.


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  • Oct

The Situation Speaks Up to End Animal Overpopulation

We’ve teamed up with Jersey Shore‘s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino to combat a really serious situation – animal homelessness.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs end up in animal 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 are injured or killed by vehicles, fall victim to cruel people or succumb to starvation, disease or weather extremes.

The Celebrity Big Brother finalist knows that the only way to end the animal … Read more.


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  • Oct

Morrissey Stands Up for Elephants

Never one to shy away from sharing an opinion, Morrissey lent the spotlight at his recent Boston, Massachusetts, gig to help get the word out about elephants suffering in a circus act.

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PETA US has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after someone in the audience of a Ringling circus sent them a video showing a handler hooking and striking an elephant named Luna—who has a history of leg problems—with a bullhook. Moz’s bandmates took to the stage in T-shirts reading “Ringling Beats Animals” to spread the word.

Morrissey and … Read more.


  • 11
  • Oct

Victory: Rabbit Factory Farm Plans Withdrawn!

Rabbits were spared a life of being suspended in wire cages inside windowless sheds as plans for a factory farm in South Derbyshire have been withdrawn.

PETA supporters sent more than 2,000 e-mails to South Derbyshire District Council urging it to reject the plans. The proposed farm would have housed up to 260 breeding does by the end of three years, each of whom would have been forced to produce up to 52 babies a year. The rabbits would have been individually housed in an unnatural environment which affords no fresh air … Read more.