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Archive for November, 2012

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Musician Spotlight: Mike Scott

You probably know him has the bassist from the fast, hardcore-punk group Phinius Gage. And you’ve probably been wondering what Mike Scott is up to these days. Well, he’s using his voice to perform vocals for the hardcore band Lay It On The Line and, of course, to speak out for animals! Busy doing gigs with the newly formed group, Mike took a breather to talk with us about his vegan lifestyle, his influences and his music. Check out the exclusive interview and join Mike in kick-starting your vegan diet by … Read more.


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PICS: Foxes Snuggling Up in a Bed of Donated Furs

The fur industry is one of the most barbaric and bloody on the planet, causing millions of animals untold suffering every single year. So it warms our hearts to see former fur-wearers donating their coats to us to be put to good use – in this case, as bedding to comfort injured and orphaned animals.

The Fox Project in Kent takes in and nurtures hundreds of red foxes who have been injured or orphaned because of hunting, traffic accidents and “pest” control. PETA UK has sent this wildlife hospital some fur coats … Read more.


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MP Joins Call Against Fortnum & Mason Foie Gras Cruelty

MP Caroline Lucas has joined PETA’s campaign against foie gras. In a letter to Lord Chamberlain, she has called for Fortnum & Mason to be stripped of its Royal Warrants for continuing to sell foie gras – a product so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK and is banned from Royal menus.

In speaking out against Fortnum & Mason’s sale of this vile product, Caroline joins an increasing number of celebrities, including Sir Roger Moore, Bill Oddie, Chantelle Houghton, Dame Vera Lynn, Ricky GervaisRead more.


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Win a Jay McGuiness T-Shirt for Fur-Free Friday

Fur-Free Friday is 23 November. To celebrate, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness has hand-drawn a T-shirt declaring in behalf of animals: “Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin, Not Ours”. The signed shirt is being given away by our friends at Sugarscape.

While fans of The Wanted can be real party animals, life is anything but a party for animals who are used for fur. Rabbits and other animals raised for their fur go crazy from spending their entire lives in cramped, filthy cages, often without shelter from the elements. Fur farmers kill … Read more.


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Cosmetics: Is Change Finally Coming?

For months, rumours suggesting that the 2013 EU sales ban on animal-tested cosmetics could be weakened or delayed have intensified. The majority of the European population is opposed to animal-tested cosmetics, and caring consumers across Europe have protested vehemently to ensure the deadline is maintained. The ban is enshrined in the current EU directive for good reason: to attempt to assess the safety of cosmetics ingredients using defenseless rabbits and mice is not only cruel but also completely ineffective and puts human safety at risk, as the results cannot accurately predict human … Read more.


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Vegan Athletes Cross the Finish Line

Meet PETA supporter and endurance runner Brynjar. After learning about the abuse of animals on factory farms, Brynjar dropped meat, eggs and dairy products from his diet. And how did the switch to a vegan diet affect his athletic abilities? Well, the proof, as they say, is in the (soya) pudding!

No longer bogged down with all the saturated fat and cholesterol found in meat, Brynjar has never been faster than on a vegan diet. For the first time, he was able to complete a half-marathon in less than 95 minutes – … Read more.


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Revealed: MoD Killing Animals for Cruel Training

Earlier this month, the UK military participated in invasive and deadly animal-based trauma training exercises in Denmark.

British surgeons took part in drills in which live pigs were lined up at a firing range and shot with high-velocity bullets. Eighteen pigs sustained life-threatening multi-organ injuries and bone fractures in the archaic exercise, which took place between 6 and 8 November in Jaegerspris Kaserne. Animals who didn’t die during the exercise were later killed.

Maiming animals in this way is not allowed in the UK under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 – … Read more.


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‘Twilight’ Star Christian Serratos Urges Fans to ‘Respect Life’ by Going Vegetarian

Twilight star Christian Serratos, known to fans as Bella’s friend Angela, is featured in a new ad for PETA UK inspired by Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree, reminds fans that factory farms are hell for animals and that their death is slow and painful.

Serratos says that the best way to help animals is not to eat them. “When I stopped eating meat, I noticed that it was easier for me to focus, and I was really … Read more.


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Macka.B Wants to Change the World

Regular blog readers likely already know Macka.B. After all, his vegan anthem, “Wha Me Eat”, has a few thousand hits on PETA UK’s YouTube Channel. With his new album out this autumn, we thought we’d get to know one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters and veteran vegans a little better. We chatted about his music and what turned him on to animal rights.

Compassion to animals came naturally to Macka.B at a young age, as it does for many children. He recalls seeing a moth when he was very young … Read more.


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Prince Charles, the Goose

PETA has long heralded Prince Charles‘ stand against serving cruelly produced foie gras at Royal functions. So when we recently rescued geese from torture and slaughter at a foie gras farm in France, what better tribute could there be than naming one of the birds after a true friend, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales? For the real prince’s 64th birthday, on 14 November, we’ve sent His Royal Highness a framed certificate for his mantle piece.

Prince Charles PETA GoosePrince Charles the goose was intended for foie gras, a product produced by force-feeding Read more.