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  • 31
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2012 in Review: Highlights From PETA UK

What better time is there to reflect on a great year of hard work than New Year’s Eve. While we’re gearing up for 2013, here’s a look back at some PETA UK staffers’ highlights from 2012.

Mimi: Every new week brings something to celebrate – a campaign victory, such as getting the House of Lords to stop serving foie gras, a marketing milestone like reaching 25,000 fans on Facebook or a press coup like our press officer, Ben’s, appearance on This Morning, where we were able to reach thousands of … Read more.


  • 27
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Brian May Is the Champion: Musician Named PETA UK’s Person of the Year

Brian May is a man of many talents, from playing guitar in Queen to getting a PhD in astrophysics. But this year, his gift for helping animals took the spotlight as he became an outspoken opponent of the British government’s plans to kill tens of thousands of badgers.

A badger “is a wonderful, sentient being”, Brian told the world, spreading the message on TV and the radio, in newspapers and on social media as part of “Team Badger”, a coalition of groups opposed to the ill-advised cull. His passion and … Read more.


  • 25
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Give Animals a Happy Christmas

Christmas is here.
For Christians, it’s a holy time of the year, spent celebrating with friends and family and commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

When you consider that Christmas is a time to celebrate life, it seems peculiar that many Christians choose to share the products of violence, misery and death with their loved ones on this holy day. Meat, eggs and dairy products come from exploited and abused animals. PETA’s “Glass Walls” video offers a behind-the-scenes look at abattoirs, factory farms, live-animal transport and the fishing industry. Could such cruelty … Read more.


  • 24
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The First Step Towards a Fur-Free Russia?

Olga Shelest speaks out against cruel fur industryWe’ve just brought our campaign against fur to the country that buys more of it than any other in the world – Russia.

With well-known TV presenter (and vegan) Olga Shelest as the face of the campaign and a series of hard-hitting ads appearing on Moscow’s streets, people in Russia will soon have no excuse for overlooking the appalling cruelty that lies behind their animal-skin garments.

Olga admits that when she was younger, she owned a fur coat – before she learned the gruesome facts about where it came from. “When … Read more.


  • 21
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15 Tweetable Facts About Turkeys

Turkeys are fascinating birds, and like all animals, they deserve to be kept off the table this (and every) Christmas.

Turkeys are friends not food!

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Here are some things that you might not know about them:

  1. Turkeys are protective, intelligent animals with distinct personalities. Tweet this.
  2. About 25 thousand tonnes of turkey carcasses were produced in the UK in October 2012 – equivalent to the weight of 154 jumbo jets. Tweet this.
  3. Ten years is a turkey’s natural lifespan, but on factory farms, they’re slaughtered when they’re only 5 months old.
Read more.

  • 20
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PETA Joins With Peers to Rid Parliament of ‘Torture in a Tin’

Christmas has come early for ducks and geese, with the news that the House of Lords' restaurants will go foie gras–free in 2013!

PETA's appeal to rid the restaurants of this "torture in a tin" was backed by compassionate Peers, following a recent outcry over reports that the Barry Room restaurant was serving the cruelly produced foodstuff, made by force-feeding birds until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size.

In the appeal to the House of Lords Head of Catering and Retail, PETA pointed out that it is … Read more.


  • 20
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Further Suffering Averted – PETA Pressure Helps Prevent Weakening of UK Animal Testing Regulations

rabbits are just some of the animals harmed in experiments in UK laboratories

Animals in UK laboratories lead lives filled with fear and suffering, but last year, it looked like even the meagre legal protection that they currently have was under threat.

When PETA found out that animal testing legislation in the UK was going to change to incorporate an EU directive, we were worried that this could end up weakening regulations and make the situation for the victims of animal tests even worse. But after thousands of you responded to the public consultation and contacted the minister and after a year of pressuring … Read more.


  • 20
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Infographic: ‘The Hobbit’ – Unexpected Cruelty

Whistleblowers report that as many as 27 animals died preventable deaths during production of The Hobbit. Five horses, 12 chickens, a pony and several goats and sheep were reportedly maimed or killed.

Instead of coming clean and vowing to prevent similar tragedies by improving animal treatment on set or, better yet, not using animals in future films at all, Peter Jackson, his fellow producers and production giants Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema made statements that chose to avoid and deny some of the allegations.

Maybe they don’t understand how serious … Read more.


  • 19
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‘Barbaric and Shameful’: Oliver Stone Speaks Out Against MOD Pig Mutilation

Stone speaks out against army cruelty to animalsOliver Stone is disgusted by the UK military's use of live pigs as targets in training drills – and he's not afraid to speak his mind.

"As a U.S. Army combat veteran, I was horrified to learn from my friends at PETA U.K. that the Ministry of Defence has been shipping British military personnel to Denmark to watch live pigs be shot and mutilated on firing ranges and kept alive for several agonizing hours before finally being killed in cruel trauma training exercises", the Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer wrote this weekRead more.


  • 15
  • Dec

Victory! 70 Beagles Rescued From Tests!

In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, are being released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following rigorous campaigning for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.

The rescue was approved after PETA India notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control … Read more.