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Archive for December, 2012

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Farewell, Pandit Ravi Shankar – Musical Maestro and Animal Rights Champion

Bring Harmony Into Animal's LivesPETA and animals have lost a great friend this week. Ravi Shankar, the late sitar maestro, Beatles collaborator and honorary patron of PETA India passed away on Tuesday.

Compassion towards animals was a major part of Shankar’s philosophy. A lifelong vegetarian, he was proactively involved in defending the rights of animals and frequently spoke up to help end animal suffering. His actions included appealing to the Indian government to strengthen laws protecting animals, participating in a PETA India news conference urging the Supreme Court to hold authorities accountable for failing to … Read more.


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WINNING: Full Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics in the EU Looking Good!

A spokesperson for EU Commissioner Tonio Borg just sent us a letter today confirming that Mr Borg will not propose any delay or compromise on the cosmetics marketing ban due in March 2013, which would end the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals. Actually testing cosmetics on animals is already outlawed in the EU, but starting at the end of March, companies that test elsewhere won’t be able to sell their products here either. Not only does banning testing save hundreds of thousands of animals from cruel … Read more.


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The Hobbit: PETA’s ‘Horses’ Crash the Premiere

Fans were reminded of the deaths of numerous animals during the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as PETA supporters converged outside the ODEON Cinema in Leicester Square at the premiere. In all, five horses, 12 chickens, a pony and several goats and sheep were allegedly maimed or killed, and PETA wants to encourage moviegoers to let Peter Jackson know that using live animals – and letting them die – is unacceptable in the age of breathtaking special effects.

There is no “back again” for the animals who suffered and … Read more.


  • 12
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Members of Parliament Join PETA in Fortnum & Mason Foie Gras Protest

What do Members of Parliament Kerry McCarthy, Martin Horwood, Chris Williamson and George Galloway have in common?

They are all disgusted by Fortnum & Mason’s support of the cruel and vile foie gras trade.

PETA MP Fortnum & Mason

Even though Fortnum & Mason claims to be “quintessentially English”, it sells foie gras – a product that’s illegal to make in the UK and that has been condemned not only by MPs but also by Royals and a number of British icons, including Sir Roger Moore and Dame Vera Lynn.

After seeing PETA’s video footage showing … Read more.


  • 11
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Lucy Davis: Watch ‘Glass Walls’ and Leave Meat off Your Plate

Compassionate people often ask about easy ways to share the animal rights message. Actor and PETA supporter Lucy Davis has a suggestion: “Glass Walls“!

Paul McCartney famously said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian”. To prove his point, Paul narrated “Glass Walls“, perhaps PETA’s most powerful video yet. The video uncovers the misery and terror that billions of animals endure at the hands of the meat and dairy industries.

Young piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given any painkillers. Sensitive … Read more.


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‘Homeland’ Creator Demands End to Military’s War on Animals

Gideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit Channel 4 series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world. Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.

After reading PETA’s exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal here in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip … Read more.


  • 06
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Strongman Patrik Baboumian: ‘My Strength Needs No Victims’

Patrik Baboumian, holder of the Strongest Man of Germany title, is a vegan. In this new video for PETA Germany, he looks to define “strength” and asks if we really have to kill in order to live.

Like many professional athletes, Patrik recognises that a healthy plant-based diet gives him the protein and nutrients that he needs to build muscle and strengthen his immune system, without clogging his arteries with saturated fat. As the video demonstrates, Patrik also knows that only cowards hurt animals and that one of the most … Read more.


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PETA Volunteer Inspires People Globally to Stand Up for Animals

Today is International Volunteer Day. PETA owes its success to those who selflessly dedicate their time and resources to helping animals. We have so many volunteers doing wonderful work, and to celebrate, today we’re recognising one supporter with PETA’s Volunteerism Award.

Aylesbury College graduate Robert Crussell believes that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any other way – which also happens to be our founding principle. And Robert doesn’t just talk about his beliefs – he acts on them, publicly and often. He’s … Read more.