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Archive for January, 2013

  • 30
  • Jan

Zac Goldsmith to Fortnum & Mason: Throw Out Foie Gras

Zac Goldsmith, MP, has joined the call for Fortnum & Mason to drop foie gras – a food whose production is so cruel that it is illegal to produce in the UK and which His Royal Highness Prince Charles has banned from menus at his Royal residences.

The Conservative politician, who is known for his concern for the environment, wrote to CEO Ewan Venters after seeing PETA’s investigation into the shocking treatment of geese on farms that the store gets foie gras from:

Traditional “la gavage” foie gras production is

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  • 28
  • Jan

Terrified Monkey Returns From Wasteful Trip to Space – PETA Comments

With the news of a monkey allegedly launched into space, Iran is repeating the wasteful and cruel mistakes that marked the darkest days of the space race. PETA urged Dr Hamid Fazeli, head of the Iranian Space Agency, to ground the misguided mission back in 2011, pointing out that primates are no longer sent into space by the American or European space agencies.

We are appalled by photos of a visibly terrified monkey crudely strapped into a restraint device in which he was allegedly launched into space by the Iranian Space … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jan

The Life of a Piglet

A new documentary, Pig Vision, follows two brothers born on a pretty typical pig farm in Austria. One of the brothers, known as X15, is held in a rearing pen and lives through the horrific process that awaits the vast majority of pigs in the European Union.

The other brother, Jackpot, is rescued and grows up on a sanctuary. The contrast is stark, as one brother lives a social, playful life while the other is denied everything that is natural and important to him.

The conditions portrayed in the video are … Read more.


  • 25
  • Jan

Maggie Q: Fight Climate Change With Diet Change

Actor Maggie Q is turning up the heat on the fight against climate change. You may have seen her signature fighting moves on Nikita, but her greatest attack against one of the largest causes of environmental destruction – the meat industry – is her plant-based diet. There are many proposed solutions to beating climate change, but the most powerful thing that you can do right now is to go vegan.

Maggie has no regrets about giving up meat, and in her bold new PETA ad, shot by iconic photographer Frank … Read more.


  • 25
  • Jan

Recipe: Vegan Haggis for the Laddies and Lassies

Today marks the birthday of Scotland’s most beloved poet, Robert Burns, and on both sides of the border and around the world, people will be celebrating the occasion with a traditional Burns supper. But if you’re planning to address the haggis tonight, go for a vegan version of the Scottish staple – because the contents of traditional haggis are not only gross but also the product of horrific cruelty.

Burns himself had an ethos of respect and compassion towards animals. In his famous poem “To a Mouse“, Burns apologises to … Read more.


  • 24
  • Jan

Were Animals Poisoned in Unauthorised Chemical Tests? PETA Complaint Triggers EU Inquiry

In 2011, we learned that animals may have been poisoned and killed in toxicity tests that should never have taken place, as part of the EU’s chemical testing programme, REACH – the largest chemical testing programme in the world.

REACH rules state that animal tests can only be conducted as a “last resort”. But in 2011, a report from the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), which is responsible for policing REACH, showed that tens of thousands of animals were used in tests that could have been avoided. Yet ECHA has taken no … Read more.


  • 23
  • Jan

PICS: PETA Donates Furs to the Vulnerable

For years, PETA UK has encouraged people to donate their unwanted furs to us under the banner “clear out your conscience as well as your wardrobe”. Well, thousands of people have done just that, and we’re putting them to good use. We used some as bedding for orphaned foxes,  and we recently shipped 150 coats to Moldova to help vulnerable people keep warm this winter.

The fur coats were dispatched to needy people in Moldova, where temperatures regularly drop to below -15 degrees Celsius and can reach -30 degrees and keeping warm … Read more.


  • 22
  • Jan

Lacey Banghard: Too Much Sex Can Be Deadly

Lacey Banghard might have been voted out of the Celebrity Big Brother house only a few days ago, but she’s already teamed up with PETA to stand up for what she believes in – safe sex for cats and dogs!

The curvaceous model took to the streets of London to promote animal sterilisation. As a compassionate person, Lacey is understandably concerned about the massive problem of cat and dog homelessness in the UK and knows that the only solution is animal birth control.

 

“If cats and dogs could rubber up, tens … Read more.


  • 21
  • Jan

Don’t Worry – Be Happy

Today is “Blue Monday”, apparently the most depressing day of the year. But don’t despair: if the bad weather and post-Christmas gloom have got you down, there’s an easy way to cheer yourself up – go vegan!

A study published in Nutrition Journal reveals that vegans score significantly better on mood scales and have lower instances of depression, anxiety and other negative moods than their meat-eating counterparts do. They may also be more optimistic about the future, according to researchers at Harvard.

Why? The researchers suggest that it’s because getting omega … Read more.


  • 17
  • Jan

If You Wouldn’t Eat a Horse …

If you wouldn't eat a horse
No doubt you’ve seen the story splashed all over the papers this week about the horsemeat found in burgers from several major UK supermarkets. We absolutely agree with the British public that turning horses into burgers is outrageous – but is it really more shocking than doing the same to cows?

Cows, pigs, sheep and chickens – like horses – are sensitive creatures with distinct personalities, able to experience pain, suffering and fear. Yet millions of them are routinely abused and killed for the meat industry, without making headlines. They may … Read more.