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Archive for February, 2013

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Badger Culling – Barbaric and Misguided

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In the light of this week’s distressing news that thousands of badgers are likely to be killed in the UK, here’s a statement from Team Badger, (of which PETA is a member) on just how pointless and wrong this culling is:

The Government’s determination to go ahead with the badger cull this summer once again proves how misguided and out of step with scientific fact and public opinion it is on this issue. Culling badgers is not the answer to eradicating bovine TB. Not only is the practice inhumane and

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  • 28
  • Feb

Final Appeal: Please Take Action Now for the AstraZeneca Beagles

UPDATE: We’ve just heard the devastating news that most of the AstraZeneca dogs were shipped to UK laboratories over the past few days.

A few dogs are still left in AstraZeneca’s breeding facility in Örkelljunga, Sweden. Please call AstraZeneca’s board today and ask them to show mercy and rehome the remaining beagles.

The number to call is +46-8-553 260 00.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has been speaking out for these dogs over the past days and weeks, on the phone, by e-mail and on Facebook and Twitter. The response has … Read more.


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Why Is Olivia Munn Heartbroken?

After watching never-before-seen images of animals who were electrocuted, strangled and skinned alive on Chinese fur farms, Olivia Munn was shocked and sickened – as any kind-hearted person would be.

The Iron Man 2 star and long-time fur opponent narrates the hard-hitting new video, which she describes as “one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen.” It features harrowing scenes of workers who bludgeoned raccoon dogs, cut off rabbits’ heads, and ripped the fur off animals’ bodies as they writhed in pain, still conscious. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s … Read more.


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101 and Still Going Strong – Is Fauja Singh the World’s Most Impressive Vegetarian?

You’re only as old as you feel, as the saying goes, and record-holding marathon runner Fauja Singh certainly proves that your age needn’t hold you back – the lifelong vegetarian will run the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday, despite having celebrated his 101st birthday last April!

So what’s the secret to Fauja’s awe-inspiring stamina and longevity? A wholesome plant-based diet, which is good for the planet and his own health. “In many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, whilst others are dying because of overeating”, he explains. “My … Read more.


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Sadie Frost: Open Your Eyes to Animal Suffering With ‘Glass Walls’

Vegetarian actress endorses Paul McCartney DVDLike millions of other caring people, Sadie Frost is a vegetarian. Recognising that eating meat will always involve cruelty, the actor and designer, who recently stepped into the PETA office to judge our shiny new vegan fashion awards, keeps dead animals off her and her children’s plates. But for anyone who is hesitating about ditching meat, she has one piece of advice – watch “Glass Walls” and learn the truth about how animals raised for their flesh or milk are treated.

The short video, narrated by none other than Paul … Read more.


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Victoria Silvstedt’s Plea for the AstraZeneca Beagles

Swedish siren and former Playboy model Victoria Silvstedt was horrified when she heard that more than 300 dogs may be shipped from her home country to UK laboratories for cruel animal tests.

Upon learning about pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s plans to consign hundreds of beagles from their breeding facility in Örkelljunga to the torture of animal testing, Victoria immediately fired off a letter to the company’s board imploring its members to show the dogs mercy. She wrote:

Anyone who lives with a dog, as I do, knows that dogs are thinking, feeling

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Pamela Anderson to WTO: Save Seals, Uphold EU Seal-Fur Import Ban

Actor and animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson just made a heartfelt appeal, urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.

As the baby-seal slaughter approaches, Pamela points out that there is no longer any market for seal fur, nor any justification for this cruel industry, in which sealers shoot and bash in the heads of helpless seals when they are just weeks old.

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She writes:

As a proud Canadian, I’m saddened that Canada is trying to use the WTO to

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Slaughterhouse Secrets

On Tuesday, the police and food standards inspectors raided a UK abattoir and meat processing firm to find out if they had been passing meat from horses off as beef – the latest development in the ongoing British horsemeat scandal, which has affected major retailers from Tesco to Burger King.

While the authorities have yet to reach a verdict about these particular facilities, at every slaughterhouse in Britain atrocities go on every day that would turn most people’s stomachs.

From being strung up by their legs and given repeated electric shocks to  … Read more.


  • 13
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Be My Vegan Valentine

Love is in the air – yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. But while you’re making plans for your hot date, show some love for animals, too, by keeping things vegan. After all, compassion is a great chat-up line, and it’s well known that, with their often fitter physique and increased stamina, plant-eaters make better lovers as well as kinder partners.

So here are six top tips to help you avoid making a cruelty faux pas during your romantic evening:

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  • Feb

Hurray! Council Chucks Cruel Chicken Factory Plans

Chickens – and PETA supporters – are clucking for joy this week at the news that Shropshire Council has refused planning permission for a proposed intensive broiler chicken production facility that would have condemned 330,000 birds to a life of misery.

Almost 5,000 PETA supporters wrote to the council to ask them to stop this cruel factory farm unit from being built – and this fantastic result shows that your objections were heard.

Broiler facilities like the one proposed by Harrison Farms, which rear chickens for meat, force tens of thousands of … Read more.