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  • 31
  • Mar

PETA Ad Gives Christians Food For Thought During Easter

This Easter weekend, we decided to send Christians a gentle reminder of Christ’s lesson to his followers – that they should “love one another”  (John 13:34) and have “compassionate hearts and kindness” (Colossians 3:12).

PETA UK Church Times

This poignant ad exhorts the readers of Catholic magazine the Church Times, to show consideration towards animals, such as pigs who are killed for meat, through one simple, powerful gesture – stopping eating them. After all, these intelligent animals don’t want to be killed and turned into an “Easter ham”.

“Blessed are the merciful” (Matt 5:5-9), … Read more.


  • 29
  • Mar

On a Wing and a Prayer: Pigeons’ Cross-Channel Ordeal Saddens Dame Vera

Dame Vera LynnDame Vera Lynn knows all about war heroes – after all, the much-loved singer made her name by cheering up the British troops during World World II. So she was understandably distressed to learn how British pigeons, loyal birds who served their country by delivering vital messages during both world wars, are being ruthlessly exploited by the pigeon-racing industry.

The “Forces’ sweetheart”, who also abhors inhumane foie gras, expressed her dismay after seeing PETA US’ exposé of the high death rates and ill-treatment of birds during cross-Channel races. “Separating pigeons … Read more.


  • 27
  • Mar

Cold-Blooded Killers – Routine Cruelty in Pigeon Racing Exposed

dead bird

“You have to kill some, obviously.”

– Rod Adams, North of England Homing Union, 3 August 2012

PETA US recently went undercover to reveal the truth about the world of UK pigeon racing. The findings were shocking: hundreds of thousands of birds die each year during gruelling cross-channel races, while the sport has an endemic lack of regulation and is rife with illegal wagers and unlicensed associations.

Another aspect of this dark story makes it still clearer that racers (also known as “fanciers”) have little to no regard for the pigeons’ … Read more.


  • 26
  • Mar

The House of Lords Gets Hip to Cruelty-Free Fashion

We already knew that ethical, vegan fashion is bigger than it’s ever been – after all, we hosted our first Vegan Fashion Awards this year to celebrate all the great compassionate clothing around these days. We’re absolutely thrilled that this crucial issue has also made its way to the debating chamber of the House of Lords this week.

Baroness Young of Hornsey opened a debate “to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will give to the promotion of ethical and sustainable fashion” – because, as she says, fashion is about much … Read more.


  • 25
  • Mar

Go Vegan (Like the Easter Bunny)

bunnyThe Easter bunny is vegan: he’s an herbivore, so he doesn’t eat any animal products at all. He doesn’t even drink milk. In fact, if you think about it, you’ll realise that humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another animal. Our bodies aren’t designed to consume milk beyond infancy, which perhaps explains why up to 60 percent of us worldwide are lactose-intolerant.

At Easter, we’re surrounded by images of cute animals and new life. So isn’t it ironic that so many people celebrate Easter with food that is … Read more.


  • 21
  • Mar

A Taste of Cruelty – PETA Founder Force-Fed Outside Fortnum & Mason

Ingid Newkirk Fortnum and Mason Goose

Animal abusers beware – Ingrid E Newkirk is in town! On her flying visit to London this week, the PETA founder got straight down to business by paying a visit to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. She wasn’t there to shop, however. Instead, the fearless lady was bound with ropes and “force-fed” by a man holding a tube and funnel, in order to graphically illustrate what happens to geese on foie gras farms.

Foie gras is universally condemned because of the suffering that its production causes birds, and it has been … Read more.


  • 20
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Vegan on a Budget: Recipes From A Girl Called Jack

We’ve all seen the headlines – with rising bills, increasing food costs and widespread austerity cuts across Britain, people are feeling the pinch. So for single mum and frugal food blogger Jack Monroe (aka “A Girl Called Jack”), finding inexpensive ways to feed her family is a top priority. Since pledging to go vegan for Lent, however, Jack has discovered that there’s no reason why you can’t adopt a diet that saves animals while still counting the pennies – her collection of tempting vegan recipes works out to as little as … Read more.


  • 18
  • Mar

How and Why to Show Hedgehogs Some Springtime Love

Spring is in the air, which means that all over the country, hedgehogs may be starting to blink in the sunlight and wake up from their winter hibernation.

You probably don’t need much persuasion to let these adorable nocturnal animals into your heart. But to give you some extra motivation to love them, here are five of our favourite things about them – and five pieces of advice about how to help them out.

Five Reasons to Love Hedgehogs

  1. Hedgehogs are unique. They’re the only UK mammal with spines: each hedgehog has
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  • 15
  • Mar

A Top Message From Topshop: Keep Wildlife out of Your Wardrobe

Not content with simply keeping fur and exotic skins out of their stores, Topshop has gone the extra mile by dedicating a whole window display in its flagship Oxford Street store to spreading the message that exotic skins belong in the wild, not in your wardrobe!

Topshop exotic skins window full view (small)

The high-street fashion leader (and recent Vegan Fashion Award winner) has teamed up with PETA to create the eye-catching display to remind people that snakes, alligators and other animals suffer unimaginably for their skins. And at the same time, it’s celebrating ethical fashion. After all, why … Read more.


  • 12
  • Mar

Pamela Anderson Loves Britain – but She Hates Foie Gras

Pamela Anderson, who recently graced our screens in Dancing on Ice, has fired off a letter to Fortnum & Mason urging the retailer to stop selling vile foie gras.

“I am pretty tough”, she wrote, “but watching this disgusting process brought me to tears”.

The blonde bombshell was understandably distressed after seeing video footage of ducks flapping in pain and trying to lift their heads after their throats had been slit on foie gras farms that supply Fortnum & Mason – one of the few British stores that still stocks this … Read more.