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Archive for May, 2013

  • 31
  • May

Say (Vegan) Cheese!

We’ve all heard it – “I’d love to go vegan, but I just couldn’t give up cheese”. Well, thanks to all the fab vegan cheese products around today, you don’t have to!

The world of dairy-free cheese is rapidly expanding, and the even better news is that vegan cheese products contain only a fraction of the fat found in animal-derived cheese but can be equally delicious. Added satisfaction comes from the fact that no animals were harmed in its making – no baby calves were ripped away from their mothers, and no … Read more.


  • 30
  • May

Tweet the Change You Want to See in the World! Wrexham’s Mayor Goes Fur-Free

Wrexham LogoWe know that online advocacy is a great way to speak up for animals. Whether it is e-mail actions persuading councils to save animals from suffering or Twitter hashtags demonstrating popular support, online activity can make organisations take notice. And sometimes, it can take only a few people to make an impact.

This is what happened when PETA supporter David Wayne Price saw photos on Facebook of the new Wrexham mayor, Stansty Councillor I David Bithell MBE, dressed in ceremonial fur-lined robes. He posted a comment asking whether the robes were … Read more.


  • 30
  • May

Air India: Cruelty Shouldn’t Fly

Last year after a face-to-face meeting, Air India officials told PETA India in writing that the airline would refuse requests to transport animals to laboratories. It was cause for celebration – or so everyone thought. But now, because of pressure from animal experimenters, Air India has backtracked on the ban and resumed shipping animals for use in cruel laboratory experiments.

In support of our friends at PETA India, PETA UK members dressed up and made a plea for animals’ lives outside the High Commission of India in London today. In protest of … Read more.


  • 30
  • May

Going Vegan? We’re Here to Help!

PETA Go Vegan TEvery way you look at it, going vegan makes sense. For animals, for your health, for the environment, for your conscience and even for your wallet!

Our 30-day pledge is the ideal way to try going vegan for yourself. Pledgers receive regular advice and support to help with the transition to a plant-based diet, including a free vegan starter kit. After a month, most people feel great and never want to go back to consuming animal products!

Here at PETA, we’ve all been through the same journey and … Read more.


  • 29
  • May

Infographic: 11 Reasons Why Fortnum & Mason Should Stop Selling Foie Gras

We know it. The RSPCA and the International Veterinary Society know it. Ducks and geese know it. Tens of thousands of PETA supporters know it. And UK lawmakers know it, too. Foie gras is wrong, and it doesn’t belong on British shelves.

But Fortnum & Mason just doesn’t seem to get it. Despite overwhelming opposition, a succession of creative protests and clear evidence of how cruel foie gras production is, the shop hasn’t stopped selling this “torture in a tin”.

So we whipped up this handy infographic to summarise the key … Read more.


  • 28
  • May

How to Help a Pigeon Trapped in Netting

Pigeon Trapped in Net PETAThe death toll is rising. All across the country in public spaces – outside shops, at train stations or under bridges – pigeons are dying in pain after becoming trapped in netting designed to deter them.

Often, netting doesn’t effectively keep birds away, but it can cause them to become fatally entangled. As much as they struggle, the pigeons can’t escape in many cases, and, suspended in mid-air, they die a slow, agonising death from starvation or strangulation.

Seeing these animals suffer is extremely distressing – but you can take action to … Read more.


  • 24
  • May

Embrace a Greener Diet: ‘Lettuce’ Show You the Way

In outfits cunningly fashioned from lettuce leaves, PETA volunteers tempted passers-by at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens yesterday with free vegan sausages. Sowing the seeds of healthy vegan eating in the minds of Mancunians, the lovely “Lettuce Ladies” were there to celebrate National Vegetarian Week – and to extol the benefits of a green and compassionate diet.

While wielding signs reading, “Turn Over a New Leaf: Go Vegan”, supporters also showed the lunchtime crowd our powerful video “Glass Walls“, narrated by Paul McCartney. The short film exposes the suffering of animals in … Read more.


  • 24
  • May

Morrissey: Be a Thorn in the Side of Fortnum & Mason

On Morrissey’s birthday this Wednesday, he was the one giving a present – to geese, that is. The legendary rocker posted a stirring message on his website, slamming the torture of birds for the production of foie gras. When it comes to this cruel product, he won’t rest until he knows it’s over.Morrissey

The ex-Smiths singer, who is now as famous for his compassion for animals as he is for his thoughtful lyrics, congratulated Prince Charles for banishing foie gras from his functions but let rip at Fortnum & Mason … Read more.


  • 23
  • May

Helen Flanagan: Exotic Skins Belong in the Jungle!

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Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan unveiled her sexy new PETA ad today in London’s Covent Garden in order to make an unforgettable statement against the cruelty of using exotic skins in fashion. The sultry image, shot by top celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, reveals her versatility as an actor – because, although she made her name playing Manchester-born Rosie Webster, here she stars as a jungle-dwelling reptile!

Helen, who has just been crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the UK, was keen to make the point that you don’t need to wear dead … Read more.


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  • May

‘Blackfish’ Comes to the UK

Orcas and other sea mammals routinely die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related causes in marine parks and aquariums, such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque.

Despite numerous tragedies, including the deaths of many orcas and trainers, the safety of marine mammals and humans continues to be jeopardised. Blackfish, the new film from Gabriela Cowperthwaite, exposes what lies behind the “entertainment”.

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The film tells the story of Tilikum, a performing orca whose captivity led to the deaths of several people. Shocking video footage and emotional interviews explore his extraordinary nature, the cruel treatment of his … Read more.