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  • 28
  • Jun

Ralph Fiennes Does Not Find Foie Gras Fine

4506-4506-2BAFTA-winning actor Ralph Fiennes has written to Fortnum & Mason’s current managing director, Ewan Venters, appealing for him to remove foie gras from the shelves of the London department store.

Having seen the undercover video footage taken by PETA at part of Fortnum & Mason’s supply chain, the UNICEF UK ambassador made his views known to the store’s CEO in a heartfelt letter sent this week. After watching the graphic images, Fiennes implored Venters to take action personally: “A product that causes so much suffering that it’s illegal to produce in the … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jun

Fantastic News! India Announces End to Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Today, following an intense campaign by PETA India and MP Maneka Gandhi, the Drug Controller General of India, Dr GN Singh, announced that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India.

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This is a landmark victory and means that countless animals will be spared the horrors of experimentation in Indian laboratories. No more guinea pigs, mice, rats or other animals will be hurt or killed in archaic and ineffective product tests for cosmetics or their ingredients in the country.

The announcement closely follows similar bans on … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jun

Destination: Pamplona

Every year, in the city of Pamplona in northern Spain, there’s a massacre. Bewildered animals are forced to run at breakneck speed through the streets, towards an arena where they will be stabbed to death by a group of armed men. The Running of the Bulls at the San Fermin festival is a truly barbaric performance and one that has no place in any civilised country.

But something else happens every year, something that’s genuinely inspiring – people from Spain and all over the world come together to protest, peacefully and … Read more.


  • 25
  • Jun

Win a Copy of ‘Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals’ by Rory Freedman!

Rory Freedman, PETA favourite and co-author of international bestseller Skinny Bitch, is back with a no-holds-barred look at how we can better protect our closest companions. Beg is bound to influence the choices and actions of readers to improve the lives of animals – a battle cry to animal lovers everywhere.

The straightforward approach of the book shines a light on the treatment of animals the world over. From puppy mills and animal homelessness to the pains of declawing and tail-docking, Rory explains the many dangers that companion animals face … Read more.


  • 21
  • Jun

Ace! Andy Murray’s New Hotel Will Be Foie Gras–Free

Andy Murray toplessIn between training sessions for this year’s Wimbledon tournament, tennis champ and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray has been overseeing the opening of a brand-new luxury hotel in Scotland – a hotel that we have been assured will be 100 per cent foie gras–free.

The renowned head chef of Cromlix House Hotel, Albert Roux, sent us an e-mail confirming that the cruelly produced foodstuff will never be found in his kitchen. “I’m totally, totally in agreement of not serving foie gras due to the cruelty inflicted on the animals”, he wrote, echoing … Read more.


  • 20
  • Jun

Here’s the Rest of Your Foie Gras

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The limp, blood-spattered corpse of a dead goose serves as an upsetting reminder of where foie gras really comes from. Those who purchase the repugnant pâté from Fortnum & Mason – one of the few British retailers that still sells it – would perhaps rather not think about the force-feeding and animal abuse that are its chief ingredients, but today, PETA volunteers felt duty-bound to give them a little aide-mémoire.

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The glamorous ladies made for an incongruous sight as they rocked up outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store in little black … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jun

The Top 5 Vegan-Friendly Prisons in the UK

stock prisonCruel and unusual punishments aren’t things which prisoners in this country have to endure. So we’re glad that compassionate meal options are being offered to prisoners so that animals aren’t necessarily being subjected to such punishments, either.

Like us, animals are made of flesh, blood and bone. They have the same five senses that we do, and they have the same capacity to experience suffering and fear. All animals share the desire to live their lives free of pain and to avoid a violent death. Feeding prisoners pasta instead of pork chops … Read more.


  • 18
  • Jun

True Spanish Culture? It’s Not About Cruelty, Says Charo

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Iconic singer, actor and comedian Charo has again revealed her compassionate side by writing to Spanish authorities on behalf of PETA asking that they reject an initiative to protect and promote bullfighting as a national cultural pastime.

As a professional entertainer and native Spaniard who made her name with her stirring interpretations of traditional flamenco music, Charo is something of an authority on Spanish culture – so she knows what she’s talking about when she declares that bullfighting does not belong in modern Spain. “I am ashamed that some in my … Read more.


  • 17
  • Jun

Tamara Ecclestone’s Wedding Gift: A Rescued Goose Freed From French Foie Gras Farm

Tamara Ecclestone, Formula 1 heiress, TV star and PETA ambassador for our campaign against foie gras, is no stranger to helping ducks and geese. She has spoken out against vile foie gras, a product made by painfully force-feeding birds large amounts of food, and she also starred in a PETA advert against it and even personally convinced Virgin, Mercedes, Red Bull Racing and others to stop serving it at Formula 1 events.

She is sure to receive a wide range of gifts in celebration of her recent marriage to powerbroker Jay RutlandRead more.


  • 16
  • Jun

Tribute to a Compassionate Dad

Where do most of us learn about kindness for the first time? From our mum and dad, of course. A caring parent can be the inspiration for a lifetime of compassion for the people and animals around us, which is why we decided to celebrate Father’s Day by giving an award to a progressive papa who set an inspiring example for his children.

The first-ever recipient of PETA’s Compassionate Dad Award is 89-year-old Sidney Pledger, a World War II veteran who’s a hero for animals as well as for his country. Nominated … Read more.