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  • 30
  • Jul

Duchess Declares Foie Gras Production ‘Truly Awful’

The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has just written to Fortnum & Mason boss Ewan Venters on behalf of PETA to express her strong disapproval of the fact that the store still profits from the torture of ducks. She joins illustrious personalities, including Prince Charles and his niece, Emma Parker Bowles, in condemning foie gras, which is produced by cruelly force-feeding birds until their livers become diseased.

The Duchess writes to Fife-born Venters as one Scot to another: “I have read that you are an extremely patriotic chap, so I am at … Read more.


  • 24
  • Jul

Uri Geller Offers Ewan Venters Psychological Help to Quit Foie Gras

Uri_Geller_in_Russia2Magician, psychic and spoon-bender extraordinaire Uri Geller has just sent Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters a novel proposal. Like many other people who have learned about the cruelty of foie gras production, Uri can’t understand why Fortnum & Mason can continue to sell the revolting foodstuff and rightly concludes that anyone who can profit from this torture needs help!

Uri has kindly offered to use his hypnotic powers to allow Mr Venters to rediscover his compassion – here’s his letter in full:

Uri Geller letter

Thanks to Uri for speaking out for the … Read more.


  • 23
  • Jul

10 Things You Never Knew About Pigs (With Photos)

If you’ve ever seen Babe, it should come as no surprise to learn that pigs are interesting, intelligent and sensitive. They’re also some of the most intensively farmed animals in the world.

 Right now, an intensive pig “prison” that would keep 25,000 animals at a time under lock and key is being considered in Foston, Derbyshire. Please check out these 10 facts to learn why pigs deserve better than being turned into bacon:

1.Pigs are one of the smartest animals (ahead of dogs and toddlers!).

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  • 22
  • Jul

The Lord Mayors Who Parade Compassion

A few weeks ago, we reported the excellent news that the mayor of Wrexham, David Bithell, had ditched his ceremonial robes after a compassionate PETA supporter pointed out that they contained real fur.

That set us off to wondering how many other mayors around the country were still using robes with real fur, perhaps without even realising. So we decided to write to each and every one of England’s lord mayors to find out – and, of course, to request that they go fur-free!

Sixteen mayors wrote back with a positive … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jul

Paul McCartney Speaks Out for Mali the Elephant

Mali has spent 35 years at the Manila Zoo, where she endures intense confinement, loneliness, boredom and isolation in an area that is a miniscule fraction of the size of her natural habitat. She is the Philippines’ only captive elephant – and one of the world’s saddest.

There was some hope last year when the Office of the President issued a directive stating that she should be transferred to a sanctuary after an evaluation of her health. But it has been more than a year, and Mali still awaits her freedom.

We … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jul

Putting the ‘Brakes’ on UK Foie Gras Sales

Happy GeeseBrakes Group UK, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, has confirmed to PETA that it will no longer offer foie gras on its menus.

Since learning from PETA of the inhumane treatment of ducks and geese raised and killed for foie gras, the company made its position clear by promising to discontinue the vile foodstuff.

Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters might note that his former employers, Sainsbury’s and Selfridges and now Brakes, have all rejected foie gras sales, while Fortnum & Mason is shamefully still selling this “torture in a Read more.


  • 18
  • Jul

Ditching Fur Is Good for the Soul, Says Singer Dionne Bromfield

Singer and Strictly Come Dancing star Dionne Bromfield is known for her powerful, soulful voice – and now she’s using it to speak up for animals! In her new ad for PETA, she strikes a pose to protest against the abhorrent cruelty of the fur trade, in which animals such as rabbits and foxes are kept in tiny, filthy cages before being beaten and skinned alive.

Soul singer poses for anti-fur message to help animals

Dionne may be only 17 years old, but the star is one to watch and already has an impressive musical track record, from performing with her … Read more.


  • 18
  • Jul

Bravo, Belgium! Country on Track to Ban Circuses That Use Wild Animals

PETA Circus CamelA victory for compassion in Belgium came this week, as the government ratified a law to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. This milestone for animals comes after a 10-year campaign by animal rights groups such as Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA).

This excellent new law will save many animals in Belgium from the stress of constant travelling and transport in extremes of temperature, being kept in restricted living quarters, and being confined for their entire lives to an environment in which they cannot express natural behaviour … Read more.


  • 17
  • Jul

Enough Is Enough: Latest Figures Reveal Millions of Animals Tortured in UK Experiments

It’s with a heavy heart that we bring you news of the Home Office’s latest figures on animal testing in the UK: 4.11 million animals were the victims of experiments in this country in 2012. That’s 4.11 million animals who led lives of quiet misery, locked up in laboratories, terrified and alone.

This number represents an 8 per cent rise in tests on animals compared to 2011 – a step in the wrong direction. Animal abusers are increasing the industrial-scale breeding of genetically modified animals, many of whom are deliberately bred … Read more.


  • 16
  • Jul

Wild-Animal Circuses: A Partial Ban Isn’t Good Enough

In April, we were celebrating. After a public consultation and messages from thousands of compassionate people, the government announced that it would ban the use of all wild animals in circuses in England by 2015. It promised to end the abuse of zebras, camels, raccoons, reindeer, snakes and other animals in circuses around the country. “This legislation will end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in this country. It will also help ensure that our international reputation as a leading protector of animals continues into a new global era”, … Read more.