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Archive for September, 2013

  • 30
  • Sep

British MPs Celebrate Gandhi’s Birthday by Going Vegan

On 2 October, we celebrate the birth of one of the greatest practitioners of nonviolence in all of history, Mahatma Gandhi. To mark it, the UN has declared 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence, a day dedicated to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.

On top of that, it is World Farm Animals Day, an occasion to recognise the suffering of billions of terrified animals who are beaten, crippled and killed on factory farms and in slaughterhouses around the globe – all for nothing more … Read more.


  • 30
  • Sep

Leather and Meat Without Killing Animals?

TED Talks are known for being at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, and they give us a glimpse of where society could be heading. So we were both intrigued and excited by entrepreneur Andras Forgacs’ lecture, in which he explains how printing leather – without harming a single animal – is the way of the future.

Sound zany? “[T]his is not so crazy … What’s crazy is what we do today”, Forgacs says. “[W]e raise and slaughter billions of animals to make our hamburgers and our handbags.”

It’s clear … Read more.


  • 27
  • Sep

Hail the Kale! More Vegan Grub on the High Street

Good news for sandwich fans! PETA UK Vegan Food Award winner and national fast-food chain Pret A Manger has added even more vegan goodies to its offerings!

A new Super Greens sandwich, featuring kale, spinach and avocado, joins its Naked Avocado Bloomer as a vegan option on its sandwich shelf.

Vegan Option At Pret A Manager

It’s also added more varieties of vegan soup: the beetroot and horseradish soup, South Indian tomato and spice soup, smoky root vegetable and bean soup and butternut squash and sage soup are all delicious and free of animal products.

Pret has also … Read more.


  • 25
  • Sep

‘Hug a Vegan’ Day!

peta2 will be celebrating the first official “Hug a Vegan” Day ever on Friday, 27 September! Are you in?

Vegans are doing the planet, animals and themselves a huge favour by ditching animal products and leading cruelty-free lives instead. peta2 wants to share the love through hugs, and we’ll be showing our support from this side of the Atlantic.

PETA Hug A Vegan Day UK

Whether you’re vegan yourself or have a friend, classmate or family member who’s vegan, pledge to give hugs and spread compassion this “Hug a Vegan” Day.

If you’re not a vegan, what … Read more.


  • 24
  • Sep

“After you rip their claws and their tails off … they’ll crawl across the floor and everything.”

There are things that no sentient animal should ever have to endure – things such as being torn limb from limb while conscious, being slammed face-first onto a spike, being tossed into a bin to die slowly or being boiled alive.

Yet that’s exactly what PETA US discovered is happening to lobsters and crabs at a seafood plant in Maine, USA. Here’s the sickening video footage from the group’s five-month undercover investigation into Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster in Rockland:

The abuse shown in the video is all the more shocking given scientific research Read more.


  • 24
  • Sep

Eight Dogs Spayed = Half a Million Others Saved

Meet Maizy, Wonky and Candy . These adorable mutts, along with five others, were rescued by a local organisation in Greece, Animal Rescue Kos – and thanks to help from PETA, they’ve just paid a visit to the vet to be neutered.
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It may seem counterintuitive that stopping dogs from having puppies saves lives – but given the scale of the homeless animal crisis, it’s true. Every time that a dog is bred by a breeder or left to reproduce by a careless guardian, another dog somewhere else loses his or her chance … Read more.


  • 21
  • Sep

Civet Coffee = A Sip of Cruelty

Kopi luwak coffee is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet, a small, shy nocturnal mammal. If you think that sounds unappetising, wait until you hear how cruel it is.

To make the inhumane coffee, civets are often captured from the wild and locked up in small, barren, filthy cages. They’re deprived of everything that’s essential to their well-being, including exercise and a spacious, natural environment.

A PETA Asia investigator visited several civet coffee farms and villages in Indonesia and … Read more.


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  • Sep

Stop Vivisection!

The European campaign Stop Vivisection is calling for a new European directive that would end experiments on animals in the EU.

Sign the petition here: http://www.stopvivisection.eu

Earlier this year, a new EU law went into effect banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics products and their ingredients, a landmark move that will save countless animals from painful experiments. It shows that Europe is moving forward and making progress in the struggle against cruelty. However, millions more animals are still suffering in laboratory cages, where they are treated like living test tubes by … Read more.


  • 17
  • Sep

Just Don’t Book It – Travel Companies Refuse to Promote Bullfighting

Progress! Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries have agreed to implement a formal policy against promoting bullfighting and the Running of the Bulls after receiving letters from PETA.

As we pointed out to the companies, following the bull run – during which many bulls and spectators have been injured – the animals are tormented and killed in cruel and archaic bullfights. This year, several people were seriously hurt in Pamplona and a 16-year-old boy was gored to death during a bull run in northern Spain.

WeAnimals Bullring

Despite the blood and barbarism during the festival … Read more.


  • 13
  • Sep

Born Into a Broken Home

Reading the story of a baby elephant in a Chinese zoo who wept for five hours after his mother twice tried to kill him yesterday almost made us cry, too.

The newborn calf sustained injuries when his mother rejected and kicked him and had to be taken away from her. When zoo workers tried to return him to her enclosure a few hours later, the same thing happened again. It’s a tale of nature gone very wrong, and the blame lies not with the confused mother but with the humans who locked … Read more.