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Archive for December, 2013

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11 Vegan Christmas Treats You Can Buy on the High Street

Iceland Mince PieSweet tooth? Never fear! This Christmas season, vegans can overindulge to their heart’s content, thanks to the wide variety of cruelty-free mince pies, puddings, chocolates and other delights available in supermarkets and high-street stores all over the UK! The following are some of our top picks.

Mince Pies

  • Caffè Nero Luxury Mince Pies: Good news for the festive season – you can now walk into a coffee shop and grab a tasty mince pie to go with your soy latte, thanks to Caffè Nero’s animal-friendly offering this year.
  • Lidl Mince PiesLidl Snowy Lodge
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  • 13
  • Dec

Ministry of Justice Opposes Pig ‘Prison’

Backing up the calls of local people, animal-welfare groups and 30,000 PETA supporters, the Ministry of Justice has publicly spoken out against plans to build a monstrous mega-farm in Foston, Derbyshire.

The proposed pig factory farm is on a green-field site adjacent to a women’s prison, meaning that in addition to inflicting uninterrupted misery on the farm’s animal inmates, it could adversely affect the vulnerable women housed at HMP Foston.

Pig Prison

Factory farming is detrimental to the environment, causing unpleasant odours, noise, increased traffic and greenhouse-gas emissions . It’s been linked to human … Read more.


  • 12
  • Dec

The Latest Stores to Halt Angora Production Are …

Topshop and Primark!

First, it was Swedish retailers H&M, Acne and others. Then, New Look and Esprit followed suit. Now, after meeting with us and hearing from many concerned customers, Topshop has also told its suppliers to stop sourcing products containing angora while it investigates alternatives. Shortly afterwards, Primark made a similar announcement. Hooray!

Topshop has worked with PETA before by pledging to keep fur and exotic skins out of its collections. Today, the company has also delivered good news for rabbits who suffer tremendously when the fur … Read more.


  • 11
  • Dec

Israel Set to Become First Country to Ban Foie Gras Sales!

CC DucksMazel tov! Israel is on track to introduce a law that would ban the sale of vile foie gras. It’s already illegal to produce the “fatty liver” pâté in Israel and many other places, including the UK, but until now, unscrupulous retailers have still been allowed to sell the inhumane product, profiting from the misery of ducks and geese. This groundbreaking new legislation will force them to change their ways, saving many animals from torment in the process.

The new bill has already passed its first hearing in Israel’s parliament, the … Read more.


  • 11
  • Dec

What’s Not Under Helen Flanagan’s Christmas Tree

She’s been called the “Sexiest Woman in the UK” and is always making headlines, but today Helen Flanagan took some time to help PETA highlight how every coat, collar and cuff made of animal fur is a product of immense animal suffering.

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Helen caused a scene in London, where she braved the December chill, posing as a sexy Santa next to the Covent Garden Christmas tree and encouraging shoppers to leave fur off their holiday wish lists.

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“Fur is cruel and gruesome, and it belongs squarely in Christmas’ past”, said Helen. “With … Read more.


  • 06
  • Dec

10 Groups: a Single Message Against Cruel Fortnum’s Royal Warrants

We’ve joined forces with other leading animal protection groups in the UK to send a strong message against abusing geese for foie gras.

Animal Aid, Animal Defenders International, Compassion in World Farming, Four Paws, Humane Society International/UK, OneKind, the RSPCA, Viva! and the World Society for the Protection of Animals have all backed PETA’s call for Fortnum & Mason to be stripped of its Royal Warrants because of the store’s continuing sale of unethical foie gras.

PETA demo against foie gras

Our joint letter to the Royal Warrant Holders Association points out that foie gras production – … Read more.


  • 06
  • Dec

A F-ewe Surprising Facts About Sheep

Sheep are a familiar sight in the British countryside. But how much do you really know about these gentle, good-natured animals? The following 10 facts about the personalities, intelligence and skills of rams, lambs and ewes might surprise you:

1. Sheep have extremely good memories. They can remember approximately 50 individuals (sheep and humans!) for years at a time.

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2. Sheep have been shown to display and recognise emotion by facial expressions with other sheep. Some are noticeable from their ears.

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3. … Read more.


  • 04
  • Dec

More Stores Stop Angora Production – Thanks, New Look and Esprit!

stock angora babyFurther people-powered progress in the campaign against the cruel production of angora wool – global fashion brands New Look and Esprit have suspended angora production over animal-welfare concerns.

In a statement, New Look said: “[W]e have taken action and put our angora production on immediate hold”. Likewise, Esprit said: “As long as the industry lacks credible certification and proof that it complies with according policies on animal welfare, Esprit imposes a ban on Angora wool”.

Angora, which is used to make gloves, sweaters, hats and scarves, comes from the fur of long-haired … Read more.


  • 02
  • Dec

Laura Whitmore Talks Compassionate Fashion

MTV Europe host Laura Whitmore teams up with PETA for vegan fashion content

MTV Europe host Laura Whitmore is the celebrity judge for our ethical shoe design competition with vegan brand Beyond Skin! The bubbly Irish beauty and style icon will be casting her expert eye over the shortlisted entries and deciding which ones are hot or not.

She explains why she chose to get on board with the trend toward vegan shoes:

I truly believe that the future of fashion lies in sustainable, cruelty-free materials, and companies like Beyond Skin and organisations like PETA are leading the way in creating awareness. I hope

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