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Archive for January, 2014

  • 31
  • Jan

6 Reasons Horses Need Your Help in the Year of the Horse

Ingird horseHappy Year of the Horse! (Today is the Chinese New Year, in case you were wondering.) The Chinese zodiac associates horses with intelligence, independence and free-spiritedness. But in 2014, many of these beautiful, sensitive animals are sadly neglected or abused in Britain and elsewhere. Here are six ways that horses are suffering right now – and how you can help them:

  1. Racing:
    Horseracing kills horses all the time. In 2013 alone, at least 130 animals died on the track. When a horse slips while turning a corner or doesn’t make it over a dangerous
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  • 30
  • Jan

We Love Lucy

Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson knows a thing or two about glamour – and she knows there’s nothing glamorous about wearing fur. That’s why she posed au naturel for PETA’s latest ad, which she unveiled today in billboard form on the streets of Chelsea! Lucy’s look for the shoot was perfected by celebrity make-up artist, Justine Jenkins.

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Lucy photographers

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Most people are aware of some of the suffering that animals endure at the hands of the fur industry, but the reality is often even crueller than the image they hold. Natalie Imbruglia … Read more.


  • 30
  • Jan

Victory in India! Another Country Ends Animal Testing for Household Products

Minolta DSCIndia has decided to end animal testing for household products after extensive campaigns by PETA India, PETA UK and PETA US, which included appeals from high-profile politicians as well as lengthy discussions with PETA India’s scientist and support from scientists at PETA UK and PETA US.

This exciting news is another important milestone in the global fight to end animal testing!

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) committee responsible for determining test requirements for household products, on which PETA India’s scientist has an official seat, decided in a meeting on Wednesday to replace … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jan

Journey Straight to Hell – the Story of Monkeys in the Animal Testing Trade

UK primate trafficking airlines macaquesGrim figures recently released by the Home Office show that 1,577 monkeys were imported to UK labs in 2012 from China, Vietnam and Mauritius. These primates were born in breeding facilities in Asia, usually in cramped, squalid conditions, before being packed into wooden crates, loaded onto the hold of a plane and shipped to Britain. Once they arrive, they’re dispatched straight to laboratories, where they will be kept in cages and subjected to agonising, often fatal tests.

This infographic from PETA US takes you through a typical example of these animals’ … Read more.


  • 28
  • Jan

‘Blackfish’ Still Making Waves: BAFTAs, Celebrities, Demos and More

The film Blackfish – a compelling documentary about how orcas are imprisoned, exploited and driven mad by SeaWorld – is still making a splash, months after it was released.

It’s up for Best Documentary at the BAFTA Awards next month and really deserves to win! Most of those who have seen the movie report that it opened their eyes, both to the magnificence of orcas and their misery in marine parks.

Here are a few notable reactions:

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  • 26
  • Jan

Pam’s High Hopes for a Fur-Free Israel

After her honeymoon in Israel, compassionate star Pamela Anderson felt moved to send a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in heartfelt support of a proposed new bill to ban the sale of animal fur. The groundbreaking law, if it passes, would make Israel the first country in the world to take such clear and decisive action against the barbaric fur trade. Pamela wrote in her letter:

I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help pass this historic bill, which has been signed by 40 members of

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  • 24
  • Jan

Nelson Mandela Has a Little Bunny in His Ear … and We’d Like to Adopt Her

Controversy has erupted in South Africa, after it emerged that a new 9-metre statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria contains an unexpected guest – a little bronze rabbit, nestling inside the great leader’s ear!

Members of the government, who were unaware of the bunny’s presence until now, are considering having it removed. We think this is a shame – after all, being depicted as a friend to animals is a lovely way to be remembered. It brings to mind one of the leader’s most inspiring quotes: “[T]o be free is not … Read more.


  • 22
  • Jan

Bloodshed in Taiji

The eyes of the world are watching in horror as 250 bottlenose dolphins – who, several days ago, were herded into the now infamous “killing cove” near the small Japanese village of Taiji – are now being slaughtered one by one by Japanese fishermen. By the time it’s all over, the sea will be red with the blood of these animals.

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This horrific massacre goes on for six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales – including babies and their mothers – are corralled into … Read more.


  • 20
  • Jan

Retailers Who Have Dropped Angora – the List

Things are moving extremely fast in the campaign against angora. More and more companies are listening to their customers and ditching angora after shocking video footage released by PETA and its international affiliates showed how rabbits are abused on Chinese angora farms.

PETA angora protest December 2013

We’re delighted that so many retailers are taking note, and we’ve been blown away by the passion of supporters and activists around the world about this issue. But some brands have gone further than others in taking decisive action against cruelty to rabbits.

Here’s a summary of developments to … Read more.


  • 20
  • Jan

A Flying Visit to Cheer Up Britain’s Unhappiest Town

The scene: a typically grey day in mid-January, in what a government survey named the “Unhappiest Town” in the UK. Things were looking gloomy in Blackpool – that is, until two smiley vegans appeared to encourage locals to brighten up.

Jump for Joy: Go Vegan

PETA volunteers Scarlett and Rebecca, dressed as lovely “Lettuce Ladies”, braved the winter chill in order to get their positive message across.PETA Blue Monday Demo Blackpool

Today is “Blue Monday” – which, depending on whom you ask, is either the most depressing day of the year or just a made-up date on the calendar. One thing … Read more.