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Archive for February, 2014

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10 Vegans to Watch Out for on the Red Carpet

Pre-Oscar frenzy is at its height right now, ahead of this year’s Academy Awards on Sunday. But amid all the gossip and dress speculation, what we’re really looking forward to is seeing some of our favourite compassionate stars step out on the red carpet to show off their vegan “glow”.

These are a few of the beautiful, talented Hollywood vegans we’ll be watching out for:

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Ellen DeGeneres receives her star on "The Hollywood Walk of Fame"

Ellen will be taking centre stage at this year’s awards – she’s hosting them! The much-loved talk-show star has been cruelty-free for years and even had … Read more.


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Top London Night Club Bans Fur!

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Mahiki – the exclusive Mayfair nightclub beloved by celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Prince Harry – has just announced that it’s banning real fur for good.

Meg Mathews, who will be on the door at Mahiki celebrating the first fur-free night tomorrow, says it perfectly: “I don’t care who you are – if you’re wearing fur, you’re heartless, and you’re not coming in.”

Here’s the statement from Michael Evans, Mahiki’s creative director:

I’ve known and loved Meg for a long time, so when she told me about the cruelty that wearing

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Inside Experimenters’ Monkey ‘Factory Farm’

Thousands of monkeys are imported to the UK for experiments each year. But where do they come from, and how do they end up in British laboratories?

A recent undercover investigation by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has shed new light on the abhorrent primate trade. The graphic images from its exposé of a breeding facility in Mauritius – one of the biggest suppliers of laboratory monkeys in the world – tell a sickening story of routine abuse inflicted on monkeys, many of whom were snatched from the wild.

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Mother and child: … Read more.


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16 Quotes From Famous Thinkers Who Got It Right About Animals

The principle of animal rights is nothing new – smart people throughout the ages have understood that animals aren’t ours to use and abuse! The following are some of our favourite quotes about animals from thinkers who made their mark on history:

1. George Bernard Shaw

QUOTE Bernard Shaw

2. Pythagoras

QUOTE Pythagoras

3. Albert Einstein

QUOTE Einstein

4. Mark Twain

QUOTE Mark Twain

5. Jeremy Bentham

QUOTE Bentham

6. Mohandas K. Gandhi

QUOTE Gandhi

7. Leonardo Da Vinci

QUOTE Leonardo

8. Alice Walker

QUOTE Alice Walker

Alice Walker” by Virginia DeBolt / CC BY-SA 2.0

9. Charles Darwin

QUOTE Darwin

10. Rachel Carson

QUOTE Rachel Carson

11. Thomas A. Edison

QUOTE Edison

12. His Holiness The Read more.


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Louise Redknapp Judges PETA’s Vegan Fashion Awards

Last week, the lovely Louise Redknapp paid a visit to the PETA office in order to judge our 2014 Vegan Fashion Awards. Check out how she got on:

The singer, who made her name in the ’90s band Eternal and has been at the forefront of fashion ever since, confessed that she was astonished by the huge selection of stylish animal-friendly products available right now.

They ranged from bargain high-street finds from the likes of New Look and Miss Selfridge to deluxe designer pieces from Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood as … Read more.


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Get Fit and Help Animals at the Same Time

Is your New Year’s resolution to get in shape becoming a distant memory? Want to boost your fitness and show your commitment to animals at the same time?

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We’ve just launched an exciting new tool, Fundraising for PETA, on our website that will motivate you right to the finish line and, after a few too many vegan chocolates perhaps, to a healthy new you.

PETA has a long tradition of inspirational supporters who have raised money to help animals while completing impressive feats of athleticism, such as Andras Munch, who last … Read more.


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UN: Violent Bullfighting Goes Against Children’s Rights

We already knew that bullfighting tramples all over animals’ rights. Chasing, stabbing and mutilating a terrified animal in front of a jeering crowd is about as cruel as it gets. Now, the United Nations (UN) has stated that being forced to watch the barbaric spectacle is incompatible with children’s rights, too.

Bullfighting Violates Rights of the Child: United Nations

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has recommended that children should not attend or participate in bullfighting events because of their extreme violence. The pronouncement was made with regard to Portugal, where children in bullfighting … Read more.


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Easy Vegan Recipe: Mayim Bialik’s Winter Vegetable Risotto

Mayim Bialik New Vegan CookbookMayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated actor best known for her role as Amy on The Big Bang Theory, is a woman of many talents. In addition to earning a PhD in neuroscience and being a mother of two, Mayim is a vegan chef with a new cookbook out. Mayim’s Vegan Table is packed full of healthy, plant-based recipes to feed your family!

Mayim kindly shared with us her recipe for Winter Vegetable Risotto, a sophisticated dish that uses almond milk and tahini to create a creamy consistency and mouth-watering taste. Feel … Read more.


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PHOTOS: Inside the Secretive Military Training Facility Where Animals Are Mutilated and Killed

Every year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) sends British surgeons to Jægerspris Kaserne in Denmark to take part in invasive and deadly trauma training exercises using live animals, informally known in military circles as “Danish bacon”.

We’ve obtained exclusive photos (from photographer Jørn Stjerneklar) of what happens to animals in these shocking drills. They tell a dark story of abuse and bloodshed.

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Troops tie a live pig to a wooden frame by his legs and mark his body with “targets”.

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A soldier shoots the helpless animal with high-velocity bullets, inflicting severe wounds, … Read more.


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UPDATE: Fortnum’s Dubai Will Be Foie Gras-Free!

PETA foie gras campaign goose portraitJust days after we released a new, Arabic version of our ad with Sir Roger Moore highlighting the cruelty of foie gras production, Fortnum & Mason has announced that it will not sell the unethical product at its new store in Dubai!

This is a promising development in our campaign to stop geese and ducks from being cruelly force-fed and killed in order to produce foie gras. Foie gras, in case you don’t know, is a pâté that is made from the diseased livers of birds who have had metal pipes shoved … Read more.