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Alexey Voyevoda: Russia’s Vegan Olympian

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 - Vegan Athletes

Russian athlete Alexey Voyevoda can boast that he’s a champion on three fronts. As a professional arm wrestler, he’s taken gold at the World Championships, and he’s an Olympic bobsledding medallist who has just won gold for Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year. In addition, as a vegan, he’s a champion for animals!

We caught up with him ahead of his performance and asked him a few questions.

When and why did you decide to go vegan?

Three and a half years ago. At first, I approached it from a … Read more.


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Marius Isn’t the Only One: 6 Other Animals Who Recently Died Needlessly in Captivity

Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe killed by a zoo in Denmark, isn’t the only animal who recently died for no reason in captivity. These are just a few examples of the other animals who have also lost their lives:

January 2014: Louisa the lioness and her four cubs

Lioness and cubs were put down at Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park” by alljengi | CC BY-SA 2.0

Whistleblowers revealed that Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire killed the family of lions with a tranquiliser gun, citing inbreeding as the reason why it was done. Of course, it was the … Read more.


  • 14
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It’s Naughty Not to Neuter

Hot on the heels of his Brit award nomination, comes a new collaboration from Naughty Boy. Along with his beloved cat, the delightfully named Naughty Bob, the musician and producer has teamed up with PETA to raise awareness of animal overpopulation.

It's Naughty Not to Neuter!

The man behind the chart-topping single “La La La” and the bestselling album Hotel Cabana, who has worked with artists such as Chipmunk, Wiley and Leona Lewis, shows his nice side in the new ad by encouraging his fans to make sure that their animal companions are practicing … Read more.


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How We First Met <3

Believe in love at first sight? For Valentine’s Day, PETA friends and staffers look back on the moment they first met their animal companions and knew they’d found “the one”.

Claire and Jiji

Jiji Claire Combine

Jiji was my dark handsome stranger. We received an e-mail from our residents’ association asking whether anyone in the area had lost a black kitten. It turned out he was unwanted and had been dumped in the street. We went to look for him late one night and found a cold, skinny, hungry but friendly kitten. He came home Read more.


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Announcing PETA UK’s First Ambassador!

Today, on Valentine’s Day, PETA UK is thrilled to announce that we have appointed our first ambassador, Reg Pycroft.

Over the years, Reg has been a true and loving heart for animals, demonstrating dedication to fairness, justice and respect for all living beings, including the most forgotten animals: those used for food, clothing, entertainment and more.

Reg, a born Londoner, has had an illustrious career. He was a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Cold War and then had a long, successful career in aviation in the Far East … Read more.


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From Dubai With Love

Our mission to stop geese from being tortured for foie gras has entered new territory this week. Ahead of Fortnum & Mason’s opening of a new store in Dubai, former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has called on Emirates residents not to shop there because of the company’s sale of the vile foodstuff. We’ve also released a new Arabic version of his advert:

PETA brings message about Fortnums' foie gras cruelty to Dubai in UAE

Here is Sir Roger’s statement:

I do hope the good people of Dubai will not be taken in by Fortnum & Mason’s scurrilous claim that “Englishness” characterises its

Read more.

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VIDEO: Action for Marius at Copenhagen Zoo

The public killing of Marius, the 18-month-old giraffe, at Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday, which caused public outcry around the world, prompted PETA Germany to send its own message to the zoo’s managers.

The group projected this enormous message in lights at the entrance to the zoo last night:

Zoos are Animal Prisons. You paid for the ticket, Marius paid with his life.

Marius’ death should be a wake-up call for anyone who still harbours the illusion that zoos serve any purpose beyond incarcerating intelligent animals for profit. What happened in Copenhagen this weekend shocked the world – but zoos around the world quietly kill “surplus” … Read more.


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Government Fails to Take Promised Action Against Animal Testing

The UK government has just released its delivery plan to “replace, refine and reduce” the use of animals in experiments – and it’s a grave disappointment.

After it had been elected, the Coalition pledged to cut the use of animals in scientific research. But we’ve yet to see any strategy as to how it will deliver on this promise. The plan contains no targets to decrease the number of animals who are tormented, cut up and killed in experiments each year, making it essentially useless. Instead of being a clear and unbiased … Read more.


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RIP Marius – Young Giraffe Killed by Zoo

Yesterday, Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions, as he was considered useless for breeding.

This is no surprise. Zoos, including those in Britain, will often breed animals in captivity and create babies in an effort to keep drawing in paying visitors – yet often, there’s nowhere to put the offspring as they grow, and they are destroyed.

Wildlife documentaries have opened people’s eyes to the fact that a zoo is just an animal prison. The death of Marius should be a wake-up call … Read more.


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Why Are These Penguins Taking Antidepressants?

depressed penguins

Image: “Penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre” by petercooperuk / CC BY-SA 2.0

Short answer: Because they’re being kept in captivity in a zoo, thousands of miles from where they belong.

It was reported this week that the Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary have been prescribed antidepressants because they’re so unhappy.

Staff at the centre admitted that the penguins are not adapted to the rainy British climate, which is drastically different from their natural environment on the coast of South America. As a result, the birds Read more.