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  • 21
  • Mar

University of Stirling Cancels Plans for Petting Zoo!

When we found out that the University of Stirling’s student union had hatched a misguided plan to host a petting zoo on campus, we sprang into action to give the union officers the full story about petting zoos – which contribute to a cruel cycle of breeding, abandonment and killing.

We were extremely relieved to get this e-mail response back from the vice president of education and engagement:

“Stirling Students’ Union is keen to hold events which promote mental, physical, sexual and social health but not at the expense of the health … Read more.


  • 19
  • Mar

Budget Day: Time to Tax Meat?

Time to Tax Meat?We’ve heard much talk in recent months about a proposed tax on sugar in order to help combat Britain’s obesity epidemic. But when it comes to unhealthy, disease-causing foods that drive up health-care costs, there’s another obvious culprit – meat and other animal products.

Just in time for the Chancellor’s budget speech, PETA Managing Director Ingrid E Newkirk has come up with a practical, money-saving suggestion that would score highly on both the fiscal and the moral front:

I would like to propose a new set of taxes that will benefit everyone: Read more.


  • 18
  • Mar

PHOTOS: Vivienne Westwood’s PETA Ad Launch

This afternoon, at gourmet vegetarian restaurant tibits in Central London, members of the media and fashionistas gathered for the launch of Dame Vivienne Westwood’s newest project – a PETA video promoting vegetarianism.

Dame Vivienne literally makes a splash in the provocative new PETA video about the meat industry’s depletion of world water supplies, which was screened in advance of World Water Day on 22 March. The full video can be seen here.

At tibits, Dame Vivienne explained about the huge amount of water wasted by the meat trade – not only … Read more.


  • 17
  • Mar

Irish Beauty Rosanna Davison: Go Green, Go Vegan for Paddy’s Day

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison, daughter of singer Chris de Burgh, shows off her stunning plant-fuelled body in new photos released just in time for St Patrick’s Day. Painted, courtesy of Dublin make-up artist Shima Mistry, as a sexy leprechaun lady, the qualified nutritionist is spreading the word that one of the best ways to stay healthy, slim and energised is to go vegan.

Rosanna Davison PETA St Patrick's Day Vegan Ad

© Marc O’Sullivan

“Vegan meals are packed with nutrients and free of unhealthy animal fat and cholesterol, so they’re a great way to keep your weight down … Read more.


  • 14
  • Mar

Tony Benn Will Be Missed

Today, we, like many other people across Britain, were saddened to hear about the death of the legendary Tony Benn, who was a great friend to animals.

Famous for always speaking his mind and standing up for what he believed and described by Ed Miliband as a “champion of the powerless”, Benn always fought for those without a voice in society – including animals. He protested against laboratories that test on animals, voted in Parliament against fox hunting, lent his support to animal rights groups, including PETA – and practiced what he preached … Read more.


  • 14
  • Mar

The Easiest, Quickest (Vegan) Chocolate Mousse Recipe You’ll Ever Find

Whether you’re stuck for a dinner party dessert or just craving some vegan chocolate indulgence, this foolproof recipe is sure to delight. It’s simple and delicious and involves no exploitation of animals – what more could you ask for?

Recipe: Easy Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

500g silken tofu

100g vegan dark chocolate (Most dark chocolate is vegan – just check the packet to make sure that it doesn’t contain milk.)

100g vegan “milk” chocolate (Try Moo Free or Plamil. Or if you prefer a richer mousse, just use 200g of dark chocolate instead.)

1/2 tsp … Read more.


  • 12
  • Mar

Rhys Ifans Defends Furry Animals

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is known for his portrayal of quirky characters, in films from Notting Hill to Harry Potter. But now he’s taken on a deadly serious role – as an advocate for Canada’s seals.

Rhys has just penned a letter to the World Trade Organisation urging it to uphold a ban on importing seal fur from Canada into the EU. Calling Canada’s commercial seal slaughter “inherently inhumane”, he points out that young seals have their skulls violently smashed or are shot – all for a dying industry that has … Read more.


  • 10
  • Mar

What’s in Emeli Sandé’s Vegan Hamper?

After smash-hit Glaswegian soul singer Emeli Sandé confessed that she was leaning towards a meat-free diet, we decided to help her out by sending her some of our favourite vegan products to try!

Singer Emeli Sande moves towards a vegetarian diet

Judging from the expression on her face, she looks delighted with it – and who wouldn’t be!

If you have non-vegan friends who are curious about a plant-based diet, why not give them a little goodie bag for inspiration, too? … Read more.


  • 08
  • Mar

Meet 5 Women Who Are Changing the World

This Saturday marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s groundbreaking achievements and continue to encourage and support them to create positive change. Here at PETA UK, we have no shortage of strong, accomplished women to look to – we were founded by one, after all. In honour of International Women’s Day, here are five of the women who are leading the animal rights movement and who embody this year’s theme: “Inspiring Change“.

Let’s start with our own Mimi Bekhechi. As PETA UK’s associate director, she heads … Read more.


  • 06
  • Mar

Become an Avenging Angel for Angora Bunnies With 4 Simple Steps

Since video footage from PETA Asia’s investigation into Chinese angora farms became breaking news last November, the campaign against angora has come on by leaps and bounds.

More than 30 retailers have promised to stop selling items made with angora, which usually comes from China, where rabbits are farmed in tiny cages and often scream in agony as the fur is ripped from their bodies.

PETA Asia’s investigation showed the world what was happening on angora farms. But it was compassionate consumers who made sure that companies took notice and changed their … Read more.