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  • 30
  • Jun

Top Scottish Restaurants Reject Foie Gras

Geese Lake StockThe Scots are earning quite the reputation for their compassion towards animals, with another award-winning Scottish eatery pledging to banish foie gras from its menu for good.

Appalled after hearing from us about the scale of the cruelty involved in foie gras production, Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor, Angus, said NO MORE.

Birds reared for foie gras endure the daily trauma of being force-fed via a metal tube which is rammed down their throats several times a day until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, making it hard … Read more.


  • 27
  • Jun

PHOTOS: Sunder’s New Life

In a story that shows you should never give up hope, earlier this month, in India – after epic campaigns by PETA and our international affiliates – Sunder the elephant was rescued from years of abuse.

A few weeks later, he’s now settling into his new home at Bannerghatta Biological Park wonderfully!

Sunder drinks water in his new home

Instead of being kept in chains and beaten, first in a temple and then in a shed, he’s now in a beautiful green sanctuary, where he can explore, splash around in ponds and get coconuts for treats.

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After years … Read more.


  • 25
  • Jun

8 of the Best Luxury Vegan Bags

If you’re on the fashion pulse, you may have already heard whispers of celebrity designer and PETA supporter Meg Mathews’ collaboration with high-end vegan accessories label Wilby this month.

Her collection is the latest in fabulous cruelty-free accessories, and to celebrate, here are eight super-stylish bags from companies that have signed up to be a part of the brand-new “PETA-Approved Vegan” scheme. Whether you’re after an oversized tote, a cutesy clutch or a non-nonsense shoulder bag, there’s something here for everyone!

  1. Wilby Yellow Citibag:
    Meg Mathews' Wilby collection - Yellow Citibag
    Our top pick from Meg’s
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  • 24
  • Jun

Andy Murray Disqualifies Cruel Hunting From His Hotel

CC Andy MurrayIn a champion move for animals, Wimbledon star Andy Murray has just banished promos for hunting from the website of his luxury Cromlix Hotel in Scotland!

The tennis gold medallist hadn’t realised that the inexcusable pastime of maiming and killing animals with high-powered weapons was being advertised on his hotel’s website. After hearing from PETA, his company’s management swiftly confirmed that “Andy has made sure all traces of hunting have been removed from the website”. Bravo!

A British studyStock pheasant of deer hunting found that 11 per cent of deer who’d … Read more.


  • 23
  • Jun

New Research Sheds Light on the Fascinatingly Complex Lives of Fish

They may be covered with scales and breathe in water rather than air, but if you look below the surface, you’ll understand that fish are far more similar to us than you might have realised.

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We’ve long known that fish are sensitive and feel pain. Now some fascinating new research has uncovered more details about their sophisticated intelligence and social lives. The following are some of the findings from a new study carried out by biologist Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Sydney:

  • Fish can multitask. Like humans, they are
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  • 18
  • Jun

Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney!

PETA Paul McCartney Birthday Celebration

At 72 years old and still a living legend, music icon, vegetarian and PETA supporter Paul McCartney is celebrating his birthday today. To mark the occasion and to thank Paul for being such a good friend to animals, “look-alikes” wearing masks gathered outside Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club (where The Beatles played their first gig) to hand out veggie sausages and copies of Paul’s hard-hitting PETA video “Glass Walls”.

Paul McCartney vegetarian LIverpool flashmob

As a vegetarian, Paul puts the famed 1960s principles of peace and love into practice every time he eats, saving animals from immense suffering … Read more.


  • 16
  • Jun

Petition: Let’s Get CCTV Into Slaughterhouses

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

– Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney’s famous words ring true for anyone who’s glimpsed the terrible things that happen to animals in abattoirs. But in the UK, far from having “glass walls”, most abattoirs are not even properly monitored, allowing shocking abuse to happen behind closed doors.

Animal Aid investigated nine randomly chosen UK abattoirs and found breaches of welfare laws in eight of them. Animals were kicked, slapped, stamped on, beaten, punched, burned with cigarettes and picked up by their fleece and ears … Read more.


  • 15
  • Jun

Father’s Day Tributes for Two Compassionate Dads

Our fathers play a vital role in shaping our lives and the way we see the world. In honour of Father’s Day, we’re paying tribute to two very special dads who have gone out of their way to protect and defend animals in need and taught their kids that kindness truly is a virtue. 

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University of Leicester professor John Benyon, 63, was nominated by his daughter Danielle, who said of her parents, “It was their influence that helped me become the animal lover I am”. When John learned of an impending badger Read more.


  • 13
  • Jun

The World Cup in 32 Vegan Recipes

To mark the clash of the nations in this year’s World Cup football championship in Brazil, we threw an international vegan feast, celebrating the best in plant-based cuisine from the competing countries.

World Cup potluck

So whoever you’re rooting for in this year’s World Cup, why not munch along to the matches as they happen with these delicious “veganised” national dishes!

Group A

Brazil:

Vegan Brazilian Feijoada (Black-Bean Stew)

Feijoada (Black-Bean Stew) and Brown Rice

Croatia: Vegan Makovnjaca (Poppy-Seed Strudel)

Mexico:

Mexico

Spicy Vegan Chilli

Cameroon: Banana and Pineapple Salad

Group B

Spain:

Spain

Vegetable Paella With Mock Duck

Netherlands: Summer HutspotRead more.


  • 13
  • Jun

Neil Robinson: It’s Time for Football to Go Vegan

The vegan revolution is spreading far and wide – including in the world of sports, where athletes ranging from boxer David Haye to ultra-marathon runner Rich Roll have been getting on board.

Neil Robinson_Grimsby Town_Action Pic Ahead of the World Cup, we caught up with someone who paved the way for the latest wave of vegan stars – Neil Robinson, a former Everton player who was the world’s first-ever professional vegan footballer. Neil gave up eating animal products in 1980, at the height of his athletic career, and has been so impressed by the benefits … Read more.