The “Running of the Balls” is a new festival in Mataelpino, Spain, that everyone can get behind.
No, that’s not a typo – the town has swapped the archaic Running of the Bulls festival, in which terrified animals would have been hounded through the streets, for an innovative event, in which revellers are instead pursued by giant polystyrene balls!
This Spanish news clip shows the fun that ensues:
We love it when people find creative and compassionate ways to replace cruel traditions, so we’re encouraging other towns that still practice bullfighting … Read more.
Street artist Dan Witz’s thought-provoking collaboration with PETA, “Empty the Cages”, is causing a stir across London, as dozens of unsettling installations encourage Londoners to open their eyes to animals’ suffering.
Dan explains the inspiration for the project:
Like most artists, I’m interested in exploring what society hides from itself. As a human, I’m concerned with injustice. But, like most people, I feel powerless to do anything about the downward spiral our planet seems to be taking. But, as someone who operates in the public commons, with my street interventions, sometimes
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There’s a new must-see documentary causing a stir among environmentalists, activists and everyone who cares about the future of our planet. It’s called Cowspiracy – and it’s coming to London!
The film reveals the catastrophic environmental impact that large-scale factory farming has on our planet and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it. Billed as a cross between Blackfish and An Inconvenient Truth, it promises to be a riveting viewing experience.
Here are a few of the startling facts revealed in the film:
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It can take courage to stand up for your convictions. Fortunately, compassionate PETA supporters have bucket loads of it!
Today, in a room full of suited airline bosses discussing the future of aviation, this activist stood up and made her voice heard – literally – about Air France’s cruelty to primates. Just before a speech by Air France Executive Pieter Elbers in London, she crashed the venue with a banner and a demand for the airline to stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.
She was eventually escorted from the room, … Read more.
Anyone familiar with Shakespeare’s Richard III may have been surprised to learn about some unlikely cast members in a new production starring Martin Freeman at London’s Trafalgar Studios – a pair of goldfish. These animals certainly don’t appear on the original running list, and we were dismayed to learn that each night, they were subjected to the terrifying ordeal of having an actor’s head plunge into their tank and then thrash around wildly on stage.
A concerned audience member contacted us after seeing the fish “ground up with the gravel and pushed … Read more.
Starving stray kitten Babybell faced a terrifying near-death experience when she tried to swipe a piece of cheese from a mousetrap and ended up with her front paw trapped and crushed. Fortunately, she was found and rescued by a passer-by and taken in by the Blue Cross to recover, although her injured leg had to be amputated.
Babybell’s story highlights the indiscriminate suffering that can be caused by cruel mousetraps. Animals rarely survive an encounter with these vicious devices and may often be trapped and in pain for hours when one … Read more.
At least 60 dogs died last night in a fire at Manchester Dog’s Home. Trapped in their kennels as smoke and flames surrounded them, these animals’ last moments must have been filled with terror and suffering.
Even more shocking is the fact that this tragic event was apparently not an accident – police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson.
Nobody can bring these dogs back to life, but we’ve decided to take action to help prevent future acts of violence by rushing humane-education materials to primary schools in … Read more.
The cruel and misguided extermination of wildlife continues in the UK this week, as the government has recommenced its horrific programme of badger culling – or killing, to call a spade a spade – in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
As a member of Team Badger, we are one of 25 different organisations with a total of 2 million supporters who are calling for the second year of badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire to be stopped.
Dr Brian May, one of the most outspoken opponents of the widely condemned cull, summarised the shocking … Read more.
People who care about the suffering of animals often use the phrase “put yourself in their place”. Now, thanks to an innovative virtual reality (VR) project by PETA US, that concept is no longer just a metaphor.
“I, Chicken” is a virtual reality experience that recreates what it’s like to be a chicken using cutting-edge technology – including wireless VR goggles, motion-capture cameras and powerful computers – as well as input from leading VR psychologists. It allows people to become fully immersed in a chicken’s world, including flapping their wings, exploring their … Read more.