In a groundbreaking victory more than three decades in the making, the US military has agreed to replace the use of animals in six different areas of medical training with modern human-patient simulators – an enlightened step forward that will save countless human and animal lives.
These advanced simulators will better prepare medical personnel to treat injured soldiers and will save animals from being cut into and having hard plastic tubes repeatedly forced down their throats, among other invasive and often deadly procedures.
As reported in a Boston Globe cover story, … Read more.
This winter, we’ve teamed up with top-notch department store Liberty to help animals and the homeless at the same time. We’ve provided the store, which has a long-standing policy against selling fur, with an abundance of fur coats that were donated to us by members of the public who had a change of heart after seeing the cruelty involved in fur production. The coats will be used in Liberty’s annual coat drive to help the homeless keep warm during the chilly winter months.
The message that people should take away is that … Read more.
Keep your feet cosy, your conscience clear and your wardrobe on-trend this winter with these vegan shoe picks for every occasion, from an office party to a snowball fight!
Video footage from the leather industry is a shocking reminder of why vegan shoes are the only compassionate choice. Globally, millions of cows and other animals endure beatings and other abuse and then die painfully so that their skins can be turned into shoes, belts and bags.
But on a more cheerful note, there are SO many fabulous shoes out there that have absolutely no … Read more.
Whether you’re a fan of ice skating, fine art, open-air cinema or fashion, you’ll find them at Somerset House – which is why we were delighted to learn this week that the London cultural institution is also a foie gras–free zone!
“I can confirm that we do not allow foie gras to be supplied or served at Somerset House”, Director Jonathan Reekie wrote to PETA.
We were especially relieved by this news in light of Somerset House’s Christmas partnership with Fortnum & Mason, one of the few retailers that continue to sell … Read more.
To celebrate the excellent news that Sweden’s last chinchilla fur farm has just been closed down, we decided to take a closer look at these sweet animals – and how they suffer at the hands of the global fur trade.
- Swedish animal rights group Djurrättsalliansen rescued the 243 surviving chinchillas from the farm in Enköping, Sweden, which was closed down following alleged breaches of animal welfare laws.
- The group is now working with the police to press charges against the owner of the fur farm.
- The chinchillas are being transferred to new
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A pile of naked bodies, covered with blood: When the bodies are human and lying in the middle of Trafalgar Square, it seems like a remarkable and shocking spectacle. But when the bodies of literally billions of animals are hacked apart for meat every year, many people turn a blind eye.
For World Vegan Day this year, we addressed this disconnect with a massive, headline-grabbing demo in the centre of London! This morning, around 100 intrepid volunteers showed up, stripped off and agreed to be splattered with fake blood to help get … Read more.
Inspiring, educational or heartbreaking … these must-see videos will all make you reflect seriously about what (or who) you’re eating.
- Labels vs. reality – find out the truth about “home-grown”, “free-range” and so-called “high-welfare” meat.
- Do more than survive! Vegan free runner Tim Shieff showcases the breathtaking power of kindness.
- Many people don’t realise that the dairy industry is just as cruel as the meat trade. Hollywood mum Emily Deschanel sets them right.
- You might want to have some tissues nearby for this one. Paul McCartney narrates this deeply shocking exposé of
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When we heard that yet ANOTHER major UK retailer – Monsoon Accessorize – has just ended the use of angora wool, we had to crack out the champagne!
In a statement on its website today, Monsoon confirmed that, after hearing from customers:
“we have decided to end the use of angora in all future production of our clothing and accessories”.
This is the right decision for bunnies and for fashion – because, ever since PETA Asia’s deeply disturbing investigation into angora fur farms last year, it’s been clear that … Read more.
People all over Europe celebrated last year when the ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the European Union came into full force.
So we were deeply concerned when a joint statement from the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) this week confirmed that cruel tests on animals for cosmetics ingredients will continue under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the world’s biggest animal testing programme.
Here’s our statement on the issue:
PETA believes that the cosmetics testing ban is a vital start,
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Earlier this year, the results of PETA US’ undercover investigation into Taiwan’s callous pigeon-racing industry made headlines around the world.
Now, it’s made history, by prompting the first-ever mega-raid by police on pigeon racing in Taiwan. Agents from the Criminal Investigation Bureau last week searched the office of the Greater Kaohsiung Zhongzheng Pigeon Society and froze millions of dollars in assets. Police also detained three employees on charges of violating Taiwan’s animal-protection law and illegal gambling.
This move is likely to have a huge impact on the upcoming winter pigeon-racing season … Read more.