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Anne Clark has been blogging, e-mailing, advocating and occasionally tweeting on behalf of PETA since 2012.

She's passionate about harnessing digital technology for good, helping people make kinder choices in their lives and giving our supporters the tools they need to become awesome advocates for animals online. She's also obsessed with seeking out vegan junk food and trawling the Internet for adorable pictures of baby animals – and she loves the fact that both of these activities are a legitimate part of her job!

When she isn't using the Internet to shout about animals, she can frequently be found cycling around her adopted home of East London, making friends with cats, consuming copious amounts of coffee or scouring charity shops for the best "vintage vegan" bargains.
  • 10
  • Sep

Virtual Reality Technology Will Give You a Bird’s-Eye View of the World – Literally

Virtual reality chicken project animal rightsPeople 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.


  • 09
  • Sep

New Poll: Support for Animal Testing in Britain Continues to Decline

A new government-funded poll by Ipsos MORI shows that the British public continues to voice strong and ever-growing opposition to the use of animals in experiments and also continues to mistrust both experimenters and the inadequate rules governing this archaic and often discredited practice.

According to the latest figures:Support for animal testing declines in the UK

  • Thirty-two per cent of Britons object to the use of animals in experiments.
  • Thirty-one per cent have little to no faith in the regulatory system that governs animal experimentation.
  • Thirty per cent do not trust experimenters to avoid causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

These figures … Read more.


  • 08
  • Sep

On the Menu – Vegan Options at Chain Restaurants

Unless you haven’t taken a stroll down a UK high street in quite some time, you can’t have failed to notice the plethora of animal-free food popping up at every turn. Increased demand for vegan options has opened up a whole new world of delicious, animal-friendly dishes appearing on menus at restaurants, pubs and fast-food chains alike that do not involve grinding animals’ bodies up into nuggets or burgers.

We’ve put together our ultimate list of high-street vegan eats in places that may surprise you  – all tried and tested by us, … Read more.


  • 05
  • Sep

Q&A With Plant-Fuelled Paralympian Dave Smith

Dave Smith, MBE, is an athlete who has triumphed over adversity time and time again. His many impressive achievements include representing Team GB in the able-bodied karate and bobsleigh events and overcoming a spinal tumour to win a gold medal for rowing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – as well as saving hundreds of animals by following a vegan diet!

Dave celebrates gold medal at London 2012

We caught up with him to talk about how ditching meat, dairy products and eggs has contributed to his success.

What inspired you to go vegan?

It was originally for … Read more.


  • 04
  • Sep

Everyone Who Cares About Animals Thinks London Zoo Needs to Cancel These Events

London Zoo’s stubborn insistence on not cancelling its “Zoo Lates” events – in which around 6,000 visitors pour into the zoo in the evening, during the animals’ usual resting hours, drink alcohol, sing and shout along to music – reveals the institution’s true priorities. Like all zoos, it’s more concerned with making money than safeguarding the animals it keeps captive.

Allegations that one visitor poured beer on a tiger, another fell and “accidentally” punched a bird and yet another asked a staff member “Which penguin can I fight?” are apparently not enough … Read more.


  • 03
  • Sep

How to Make the Perfect Vegan Packed Lunch

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So the summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school. But there’s one thing you don’t need to stress about – finding delicious vegan items to put in your child’s lunchbox!

Here’s our rundown of easy packed lunch ideas, which are sure to provoke envious looks in the playground or canteen. These cruelty-free lunchbox fillers are all great for grown-ups, too.

The Sandwich

Kirsty's Sandwich

Go for a classic with vegan cheese slices, tomato and salad, or get creative with hummus, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, falafel, smoked tofu, etc. … Read more.


  • 29
  • Aug

21 Surprising Facts About Chickens

More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, but if more people understood the complex nature of these interesting animals, they would probably hesitate before consuming their flesh or eggs. Here are some of our favourite facts about chickens:

  1. Chickens can distinguish among more than 100 faces of members of their species – who knew that their memories rival those of elephants?
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  2. Chickens have full-colour vision, just like we do.
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    Inquisitive hens” by Peter Cooper / CC BY 2.0
  3. And they tell each other
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  • 27
  • Aug

New Research Confirms There’s No Excuse for Using Live Animals in Military Drills

Pressure is mounting on the Ministry of Defence to stop using live animals in horrific trauma training exercises for medics. The UK’s top army doctor, Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, the Medical Director at Joint Medical Command, has admitted that he receives letters from the House of Commons every fortnight asking why the UK hasn’t switched to humane, modern methods instead of needlessly mutilating animals.

Ever since we revealed how British personnel travel to Denmark and shoot live pigs to pieces in shady training operations, tens of thousands of compassionate people have been … Read more.


  • 21
  • Aug

20 Years on, Tyke’s Intense, Tragic Story Will Still Leave You Shocked

Tyke was an African elephant at a travelling circus in the US who had been abused for years. Like most elephants in circuses, her life consisted of endless beatings and constant confinement.

Eventually, she snapped.

On 20 August, 1994, she was forced to perform in Honolulu. This is what happened next.

Warning: upsetting footage

Tyke’s rampage killed her trainer and injured 13 other people. She collapsed and died after being shot nearly 100 times.

Animals do not deserve to live and die as Tyke did – abused, mentally and physically, until they … Read more.


  • 20
  • Aug

Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico City, Paraguay and Peru Have Done It. Why Hasn’t the UK?

Karina-and-her-drawing-of-elephants-in-Circuses-768x1024Circuses are no fun for animals – so three cheers to Mexico City for banning the use of wild animals in performances!

Last month, Mexico City lawmakers made the compassionate decision to stop lions, tigers, elephants and other animals from being forced to jump through flaming hoops, balance on their hind legs and perform other dangerous and bewildering tricks in front of a screaming crowd. When the new law comes into full force, circus owners who continue to use animals could be fined up to $70,000.

Behind the scenes, animals in circuses … Read more.