Anne | Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog - Part 4
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  • 13
  • Feb

From Dubai With Love

Our mission to stop geese from being tortured for foie gras has entered new territory this week. Ahead of Fortnum & Mason’s opening of a new store in Dubai, former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has called on Emirates residents not to shop there because of the company’s sale of the vile foodstuff. We’ve also released a new Arabic version of his advert:

PETA brings message about Fortnums' foie gras cruelty to Dubai in UAE

Here is Sir Roger’s statement:

I do hope the good people of Dubai will not be taken in by Fortnum & Mason’s scurrilous claim that “Englishness” characterises its

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  • 12
  • Feb

VIDEO: Action for Marius at Copenhagen Zoo

The public killing of Marius, the 18-month-old giraffe, at Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday, which caused public outcry around the world, prompted PETA Germany to send its own message to the zoo’s managers.

The group projected this enormous message in lights at the entrance to the zoo last night:

Zoos are Animal Prisons. You paid for the ticket, Marius paid with his life.

Marius’ death should be a wake-up call for anyone who still harbours the illusion that zoos serve any purpose beyond incarcerating intelligent animals for profit. What happened in Copenhagen this weekend shocked the world – but zoos around the world quietly kill “surplus” … Read more.


  • 11
  • Feb

Government Fails to Take Promised Action Against Animal Testing

The UK government has just released its delivery plan to “replace, refine and reduce” the use of animals in experiments – and it’s a grave disappointment.

After it had been elected, the Coalition pledged to cut the use of animals in scientific research. But we’ve yet to see any strategy as to how it will deliver on this promise. The plan contains no targets to decrease the number of animals who are tormented, cut up and killed in experiments each year, making it essentially useless. Instead of being a clear and unbiased … Read more.


  • 10
  • Feb

Why Are These Penguins Taking Antidepressants?

depressed penguins

Image: “Penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre” by petercooperuk / CC BY-SA 2.0

Short answer: Because they’re being kept in captivity in a zoo, thousands of miles from where they belong.

It was reported this week that the Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary have been prescribed antidepressants because they’re so unhappy.

Staff at the centre admitted that the penguins are not adapted to the rainy British climate, which is drastically different from their natural environment on the coast of South America. As a result, the birds Read more.


  • 07
  • Feb

UPDATE: Orcas No Longer to Be Displayed at Sochi Olympics but Still Languishing in Captivity

Almost 10,000 people sent messages to Russian authorities asking that two wild orcas who were captured last year be released back into the ocean, rather than be imprisoned and forced to perform at the Sochi Dolphinarium during the Winter Olympics in Russia.

We’ve now learned that the two orcas – a female named Narnia and a young male – have not been brought to Sochi and will not be on display during the Olympics. Additionally, no dolphin will carry an Olympic torch, as had originally been planned.

Russia Sochi Wild Orcas

Although it’s good news … Read more.


  • 06
  • Feb

A Message to Moscow: Throw Fur Out!

A new year offers new opportunities to take our campaign against fur to the country that buys more of it than any other in the world: Russia.

PETA’s hard-hitting billboards have gone up across Moscow, each one graphically illustrating how many animals are killed just to make one fur coat. The writing on the ad roughly translates as “Try telling this beautiful animal he is just a piece of a fur coat.”

Moscow Mink

PETA Moscow mink billboard with Olga Shelest

Well-known model and TV presenter Olga Shelest (who is also vegan) is the face of the campaign. “My philosophy Read more.


  • 04
  • Feb

Team PETA at the Sochi Winter Olympics: Champions Don’t Wear Fur!

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are almost upon us, and while the eyes of the world are on the Russian city Sochi, we’ve seized the opportunity to highlight one of the cruellest industries on the planet – the barbaric fur trade.

Two sexy PETA “snow bunnies” braved the cold climate (and Russian authorities’ notoriously frosty attitude towards protestors) to let people know that wearing the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted or strangled to death is unacceptable. The police confiscated the volunteers’ signs and passports, and ordered them to leave the Olympic … Read more.


  • 04
  • Feb

11 of the Best Vegan Chocolate Fixes (and Where to Buy Them)

If you love chocolate and also love animals – don’t worry. There’s absolutely no need to choose between your compassion and your cravings! Delicious, affordable vegan chocolate is easy to come by – and we’ve done the hard work – cough – of reviewing and tasting some of the best options around, so you don’t have to.

chocolate montage

The following are some of our top picks:

 - Organic Cocoa Powder (Green & Black’s)

Mix with warm soya or almond milk for an intense hot chocolate. Top with vegan whipped cream and vegan marshmallows … Read more.


  • 03
  • Feb

Vegan Underground – Giant Animals Take Over the Tube!

London commuters are being given some food for thought, courtesy of a ridiculously cute PETA ad appearing in 25 different underground stations!

You Can Live Without Those Ribs - I Can't! Try Vegan

To mark the launch of the first in a series of new pro-vegan ads to be rolled out across the London underground network – a dozen giant “farm animals” descended on King’s Cross station this morning, with the message “Love me, don’t eat me!”

SAM_1351SAM_1279 dog

The ad campaign aims to challenge people to think critically about their meat consumption from the perspective of the animals who are killed for food and … Read more.


  • 03
  • Feb

WATCH: The Most Heartwarmimg Lifeboat Rescue Ever

Quila was in a tight spot. On a stormy afternoon in Norfolk, just days before Christmas, this friendly Labrador was swept out to sea and left stranded on a slippery rock, surrounded by water – as her distressed guardians watched in horror.

This is what happened next:

What stands out in the video are the gentleness and care that the rescuers from Happisburgh Lifeboat Crew show to Quila, who was probably experiencing one of the most terrifying moments of her life. After they lift her into the boat, she nestles her head … Read more.