Elisa | Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog - Part 2
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Elisa Allen - You Name It – She Does It for PETA!

From high-profile demonstrations across Europe to getting angry with the photocopier technician – nothing is above or below Elisa Allen! And now she's found the time to write to you all on PETA's blog.

She's new to the team, but we all think we're pretty lucky to have her. Recently transplanted to the UK from Ireland, she always knew that she would eventually work for PETA, as it runs in her family – her identical twin sister works in the Cruelty Investigations Department at PETA US.

Her CV, which is as varied and interesting as she is, includes such pursuits as teaching English in Ukraine, working at a large animal shelter in Colorado and writing her master's dissertation on "Nudity and Animal Activism".

As a stylish "lady about town", she simply loves shopping for vegan shoes and exploring London. When she's not calming her blistered feet (from all the new shoes, of course), she likes nothing more than to kick back and chillax with a good book. Oh, and she likes gnomes – end of!
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  • Apr

Alan Carr: Be a Little Fairy for Animals!

Comedian and TV personality Alan Carr has brought his cheeky sense of humour to bear on the issue of spaying and neutering in a new ad for PETA.

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Ahead of the new series of Chatty Man, the talk-show host felt that it was time to have a serious heart-to-heart talk about animal overpopulation in the UK, explaining:

There’s no “magic wand” that will find homes for all of Britain’s homeless dogs and cats, but simple surgeries – spaying and neutering – will make a huge difference in the long run. We’ve Read more.


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  • Apr

17 Bollywood Stars Who Speak Out for Animals

Animals have many friends among the beautiful people who work in Bollywood, the world’s largest filmmaking industry. The following are some of the biggest names who have teamed up either with us or with PETA India in their behalf, from rising starlets to some of Indian cinema’s most iconic figures:

1.      Amy Jackson

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The Liverpool-born Yevadu star poses with her adorable rescued cat Alfie to raise awareness of animal homelessness.

2.      Imran Khan

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In addition to starring in a touching video with his dog, Tony, the heartthrob was also given an … Read more.


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  • Mar

What’s in Emeli Sandé’s Vegan Hamper?

After smash-hit Glaswegian soul singer Emeli Sandé confessed that she was leaning towards a meat-free diet, we decided to help her out by sending her some of our favourite vegan products to try!

Singer Emeli Sande moves towards a vegetarian diet

Judging from the expression on her face, she looks delighted with it – and who wouldn’t be!

If you have non-vegan friends who are curious about a plant-based diet, why not give them a little goodie bag for inspiration, too? … Read more.


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  • Feb

Top London Night Club Bans Fur!

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Mahiki – the exclusive Mayfair nightclub beloved by celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Prince Harry – has just announced that it’s banning real fur for good.

Meg Mathews, who will be on the door at Mahiki celebrating the first fur-free night tomorrow, says it perfectly: “I don’t care who you are – if you’re wearing fur, you’re heartless, and you’re not coming in.”

Here’s the statement from Michael Evans, Mahiki’s creative director:

I’ve known and loved Meg for a long time, so when she told me about the cruelty that wearing

Read more.

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  • Dec

Announcing PETA’s Person of the Year – Ricky Gervais!

Comedian wins PETA awardRicky Gervais already has his fair share of gongs  – BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Emmys, to mention just a few – but now he has a new accolade to boast about. The outspoken comedian has just been named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2013, thanks to the way that he uses his influence and wit to defend animals day after day. He’s joining an illustrious list of British celebs who have been recognised by PETA, including Brian May and Morrissey.

When he’s not making fans laugh in shows such as Derek Read more.


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  • Dec

Jonas Von Essen: Remember to Go Vegan!

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23-year-old Jonas Von Essen from Sweden has become the World Memory Champion, scoring the highest number of points ever recorded, with feats such as memorising an entire pack of cards in less than a minute and recalling thousands of digits. He also remembers animals every time he eats – yep, Jonas is a vegan – proving that a plant-based diet isn’t just the most compassionate choice. It’s also the smartest!

Jonas answered the following questions about his compassionate plant-based diet:

Why did you decide to go vegan?

Simply because I … Read more.


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  • Nov

Manchester Teacher Teaches Kids That Orcas Should Be Free

After Blackfish won plaudits from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Leona Lewis and Stephen Fry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the must-see documentary of 2013 – which tells the story of Tilikum, the orca held captive at SeaWorld – couldn’t get any bigger fans. But then you’d be overlooking Mr Parkinson’s Year 5 class at Davyhulme Primary School, which has been writing and narrating stories and creating adorable videos about the cruelty of keeping orcas in captivity. For his efforts, Lee Parkinson of Davey Hulme Primary School in Manchester has received … Read more.


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  • Oct

Tiffany Stanley: Turn Your Back on Fur

Irish model, reality TV star and actor Tiffany Stanley is urging her government to give fur the cold shoulder and ban cruel fur farms in a new nude ad for PETA, shot by photographer Volker Fleck.

Sexy model poses naked in PETA Ad

Sexy Stanley is determined to help put an end to an industry that confines 225,000 minks every year to small cages and then rips the skin off their tiny backs. She explains why she’s passionate enough about this cause to bare all: “The fur industry shows Ireland in a really bad light. The sooner we end … Read more.


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  • Oct

Charlie Brown: Be Beautiful in Your Own Skin

Singer-songwriter Charlie Brown may be best known for his upbeat lyrics and urban pop sound, but now, with his new anti-fur ad for PETA, he’s showing fans another aspect of his personality – kindness towards animals.

Be Beautiful in Your Own Skin and Let Animals Keep Theirs!

The London-based artist – who, with chart-topping singles such as “Bones”, is clearly on his way to greatness – hasn’t let fame change his values. He explains: “If I can use my voice to make a difference in the world, I will – so I’m proud to work with PETA to speak out against fur. We … Read more.


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  • Sep

Hail the Kale! More Vegan Grub on the High Street

Good news for sandwich fans! PETA UK Vegan Food Award winner and national fast-food chain Pret A Manger has added even more vegan goodies to its offerings!

A new Super Greens sandwich, featuring kale, spinach and avocado, joins its Naked Avocado Bloomer as a vegan option on its sandwich shelf.

Vegan Option At Pret A Manager

It’s also added more varieties of vegan soup: the beetroot and horseradish soup, South Indian tomato and spice soup, smoky root vegetable and bean soup and butternut squash and sage soup are all delicious and free of animal products.

Pret has also … Read more.