Elisa | Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog - Part 4
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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!
  • 17
  • Jan

If You Wouldn’t Eat a Horse …

If you wouldn't eat a horse
No doubt you’ve seen the story splashed all over the papers this week about the horsemeat found in burgers from several major UK supermarkets. We absolutely agree with the British public that turning horses into burgers is outrageous – but is it really more shocking than doing the same to cows?

Cows, pigs, sheep and chickens – like horses – are sensitive creatures with distinct personalities, able to experience pain, suffering and fear. Yet millions of them are routinely abused and killed for the meat industry, without making headlines. They may … Read more.


  • 08
  • Jan

Who’s Really Responsible for Animal Euthanasia?

In a recent article published in The Mail on Sunday, the RSPCA came under fire over claims that half the animals it rescued last year were euthanised.

Nobody wants to see healthy animals lose their lives. But given the current crisis of abandoned dogs and cats, attacking the UK’s oldest animal welfare charity for a problem that it did not create is certainly not the answer.

In a letter to the newspaper, PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi had this to say:

Life is easy for those of us who do not

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  • 31
  • Dec

2012 in Review: Highlights From PETA UK

What better time is there to reflect on a great year of hard work than New Year’s Eve. While we’re gearing up for 2013, here’s a look back at some PETA UK staffers’ highlights from 2012.

Mimi: Every new week brings something to celebrate – a campaign victory, such as getting the House of Lords to stop serving foie gras, a marketing milestone like reaching 25,000 fans on Facebook or a press coup like our press officer, Ben’s, appearance on This Morning, where we were able to reach thousands of … Read more.


  • 27
  • Dec

Brian May Is the Champion: Musician Named PETA UK’s Person of the Year

Brian May is a man of many talents, from playing guitar in Queen to getting a PhD in astrophysics. But this year, his gift for helping animals took the spotlight as he became an outspoken opponent of the British government’s plans to kill tens of thousands of badgers.

A badger “is a wonderful, sentient being”, Brian told the world, spreading the message on TV and the radio, in newspapers and on social media as part of “Team Badger”, a coalition of groups opposed to the ill-advised cull. His passion and … Read more.


  • 15
  • Dec

Victory! 70 Beagles Rescued From Tests!

In a landmark move, 70 beagles who were imported from China by Advinus Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical laboratory in Bangalore, are being released to People For Animals and Blue Cross Chennai following rigorous campaigning for their release by PETA India and these groups. The dogs have been removed from quarantine and handed over to animal protection groups with the permission of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and through efforts made internally in government by MP Maneka Gandhi.

The rescue was approved after PETA India notified the Committee for the Purpose of Control … Read more.


  • 14
  • Dec

WINNING: Full Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics in the EU Looking Good!

A spokesperson for EU Commissioner Tonio Borg just sent us a letter today confirming that Mr Borg will not propose any delay or compromise on the cosmetics marketing ban due in March 2013, which would end the sale of all cosmetics and toiletries containing ingredients tested on animals. Actually testing cosmetics on animals is already outlawed in the EU, but starting at the end of March, companies that test elsewhere won’t be able to sell their products here either. Not only does banning testing save hundreds of thousands of animals from cruel … Read more.


  • 10
  • Dec

‘Homeland’ Creator Demands End to Military’s War on Animals

Gideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit Channel 4 series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world. Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.

After reading PETA’s exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal here in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip … Read more.


  • 30
  • Nov

Musician Spotlight: Mike Scott

You probably know him has the bassist from the fast, hardcore-punk group Phinius Gage. And you’ve probably been wondering what Mike Scott is up to these days. Well, he’s using his voice to perform vocals for the hardcore band Lay It On The Line and, of course, to speak out for animals! Busy doing gigs with the newly formed group, Mike took a breather to talk with us about his vegan lifestyle, his influences and his music. Check out the exclusive interview and join Mike in kick-starting your vegan diet by … Read more.


  • 23
  • Nov

Win a Jay McGuiness T-Shirt for Fur-Free Friday

Fur-Free Friday is 23 November. To celebrate, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness has hand-drawn a T-shirt declaring in behalf of animals: “Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin, Not Ours”. The signed shirt is being given away by our friends at Sugarscape.

While fans of The Wanted can be real party animals, life is anything but a party for animals who are used for fur. Rabbits and other animals raised for their fur go crazy from spending their entire lives in cramped, filthy cages, often without shelter from the elements. Fur farmers kill … Read more.


  • 19
  • Nov

Vegan Athletes Cross the Finish Line

Meet PETA supporter and endurance runner Brynjar. After learning about the abuse of animals on factory farms, Brynjar dropped meat, eggs and dairy products from his diet. And how did the switch to a vegan diet affect his athletic abilities? Well, the proof, as they say, is in the (soya) pudding!

No longer bogged down with all the saturated fat and cholesterol found in meat, Brynjar has never been faster than on a vegan diet. For the first time, he was able to complete a half-marathon in less than 95 minutes – … Read more.