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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.