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Kirsty Henderson was detained by the Russian police for protesting against the fur industry at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, wore nothing but lettuce leaves while shouting about the benefits of a vegan diet, and represented the interests of animals at the appeal of the EU ban on seal products at the World Trade Organisation. No day is ever the same for a campaign coordinator with PETA UK. Kirsty organises protests and demonstrations, leads bigger campaigns (such as ensuring that facilities that breed beagles for experimentation do not receive permits) and puts together hard-hitting videos that expose the cruelty on fur farms.

Originally from Manchester, Kirsty has bachelor's and master's degrees in history, which gives her great experience in debating important issues – a skill she now uses every day to advocate for animals. Upon watching a PETA video on factory farming, she decided to go vegan, which – along with moving to London – has been the best decision of her life. Despite having never been to France, in her spare time she is trying to learn French.
  • 17
  • Dec

PHOTOS: Don’t Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes, Say Blindfolded Protesters

Blindfolded and cradling a sheared and apparently blood-spattered “lamb”, these three PETA members were a striking sight in Edinburgh this morning.

Edinburgh wool demo

Their message to shoppers on Princes Street was “Don’t pull the wool over your eyes”, a reference to the immense suffering inflicted on sheep used by the wool industry, including violent abuse in shearing sheds, painful mutilations and frightening deaths in abattoirs.

Sheep suffer for wool - scratch it off your shopping list

Princes Street anti-wool protest

The trio urged passers-by to open their eyes to the cruelty inherent in wool production and to cross wool items off their shopping lists.

A recent exposé of the … Read more.


  • 09
  • Dec

Institut Français Says ‘Joyeux Noël’ to Ducks and Geese

French cultural institution foie gras crueltyThis week, we received a very welcome e-mail from London’s Institut Français:

I hear your concern concerning the “force feeding” [of] birds. We want all our students to enjoy the Christmas Market the best possible way in a festive atmosphere[.] I hope you will be happy to hear we all have agreed to ask the stall to remove foie gras from the menu.

A student studying French at the cultural centre – who also happens to be a PETA campaigner – was dismayed when she found out that cruel foie gras … Read more.


  • 05
  • Dec

Recognising the Volunteers Who Help Us Save Animals

Today is International Volunteer Day, and we’re celebrating the volunteers who help make PETA such an effective voice for animals. This year, we’re recognising three particularly dedicated volunteers – Rose, Natalie and Kate – with PETA’s Volunteer Award.

PETA Pillow Fight

Rose Patterson from Harrogate has been responsible for making some of the most eye-catching animal rights demonstrations an absolute success. The photographic arts student joined 100 other PETA members in Trafalgar Square to strip down, spatter herself with fake blood and lie naked in a heap in a pro-vegan demonstration – held on World … Read more.


  • 19
  • Sep

Why I Took the Stage During an Animal Experimenter’s Speech

PETA Protester at NIH SpeechMaternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys are a textbook example of unethical psychological research, and they need to stop. Hundreds of infant monkeys are being torn away from their mothers, causing them to suffer from psychoses at a US National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratory. So when Dr Stephen J Suomi, the head experimenter on baby monkeys at NIH, was to speak in Cardiff at the annual general meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, I, along with another activist, decided to make my voice heard … Read more.


  • 14
  • Sep

SUCCESS! Wychavon District Council Rejects Cruel ‘Chicken City’

Stock chickens TEXTMore than 26,000 of you took action last month to ask Wychavon District Council to refuse planning permission for a cruel new chicken factory farm in Worcestershire. And the council listened!

Council members voted unanimously against the proposal to build an intensive broiler chicken unit in the village of Upton Snodsbury, which would have confined 160,000 birds at a time to filthy, crowded sheds. Applause actually broke out in the council chamber when this excellent decision was announced.

This is great news both for the local community – which would have Read more.


  • 11
  • Sep

This Season’s Hottest New Look?

Unnerving ‘Bunnies’ Turn Heads on the Catwalk at London Fashion Week

A bold new look hit the catwalk at London Fashion Week today, thanks to a trio of volunteers who decided that the fashion world needs a nudge in the right direction – at least, where animals are concerned.

Somerset House PETA demo against fur, angora and other cruel fashion items

The three compassionate ladies strutted their stuff outside Somerset House on the Strand in London wearing a striking outfit, pairing lovely lingerie with huge Donnie Darko–style rabbit heads. Their statement was simple – no bunny should suffer for fashion.

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As a shocking … Read more.


  • 09
  • Sep

PETA Founder Rings the Bell for Wild Boar

The wild boar population of the Forest of Dean is under threat from a controversial and cruel cull plan.

Animal activists around the world are speaking out against the planned killing, and PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has also chimed in.

Forest of Dean Wild Boar

To help support activists fighting the cull, Ingrid has put up for auction a hundred-year-old family heirloom – the bell that her great-uncle, who was the headmaster of a grammar school in Coleford in the Forest of Dean, rang from his school’s steps each morning.

Coleford School Bell“My great-uncle Sidney and my father, who … Read more.


  • 21
  • Aug

PHOTOS: ‘Monkey’ Prisoners Call Out Air France Cruelty in London

All over the world, people have been standing up to express their horror at Air France’s shipments of primates to laboratories.

Today, the protest arrived in London.

PETA Demo in London against Air France Cruelty

30 PETA supporters gathered outside the Embassy of France in Knightsbridge, London, to make sure that diplomats and the public know how Air France is profiting from the torture of highly intelligent and sensitive monkeys.

Air France is the only major airline that trafficks primates for vivisection

Caged activist speaks out for monkeys

No other major airline still transports monkeys for animal testing. After learning how the terrified animals are caged, cut into, poisoned, crippled, deprived of food and water, infected with … Read more.


  • 17
  • Jul

Flesh Is Flesh – All Animals Have the Same Parts: Try Vegan

PETA Naked Protest in Kent

Readers were shocked by details that emerged during the trial of a Kent man who allegedly groomed a young girl online, intending to rape, kill, dismember and eat her. The disturbing conversations alleged to have taken place on fetish websites frequented by the man are enough to make even the most hardened reader shudder. “I don’t like waste”, he allegedly assured the 14-year-old. “I’ll eat everything from your feet to your face.”

Wait … haven’t we heard this somewhere before???

Human beings do commit similarly vile and depraved acts on innocent victims … Read more.


  • 08
  • Jul

Why Are These Activists Pelting Air France HQ With Vegan Pâté?

First monkeys, then ducks and geese: Air France is certainly racking up the victims with its cruel policies. As if it weren’t bad enough that it’s the only international airline that still transports primates to laboratories for animal testing, the company has just sponsored a pound of foie gras to be given to each of the 751 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Strasbourg, despite the fact that foie gras production is so cruel that it would be illegal in most EU countries.

A bunch of MEPs unsurprisingly rejected the … Read more.