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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.
  • 12
  • Jun

We Are Thousands Strong Against Cruel Chicken Farm Proposal

We recently asked our supporters to join us in opposing plans to build an intensive broiler chicken production facility in Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire.

We were overwhelmed by the response.

More than 26,000 people signed our letter to the Wychavon District Council urging planning officers to reject the proposal, which would condemn up to 160,000 chickens at a time to a life of unabated misery. On broiler farms – where chickens are raised for meat – birds are crammed into dark filthy sheds. They usually have the ends of their sensitive beaks cut … Read more.


  • 22
  • May

STA Travel Stops Promoting SeaWorld and Other Cruel Attractions

Sta portrait

The world’s largest student travel company, STA Travel, has made the adventure even better by pulling promotions for three cruel attractions: SeaWorld, elephant rides and Thailand’s notorious Tiger Temple!

After meeting with PETA and learning how SeaWorld confines intelligent orcas to small tanks and forces them to perform meaningless tricks, STA Travel immediately vowed to sever all ties with the unethical business.

This compassionate move will make an impact around the world. STA Travel employs nearly 2,000 people in more than 200 branches across 12 countries. It’s also setting a higher … Read more.


  • 13
  • May

Bullfighting: A Global Update

Lisbon

Efforts to end cruel bullfighting are ramping up, as people from all corners of the globe recognise that stabbing a frightened animal to death is not “entertainment”.

We recently represented the UK at the 2014 International Anti-Bullfighting Summit in Lisbon, which brought together groups from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the U.K., among others, to come up with new strategies for ending the barbarity of the bullfights.

Hot on the heels of the excellent news that India has just banned bullfights, bull races and the violent tradition of Read more.


  • 05
  • Mar

Apple Says NO to Bludgeoning Seals to Death, Launches Activist App Instead

In 2010, Apple blocked an app that let players beat, shoot and kill virtual seals, but saving “seals” is fair game. Today, Apple launched a free iPhone app called Seals Hero, which allows users to save seals from Canada’s annual slaughter, highlighting how younger generations look at seals as wonders of nature, without any desire to hunt them or beat them to death with a stick.

Seals Hero iPhone App

The gaming gurus at Australia-based Maiko Enterprises describe the app best:

Your mission is to save seals. You will control Cid, a smart, energetic, non-violent

Read more.

  • 21
  • Feb

Get Fit and Help Animals at the Same Time

Is your New Year’s resolution to get in shape becoming a distant memory? Want to boost your fitness and show your commitment to animals at the same time?

Andras

We’ve just launched an exciting new tool, Fundraising for PETA, on our website that will motivate you right to the finish line and, after a few too many vegan chocolates perhaps, to a healthy new you.

PETA has a long tradition of inspirational supporters who have raised money to help animals while completing impressive feats of athleticism, such as Andras Munch, who last … Read more.


  • 17
  • Feb

UPDATE: Fortnum’s Dubai Will Be Foie Gras-Free!

PETA foie gras campaign goose portraitJust days after we released a new, Arabic version of our ad with Sir Roger Moore highlighting the cruelty of foie gras production, Fortnum & Mason has announced that it will not sell the unethical product at its new store in Dubai!

This is a promising development in our campaign to stop geese and ducks from being cruelly force-fed and killed in order to produce foie gras. Foie gras, in case you don’t know, is a pâté that is made from the diseased livers of birds who have had metal pipes shoved … Read more.


  • 26
  • Nov

Caged ‘Monkeys’ Protest Against Primate Trafficking

Did you know that some airlines are propping up the cruel and sinister vivisection industry? China Southern Airlines ships monkeys from their homes in the wild or from squalid breeding facilities to laboratories in the EU and the US, where they are imprisoned in tiny cages, force-fed chemicals, crippled, cut into and killed.

PETA supporters took part in a striking protest in Whitehall today to shine a light on this shocking practice. The demo was planned to coincide with an aviation conference attended by Tan Wangeng, the president and CEO of China … Read more.


  • 07
  • Nov

Vegan Message Comes to Dublin and Belfast!

A curious sight greeted anyone who happened to be passing by Dublin’s Henry Street on Wednesday or Belfast’s Arthur Square on Thursday: a scantily-clad PETA supporter lying on a person-sized plate, drizzled with sauce, alongside a pile of vegetables and a gigantic knife and fork.

Yes, these were the latest instalments of PETA’s iconic “Relate to Who’s on Your Plate” demos, which get passersby thinking about what – or indeed who – they’re eating. As World Vegan Month gets underway this November, we’re in the Emerald Isle to illustrate that we’re all … Read more.


  • 21
  • Oct

Relate to Who’s on Your Plate

Did your food once have a face?

That’s the question we’re encouraging people to ask themselves this week with a series of thought-provoking demonstrations across the UK ahead of World Vegan Month, which starts in November.

Birmingham

On Monday, compassionate student Shayna – who was a finalist in this year’s Sexiest Vegan Competition – kicked off the week by posing almost naked on a giant plate to help passers-by feel empathy for the animals who are killed by the meat industry.

PETA Demo in Birmingham.

Manchester

Lovely Loretta put her principles into practice on Read more.


  • 16
  • Oct

Siouxsie Sioux Slams Fortnum & Mason’s Vile Foie Gras

The “first lady of punk” wants Fortnum & Mason to “get with the times”.

First lady of punk teams up with PETA to help animalsSiouxsie Sioux is the latest person to join the fast-growing list of notables who are letting Fortnum & Mason’s Ewan Venters have it over the shop’s continued sales of vile foie gras. She has written a letter to Venters explaining the horrors of foie gras production, which is banned in the UK, and how it has no place in a store that prides itself on its British tradition.

Best known as the vocalist for the punk band Siouxsie … Read more.