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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.
  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • Sep

#LoveSpainHateBullfighting – The Hand-In

Tens of thousands of you have taken action. Tens of thousands of you have said a resounding “No” to bullfighting and sent messages to the Spanish embassy demanding that the cruel sport not be granted legal protection.

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Now we’ve made sure that your voices will be heard by delivering your messages to the Spanish authorities in person. Teaming up with the Humane Society International, the League Against Cruel Sports and the World Society for the Protection of Animals, last week we gathered outside the Spanish embassy in London with a crowd of … Read more.


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  • Aug

Just Another Day in the Office

PETA’s always had a diverse workforce. But one staffer in particular stands out – our campaign goose! You might have seen him before, taking our campaign against foie gras to the streets and standing up for all his fellow birds who are being tortured on French farms.

We followed him around for a day to create a gallery that shows how PETA’s goose is working hard to end Fortnum & Mason’s sales of cruelly produced foie gras.

tubeAfter an early start and chowing down on some fresh-cut grass, I make my … Read more.


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  • Aug

PHOTOS: Force-Feeding Outside Fortnum & Mason

Could you eat 20 kg of corn in one day? That’s the human equivalent of what ducks and geese typically have rammed down their throats every single day on foie gras farms.

It can be hard to visualise exactly how much food this is, so we decided to stage a graphic demo that illustrates both the grotesque quantities of grain that birds are forced to swallow and the violent way in which force-feeding occurs.

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Today, a valiant PETA supporter volunteered to kneel outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store and be “force-fed” … Read more.


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  • Jul

Putting the ‘Brakes’ on UK Foie Gras Sales

Happy GeeseBrakes Group UK, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, has confirmed to PETA that it will no longer offer foie gras on its menus.

Since learning from PETA of the inhumane treatment of ducks and geese raised and killed for foie gras, the company made its position clear by promising to discontinue the vile foodstuff.

Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters might note that his former employers, Sainsbury’s and Selfridges and now Brakes, have all rejected foie gras sales, while Fortnum & Mason is shamefully still selling this “torture in a Read more.