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Yvonne Taylor - Celebrity Liaison

Yvonne Taylor works on celebrity projects for PETA UK. A vegetarian from the age of 12, she went vegan 17 years ago after coming across a PETA US magazine whilst volunteering at an animal charity in her hometown of Edinburgh. Soon after, she spent almost a year interning at PETA US and then went on to spend several years working for other UK animal rights groups before starting at PETA UK in 2004 on campaigns. She later dressed as a Lettuce Lady in subzero temperatures in Kazakhstan and was deported from China for an "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" demo.

Yvonne now has a slightly more subdued but no less varied job organising all of PETA UK's celebrity work, including ad shoots for photos and the recording of narration. Through her work for PETA, Yvonne has been lucky enough to have met many of her heroes, including Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet, Simon Cowell, Sir Paul McCartney, Russell Brand and Sir Roger Moore. She still can't quite believe that reading Heat magazine is part of her job description!
  • 08
  • Mar

Meet 5 Women Who Are Changing the World

This Saturday marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s groundbreaking achievements and continue to encourage and support them to create positive change. Here at PETA UK, we have no shortage of strong, accomplished women to look to – we were founded by one, after all. In honour of International Women’s Day, here are five of the women who are leading the animal rights movement and who embody this year’s theme: “Inspiring Change“.

Let’s start with our own Mimi Bekhechi. As PETA UK’s associate director, she heads … Read more.


  • 03
  • Mar

Cruelty-Free Shoes Are In This Spring

The 86th Annual Oscars - Red Carpet Arrivals © WENN

It wasn’t just Olga Kurylenko’s natural beauty that turned heads when she walked the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. The Ukrainian-born actor stepped out in style in metallic-trimmed black faux-suede evening shoes by celebrated British shoemakers – and frequent PETA collaboratorsBeyond Skin, whose handmade vegan and eco-friendly shoes are loved by celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway.

Meanwhile, here in London, PETA Vegan Fashion Award winner Wills Vegan Shoes launched its first-ever spring collection. London’s vegan movers and shakers attended the … Read more.


  • 24
  • Feb

Louise Redknapp Judges PETA’s Vegan Fashion Awards

Last week, the lovely Louise Redknapp paid a visit to the PETA office in order to judge our 2014 Vegan Fashion Awards. Check out how she got on:

The singer, who made her name in the ’90s band Eternal and has been at the forefront of fashion ever since, confessed that she was astonished by the huge selection of stylish animal-friendly products available right now.

They ranged from bargain high-street finds from the likes of New Look and Miss Selfridge to deluxe designer pieces from Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood as … Read more.


  • 17
  • Dec

Why Animal Lovers Are Staying Away From ‘The Hobbit’

A year has passed since the release of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey – which means it’s also been a year since disturbing allegations came out about the abuse, neglect and death of many animals during its production.

Here’s a reminder of how horses, goats, sheep and other animals suffered during the making of the movie:

The Hobbit: Unexpected Cruelty

Rather than address compassionate people’s concerns, Peter Jackson has brushed off criticism and refused to give assurances that he will stop putting animals at risk. Given the advent of computer-generated … Read more.


  • 15
  • Oct

Celebrate a Vegan Eid

Whether you’re Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, agnostic or atheist, a vegan diet is an infallible way to get healthy, reduce your carbon footprint and demonstrate compassion for animals. As Anila Muhammad, who is a practicing Muslim and a vegan, explained in a Huffington Post article, “For me a plant-based diet was one way I could bridge the spiritual mandate to protect animals and the environment”.

So, to mark the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, in which food traditionally plays a major role, we thought we’d share a few ideas for festive … Read more.


  • 30
  • Jul

Duchess Declares Foie Gras Production ‘Truly Awful’

The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has just written to Fortnum & Mason boss Ewan Venters on behalf of PETA to express her strong disapproval of the fact that the store still profits from the torture of ducks. She joins illustrious personalities, including Prince Charles and his niece, Emma Parker Bowles, in condemning foie gras, which is produced by cruelly force-feeding birds until their livers become diseased.

The Duchess writes to Fife-born Venters as one Scot to another: “I have read that you are an extremely patriotic chap, so I am at … Read more.


  • 04
  • Jul

How to Have a VBBQ (Recipes)

When the smell of charcoal fills the early evening air, it can only mean one thing – it’s summertime in the UK, the season to get your apron out and grill up a storm. For people who care about animals, the aroma of burning flesh is anything but appetising, so we’re sharing our favourite vegan barbecue dishes. These fresh-tasting recipes are the perfect way to wow your friends and enjoy the warm weather while sticking to your cruelty-free principles:

  • Grilled Polenta Burger: Boil up some coarse cornmeal with vegetable stock until
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  • 21
  • Jun

Ace! Andy Murray’s New Hotel Will Be Foie Gras–Free

Andy Murray toplessIn between training sessions for this year’s Wimbledon tournament, tennis champ and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray has been overseeing the opening of a brand-new luxury hotel in Scotland – a hotel that we have been assured will be 100 per cent foie gras–free.

The renowned head chef of Cromlix House Hotel, Albert Roux, sent us an e-mail confirming that the cruelly produced foodstuff will never be found in his kitchen. “I’m totally, totally in agreement of not serving foie gras due to the cruelty inflicted on the animals”, he wrote, echoing … Read more.


  • 19
  • Jun

The Top 5 Vegan-Friendly Prisons in the UK

stock prisonCruel and unusual punishments aren’t things which prisoners in this country have to endure. So we’re glad that compassionate meal options are being offered to prisoners so that animals aren’t necessarily being subjected to such punishments, either.

Like us, animals are made of flesh, blood and bone. They have the same five senses that we do, and they have the same capacity to experience suffering and fear. All animals share the desire to live their lives free of pain and to avoid a violent death. Feeding prisoners pasta instead of pork chops … Read more.


  • 13
  • Jun

Your Voice Counts! Hotel Ditches Foie Gras After E-Mail From PETA Supporter

As consumers, we have the power to change the world. We can vote with our wallets and make sure that our shopping habits reflect our compassionate principles. And we can also make our voices heard: most companies really care what you think and will often respond positively to feedback, as this fantastic story from PETA supporter Emma Thompson shows.

Emma was enjoying a relaxing spa day at Gloucestershire’s Wyck Hill House Hotel when she made a disturbing discovery – foie gras was on the restaurant menu. As someone who cares about … Read more.