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Yvonne Taylor works on corporate projects for PETA UK. She's been a vegetarian since the age of 12, and she went vegan 20 years ago after coming across a PETA US magazine while 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. She began working on campaigns – which took her to many locations, including China and Kazakhstan – and later moved on to celebrity projects, where she was lucky enough to work with many of her heroes, including Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet and Paul McCartney.

Yvonne now has a slightly more subdued – but no less varied – job, in which she oversees all of PETA UK's corporate campaigns and assists companies with introducing animal-friendly products and practices in order to address the growing public demand for vegan foods and fashions. These have included teaming up with Topshop for a window display at its flagship Oxford Street store to highlight the cruelty of exotic skins, persuading global retailers to halt their use of angora wool, and overseeing PETA UK's annual "Vegan Food Awards" and "Vegan Fashion Awards" – which celebrate food and fashion retailers who offer animal-free products.
  • 24
  • Jul

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.


  • 22
  • Jul

Cornwall’s Foodie Festival Has No Taste for Foie Gras

Cornwall’s Port Eliot Festival, which will be held this weekend and is known for fine food, music and literature, has reassured punters that cruelty to ducks and geese will not be on the menu.

Because of the festival’s emphasis on fresh, locally sourced and sustainable food, you’d hardly expect to find foie gras there, given the deeply unethical methods used in its production, which is so cruel that it’s been banned in the UK. To make the “fatty liver pâté”, vast amounts of corn are pumped into the stomachs Read more.


  • 13
  • May

Swap Your Tired Leather for a New Pair of Cruelty-Free Wills Vegan Shoes and Get 20 Per Cent Off

Wills-logo-high-res-no-backgroundOnce they learn about the cruelty of the leather industry, most people can’t wait to stop wearing the skin of dead animals. Now, we’re making it even easier to “veganise” your wardrobe by teaming up with stylish ethical shoe company Wills!

Here’s the deal – if you send PETA a pair of your old leather shoes, Wills will send you a voucher to get 20 per cent off a pair of brand-new cruelty-free shoes from its online store.

Wills’ shoes are not just good looking – they win on every ethical … Read more.


  • 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

shoeIt 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 launch with … 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.


  • 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)

VBBQ

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.